Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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4 per year

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

Sociology professor Scott Akins understands the busy lifestyle of his online students, so he makes sure course materials are easy to access and that he is available to offer his support. Read more »

Degree requirements

A total of 180 credits – including 60 upper-division credits – are required to graduate with a degree in sociology. To view the sociology major requirements and program curriculum, please visit Oregon State’s official academic catalog.

For details about OSU's Baccalaureate Core, please visit our bacc core details page. You can also find information online about the College of Liberal Arts core.

Specialization options

You can tailor your sociology studies to align with your interests and career goals by choosing from one of the following areas of study:

Crime and justice

Position yourself for career opportunities in criminal justice, social services or law by enrolling in the program's crime and justice option. The coursework deals with a variety of issues such as criminology, juvenile delinquency and crime prevention from a sociological perspective. There is also an opportunity to take part in an internship at a criminal justice or social service agency in your area.

Environmental and natural resource

The environmental and natural resource option is ideal if you want to pursue careers in natural resource and environmental policy, planning, management and education. You'll learn to approach environmental issues through the lens of social science, and you'll gain an understanding of how societies interact with their biophysical environments.

Sample course topics

  • 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

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your 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 résumé fit for today's job market.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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