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B.A. in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Online


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.

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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.

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 Wide Range of Professional Opportunities

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.

In-Demand Skills:

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

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

Top Careers:

Prepare for a broad range of professional roles, including:

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

Projected Job Growth:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in sociology occupations to grow 5.8% from 2019 to 2029, resulting in about 282,689 new jobs nationwide.

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Increase Your Earning Potential

Earning your bachelor’s degree could increase your first-year income by an average of 77% – Arkansas Research Center, 2019

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 in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774

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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.

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Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 7 wk 05/09/2022 06/24/2022 04/25/2022 04/29/2022 05/05/2022 05/06/2022 06/10/2022
7 wk 06/27/2022 08/12/2022 06/13/2022 06/17/2022 06/23/2022 06/24/2022 07/29/2022
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 11/26/2022
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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.

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

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.

Additional Information

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

For students who have:

  • Fewer 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.

Submit all documents to:

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State University, AR 72467

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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, 48 credit hours of major courses and 34 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Core Requirements:

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

Other Requirements:

Students must take 24 credit hours of the following major courses.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

SOC 4073: Sociology of Family Violence

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the causes, prevalence and consequences of child abuse, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse.

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.

Students must take 34 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. 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 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.

UC 1013: Making Connections

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.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 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.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

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.

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.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature 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: Introduction to World Literature 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.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, SOC 2213 or HIST 2773.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

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.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

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: Biological Science Lab

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.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts 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: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

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

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