Online Bachelor's in Sociology Program Overview

Earn a degree that gives you options before and after graduation. The fully online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology offered by the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences gives you the option of choosing a double major in Psychology, Philosophy, Criminal Justice, or Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST).

Sociology studies the interactions of institutions with social groups and individuals—including experiences, social changes, patterns, deviance, and social relationships that drive society. Taking both a scientific and humanistic perspective, you will learn to examine society’s issues and problems and apply them to a broad range of career paths, from social work and research to criminology and public administration.

In the online sociology program, you’ll learn to:

  • Think critically about the issues and problems you encounter
  • Communicate your knowledge of sociology clearly and effectively
  • Use theoretical perspectives to understand, analyze, and assess social experiences
  • Collect, analyze and interpret sociological data
  • Understand key social phenomena, like deviance, multiculturalism, structural inequality, and more

Optional Double Major

Each double major option allows you to create a dynamic learning experience and target your area of interest.

Sociology + Criminal Justice

Apply sociological perspectives to law enforcement, corrections, the criminal justice system, victim services, and more.

Sociology + WEST

Take an intersectional approach, exploring connections among race and ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and more.

Sociology + Psychology

Study how societies and individuals interact and impact one another to prepare for a broad range of career paths, including human resources, education, business, law, social work, and more.

Sociology + Philosophy

Suited well for students interested in legal studies, this double major prepares you to bring theoretical analysis and practical application to your professional setting.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Offered By:

College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


Cost Per Credit:


*Approximate tuition per credit hour based on the number of credits taken

Cost Per Credit:


*Approximate tuition per credit hour based on the number of credits taken

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BA in Sociology Program Details

The 120-credit-hour Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is designed to help students with previously earned credits complete their bachelor’s degree. If you have earned 60 credits at UCCS or transfer in with an associate degree, this program takes approximately 24 months (two years) to complete.

The BA in Sociology program offers both synchronous and asynchronous courses. Most courses are asynchronous, meaning there are no set login times and you can complete your coursework at the time and place most convenient for you. All required sociology courses are available fully online.

The sociology courses in the program cover topics like childhood socialization, gender images, social problems, juvenile delinquency, criminology, sex and society, research and statistics, minority communities, families, and health. You’ll graduate equipped with a body of knowledge for working in multiple industries and a new perspective on social problems and the people they affect. In the end, you will build skills for thinking deeply and critically about issues facing modern society and the individuals within. You’ll also be prepared to pursue a related career path or continue your education in graduate school.

This online program is taught by faculty who also teach at the Colorado Springs campus. That means you’re receiving the same high quality curriculum and instruction as students on campus.

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The Sociology Department has award-winning faculty in teaching, service, research, and diversity. Students will find that our faculty are caring and compassionate and work hard to help students achieve their professional and academic goals. Our high quality in-person and online teaching is reflected in consistently high student evaluations and positive student emails. Our students receive thorough training in academic writing, critical thinking, theory building, and social research methods. In addition, students learn about diversity and inclusion, social equity issues, and social change in different contexts. As a result, employers value the well-rounded education of our students.

Edwardo Portillos, Department Chair

Curriculum Overview

The BA in Sociology requires 120 credits. All required sociology classes are offered in the online format at least once during the calendar year; most are offered every semester, including summer. A variety of elective classes are also available online each semester.

If you live near the Colorado Springs area, you also have the option of taking a combination of online and in-person courses (including evening classes) to complete your degree.

During the program, you will be expected to take the Research Methods and Social Statistics courses in the same semester. Theory should be taken in your junior year of the program, while the capstone course should be taken in your senior year. The theory and capstone courses are not offered in the summer.

Example Courses

The following descriptions are a sample of available courses for the BA in Sociology program at UCCS. You can explore all undergraduate lower division courses and undergraduate upper division courses on the Department of Sociology website.

A survey of contemporary racial and ethnic group relations in the U.S. and globally. Includes discussion of the history and development of contemporary minority groups, emphasizing comparisons of social situations, discrimination, and cultural identity formations.

Study of the images of women and men in American society, relating these stereotypes to actual conditions and experiences of women and men.

Examines the processes and conditions that produce the systems of differences and privilege shaping our lived experiences. Critically analyzes the prevailing cultural ideologies surrounding class, race, gender, sexuality, and ability. Emphasizes awareness, respect, justice and resolution.

