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Online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Complete Coursework: varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $248.25 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

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. 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.

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A-State Online allows you to pair our B.A. in Sociology with select A-State Online degrees: B.A. in Communication Studies, B.A. in Criminology, B.A. in Political Science.

To initiate a double major, fill out this form, and an advisor will contact you.

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Program Requirements

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

Human society and social behavior.
Overview of quantitative and qualitative tools used in the social sciences to analyze relationships among social variables.
Central concepts and techniques of conducting descriptive and inferential analysis employed in quantitative investigation to understand social processes and phenomena.
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.
Examination of the context, content and contributions of sociological thinkers up to the early 20th century.
Techniques for analyzing social science data using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and other data analysis systems.

Major Electives

Students must take 21 hours of major electives.

Sociological patterns of crime and criminals, with emphasis on causes, effects, and prevention.
Causative factors in home, school, and community, extent of the problem, and methods of prevention and treatment.
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.
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.
Survey of theories, methodologies, concepts, and major research findings regarding the aging of individuals and societies, using the U.S. as a central example.
Examination of causes and consequences of social inequality with a focus on class, status, power and privilege, particularly in American society.
Origins, acquisition, structure, and change of gender roles in contemporary society, examined in terms of impact upon both the individual and society.
Examines sexuality from a sociological perspective, focusing on the social construction of sexuality and the moral and political controversies that surround it.
Emphasizes the sociocultural factors influencing the structure and development of marriage and the family.
Discusses socio-cultural aspects of natural and human-made disasters, with an emphasis on social causes and consequences.

Communication Requirement

Must have six credit hours of the following courses.

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.
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.

Mathematics Requirement

Must have three to four 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. You may also take Math 1054.

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.

Arts and Humanities Requirement

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.

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
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.
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.

Social Sciences Requirement

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.

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement

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.

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.
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.

Physical Sciences Requirement

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

Foreign Language Requirement

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

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