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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Delve into the scientific study of society and its social rules and processes, including social relationship patterns, social interaction and culture with your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Ashford University. Focus on how and why people are organized in society, separately as individuals as well as together as members of professional organizations, groups, or voluntary associations.

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What you will learn

Your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will provide you with the ability to demonstrate knowledge of basic sociological concepts, apply major sociological theoretical perspectives and analyze critically major sociological issues. You will study the social lives of humans, groups and societies from the anonymous contact of individuals to the global social process that will instill an appreciation for cultural and social diversity. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program, you will be able to:

  • Defend knowledge of foundational sociological concepts; specifically, concepts of diversity, social responsibility, human rights, and dignity and respect for others in society
  • Assess a variety of classical and contemporary sociological theoretical perspectives
  • Evaluate research methodologies within the sociological context
  • Critically evaluate sociological issues
  • Apply sociological tools to impact societal issues

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Your Courses in Sociology

Engage in the study of humans in their individual and collective aspects as well as their economic, social, political, and religious activities. Tackle such areas as social issues, cross-cultural perspectives, community, aging and family. Learn how to statistically measure and analyze sociological data to further understand the laws governing human behavior in social contexts.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (39 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

BA in Sociology

Discover the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In this video, Dr. Matthew Laubacher, Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, explains what you can expect to learn during the degree program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in sociology.

Careers in Sociology

When you complete your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background and general knowledge in the field of sociology are requirements. Take a look at your potential career options.

Sociology Careers

Online Sociology Club


This student group is a collaborative effort between Ashford's sociology faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and students who are interested in sociology. Join the online LinkedIn club for sociology students.

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