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Develop and deepen your understanding of human behavior, social groups and society with an online bachelor's degree in sociology. In SNHU's Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology program, you'll delve into society's historical, economic and political issues and learn to solve real-world problems through experiential assignments, observation and case studies.
With your sociology degree, you'll graduate ready to contribute to the public good in fields such as:
Earning your online sociology degree gives you the skill set to advocate for change by analyzing the interdependency of global cultures. You’ll study the complexities of human society, define and redefine the dynamic nature of the family and other social institutions, and learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively.
Even better, many of the courses take advantage of virtual experiences, from case studies to role-playing exercises, to combine theory and problem-solving skills in an authentic and innovative way.
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If you want to focus your studies, we offer a community health concentration as part of our bachelor's in sociology program curriculum. Whether you choose the general sociology degree or the sociology degree with the concentration in community health, you'll have the benefit of classes that weave together theory and practice – preparing you for meaningful work in an increasingly interconnected world.
Soccer mirrors much of what sociology studies, Dr. Frank Catano, SNHU’s social sciences chairman, told former MLS player Calen Carr. Both players and members of society have identities, skills and ways they interact that tell us where we belong and how to play off one another.
Advocate for the well-being of individuals and communities when you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Community Health from Southern New Hampshire University. Be a force for the public good by learning to influence social factors that improve individual and community health, conduct outreach for medical personnel and collect data to help identify community health needs.
The online bachelor's in sociology with a concentration in community health covers topics like:
SNHU’s online sociology degree with a community health concentration gives you the skill set to advocate for change for individuals, families and communities. You’ll study current health and wellness trends, probing strategies to help groups change health behaviors. You’ll also be well versed in national and global health policies and explore how communities allocate health resources.
Along the way, you'll explore current trends in health and health policy from a national and global perspective and investigate the impact these issues have on the wellness of people, populations and society. You'll also consider key concepts, theories and methods – so you can learn to implement programs that make a difference.
In order to combine theory and problem-solving skills in an authentic and innovative way, you'll participate in courses that take advantage of hands-on experiences, from case studies to role-playing exercises. Advanced coursework includes portfolio-worthy projects such as creating a podcast and developing a public outreach campaign.
If you're interested in focusing your studies more heavily on community health and education, you might want to consider enrolling in the bachelor's in community health education or public health degree. In any case, the bachelor's in sociology with a concentration in community health puts you in a great position to continue on to pursue your Master of Public Health degree.
When you finish your bachelor's in sociology with a community health concentration, you'll graduate ready to contribute to a community's commitment to health. Employment opportunities could be found in fields such as social services and counseling, public policy and health education.
Employment rates for health educators and community health workers are projected to grow 11%, much faster than the average for all occupations between now and 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2
Note: Some employers may require the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential.
Courses may include:
Want to become a sociologist? Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that sociologists made a median annual salary of $82,050 in 2018 – but those positions usually require at least a master's degree or even a PhD.2 The BLS also projects a 9% job growth rate for sociologists, thus you might be able to find entry-level work assisting with research and data collection, especially while enrolled in a graduate program.2
While jobs with the title "sociologist" are typically reserved for those with graduate degrees, the bachelor's degree in sociology was created to give you knowledge and skills that can be applied to many fields, including social services, criminal justice, journalism and even politics.
"Sociology contributes to these fields as a knowledge base on how social and cultural factors impact people in different ways," said Dr. Carolyn Paul, sociology faculty lead at SNHU. "It also contributes expertise on research methodology and statistical analysis required in these fields."
Upon graduating, you'll be in a great position for employment in a range of fields, including social advocacy, community health and politics. With SNHU's online degree, you might seek employment in jobs such as:
With your understanding of human and group behavior, you could also find yourself employed in fields like communications, human resources, management, marketing, public relations, public safety and even urban planning. And your data gathering, analysis and research skills could make you a valuable asset to any number of jobs in a multitude of industries.
Earning your bachelor's in sociology is also good preparation to continue your education in a graduate program. At SNHU, you can pursue your master's degree in any of our dozens of programs, including subjects like counseling, psychology, criminal justice and public health.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of SNHU's mission statement is to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get an acceptance decision within days of submitting all of your required materials.
Decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
The online bachelor's in sociology covers major theoretical perspectives and emphasizes the use of sociology to understand social inequalities. The degree courses at SNHU provide you with a background in world civilizations – from prehistory through current day – and a wide breadth of sociological studies to give you a well-rounded education.
