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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Online

Gain valuable insights into how people and societies interact with this 100% online sociology degree program—with your choice of a minor in communication or psychology.

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Program Overview

The UTPB Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online program concentrates on the scientific study of human behavior within society. You will explore human interactions within group settings; the diversity of cultures and societies that exist throughout the world; and factors that influence social behavior in various social groups, organizations and institutions. You can also customize your degree by choosing a minor.

Earning your B.A. in Sociology online from UTPB prepares you for a diverse range of professional roles—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 with practical skills that give you flexibility in your career and advantages in a competitive job market.

In our Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online program, you will:

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$311

Per Credit Hour

Up to 90 hours

Transfer Credits

120

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Tuition

Our B.A. in Sociology online program features affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition. Financial aid is also available to qualifying students to help cover the expenses of earning a degree.

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Fees

Application Fee: $40
Graduation Fee: $25

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Trustees.

Financial Aid

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Explore financial aid options that can help you fund your online degree from UTPB.

Financial assistance is available to college students who qualify and are seeking a degree. Funds from a variety of sources assist students in achieving their responsibilities in paying for college. Costs associated with attending The University of Texas Permian Basin are comprised of tuition, fees, books and supplies. Federal, State, institutional and external sources can help pay some of the expenses related to the associated costs. No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program sponsored by UTPB on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, gender or disability.

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Please include the UTPB Federal School Code: 009930.
  2. Complete the UTPB admission process for your accelerated online program.
  3. Monitor your email for further instructions from the UTPB Financial Aid Office.

Please contact your Financial Aid Counselor if you have any questions.

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Calendar

The B.A. in Sociology program is delivered in a 100% online format with flexible, 8-week courses and six start dates a year. Find the class start that fits your schedule in the calendar and apply online by the corresponding application due date.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
06/29/20 06/15/20 06/22/20 06/26/20 07/09/20
08/24/20 08/10/20 08/17/20 08/21/20 08/31/20
10/19/20 10/05/20 10/12/20 10/16/20 10/26/20
01/11/21 12/14/20 01/04/21 01/08/21 01/19/21
03/15/21 03/01/21 03/08/21 03/12/21 03/22/21
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Admissions

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Admission Criteria

Transfer students seeking admission, who have accumulated 24 semester credit hours or more from regionally accredited colleges or universities, must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. All documents submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student.
  • All official sealed transcripts may be mailed to the address below:
  • Admissions Office
    University of Texas Permian Basin
    4901 E. University Blvd.
    Odessa, Texas 79762
  • Students may request that the original institution send the transcripts electronically to admissions@utpb.edu. Transcripts sent electronically will only be reviewed if they are received directly from the original school.
  • Must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better on a 4.0 grading system in previous college work
  • Must not be on academic or disciplinary suspension from any previously attended college or university (be eligible to re-enroll in the colleges or universities previously attended)

Conditional Admission Criteria

In some cases, students that do not meet the minimum grade point requirement may be admitted conditionally. Conditionally admitted students will complete a student success plan as one of the conditions for their admissions. To be removed from conditional status, a student must:

  • Complete twelve or more general education credit requirements from UTPB with grades of "C" or better in each course
  • Complete other enrollment requirements consistent with his or her deficiencies at the time of application

Failure to meet these requirements may result in an academic probation or dismissal.

A transfer applicant from a non-accredited institution may be considered for conditional admission by the Admissions Review Committee. A transfer student admitted conditionally must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or above for the first 30 hours of coursework undertaken at UTPB and is subject to academic dismissal at any time the grade point average falls below 2.0.

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Admissions Criteria

Freshman transfer students seeking admission, who have accumulated 1-23 semester credit hours from regionally accredited colleges, must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts:
    • High school transcript showing grade average, class rank (or approximate) and date of graduation
    • Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities previously attended
  • All documents submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student.
  • All official sealed transcripts may be mailed to the address below:
  • Admissions Office
    University of Texas Permian Basin
    4901 E. University Blvd.
    Odessa, Texas 79762
  • Students may request that the original institution send the transcripts electronically to admissions@utpb.edu. Transcripts sent electronically will only be reviewed if they are received directly from the original school.
  • Must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better on a 4.0 grading system in previous college work
  • Must not be on academic or disciplinary suspension from any previously attended college or university (be eligible to re-enroll in the colleges or universities previously attended)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores required for prospective students that graduated less than 5 years ago:

Entrance Exam Requirement

HS Graduation Class Rank SAT ACT
Top 25% No Minimum Score No Minimum Score
2nd Quarter 1020 20
3rd Quarter 1160 24
4th Quarter 1280 27

If you don't meet these requirements, you may still be admitted to UT Permian Basin. UTPB will complete a professional, individual review of your documents and application.

