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The Department of  Sociology and Family Studies offers an academic major in Sociology leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.  Within the Sociology major, the department offers concentrations in Criminology and Gerontology.  The department also offers minor programs in sociology and family studies, coursework leading to certification as a family life educator (CFLE), a Certificate in Gerontology, and courses applicable to the General Education Component.

The Department of Sociology and Family Studies aims to prepare students for the many occupations in human services, health care, personnel management, government, and the justice system for which preparation in sociology, family studies, gerontology, and criminology are appropriate, or for advanced study in graduate and professional schools leading to teaching and research positions.  The gerontology concentration and certificate programs are designed to provide a broad base of knowledge and skills to advance the careers of those who work with families, children, and growing elderly population. Students should consult the department chair concerning personal educational objectives, programs, career objectives and options for online/distance learning education.

UNA Career Carnival 2014

UNA’s Career Carnival, April 15, 2014 with students, Rebecca Stackhouse and Olivia Melvin and departmental faculty, Dr. Amber Paulk and Dr. Jerri Bullard

Career Carnival

The M.S. in Family Studies recently approved by UNA’s graduate curriculum committee

We are ready at this time to accept "Expression of Interest" applications from students who are interested in potentially participating in the Family Studies Master's program beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.  The form details all of the required documents necessary for a complete application packet. As with any application, completion of your packet does not obligate you to attend the program, rather it allows you the opportunity to be considered for the program should you receive and accept an offer of admission.  All interested students are encouraged to apply!  If you have any questions as you are preparing your packet, please contact Dr. Amber Paulk at  

You can e-mail your completed Expression of Interest application packets to Dr. Paulk by 5 p.m., April 4 (Friday). If for some reason that time frame is not doable for you, please email Dr. Paulk to discuss a reasonable time line.

New!  The Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program

If you are interested in working with families and children in a variety of different occupations you might want to consider taking advantage of our CFLE or Family Life Educator Certification. The CFLE is a nationally recognized certificate awarded by National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The Department of Sociology and Family Studies at UNA has been approved by the NCFR to offer coursework leading to the certificate. This is a certification you can seek that will give you an “edge” when it comes to looking for a job in this field after graduation.  Please look at the brochure at; and if interested, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Amber Paulk at 256.765.4855 or

Shirley Grant-Rhodes
Administrative Assistant
(256) 765-4200

Jerri H. Bullard, Ph.D.
Department Chair
(256) 765-4531