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.

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

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Undergraduate students with less than 9 transferable credit hours may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment to determine current math and writing skill levels.
  • 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 our 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 admission representative at 877-777-9081 or