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Online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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The online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is designed for working professionals who want to earn their bachelor’s degree, as well as better understand social issues and make a difference in society.

Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, the bachelor’s in sociology transforms how you approach your role in society by providing you the information and context to examine how social structures shape one’s attitudes, actions and opportunities. With a focus on diversity and inequality, you will learn to take an analytical, evidence-driven approach to social issues, and to use analytical insight for effective formulation and implementation of social policy.

100% ONLINE COURSES

Complete this degree on your own time through fully online classes.

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121 PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS

Transfer in credit, or take general education, core and elective courses at UofL.

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$539 PER CREDIT HOUR

Take advantage of UofL’s military-friendly rate of $250 per credit hour (for active duty).

Online learning video - Online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

"The opportunities for sociology students are indefinite. What you’ve learned can be used to improve the way that a system operates, and to certainly improve the lives of those around you."


RYAN SCHROEDER, PH.D.
SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

How Much Will I Pay?

$539 per credit hour
$250 military rate per credit hour

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.

Highlights

  • Gain valuable critical thinking skills and a greater understanding of how social structures form, evolve and influence individuals.
  • Develop the interpersonal communication skills necessary to craft persuasive narratives.
  • Build a versatile set of skills and knowledge, for which employers across all industries actively recruit.
  • Earn a research-based sociology degree taught by the same published faculty within the Department of Sociology as the on-campus program.
  • Transfer in your associate degree or other earned credit from regionally-accredited institutions.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes.

Outcome

The field of sociology interacts with and permeates many other fields, occupations and industries. By combining robust critical thinking and research skills with an understanding of the root causes of social issues and how to address them, a sociology degree prepares you for a wide variety of careers in fields such as:

  • Social services
  • Advocacy
  • Government and policy-making
  • Non-profit institutions
  • Journalism
  • Public and private research
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Human resources and organizational change
 

According to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring managers look for employees with leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills, above all others. Sociology graduates are well-prepared to meet those demands.


Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Applicants are encouraged to work on and submit their complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time. Applications submitted or completed after the preferred deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis for the next available start/term.


Steps to Apply

  1. Complete undergraduate application
  2. Submit $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited high school
  • GED or equivalent by petition (e.g., home school education)
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher
  • Composite ACT score of 20 or higher
  • Completion of pre-college curriculum
  • Completion of Sociology 301 (or an approved equivalent) with a grade of C or better

Credit Transfer

Students may transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from a regionally-accredited 4-year college. Transfer applicants must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.


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The online bachelor’s in sociology from UofL is a 121 credit hour program that follows the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences:

  1. General education classes – all undergraduate degrees require completion of the university-wide General Education Program (31 credit hours)
  2. Arts & Sciences programmatic requirements (22 credit hours)
  3. Sociology courses and electives (39 credit hours)
  4. Electives in social sciences (29 credit hours)

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements: 22 hours


Courses Hours
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language (completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken) 1 2
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education) 9
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above (may be incorporated into other degree requirements) (6)

Core Program Courses: 39 hours

Courses (choose 8) Hours
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 301 Introduction to Social Statistics 3
SOC 303 Introduction to Research Methods 3
SOC 320 Social Theory 3
SOC 323 Diversity and Inequality 3
Sociology electives* 24

Supporting Courses: 29 hours

Courses (choose 8) Hours
Electives in Social Sciences other than Sociology of which 6 hours must be at 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward general education) 18
Additional electives, student choice 11

Course Descriptions


GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
An introduction to essential skills for Arts and Sciences students: constructing a course-sequence plan for a coherent liberal arts education; understanding academic policies and requirements; selecting and declaring a major; choosing a career path; making use of the diverse resources of a metropolitan research university to prepare for life and work. Note: Required of students with fewer than 24 hours credit.


SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the study of human societies. How societies are organized and changed and the implications of social organization on everyday life.


SOC 301 Introduction to Social Statistics
Prerequisite: Completion of General Education Math Requirement. Statistical concepts used in the social sciences: descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, estimation, regression and correlation, categorical data analysis, and statistical control. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and MATH 109, PSYC 301, BSTA 201, or CJ 326.


SOC 303 Introduction to Research Methods
An overview of research methods commonly used in sociology. Elements of quantitative research design, the logic of inquiry, and ethical issues. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication.


SOC 320 Social Theory
Prerequisite: SOC 201. General introduction to the classical origins and modern forms of social theory; examination of the major and influential schools of social theory. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication.


SOC 323 Diversity and Inequality
Dimensions, sources, and problems associated with social inequality. Includes discussions of social class, gender, and race/ethnicity. Focus on American society, with international phenomena also considered.






    • What are the benefits of online learning?

      The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising a family, working full-time or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible.

    • How is the online program different than the campus program?

      At UofL you are taught by the same world-class faculty as our on-campus students. You read the same books, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degree. Neither your transcript nor your diploma notes your degree was completed online, only that you completed courses at the University of Louisville. The biggest difference is that you are able to do coursework on your own time and in a way that best fits your learning and lifestyle.

    • Can I receive credit for courses completed at another school?

      On a case-by-case basis, credit transfer is allowed from any regionally-accredited university to fulfill general education requirements.

    • I noticed that the Department of Sociology offers both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Can the Bachelor of Science in Sociology also be completed fully online?

      No, at this time only the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will be offered fully online. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sociology requires an internship-type course that includes an in-class component, so completing the BS online is not currently an option for fully online students.

    • Is the Sociology Student Association (SSA) available for online students?

      Unfortunately, the SSA meetings and activities are campus-based. However, you are encouraged to join the international association for sociology - the American Sociological Association. Their Student Forum website links students to career information for sociology majors, networking possibilities, and invitations to upcoming events.

    • I have never attended college (or I have earned less than 24 credits so far). Can I earn this degree online?

      Yes, you may begin – or continue – your college degree at UofL by choosing a fully online degree.

    • Are courses taught by UofL faculty?

      Yes, all sociology courses are taught by full- and part- time faculty who work in the Department of Sociology and also teach our on-campus sociology courses. As such, our instructors are already familiar with the UofL system and are committed to the success of UofL and its students.