Department of Sociology and Family Studies

New! ONLINE Master of Science in Family Studies

The Department of Sociology and Family Studies is pleased to announce that the Master of Science Program in Family Studies was approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on Friday, June 13, 2014. The program requires 33 hours of graduate work in the field and is designed to focus on the family as a social unit in its developmental, dynamic, comparative, and structural aspects, and the significance of the family as a system that impacts individuals and society. We are currently reviewing applications from students interested in the program for fall 2014. Students seeking additional information should contact Dr. Amber Paulk, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology and Family Studies, at 256.765.4855 or apaulk@una.edu.    

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Welcome to Sociology and Family Studies Home!

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 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 http://www.una.edu/sociology/concentrations.html; and if interested, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Amber Paulk at 256.765.4855 or apaulk@una.edu.

Shirley Grant-Rhodes
Administrative Assistant
(256) 765-4200
stgrant@una.edu

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