Curriculum: B.A./B.S. Sociology – Online

As a sociology major, you will gain a strong foundation in quantitative analysis, oral and written communication, social policy and research methods. This program is developed and taught by OSU's renowned liberal arts faculty who are involved in contemporary policy issues and serve as advisors and consultants for public agencies, nonprofits, and legislative bodies.

Scott Akins

Associate Professor Scott Akins understands the busy lifestyle of his online students so he makes sure that course material is easy to access and he is available to help students with any questions. Read more »

As part of this online degree program, you can also choose the environmental and natural resources option designed to give students the ability to apply social science concepts to better understand relationships between societies and their biophysical environment.

Sociology majors must complete five main areas in order to graduate:

  1. Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  2. College of Liberal Arts core: 15 credits
  3. B.A./B.S. requirements: 15 – 24 credits
  4. Sociology major (with the environmental and natural resources option): 48 credits
  5. Electives: as needed to meet the 180 credit minimum to graduate

Course topics include:

  • Population trends and policy
  • Crime and justice
  • Sociological theory
  • Health, illness and society
  • Criminology and penology
  • Sociology of education
  • Environmental sociology
  • Rural sociology
  • Consensus and natural resources

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including 60 upper division credits. To view the sociology major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official General Catalog. And please check out the following pages if you need additional information about the baccalaureate core or the College of Liberal Arts core.

Transfer credit

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. For example, combine sociology and a business minor or sociology plus a U.S. history minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market.


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