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Online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


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Understand How Social Interaction Shapes Our World.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology provides graduates with the expertise needed to understand how social groups impact the choices people make. Learn to examine how culture influences trends in society and become an expert in interpreting the social world, deviant behavior, social movements, and globalization.

The 21st-century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology-driven. Graduates acquire the tools to critically analyze a rapidly changing world, including the ability to:

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Develop a global perspective

Compare diverse cultures and analyze interactions for groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.


Conduct research and analyze data

Learn to recognize trends and patterns and produce social statistics such as those used in market research, opinion polling, program evaluation, sales, and countless other applications.

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Communicate skillfully

Learn to convey ideas effectively in writing and in presentations.

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Be a part of the Tiger Nation

Join more than 250,000 alumni worldwide from the flagship institution of Louisiana.

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You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BA in Sociology program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits. LSU Online also offers financial aid to qualified applicants. Click here to learn more.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $379

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $11,370

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $45,480

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for the final program cost.

Course Listings
  • ENGL1001: English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • MUS1751: Music Appreciation | Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH1100: Nature of Mathematics | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS1126: Introduction to Environmental Sciences | Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOL1001: General Biology | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST1061: Fundamentals of Communication | Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC2000: Introduction to Psychology | Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH1021: College Algebra | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL2001: Introductory Sociology | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL2029: Drama | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL2201: Introduction to Statistical Analysis | Credit Hours: 4
  • SPAN1101: Elementary Spanish | Credit Hours: 4
  • SOCL2501: Current Social Problems | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL2000: English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL2211: Methods of Sociological Research | Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG2050: Physical Geography: The Atmosphere | Credit Hours: 3
  • WGS2500: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies | Credit Hours: 3
  • ART1001: Introduction to Fine Arts | Credit Hours: 3
  • SPAN1102: Elementary Spanish | Credit Hours: 4
  • ENVS2126: Environmental and Anthropogenic Impacts of Microbes | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL3101: Sociological Theory | Credit Hours: 3
  • SPAN2101: Intermediate Spanish | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL3371: Sociology of the Criminal Justice System | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST3188: Intercultural Communication | Credit Hours: 3
  • SPAN2102: Intermediate Spanish | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL3501: Sociology of Deviance | Credit Hours: 3
  • MC2025: The Business of Entertainment Media | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST3113: Conversation | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL3510: Criminal Violence | Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON2030: Economic Principles | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL3601: Social Interaction | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST4100: Political Communication | Credit Hours: 3
  • POLI4020: American Constitutional Law | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL4461: Criminology | Credit Hours: 3
  • MKT3401: Principles of Marketing | Credit Hours: 3
  • SOCL4471: Sociology of Law | Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved Electives | Credit Hours: 6
  • Approved SOCL Electives | Credit Hours: 6
Admission Requirements

First Time Freshman

  • 3.0 Core GPA on the 19 units of college-preparatory high school courses as outlined in the LSU Core
  • 1030 Old SAT (Critical Reading and Math)/1100 New SAT (Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math)/23 Composite ACT
  • Must be eligible to enroll in university-level English and mathematics courses, as evidenced by a minimum ACT English subscore of 18 (a New SAT Writing and Language score of 25 or Old SAT Critical Reading score of 450) and a minimum ACT Math subscore of 19 (a New SAT score of 500 or Old SAT Critical Reading score of 460)

Transfer Student General Admission Requirements

  • 30* or more transferable (academic, non-remedial) credit hours from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • 2.5 academic GPA on all transferable college work attempted
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level English course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken
  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level Math course that fulfilled a general education requirement at the institution where it was taken

*Students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet all remaining transfer requirements.

To see about transfer credits please check out the TIGER TRANSFER TABLES

Re-Entry Student Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying for re-entry to LSU must have a 2.0 GPA on all LSU coursework and must meet the requirements for their prospective senior college. Students who have attempted 30 or more hours at another institution must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. For your senior college specific requirements please check out the Re-Entry Student Requirements per College.

If you feel like you do not meet any of the above qualifications please reach out to your Enrollment Concierge team member as there are different evaluation pathways for non-traditional students to take.

Undergraduate students who are reviewed and admitted by meeting LSU A&M general admissions requirements but do not meet the admittance requirements to a senior college have two admissions options:

Option 1

Students can start with The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). This academic unit is designed for new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Their mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the UCFY at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU.

Option 2

Students can start with The Center for Advising and Counseling (UCAC). This administrative unit serves as the academic home for students who have attempted 30-plus hours of college credit and who do not yet meet the admission requirements for one of the University’s degree-granting senior colleges.

For a list of specific senior college requirements please visit the LSU A&M Undergraduate Admission page.

Why a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social groups and how these groups change over time. Study the dynamics of a protest, explore how people express emotions, and the impact of cultural understanding on conflict. You will study a broad array of topics including family, crime and deviance, politics, race, gender, and social class. If you are interested in discovering how rapidly changing social trends influence the decisions people make and their quality of life, then a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is right for you.

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