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Sociology

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.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

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.

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Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Community Action

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.

CHFD446

Families and Social Action

SOCI403

Social Change

SOCI420

Sociology of Religion

SOCI421

Sociology of the Family

SOCI312

Organizational Sociology

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Education

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.

EDUC340

Adult Learning Theory

EDUC402

Measurement and Evaluation

CHFD350

Family Life Education

SOCI403

Social Change

SOCI312

Organizational Sociology

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Health

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.

PBHE209

Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

PBHE211

Public Health in America

SOCI423

Sociology of Health and Illness

SOCI424

Sociology of Death and Dying

SOCI307

Sociology of Aging

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Public Policy

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.

POLS410

Public Policy

SOCI403

Social Change

SOCI422

Sociology of the Law

SOCI311

Political Sociology

SOCI312

Organizational Sociology

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Social Justice

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.

SOCI306

Race and Ethnicity

SOCI403

Social Change

SOCI404

Gender and Society

MGMT312

Leadership & Motivation

SOCI312

Organizational Sociology

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

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 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*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

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

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.  

Employer Contributions

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.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.

School of Arts & Humanities


School of Arts & Humanities

This program resides in the American Public University School of Arts & Humanities which provides the traditional nuts and bolts programs that can help you acquire the innovative thinking, flexibility, and problem solving abilities that employers value. In fact, our general studies and psychology programs in the School of Arts & Humanities rank in the top-10 most popular programs at APU.

While many college students today choose a direct education path that leads to in-demand careers in science and technology, a solid undergraduate liberal arts education can provide you with a strong foundation to pursue post-graduate programs in a variety of areas. "In my conversations with industry advisory councils, employers emphasize that while they can train new hires in processes and content, they can’t train what the humanities teach, which is effective written and oral communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and professionalism," states School of Arts & Humanities Dean Grace Glass.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.  

We encourage you to browse the School of Arts & Humanities webpage to learn more about the school and to find a program that’s right for you