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Bachelor of Science in Sociology Online

The bachelor's in sociology program from NKU provides an understanding of the roles of people within communities and society and helps you develop a diverse set of in-demand skills that give you a professional advantage in a variety of careers and industries.

08/05/20 Next Application Due Date
08/17/20 Start Classes
Tuition now $350 per credit hour with Path to Success Scholarship*

Program Overview

$448 Per Credit Hour
Varies Program Duration
120 Credit Hours

Enrich your ability to think critically about societies and learn to understand and appreciate behavioral differences among people in the NKU Bachelor of Science in Sociology online. You will graduate this program equipped with the knowledge gained in examining how social influences affect different individuals, groups, and organizations.

Our 100% online curriculum emphasizes sociological concepts, theories, and methods as powerful analytical tools for making connections between personal problems and larger social issues. Learn to use research, data analysis, and high-level analytical thinking to solve complex problems. Elective coursework includes criminology, marriage and the family, the sociology of work and occupations, and popular culture.

In this online program, you will:

  • Study how people interact with one another in society and how communities are intertwined
  • Examine dominant-minority intergroup relations, prejudice, discrimination, and other intergroup processes
  • Gain an understanding of theories involving social class, distribution of wealth, power, and prestige in the U.S.
  • Analyze the interaction of technology and society, including the social changes and issues that arise with technological advancement

Potential careers:

  • Social Scientist
  • Political Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Survey Researcher/Pollster
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Tuition

The B.S. in Sociology online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$448 Per Credit Hour
Varies Total Tuition

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Program Path to Success Scholarship Per Credit Hour* Per Credit Hour** Per Course**
Bachelor of Science in Sociology $350 $448 $1,344

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

*The Path to Success Scholarship is available for first-time NKU online students only and is comprised of a per-credit-hour savings of $98—for a $350-per-credit-hour tuition rate. The Scholarship cannot be combined with any other offer and is not available for existing students or for the RN to BSN online program.

**Does not include $960 in total program fees that will be divided and assessed by credit hour based on the number of hours taken.

 

Launch Your Career in Sociology

Understand and appreciate behavioral and value differences among people with an NKU sociology degree.

Calendar

The B.S. in Sociology is delivered in a flexible online format with six starts a year and 7-week courses. View the full calendar to see all upcoming dates. When you're ready to get started, be sure to submit your application, registration, documents, and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

08/05/20 Apply By
08/17/20 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer 2 06/29/20 06/17/20 06/22/20 06/25/20 06/29/20 08/14/20
Fall 1 08/17/20 08/05/20 08/10/20 08/13/20 08/17/20 10/02/20
Fall 2 10/14/20 10/01/20 10/06/20 10/09/20 10/14/20 12/04/20
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/30/21
Alex Weiglein

"It prepared me across the board. The program is already broad enough to go in any direction. You have to set up yourself up for success, but the program is adaptable to whatever you want to do."

– Alex Weiglein, B.A. in Psychology online student

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your B.S. in Sociology degree online. Please reach out to one of our enrollment specialists if you have any questions. Requirements for admission to this program include:

Official transcripts from each college attended
2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Online application fee waived for active/veteran military

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B.S. in Sociology Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for the B.S. in Sociology online program are evaluated on a holistic basis and must meet the following requirements:

Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are students who have graduated from high school and have previously attempted coursework for credit (other than college credits taken while in high school) at another regionally accredited college or university.

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution and 24 or more transferable credit hours must submit the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA and fewer than 24 transferable credit hours are evaluated based on the freshman admission standards and must supply the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended
  • Final and official high school transcript or GED scores
  • ACT or SAT or ACCUPLACER® test scores

Freshman Applicants

A freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not attempted coursework at a regionally accredited college or university (other than college credit earned while in high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation).

Students who are 21 years or older and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • ACCUPLACER scores (our placement office can help you schedule this test)

Students who are under 21 years old and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • An online application form
  • A $40 nonrefundable application fee*
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • ACT or SAT exam scores:
    • Required ACT scores:
      18 (English, math, reading)
    • Required SAT scores:
      Prior to March 2016: 430 (math, writing); 450 (critical reading)
      March 2016 to present: 23.5 (math); 25 (reading, writing, language)

Some courses may require additional placement testing depending on transfer credit or ACT scores.

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Admissions
400 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

beanorse@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215.

Courses

For the B.S. in Sociology online, students must complete eight core courses (24 credit hours, including one math course), 37 general education credit hours, 12 required elective credit hours, 21 minor credit hours, and 26 free elective credit hours—for a total of 120 credit hours. This does not include a 3-credit-hour prerequisite. Consult with your academic advisor to devise an individual degree plan and to get answers to questions about required and elective courses.

Note: SOC 100 is a prerequisite for all courses.

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Students must take the following courses and one additional mathematics/statistics or free elective course:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Sociology is the scientific study of society. More specifically, it is the study of ways in which humans construct meanings and organize social relationships and activities. This discipline seeks to develop students' ability to observe and think critically about their own and other societies and to become more sensitive to behavioral and value differences among people (which powerfully shape attitudes and opinions). Serious students of sociology will learn that sociological concepts, theories, and methods are powerful analytical tools for making connections between personal problems and larger social issues and for understanding how local, regional, national, and global communities are intertwined. Such understanding and skills will facilitate decision-making and constructive ethical and responsible action to address the issues we face today.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers major classical sociological theories and their exponents.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with an analysis and an understanding of the major contemporary theories that underlie both quantitative and qualitative sociological research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to database creation, management, and analysis. Designed to give students hands-on experience assessing, building, evaluating, applying, and drawing conclusions related to large data sets.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the research process; principles of research design; major methods of data collection; interviewing techniques; hand-on experience with selected research design and analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the theories of social class; distribution of wealth, prestige, and power in U.S.; patterns of social mobility.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an interactionist approach to study of development of the self; social roles; identity; social relationships; creativity; deviance; social control.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Senior seminar is a required capstone experience for seniors majoring in sociology.

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the major sociological theories of sickness and health; social and cultural aspects of disease definition, help-seeking, and response to illness; provider-patient roles and relationships; healthcare delivery systems in various societies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers dominant-minority intergroup relations; prejudice, discrimination, and other intergroup processes; racial and ethnic minorities in U.S. society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the social and demographic characteristics of the elderly population; sociological theories and methods for studying the elderly; adjustment problems of aging; prejudice and discrimination against the elderly.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the sociological analysis of interaction of technology and society; social issues arising with technological advancement; sociological factors influencing the direction of technological change and the adoption of technology; issues of the role of science in contemporary society.

Students must take 21 credit hours in a declared minor.

Students must take 26 credit hours of free electives. Remember, some of these may have to be at the 300/400 level to reach the required 45 total hours of 300+ coursework for graduation.

You must take 37 credit hours of general education courses, selected from the following categories. Note: Some general education courses may be part of the major/minor/focus requirements. If so, those courses may be used to count for both general education and the major/minor/focus.

  • General Education Courses:
    • Communication; Written (3 credits)
    • Communication; Written II (3 credits)
    • Communication; Oral (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences with lab (4 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences without lab (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Cultural Pluralism (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Global Viewpoints (3 credits)
 

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*The Path to Success Scholarship is available for first-time NKU online students only and is comprised of a per-credit-hour savings of $98—for a $350-per-credit-hour tuition rate. The Scholarship cannot be combined with any other offer and is not available for existing students or for the RN to BSN online program.

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