Conditional Admission Criteria

In some cases, students that do not meet the minimum grade point requirement may be admitted provisionally. Conditionally admitted students will complete a student success plan as one of the conditions for their admissions. To be removed from conditional status, a student must:

  • Complete twelve or more general education credit requirements from UTPB with grades of "C" or better in each course
  • Complete other enrollment requirements consistent with his or her deficiencies at the time of application

Failure to meet these requirements may result in an academic probation or dismissal.

A freshman transfer applicant from a non-accredited institution may be considered for conditional admission by the Admissions Review Committee. A freshman transfer student admitted conditionally must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or above for the first 30 hours of coursework undertaken at UT Permian Basin and is subject to academic dismissal at any time the grade point average falls below 2.0.

Courses

For the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online program, students must complete 120 credit hours, including 42 hours of general education courses, 34 hours of sociology core courses, 18 hours of minor courses, and 26 hours of electives. View a list of available general education courses.

The social science requirement may be met by any social science course except SOCI 1301. All sociology majors must demonstrate basic computing skills through the completion of COSC 1335 or other computer science course.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online requires a minimum of 34 hours of sociology core courses. The following courses are required of all majors (16 hours):

SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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 4399: Senior Research Seminar

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

For the 34 hours required in Sociology, the student must complete 18 hours of approved elective SOCI courses. It is recommended that SOCI 3327 be completed as soon as possible. The maximum number of sociology credits allowed is 47. Credits beyond this maximum will not count toward the 120 credit hours necessary to graduate. Elective choices include:

SOCI 3326: Modern Europe

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Europe from the French Revolution to the present. Emphasis on social and political trends.

SOCI 3347: Sociology of Work

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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 3348: Population Dynamics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Trends in mortality, fertility, and migration for selected countries, and their projected consequences. Associated policies and options are considered. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3351: Music in Society

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Music in Society is a multicultural course that explores local, national, and global perspectives on the importance of music in performance art and culture, religion and spirituality, health and healing, politics, and the economy. Students will explore how music and society are transformed by the beliefs, norms, values, and ideas from music in history and music today.

SOCI 3365: Juvenile Delinquency and Justice

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the juvenile justice system, theories of causation, the distribution and frequency of delinquency, correctional treatment, and prevention programs in modern society. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3389: Multilisting Course

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Undergraduate courses which will be offered only once, will be offered infrequently or which are being developed before a regular listing in the catalog.

SOCI 3390: The Family

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A historical and comparative approach in the examination of changing structure and functions of the family institution. The course provides a broad-based but intensive understanding of the family. Issues include the effect of economic, demographic and cultural changes on male-female relationships, sex roles, marriage and child care. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3391: Contract Study

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students who are pursuing independent study or research as described in the contract study format.

SOCI 4305: Drugs and Behavior

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Pharmacologic basis of psychotropic drugs and their associated abuses. Theories of cause and treatment of abusers are reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.

SOCI 4316: Energy and Society

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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 4317: Women's Studies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the range of ways in which societies are organized according to gender. It critically examines and analyzes the complex and multiple questions related to women’s lives taking into consideration social, economic, political, psychological and historical realities. To be able to achieve a holistic analysis, men’s experiences are fully integrated in the exploration of issues. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4320: Social Stratification

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Relationship between political and social structures with emphasis on the concepts of power, ideology, elites, class, and politics.

SOCI 4325: Globalization

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines and analyzes the transformation of post-colonial societies through capitalist, socialist or other forms of development in a political economy context. It explores the international division of labor, labor migration, state formation, among other issues in the U.S. and what has been called the “Third World.” Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4362: Sociology of Health and Illness

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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 4363: Death and Dying

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Systematic study of the last stage of the life cycle. How people cope with various forms of death, the bereavement process, and growing old alone. The social organization of dying and the treatment of death in the hospital setting. The demographics of death. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4370: Family Dysfunction and Substance Abuse

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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 4389: Selected Topics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Undergraduate courses which will be offered only once or will be offered infrequently or which are being developed before a regular listing in the catalog. May be acceptable for graduate credit.

SOCI 4391: Contract Study

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Advanced independent study or research (equivalent to senior-level course). These courses will not count for graduate credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor.

SOCI 4393: Internship in Applied Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A supervised program to utilize and develop sociological skills, as they apply to natural social settings. Students will be placed in a community organization. Variable credit of 3 or 6 hours depending on the number of hours worked and the academic requirements as established by the instructor. In the event of fulfilling 6 hours, only 3 will apply to the course, while the other 3 will be used as elective hours. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor.

SOCI 4394: Independent Research in Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study and research under supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Students wishing to enroll should prepare a short plan for this coursework and present it to the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

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