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Sociology Degree Online Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Register By: August 28 Classes Start: August 30

Earn a Sociology Degree

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Receive credit for prior learning
  • Experiential-learning opportunities
  • Community health concentration option
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Online Sociology Degree Program Overview

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:

  • Social services
  • Community health
  • Conflict resolution
  • Criminal justice
  • Government
  • Advocacy
  • Research

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.

Learn how to:

  • Analyze group behavior using sociological theory
  • Assess published research and apply it to current social issues
  • Develop and conduct research on current social issues
  • Explore the impact and consequences of social constructs
  • Apply sociological principles to address social issues
  • Use a sociological perspective in research interests and career goals
  • Identify social patterns and relationships across cultures

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 a 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.

How to Take an Online Class at SNHU

Southern New Hampshire University understands that everyone learns differently. That’s why our online degree programs are designed to provide a more flexible learning experience that fits your schedule and meets your needs. In this video, you’ll gain a better understanding of how the SNHU online class format works for the modern learner. From logging in and accessing your courses, to viewing your schedule of assignments, participating in discussion boards, reviewing your grades and interacting with instructors and classmates, you’ll get a feel for what it’s like to take an online class at SNHU.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

Want to become a sociologist? Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that sociologists made a median annual salary of  $86,110 in 2020 – but those positions usually require at least a master's degree or even a PhD.1 The BLS also projects a 4% 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.1

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.

Dr. Carolyn Paul with the text Dr. Carolyn Paul"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:

  • Community health worker. Responding with culturally appropriate knowledge, you'll provide health education while connecting your community to services and advocating for their needs. You'll work directly with members of the community and service providers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you could expect to see a 13% increase in employment for this job through 2029.1
  • Social and community service manager. Coordinate and supervise programs that provide populations with the services they need to overcome adversity. Employment is available in nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses and government agencies. With a projected 17% growth rate, you can expect to see a high demand for qualified candidates in this role through 2029, according to the BLS.1
  • Health policy lobbyist. Serve as a public policy consultant, helping impact decisions made by lawmakers about healthcare policies at a city, state or even federal level. Many work for or with industry associations, insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical makers and nonprofits.
  • Consumer advocate. Stand up for the public's best interest by uncovering and exposing unfair or unsafe practices businesses engage in. You could find yourself working with industry associations, journalists and consumers.

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 clinical mental health counseling, psychology, criminal justice and public health.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Sociology Degree

Courses & Curriculum

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:

  • Group behavior and social patterns
  • History and culture
  • Economics and politics
  • Religion
  • Families
  • Minority relations
  • Gender issues and more

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.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses, and you could earn up to 12 math credits – at less than $50 for each course assessment.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

We also 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.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

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.

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