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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Online


Study how people function within societies and cultures. This versatile degree program will help you understand the science behind why we respond to our surroundings and communities the way we do, and how we learn to get along with one another by adapting to our larger sociological environment. Prepare for careers in social work, community development, research analysis and more.

Next Apply Date: 6/10/24
Next Class Start Date: 6/24/24
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Next Apply Date: 6/10/24
Next Class Start Date: 6/24/24

Program Overview


Discover our online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree

Master an understanding of how societies interact and bring a key perspective to the workplace. As countries, corporations and political causes become more globally interconnected, an online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology helps bridge differences and identify shared opportunities.

By studying small groups, large organizations, and societies, you will develop key insights into how societal expectations and cultural history influence our decisions, actions and reactions to each other. As institutions strive to achieve a diverse workforce, serve multicultural customers and collaborate effectively, the A-State Online B.A. in Sociology will position you for opportunities across many career fields, including social services, human resources, sales, law and more.

Learn how to design and implement research studies and perform complex data analysis. Gain in-depth knowledge into the various factors that impact how humans interact, including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, family structure, violence and disasters. Through experiential, interdisciplinary coursework, you will gain a well-rounded background and critical knowledge in theory, research, data analysis, and practical applications of sociological principles.

Interested in pursuing a double major? Pair your online B.A. in Sociology with other select A-State Online programs, including our B.A. in Communication Studies, B.A. in Criminology, B.A. in Political Science or B.S. in Business Administration.

Prepare for a broad range of professional roles, including:

  • Community Service Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Outside Sales Representative
  • Legal Assistant
  • Career Counselor
  • Community Service Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Outside Sales Representative
  • Legal Assistant
  • Career Counselor

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

  • Sociological theory
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Research analysis
  • Client base retention
  • Scheduling
  • Sociological theory
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Research analysis
  • Client base retention
  • Scheduling

Also available:

A-State offers a variety of undergraduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online undergraduate programs.

Per Credit Tuition: $276
Transfer Credits: Up to 90 hours
Credit Hours 120
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Tuition


Financial aid packages are available for those who qualify

A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.A. in Sociology online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $276
Tuition Per Course: $828

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Calendar


A-State dates and deadlines for the online sociology degree

Our B.A. in Sociology online program is flexible and convenient—featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 15/6/244/22/244/26/245/2/245/3/246/21/24
Summer 26/24/246/10/246/14/246/20/246/21/248/7/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24
Fall 210/14/249/30/2410/4/2410/10/2410/11/2412/6/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 6/10/24
Start Class 6/24/24

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Admissions


Our application process is simple – just follow this guide

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.A. in Sociology online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • 2.0 GPA for transferring credits

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:
    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State
    Note: If you’re admitted as non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

​Application Submission Requirements

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Document Submission Address

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
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2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


The degree plan for our Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online program

To earn your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses and 48 credit hours of major courses. Also included is 34 credit hours of elective courses, which includes a foreign language requirement of up to 12 hours dependent upon transferring credits. Transferring previously earned credit hours may help you finish faster, and those transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Visit the Course Registration page to view the course schedule for this degree.

Core Requirements:

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Human society and social behavior.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of sociological concepts and methods in the analysis of current social problems in the United States, including family and community disorganization, delinquency and crime, mental illness, and intergroup relations.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of causes and consequences of social inequality with a focus on class, status, power and privilege, particularly in American society.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Central concepts and techniques of conducting descriptive and inferential analysis employed in quantitative investigation to understand social processes and phenomena.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of the context, content and contributions of sociological thinkers up to the early 20th century.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of quantitative and qualitative tools used in the social sciences to analyze relationships among social variables.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Techniques for analyzing social science data using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and other data analysis systems.

Students must take 34 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program and may include up to 12 hours of a foreign language to satisfy the foreign language requirement. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered so long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take 27 credit hours of the following major courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Sociological patterns of crime and criminals, with emphasis on causes, effects, and prevention.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Causative factors in home, school, and community, extent of the problem, and methods of prevention and treatment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Origins, acquisition, structure, and change of gender roles in contemporary society, examined in terms of impact upon both the individual and society.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasizes the sociocultural factors influencing the structure and development of marriage and the family.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines sexuality from a sociological perspective, focusing on the social construction of sexuality and the moral and political controversies that surround it.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines race, ethnicity and other bases for minority status in society, focusing on social inequality and the social construction of minority and majority group statuses and relations.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines various types of unusual group behavior, such as panics, riots, protests, fads, urban myths and legends, and millenarian groups. Must be arranged in consultation with a professor, and approved by the department chair.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Discusses socio-cultural aspects of natural and human-made disasters, with an emphasis on social causes and consequences.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the causes, prevalence and consequences of child abuse, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of the global trends in population growth rates and of the intersections between economic development and population growth across countries.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of theories, methodologies, concepts, and major research findings regarding the aging of individuals and societies, using the U.S. as a central example.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course. If you transfer in more than 12 credit hours, you will not be required to take the Making Connections course. You may replace that 3-hour course with a 3-hour elective course.

First-year course (3 hours)
UC 1013

Communication Requirement (6 hours)
ENG 1003
ENG 1013

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)
Students must take MATH 1023 or any MATH course that requires MATH 1023 as prerequisite.

Arts and Humanities Requirement (6 hours)
MUS 2503
ENG 2003
ENG 2013

Social Sciences Requirement (9 hours)
POSC 2103
SOC 2213
PSY 2013

Life Science Requirement (4 hours)
Students must complete BIO 1003 with BIO 1001 lab.

Physical Sciences Requirement (4 hours)
Students must complete CHEM 1043 with CHEM 1041 lab.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall only.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall only.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal training or experience. By exploring the history of Western Art music, learners will begin to connect the development of music with the changing of society and culture.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
American politics. The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Human society and social behavior.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.
"SOCIAL MEDIA HAS CHANGED THE WAY HUMANS COMMUNICATE. THEY NO LONGER HAVE TO INTERACT FACE-TO-FACE. THEY CAN EASILY ENGAGE OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD. THIS NEW ASPECT OF SOCIOLOGY CAN CREATE NEW POWER DYNAMICS, WHERE SOME VOICES BECOME STRONGER THAN OTHERS DUE TO THEIR GREATER SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE. FOR THOSE SEEKING A B.A. IN SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL MEDIA OFFERS AN ENTIRELY NEW SOCIOLOGICAL UNIVERSE TO EXPLORE."

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