Bachelor of Arts
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.
The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:
- Research techniques, influences, and concepts
- Key social institutions and contemporary social problems
- Interactions of individuals, society, and cultures
- Causes, theories, and control of deviant behavior
- U.S. social development, culture, policies, and problems
- American and European social philosophy
- Race and ethnicity issues, solutions, and intervention
- Environmental issues from social practices and values
- Gender roles, stereotypes, and class positions
- Sociology’s effect on religion, families, and law
Note: This online degree program requires you to have access to the analytics software: Statistics Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The university does not supply this software; check your course materials for additional information.
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.
- All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
- New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your APU admissions representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
- If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
- There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.
Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this degree program, you must have access to the required analytics software, Statistics Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)Software. The university does not supply this software; nor is it covered under the undergraduate book grant.
Estimated course materials for this program are $95. You can view the materials required for individual courses in the ecampus under your Academic Plan.
Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*
*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.
Paying for School
Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:
Ways to Save
Undergraduate Book Grant
Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.
Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.
APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.