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B.A. in Sociology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Online

Program Overview


A-State's Bachelor of Arts in Sociology sets you up with the skills for success in almost any field you choose by giving you an understanding of how people function within societies and cultures. Some of contemporary history's most influential people—including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ronald Reagan, Michelle Obama and comedian Robin Williams—have earned their degrees in sociology.

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icon 120 Credit Hours
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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.

Interested in pursuing a double major? A-State Online allows you to pair our B.A. in Criminology with select A-State Online degrees: B.A. in Communication Studies, B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Sociology.

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Tuition


Our B.A. in Sociology online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition to all U.S. residents. Tuition includes all administrative fees.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

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

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
Spring 2020 7wk 1/13/2020 2/28/2020 12/30/2019 1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 2/18/2020
7wk 3/9/2020 5/1/2020 2/24/2020 2/28/2020 3/5/2020 3/6/2020 4/15/2020
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Admissions


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.

  • When completing the online application, choose the appropriate application type – A-State Online Freshman (if you have never attended college) or A-State Online Transfer (if you have previously attended any college).
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

Submit all documents to:

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P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
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Courses


Students must complete 120 credit hours of coursework for this degree program.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

SOC 4293: Methods of Social Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of quantitative and qualitative tools used in the social sciences to analyze relationships among social variables.

SOC 3383: Social Statistics

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.

SOC 2223: Social Problems

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.

SOC 4243: Social Theory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the context, content and contributions of sociological thinkers up to the early 20th century.

SOC 4323: Applied Research

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.

SOC 3273: Social Stratification

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.

SOC 4273: World Population and Society

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.

Students must take 21 hours of major electives.

CRIM 3263: Criminology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Sociological patterns of crime and criminals, with emphasis on causes, effects, and prevention.

CRIM 3323: Juvenile Delinquency

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Causative factors in home, school, and community, extent of the problem, and methods of prevention and treatment.

SOC 3353: Minority Groups

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.

SOC 3463: Collective Behavior

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.

SOC 4353: Sociology of Aging

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.

SOC 3273: Social Stratification

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.

SOC 3003: Sociology of Gender

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.

SOC 3313: Sociology of Sexuality

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.

SOC 3223: Sociology of Families

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes the sociocultural factors influencing the structure and development of marriage and the family.

SOC 4063: Sociology of Disasters

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Discusses socio-cultural aspects of natural and human-made disasters, with an emphasis on social causes and consequences.

Must have 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

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.

ENG 1013: Composition II

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.

Must have 3 to 4 credit hours or any higher level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. The course listed below is the only one offered online through A-State at this time.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

Students must complete three courses from this section. At least one must be a fine arts course, one humanities, and one English course. Please note that Intro to the Literature of the Western World I ENG 2003 and Intro to the Literature of the Western World II ENG 2013 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other Fine Arts courses not offered online are ART 2501, THEA 2503, PHIL 1103.

ENG 2003: Intro/Literature Western World I

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.

ENG 2013: Intro/Literature Western World II

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.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

Three of the following courses must be completed. At least one course must be selected from SOC 2213, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that POSC 2103, Introduction to American Government, and SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other social science courses that can be taken but not offered online are ECON 2313, ECON 2333, POSC 1003.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

One of the following courses and lab must be completed. Please note that Biological Science BIO 1003 and Laboratory for Biological Science BIO 1001 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other courses that may be taken but not offered online are BIO 1033, BIO 1063, BIO 2013.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

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.

BIO 1001: Laboratory for Biological Science

Duration: 7 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.

CHEM 1043: Fundamentals of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  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, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

Foreign Language up to 12 hours (courses to be determined)

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