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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Complete Coursework: as little as 12 months   Credit Hours: 120   Tuition: $276 per credit hour

A degree in sociology can change your life.

Now The University of Texas of the Permian Basin—part of the prestigious UT System—makes it possible for you to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology completely online! And unlike other online degree programs, UTPB's online bachelor's program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and #3 among Texas public universities – and in the top 50 nationwide – Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Our online BA offers smart advantages!

  • Every course is 100% online
  • Tuition is affordable—just $276 per credit hour
  • Courses are only 8 weeks
  • You can earn your BA in as little as 12 months
  • Accredited by SACS
  • Choose from six convenient start dates

Develop real-world skills—right now.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology concentrates on the scientific study of human behavior within society. Students pursuing a degree in sociology will explore human interactions within group settings, the diversity of cultures and societies that exist throughout the world, factors that influence social behavior in various social groups, organizations and institutions.

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UTPB's online degree programs are just as rigorous as our on-campus programs. Every online course is taught by the same respected UTPB faculty members who teach on campus. And just as important, they are committed to mentoring their students. In fact, in the National Survey of Student Engagement, 99 percent of UTPB seniors reported that their professors provided prompt feedback on their academic performance. And our online bachelor degree programs earn high marks from U.S. News & World Report – #3 among Texas public universities and in the nation’s top 50 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

Apply your knowledge to an interesting variety of professional fields.

Because sociology is a broad discipline, a bachelor's degree in sociology prepares you for a wide variety of career opportunities—including counseling, teaching, social work, law enforcement, human resources, counseling, and healthcare. Plus, you'll feel more confident knowing that you've prepared yourself to succeed in a very competitive job market. Research shows that individuals with a bachelor's degree earn more and have a lower risk for unemployment than their less-educated peers.

Course Listing

Core Courses
SOCI 1301
Introduction to Sociology
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
SOCI 3317
Introductory Statistics
Duration: 7.5 Weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Measures of central tendency and dispersion, elementary probability theory, the binomial and chi-square distribution, tests of hypotheses and parameter estimation and simple correlation and regression. Emphasis is on the application of statistical methods to research in the social sciences.
SOCI 3327
Sociological Theory
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
This course involves the study of the development of sociological thought and perspectives through the examination of the ideas of classical and contemporary theorists; these may include Marx, Durkheim, Du Bois, Martineau, Parsons, Gramsci, or Lukacs among others. Substantive theories of social organization are examined.
SOCI 3347
Sociology of Work
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Analyzes dramatic changes occurring in the work lives of Americans and considers the future of American workers within the global economy. Explores emerging labor markets and technology in shaping contemporary American work settings.
SOCI 4316
Social Determinants of Energy Use
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
This course will consider the social consequences of the economic and environmental impact of energy choices in the U.S. and globally and how they shape societal norms and values. It will develop a critical understanding of the social attitudes, norms, values and behaviors toward energy consumption.
SOCI 4320
Social Stratification
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Focuses on theories of social inequality as applied to the exercise of power and large-scale social control. Issues of class, race and gender and other inequalities are considered in the U.S. and globally.
SOCI 4324
Political Sociology
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Relationship between political and social structures with emphasis on the concepts of power, ideology, elites, class, and politics.
SOCI 4362
Sociology of Health and Illness
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
Social and cultural factors associated with the definition, occurrence, and experience of health and illness. An examination of the social determinants that affect the etiology and distribution of illness and the social organization of the medical profession and the hospital.
SOCI 4370
Family Dysfunction and Substance Abuse
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
The role of substance abuse in family violence, child rearing and marital discord. Various ways of intervening to moderate the effects of substance abuse in families will be discussed.
SOCI 4399
Senior Research Seminar
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
A scientific research study under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. The integration of theory and research is emphasized through basic or applied social research.
SOCI 4403
Social Research Methods
Duration: 7.5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $828.00 per course.
The course provides a comprehensive overview of social science research methods, with emphasis given to the concepts used in the conduct of research, measurement strategies, and research designs. This course includes a one-semester credit hour lab that focuses on the steps undertaken in the completion of a research paper. Required for all sociology majors.
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