University of North Alabama

Department of Sociology and Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Sociology and Family Studies offers an undergraduate major in Sociology leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Within the major, the department offers coursework leading to the provisional designation of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), concentrations in Gerontology and Criminology, and minor programs in Sociology and Family Studies. The department also offers an online degree in Sociology. At the graduate level, the department offers an online Master of Science in Family Studies.The department 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 position.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Amber Paulk (Director of Family Studies)
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Family Studies
  • 20% Sociology
  • 20% Research Methods & Theory
  • 15% Gerontology
  • 15% Criminology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1 Harrison Plaza
Florence, AL 35632
United States

Phone Number
(256) 765-4200
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Certified Family Life Education
  • Gerontology Concentration
  • Criminology Concentration
  • Sociology
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Marriage and Family
  • Sociology of Gender and Sexual Behavior
  • Social Psychology of Intimate Relationships
  • Parenting and Socialization
  • The Self and Social Interaction
  • Family Life Education
  • Gerontology
  • Aging and Society
  • Death and Dying
  • Criminology
  • Law and Society
  • Juvenile Delinquency
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Amber Paulk
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Research Methods in Family Studies
  • Applied Statistics in Family Studies
  • Family Theories
  • Family Life Education
  • Families and Social Policy
  • Family Problems and Methods of Intervention
  • Family Diversity and Social Change
  • Social Psychology of Intimate Relationships
  • Contemporary Topics in Family Studies
  • Practicum
  • Master's Thesis or Project
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Studies
  • Family Studies and Business Administration (joint degree)
Masters Comments

A joint curriculum degree option is available for students to complete a Master's of Family Studies and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the same time. Both programs are offered online.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

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CFLE Contact
Dr. Amber Paulk, CFLE
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