The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology uses the unique view and perspective of sociology to study all forms of human behavior and interaction from the individual and small groups to institutions and globalization. You will develop a sociological imagination that opens windows into unfamiliar worlds and provides a fresh look at familiar worlds. Research, empirical, and theoretical analysis skills, as well as critical thinking and information literacy skills will be developed. Knowledge gained in this online sociology degree is well suited to a career in politics, civil service, health care, family support services, public or private management, or law.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this program also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of sociology, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Differentiate major paradigms, classic and contemporary theories that inform the study of sociology.
  • Analyze social behavior using a sociological imagination.
  • Identify how social stratification influences social inequality.
  • Discuss how the individual self-concept is directly influenced by social processes and social structures.
  • Evaluate appropriate ethical considerations, methodological approaches and analysis techniques for sociological research.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required42
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements45
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
SOCI111Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI212Social Problems3
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (42 semester hours)

Complete at least 2 courses in the Major section before taking SOCI305, SOCI331, or SOCI332.

SOCI213Society, Interaction, and the Individual3
SOCI214Stratification and Inequality3
SOCI215Social Deviance3
SOCI303Classical Sociological Theory (Prerequisite: SOCI111 - Introduction to Sociology)3
SOCI305Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOCI331Research Methods for Sociology3
SOCI332Statistics for Social Science3
Select 7 courses from the following:21
Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of Aging
Political Sociology
Organizational Sociology
Food and Culture
Social Change
Gender and Society
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of the Law
Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology of Death and Dying
Independent Study: Social Science
Total Semester Hours42

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

SOCI498Senior Seminar in Sociology (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Prerequisite: SOCI111 and completion of all major and elective courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (45 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.