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Online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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Application Deadline: June 24, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 8, 2024

Understand How Social Interaction Shapes Our World.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of social interaction, social organization, social institutions, and social change.  Major themes in sociology include the interplay between the individual and society, the ways in which society is both stable and changing, the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the social construction of human life. 

Understanding sociology helps discover and explain social patterns and see how such patterns change over time and in different settings.  Sociology also develops critical thinking by revealing the social structures and processes that shape forms of human life. This program prepares graduates to move into careers across a wide array of career fields. Sociology majors are well-positioned to work with people from different backgrounds and with different needs, as well as inform, implement, and analyze social policies.

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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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Cost Online Sociology

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. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSU degree.

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $399

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $11,970

Total cost with fees: $47,880

LSU Online also offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including credit for prior learning (PLA), financial aid, and veteran education benefits. Learn More

*For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Sociology

  • 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 Online Sociology

First Time Freshman

  • 3.0 Core GPA on the 19 units of college-preparatory high school courses as outlined in the LSU Core
  • LSU is a test-optional institution which means applicants will have the choice to select if they wish to have their ACT or SAT scores considered for admission. Click here to learn more!

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 Coach 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.

Career Opportunities Online Sociology

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Market Analyst
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Juvenile Court Specialist
  • Police Officer
  • Public Health Educator
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Environmental Organizer
  • Family Planning Worker

What Will I Learn? Online Sociology

Students who graduate with an online sociology degree will gain the skills to analyze and evaluate complex information, especially as it relates to human relationships and institutions.

Topics covered in this degree include: 

  • Major subject areas and principles of sociology
  • Descriptive statistics; inferential statistical methods including confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing for one and two population means and proportions
  • Scientific methods and their application in sociological research, including problem selection, research design, measurement, data sources and evaluation of data
  • Fundamentals of the causes, correlates, consequences, and controls of crime in society, including definitional and methodological issues
  • Dominant theorists and schools of thought in sociology
  • The criminal justice system and its organizational components

Why Choose This Program? Online Sociology

Why choose LSU’s online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology?

The online BA in sociology prepares students for careers in a diverse range of sectors. Our comprehensive curriculum focuses on equipping students to become effective communicators and leaders with a global perspective. Coursework is 100% online and flexible, making it convenient for working professionals and other nontraditional students.

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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