Throughout your core sociology degree courses, you'll learn about:
Examining patterns in areas such as class, gender, race, policy and institutions, your newfound sociological perspective will enable you to map the patterns in order to better understand social interaction. As you learn about religion, cultures, stereotypes and the relationship of social behavior to social conditions, you’ll be able to identify the needs of a particular community. With your degree in sociology, your ideas and efforts could make you an integral part of programs enacted to positively affect marginalized groups.
Coursework for the online sociology degree program includes a host of assignments that make abstract concepts applicable to real-world issues, including field experience and a capstone project.
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Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Sociology and social work are often considered part of the same field. But there are some significant differences between the two career paths.
Sociology is the study of human society and social behavior. Sociologists research society’s cultural, economic and political issues and work to apply their research to solve real-world problems.
Social workers typically work in mental health clinics, human services agencies and public health organizations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 They help people solve problems in their everyday lives and help them cope with mental, behavioral and emotional issues.
A sociology degree can help lay a foundation for a career in social work, but most social work jobs will require additional training and credentials. Clinical social workers typically need a master’s degree in social work, 2 years of experience in a supervised clinical setting and a social work license from their state.2
Yes, you can earn your sociology degree online from a number of universities.
At SNHU, an accredited, nonprofit school, online sociology programs are designed with affordability, flexibility and achievement in mind. With six 8-week terms per year, you can complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace.
"It feels more than worth it. I'd do it all over again," said bachelor's in sociology graduate Annie Klupshas '15 of pursuing and completing her degree at SNHU as a busy working mother. She added that she puts completing her degree program right up there alongside meeting her husband and having their first child – one of the most special moments in her life.
At SNHU, online courses have no set class times or login requirements. With weekly assignments, planning around your busy life is in your hands. You can attend class when it’s convenient for you, whether that’s at noon or midnight.
As an online student, you’ll have access to expert instruction, networking events and real-world learning opportunities. Online discussion forums within your courses will allow you to share ideas, engage with your peers and have your questions answered by instructors.
When it comes to support, our students think we deliver. Klupshas, like many other students, tried taking classes at two other universities before finding her place at SNHU.
"Every [academic] advisor took a personal interest in my accomplishments, the classes I selected," Klupshas said. "Each one of them has taught me different things and just showed me that this is what an advisor is supposed to be. They're supposed to be checking up on you, and following you and making sure you're comfortable."
Here, the online experience of students goes even further than earning a degree. SNHU offers clubs and student organizations for online students, as well as career counseling services to help you turn your sociology degree into a career.
A bachelor’s degree in sociology can prepare you for a broad range of career opportunities as you collect and analyze data and apply your research to solving real-world problems. With an optional degree concentration in community health, you can explore national and global health trends and use this learning to help inform public health policy.
No matter which sociology degree you choose, you’ll be ready to serve the public good in a range of settings. Some jobs available for sociology majors include:2
It depends. SNHU offers some of the most affordable online tuition rates in the country. At $320 per credit hour for undergraduate programs, SNHU's 120-credit bachelor's in sociology has a tuition cost of $38,400. If you've completed college courses in the past, you may be able to save money by transferring up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree.
In the end, the actual cost of your degree will vary based on the courses you take and the materials they require. While SNHU’s online degree programs aim to make use of free resources whenever possible – including ebooks, websites and training videos – some courses will require textbooks.
Sociology is classified as liberal arts, and you’ll earn a bachelor of arts (BA) degree as a sociology major.
Liberal arts is used to define a number of university majors, including literature, mathematics and social sciences, like sociology. Liberal arts subjects are intended to give you general knowledge on a subject, rather than technical skills.
In a bachelor of arts program like sociology, you’ll focus on building key critical thinking, problem solving, research and communication skills in addition to gaining degree-specific knowledge.
A bachelor’s degree in sociology can give you the soft skills and industry knowledge you need to succeed in a broad range of master’s degree programs.
Earning a sociology degree with a community health concentration could prepare you for a master’s degree in public health, allowing you to use your understanding of human behavior to impact local, national and global health policy.
The research and critical-thinking skills gained in a sociology bachelor’s degree can also help prepare you for a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with concentrations including public administration, project management and leadership.
If you want to work hands on to improve the lives of people living in a community, a master’s degree in social work could be a good fit, and a background in sociology is a strong foundation for a social work master’s degree.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.