The online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program with an area of concentration in Sociology prepares adult students for academic advancement and professional careers. Students receive a liberal arts education, highly valued in today's workplace for developing critical thinking and decision-making skills.
The BGS degree emphasizes multidisciplinary study, giving our graduates a versatile educational background. Students receive individual, personal guidance in developing their degree program. Our BGS advisers are specialized in the concerns of adults returning to a university-setting.
The sociology concentration provides:
Graduates of this program go on to careers in:
A foundational education in sociology also prepares students for pursuing advanced degrees degrees.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
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|Introduction to Sociology||3|
Course Number: SOC 1010
An introduction to the study of human societies. The course presents the fundamental concepts and theories that make up the sociological perspective. These serve as tools for the analysis of social inequality, social institutions and social change.
Course Number: SOC 2100
An analysis of the origins of social problems in American society. Attention is given to the nature, consequences and solutions of selected social problems. Prereq: Three hours of social science.
Course Number: SOC 2130
Descriptive statistics techniques and the principles of inferential statistical thinking. The emphasis is on the basic statistical techniques employed in analysis of social data. This course does not count as social science credit. Prereq: MATH 1310
|Major Social Issues||3|
Course Number: SOC 2800
The course examines a major social issue with readings and required materials designed for non-majors. The specific topic will vary from semester to semester. Students may take the course more than once. Prereq: SOC 1010
Course Number: SOC 3450
Social interaction studied in situations of (1) social influences on individuals, (2) dyads or face-to-face groups, and (3) larger social systems. The concepts, theories, data, research methods, and applications of varied substantive topics are examined. Prereq: SOC 1010 or PSYC 1010
Course Number: SOC 3690
Considers the inequalities of social class, power and status and their relationships to race, ethnicity and gender in order to determine who gets what and why. The consequences of social stratification for life chances, consumption and social mobility are examined. Prereq: SOC 1010 and sophomore standing.
|Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S.||3|
Course Number: SOC 3900
The course explores historical and contemporary meanings of race and ethnicity and introduces students to the ways sociologists think about race, race relations and racism. It reviews current theoretical issues, and focuses on the recent histories and current position of several major racial-ethnic populations in the U.S.: African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on how race has structured groups' experiences in relation to social institutions like health, education, culture and media, legal system, and the economy. Prereq: Six hours of social science.
|Sociology of Deviant Behavior||3|
Course Number: SOC 4130
The course explores historical and contemporary meanings of race and ethnicity and introduces students to the ways sociologists think about race, race relations and racism. It reviews current theoretical issues, and focuses on the recent histories and current position of several major racial-ethnic populations in the U.S.: African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on how race has structured groups' experiences in relation to social institutions like health, education, culture and media, legal system, and the economy. Prereq: Six hours of social science
|American Family Problems||3|
Course Number: SOC 4150
This course takes up problems and issues of the contemporary American family. Specific topics vary, but might include: family violence; the impact of poverty and racism on families; families and work; gender roles; divorce and its aftermath; remarriage and step-parenthood; family and economy; law and the family; parenting; sexuality, sexual orientation, and reproduction; family policy; drug, alcohol, and mental health problems; and the most basic question of all: what is a family? Family problems and issues are presented in an historical and analytical context which connects the family to basic social institutions and processes. Prereq: SOC 1010 or 2150
|Contemporary Topics in Sociology||3|
Course Number: SOC 4800
This course reviews research and writing in an area which is of current interest in the field of sociology. The specific topic(s) to be covered will be announced at the time the course is being offered. Since the topic will vary, students may elect to take this course more than once.
Course Number: SOC 4990
Guided readings or independent research in special topics under the supervision of a faculty member. A formal contract specifying the nature of the work to be completed must be signed before registering for the course. SOC 4990 may be taken for a maximum of six hours.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.