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 degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • 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 Required21
Select one of the following concentrations:15
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements51
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 (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
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
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (21 semester hours)

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

SOCI213Society, Interaction, and the Individual3
SOCI214Stratification and Inequality3
SOCI215Social Deviance3
SOCI303Classical Sociological Theory3
SOCI305Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOCI331Research Methods for Sociology3
SOCI332Statistics for Social Science3
Total Semester Hours21

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a Concentration in Community Action, Concentration in Education, Concentration in Health, Concentration in Public Policy, or a Concentration in Social Justice.

Concentration in Community Action (15 semester hours)

This interdisciplinary concentration will prepare sociology students for careers that relate to community organization and action.  Students will explore organizations, agents of social change, religious organizations, and the role of the family in communities.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the sociological imagination to understanding different types of communities and the motivation of communities to engage in action.

  • Analyze communities using organizational sociology theories.

  • Identify career paths for sociologists with expertise in community organization and action.

SOCI312Organizational Sociology3
SOCI403Social Change3
SOCI420Sociology of Religion3
SOCI421Sociology of the Family3
CHFD446Families and Social Action3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Education (15 semester hours)

This interdisciplinary concentration will prepare sociology students for education related career fields.  Students will explore organizations, social movements and social change, learning theory, and strategies for measuring and evaluating education programs and institutions.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast education practices and systems using a sociological perspective.

  • Evaluate the historical and current relationships between education, inequality, and socioeconomics.

  • Identify career paths for sociologists in education related fields.

SOCI312Organizational Sociology3
SOCI403Social Change3
EDUC340Adult Learning Theory3
CHFD350Family Life Education3
EDUC402Measurement and Evaluation3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Health (15 semester hours)

This interdisciplinary concentration will prepare sociology students for health related career fields.  Students will explore sociological factors that play a role in health and illness, the history of healthcare institutions, the process of aging and death.  Students will examine public health issues in both national and international contexts using a sociological lens.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze the historical and current relationships between health, inequality, and socioeconomics using sociological theories.

  • Apply a sociological perspective to evaluating different healthcare systems.

  • Identify career paths for medical sociologists in public health and other healthcare related fields.

SOCI307Sociology of Aging3
SOCI423Sociology of Health and Illness3
SOCI424Sociology of Death and Dying3
PBHE209Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
PBHE211Public Health in America3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Public Policy (15 semester hours)

This interdisciplinary concentration will prepare sociology students for careers related to understanding the sociological and bureaucratic factors that relate to public policy in local, national, and international settings.  Students will apply sociological theory to understand organizations, political institutions, law, and social change.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze social problems and the public policies and programs designed to solve them.

  • Apply a sociological perspective to historical and current issues in public policy such as voting rights, incarceration, and workplace rights.

  • Identify career paths for sociologists in public service, administration, and other organizations.

SOCI311Political Sociology3
SOCI312Organizational Sociology3
SOCI422Sociology of the Law3
SOCI403Social Change3
POLS410Public Policy3
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Social Justice (15 semester hours)

This interdisciplinary concentration will prepare sociology students for careers in promoting and supporting social justice issues in local, national, and international settings.  Students will examine social justice issues related to race and ethnicity as well as gender and sex.  Courses will also examine social movements and social change as well as leadership and organizational culture.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Examine causes and consequences of poverty at local, national, and international levels.

  • Evaluate availability and effectiveness of social welfare programs and explore new strategies for increasing social justice.

  • Identify career paths for sociologists in organizations addressing social justice and social welfare issues.

SOCI306Race and Ethnicity3
SOCI312Organizational Sociology3
MGMT312Leadership & Motivation3
SOCI403Social Change3
SOCI404Gender and Society3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

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

Elective Requirements (51 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.