Engaging in online learning has been immensely beneficial for me, allowing a harmonious balance between my academic pursuits, professional commitments, and familial obligations. The flexibility inherent in online classes enables me to manage my time effectively, allocate attention judiciously to each responsibility, and maintain a conducive learning environment tailored to my preferences.

Kimberly Jones, BA Sociology Student

Sociology Degree Career Outlook

The median annual wage for sociologists in the United States in May 2021 was $92,910, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); however, this figure varied depending on the industry context. The annual wage for sociology professionals ranged from $60,770 to $135,420.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology?

Sociology graduates can find career opportunities in several industries and positions. In addition to the sampling of roles below, graduates can also continue their education in graduate or law school.

  • Social worker
  • Human resource specialist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Survey researcher
  • Statistician

Advanced Sociology Degrees

With an undergraduate degree, you can continue your education in a number of sociology or law school programs across the nation. Some students may choose to also pursue an advanced criminal justice or social work degree. However, most of our students chose our own Master of Arts in Sociology program and either go on to teach in our undergraduate sociology program or work on their Ph.D.

Many master’s students also choose non-academic careers such as creating their own businesses, working for research firms, or finding jobs with non-profit organizations to help people in local communities. The University of Colorado’s graduate programs can help you take steps toward an advanced career.

Tuition and Fees

At UCCS Online, we strive to keep our tuition costs affordable so that you can get a world-class education that fits your budget. When you earn a degree, you’re not simply getting a diploma — you’re making a lifelong investment in yourself and empowering your future career. We know that affordability is an important factor, and that’s why we’re here to help you explore all of the options available to fund your education.

We’re here to answer your questions about tuition and financial aid, help you take care of the paperwork, and make sure you’re able to focus on reaching your goals. From financial aid and scholarships to corporate tuition assistance programs, we’ll work with you to find the best way to finance your degree.

Application fees can vary based on the program, but there is typically a small fee that will be required upon submission of your application. Please reach out to an Enrollment Navigator for more information about any costs associated with your application.

You may be eligible to pursue scholarships. Each year, UCCS awards $100 million in financial aid, and you can explore options through the UCCS Financial Aid Office.

Admissions Information

Interested in UCCS Online’s sociology program? In the application, simply select the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online program as you are filling out your application form. Since the department does not have separate admissions requirements, you can refer to UCCS Admissions for more information based on your status as a first-time student, returning student, or transfer student. To learn more or talk to our enrollment team, fill out the form included on this pagefill out the form included on this page.

Completion Time

Online learning offers the benefit of flexibility, with the option of taking a course load that meets your needs. This program can be completed in as little as 24 months if you transfer in previously earned credits and take a full course load. You also have the option of taking fewer credits and completing the program over more time.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A sociology degree can give you plenty of professional flexibility, allowing you to enter a variety of industries and career paths where you can use your new knowledge and skills. An undergraduate sociology degree will give you knowledge and skills in critical thinking, writing, verbal communication, analysis and interpretation.

There are several fields and jobs you could pursue. Below is a list of some general career paths for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

  • Social Welfare
  • Government
  • Teaching
  • Social Science Research
  • Public Relations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare
  • Human Resources and Business Entities
  • Veterans Services

Note that some career paths may require additional training, certifications or education to qualify for practice.

No internship is required; however, students will complete a capstone project during their final year of the program. The sociology senior capstone course is designed to help you demonstrate your cumulative learning of sociological theory, research methods, and substantive concepts and topics in the discipline.

There is no admission or selection process for this program. Once you are admitted to UCCS Online, you will simply declare your major or double major.

During fall and spring terms, courses are typically 16 weeks long. A small percentage may be eight-week courses. During the summer term, the courses are a mix of four (4) and eight (8) weeks long.

Online learning will offer you the flexibility to study at the best place and time for you. You can choose a pace that is sustainable for your lifestyle, which can help you take into account your current career, family, and other commitments outside of school.

Additionally, at UCCS Online, our online programs are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, which means you’re earning the same high quality degree as traditional students, and your diploma will not mention that your degree was earned online.

The online sociology program has four double major options, and each program also takes 24 months to complete. Completing two degrees in the same time it would take to complete one increases your competitiveness in the job market or acceptance into a graduate program.