Sociology Bachelor of Arts
(Applied Sociology Emphasis)
Online Degree Completion Program

A Liberal Arts Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

The Online Sociology Bachelor of Arts: Applied Sociology Emphasis program is a flexible liberal arts degree. In this bachelor's completion program, you will develop transferable job skills that are valuable for a wide range of professions in virtually any industry. In addition, you'll engage in personally interesting curriculum that will enrich your ability to succeed in any job or organization.

You'll develop applicable skills in

  • Effective communication, critical analysis, writing and research
  • Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Application of social context and cultural issues to problem solving at the group, organizational and societal level

Graduates will be prepared for a variety of positions in market analysis, research, policy development, human resources, politics, journalism, law, education, social work, non-profit organizations, counseling and health care administration.

Job growth in Sociology and related professions is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, with Sociologist and Political Scientist jobs expected to grow 21% between 2008 and 2018!

U.S. Job Growth Bypassing Those Without a College Degree
From July 2010 to July 2011, employment among adults with a bachelor's degree or higher increased by 720,000 jobs, while employment was nearly flat for those with some college but no 4-year degree. July 2011 unemployment for those with a bachelor's or higher was only 4.4%, compared to 8.4% for those with some college or an associates degree.
–(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as presented by Dr. Ed Yardeni).

A Program Designed for Adult Learners

This online bachelor's degree completion program is designed for busy adults of any age who need to fit their college completion into busy lives, no matter where they live.

  • Open Entry. You can begin the program in any term (Summer, Fall or Spring).
  • Fast Progress That Won't Overwhelm You. The program is designed to allow for 12 credits to be taken each term while only taking 2 courses at one time (you can take more credits each term if your situation allows).
  • Quality Brought to You Online. This Sociology Bachelor of Arts: Applied Sociology Emphasis is the same as our on-campus program, brought online through our Quality Matters standards and delivered online for your convenience.
  • Transferable Skills. A broad liberal arts degree is highly valued by employers because it prepares you with communication and research skills that can be applied to any industry, providing you with more career options.

More Resources

The Sociology Department web pages contain additional information about Careers in Sociology and the Sociology Faculty and Staff. You can also visit the UNC Sociology department on Facebook.

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Online Sociology Bachelor Completion Program
Academic Program Coordinator

Sandra Harmon

Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit

Course of Study

A Program Designed for Adult Learners

This online bachelor's degree completion program is designed for busy adults who need to fit their college completion into busy lives, no matter where they live. You can begin the program in any term (Summer, Fall or Spring) and can earn at least 12 credits per term while only taking two courses at a time (take more credits if you choose). The Sociology online program coursework is designed to take two years for those who have no other relevant Sociology coursework beyond the LAC courses.

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • At least two 16-week courses available each term.
  • Three sequential 6-weeks courses are offered (beginning one week before the traditional semester start date).
  • Example fall and spring schedule if you take one semester-length course and all three 6-week courses. You can take 12 credits and only be working on two courses at a time.
    The fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks long. One course is offered as a full-semester course and then three courses are offered sequentially in 6-week lengths, meaning 18 weeks total, with the first starting one week before the traditional semester and the last ending one week after the regular semester ends.

Summer Sessions

  • Multiple courses are offered in the summer term in the two 6-weeks sessions. If you take two 3-credit hour courses each session you will earn 12 credits in the summer term.

Orientation to Online Learning
Before you begin your first academic course, we strongly recommend that you register for and complete the short Orientation to Online Learning course—especially if you do not have recent experience taking classes online. This free non-credit, non-graded course provides students with an introduction to online learning at UNC and provides important skills, knowledge, and resources to help students succeed.

The course is available each term and is self-paced.

Credits Required for Graduation from the Sociology BA: Applied Sociology Emphasis Online Program

120 total credit hours required. See the Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit section above for details about transferring your current college credit in to satisfy the 120 hour requirement, including the Liberal Arts Core coursework and what courses can be applied toward the Sociology requirements. Contact the Academic Program Coordinator with any questions about the degree requirements.

Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Coursework (40 credit hours)

UNC requires a set of courses intended to provide a core of liberal arts knowledge and skills that will make you a continual learner across disciplines. Many of these courses will hopefully be fulfilled from your transferred credit. If you are missing any of this coursework, many are available online through UNC (many LAC course offerings are during Summer sessions; UNC does not currently have online LAC courses in the following subjects: Math, and Science with lab).

Credits required:
Area 1: Communication/Composition (6 hours)
Area 2: Mathematics (3) *Must include STAT 150 (preferred) or Math 124 or higher
Area 3: Arts & Humanities (6-9 hours from 2 subcategories)
Area 4: History (3)
Area 5: Social & Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hours) *Must include SOC 100
Area 6: Physical & Life Sciences (7)
Area 7: International Studies (3)
Area 8: Multicultural Studies (3)

**A student who has earned a liberal-arts based Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree or equivalent program as determined by the UNC Admissions Office will receive credit for such work and be excused from Areas 1-8 of the LAC requirements. Note: the Sociology department requires SOC 100 and the appropriate math course even if LAC requirements are waived by UNC.

Required Sociology Credits (41 credit hours)

At least 50% of the courses taken to complete the major must be upper division (300-400 level). A 2.0 G.P.A. within the Sociology major is required.

Required Courses (20+ hours)
SOC 231 Introduction to Sociological Practice (3)
SOC 351 Classical Social Theory (3)
SOC 352 Contemporary Social Theory (3)
SOC 361 Methods of Sociological Research I (3)
SOC 363 Methods of Sociological Research I Lab (1)
SOC 362 Methods of Sociological Research II (3)
SOC 364 Methods of Sociological Research II Lab (1)
SOC 492 Practicum in Applied Sociology (3-9)

Required Concentration (9+ hours)
Choose from:

  • Life Course and Social Identity
  • Institutions
  • Deviance, Delinquency and Crime
  • Social Policy

View the Sociology Online Bachelor Completion Program Curriculum Guide (pdf) for available courses for each concentration option and for course descriptions to determine if your prior Sociology coursework may be eligible to safisfy specific Sociology major coursework requirements.

Elective Major Coursework
The remainder of the 41 credits may be made up of elective Sociology options within the same concentration area, other concentrations, etc.

Upcoming Online Sociology Courses—Check out which courses are available for upcoming terms.

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