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Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology uses the unique view and perspective of sociology to study all forms of human behavior and interaction from the individual and small groups to institutions and globalization. You will develop a sociological imagination that opens windows into unfamiliar worlds and provides a fresh look at familiar worlds. Research, empirical, and theoretical analysis skills, as well as critical thinking and information literacy skills will be developed. Knowledge gained in this online sociology degree is well suited to a career in politics, civil service, health care, family support services, public or private management, or law.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Note: This online degree program requires you to have access to the analytics software: Statistics Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The university does not supply this software; check your course materials for additional information.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Differentiate major paradigms, classic and contemporary theories that inform the study of sociology.
  • Analyze social behavior using a sociological imagination.
  • Identify how social stratification influences social inequality.
  • Discuss how the individual self-concept is directly influenced by social processes and social structures.
  • Evaluate appropriate ethical considerations, methodological approaches and analysis techniques for sociological research.

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Degree at a Glance


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Community Action

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the sociological imagination to understanding different types of communities and the motivation of communities to engage in action.
  • Analyze communities using organizational sociology theories.
  • Identify career paths for sociologists with expertise in community organization and action.


Families and Social Action


Social Change


Sociology of Religion


Sociology of the Family


Organizational Sociology



Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast education practices and systems using a sociological perspective.
  • Evaluate the historical and current relationships between education, inequality, and socioeconomics.
  • Identify career paths for sociologists in education related fields.


Family Life Education


Social Change


Organizational Sociology


Adult Learning Theory


Measurement and Evaluation



Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze the historical and current relationships between health, inequality, and socioeconomics using sociological theories.
  • Apply a sociological perspective to evaluating different healthcare systems.
  • Identify career paths for medical sociologists in public health and other healthcare related fields.


Wellness: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Public Health in America


Sociology of Health and Illness


Sociology of Death and Dying


Sociology of Aging


Public Policy

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze social problems and the public policies and programs designed to solve them.
  • Apply a sociological perspective to historical and current issues in public policy such as voting rights, incarceration, and workplace rights.
  • Identify career paths for sociologists in public service, administration, and other organizations.


Public Policy


Social Change


Sociology of the Law


Political Sociology


Organizational Sociology


Social Justice

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Examine causes and consequences of poverty at local, national, and international levels.
  • Evaluate availability and effectiveness of social welfare programs and explore new strategies for increasing social justice.
  • Identify career paths for sociologists in organizations addressing social justice and social welfare issues.


Race and Ethnicity


Social Change


Gender and Society


Leadership & Motivation


Organizational Sociology

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour:

$285 | $250 with military grant*

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*To minimize out-of-pocket costs, active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a master's-level book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for master's-level courses to active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

University Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The university book grant is estimated to save full-time students $1,200 per year.*

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.