Online BA in Sociology Curriculum

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Do you want to have positive impact, advocate for those in need, and enact social change in your community? Take the first step with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. This rewarding field can prepare you to address modern challenges across organizations.

Sociologists have a profound impact on the lives of those they serve. Sociology courses explore historical and contemporary challenges, reflecting on their importance, and examining how they impact societies, institutions, and individual lives. The brave people who pursue this path have the opportunity to understand and shape the forces that influence our world.

Are you ready to get started? Read on to see how an online bachelor’s in sociology can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Maryville University Online BA in Sociology Curriculum

Maryville’s online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology comprises 128 credit hours and includes coursework in general education, your sociology major, and your concentration or general electives. Students may choose from three 15-credit concentrations, including Social Justice, Criminology, or Social Work. Alternatively, you can personalize your experience to fit your interests by choosing any two 100 or 200-level courses and three 300 and 400-level courses. Students also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by undertaking an optional internship.

Sociology Core

Your sociology major comprises two required courses totaling 6 credit hours: Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101) and Sociological Theory (SOC 401).

SOC 101Social Analysis and Thought3 Credits
SOC 401Durkheim, Marx, and Weber: Traditions in Sociological Thought 3 Credits
SOC 201Social Issues in a Changing World 3 Credits
SWRK 101Introduction to Social Work: Professionalism and Ethics3 Credits
SOC 305Family Violence Through the Lifespan3 Credits
SOC 322Criminological Theory3 Credits
SOC 323Juvenile Delinquency3 Credits
SOC 328Mental Illness and Society3 Credits
SOC 330Human Sexuality3 Credits
SOC 340Social Aspects of the Aged3 Credits
SOC 350Sociology of Health and Health Care3 Credits
SOC 382Social Class in Society3 Credits
SOC 385Exploring Race & Ethnicity in America3 Credits
SOC 454Gender and Crime3 Credits
SOC 485Race, Ethnicity and Crime3 Credits

Social Science Research Sequence

A 18-credit hour Social Science Research Sequence is also required. The sequence comprises coursework in critical thinking, statistics, and research. It culminates in a senior experience in which students design and conduct their own original research project under the guidance of a faculty member.

SOSC 240Critical Thinking in Social Science3 Credits
SOSC 245Research Design6 Credits
SOSC 341Understanding Statistical Inference3 Credits
SOSC 485Senior Project6 Credits

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

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What are some common skills and competencies taught through bachelor’s courses in sociology?

Through a variety of sociology courses, you can focus on the subjects you’re most passionate about and learn important skills that equip you to have a positive influence on the people and communities with which they work. These skills include:

  • An understanding of current social issues. From women’s studies to social work and healthcare, a range of courses in bachelor’s programs allow you to cultivate a deep understanding of our world. Explore current social issues, their historical context, and potential outcomes. Then, consider how you can advocate for change and help those who are most in need.
  • Research and presentation. We live in a changing and complex society. The realities of the field of sociology mean it’s necessary to participate in relevant hands-on research in preparation for a rewarding career. An effective curriculum will comprise sociology courses that provide opportunities for you to learn how to collect and analyze empirical data, and prepare and present research. These key real-world applications of sociology concepts equip you with the skills necessary to pursue the rich career possibilities the degree provides.
  • Analytical skills. As a sociology student, you have the opportunity to apply a variety of theoretical perspectives and scientific methods to concentrations such as social justice, criminology, and social work. By critically examining the dynamics that define these industries, you can learn to identify trends and discover how history, public policy, and cultural norms shape human social behavior.
  • Build a foundation for continued education. The flexibility of a sociology degree, when coupled with your commitment to rigorous, evidence-based research and analysis, means your sociology degree can act as a foundation for continued education in business, law, medicine, and many other fields. Sociologists often continue their study and bring their skills to governmental institutions, nonprofits, and schools.
  • Critical thinking and communication. Through your coursework, you can draw conclusions around the political, economic, and cultural topics that shape communities and impact worldviews. You can also learn how to share your findings in meaningful ways that encourage discussion and promote change.

What sociology courses can I expect in a bachelor’s-level curriculum?

Sociologists bring passion, drive, and courage to their work. Because the field of sociology impacts every facet of our lives, there’s a large degree of flexibility in sociology courses.

As a sociology major, you have the opportunity to focus on the topics that interest you, as these are often the areas where you can have the greatest impact. In addition to coursework in a particular concentration, there are a selection of foundational courses that provide a basis for success in the field. These courses often include:

  • Introduction to Sociology. This course lays the foundation for all future work, immersing you in basic sociological principles and the study of human society. Explore different customs, institutions, and behaviors, so you can gain a rich understanding of contemporary society.
  • Sociological Theory. Drawing on a range of contemporary and classical works of theory, this class raises vital questions about philosophy, modes of research, and their relationship to empirical study. Through readings and discussions, you can gain an understanding of modern theories and how they impact research and study.
  • Social Science Research and Senior Seminar. Methodologies, research, and theory come together as students step into the role of a social scientist. Here, you can conduct your own original research through this project-based senior seminar. Develop a mode of working, applying a multitude of strategies, theories, inference, and interpretation to your study. Then, synthesize your work into research papers and projects, and share your results with others.
  • Additional sociology courses within one of the three optional concentrations: general, social work, social justice, or criminology. Within each of these tracks, you have the opportunity to choose courses relevant to your interests, then examine historical and contemporary patterns in the U.S. and around the world. Examine the construction of institutions and cultural norms around your chosen topics through introductory coursework and advanced practicum. These concentrations can help prepare you for a range of potential careers in each of these fields.

Learn more about an online bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Your online degree in sociology is the first step toward making a profound difference in the world. With a sociology degree in hand, you have the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career in a number of industries. From criminology to social justice work, sociologists are valued changemakers who advocate for those in need.

At Maryville University, our online sociology program is designed to prepare you for a career in a range of fields. We provide a smooth point of entry into this vital field, and to understanding the complexities of social life.

Begin your journey by learning how our online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology can help you achieve your goals.