Sociology, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
    Credits
  • $259.00
    In-State
  • $396.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Sociology, Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program is designed to prepare students to make a positive difference in the world through the study of social life, social change and social causes and consequences of human behavior.

Students choose the Sociology, BS program because they:

  • Have a need for fully online courses that allow for convenience in earning their degree.
  • Have a passion to advocate for the dignity and well-being of all people in a diverse society.
  • Gain analytical skills and the ability to understand issues from different perspectives.

The field of sociology is vast from the intimate family to organized crime, politics, race gender and social class and the career options are just as vast. Through study in the program, students will be prepared to make a positive difference in the world.

Career Outlook: Career advancement in a diverse society requires the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people from different cultures, ethnicities and nationalities. Therefore, a degree in sociology prepares you for work in a variety of fields.

This program is ideal for professionals who wish to work in professions such as:

  • Social services
  • Management
  • Education
  • Market Research
  • Public Policy
  • Social science research
  • Public relations
  • Government
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Data Analysis

Graduates of this program have gained employment at the following organizations:

  • Greenpeace USA
  • Nebraska AIDS Project
  • S.A.F.E. Center
  • YMCA
  • Colonial Life
  • Gallup
  • County Probation Office
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Improve Care Management
  • Lyons Living Center
  • Public High School

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SOC 201 Social Inequality3
An examination of the American social class system and its impact on the lives of the members of society. Theories of the development of social classes are offered as a basis for class discussions. Alternative social class systems are examined along with the American system. The course concentrates on power relationships, ownership of assets, and the impact of class membership on values, beliefs, attitudes, life styles and life chances.
SOC 250GSAnthropology3
Prereq: none Reviews the physical evolution of humans and the origins of culture. The concepts of culture and cross-cultural comparison are utilized to understand the various ways of life humans have created throughout history.
SOC 300Sociological Theory3
Prereq: SOC 100, a 200-level SOC course or permission This course develops analytical approaches to the examination and use of sociological theory in social systems. Basic comprehension of the various paradigms and schools of thought are examined as well as critiques using classical, contemporary, and emerging theoretical writings. Evaluation of the application of social theories is also attempted. (Offered in the Fall semester.)
SOC 100GSIntroduction to Sociology3
Prereq: none The development of social systems, group formations and types of social organizations, and the nature of cultural and subcultural variations.
SOC 275Social Psychology3
Prereq: none Group influences on individual behavior, including role theory, socialization, personality development, and attitude change.
STAT 235 GSIntroduction to Statistics for Social Sciences3
An introduction to statistics for educational and sociological research. The course will include descriptive statistics, normal distribution and an introduction to correlation and hypothesis testing.
SOC 370Sociological Research3
Prereq: SOC 237 or permission of the instructor A sociological research project will be undertaken by the class in order to master the basic components of research. The project will be defined at the beginning of the semester and may have components of quantitative and/or qualitative methods.
SOC 468Senior Seminar3
Prereq: 18 hours completed SOC coursework Seminar serves as a capstone for the general degree option in sociology. The philosophical underpinnings of the basic issues in sociology will be examined. Students come to see how the pieces of sociology form a cogent whole.
SOC 225Global Cultures and Diversity3
Prereq: none This course acquaints the student with a broad range of cultural, racial, and social groups which are recognized as different by the community. It focuses on the causes of the differential treatment, the problems created for these groups and the community, and suggests some solutions that practicing social workers and human service professionals will find useful in dealing with these groups.
SOC 237Sociological Inquiry3
Prereq: none Systematic treatment of the design and conduct of social research and of the logical foundations of empirical research. Includes guided practice in the collection and analysis of data and an individual experience in the formulation and design of a research project. (Offered in the Fall semester.)
PSY 250 GSBehavioral Statistics3
SOC 201Social Inequality3
Prereq: none An examination of the American social class system and its impact on the lives of the members of society. Theories of the development of social classes are offered as a basis for class discussions. Alternative social class systems are examined along with the American system. The course concentrates on power relationships, ownership of assets, and the impact of class membership on values, beliefs, attitudes, life styles and life chances.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$259.00
Fees
$57.25
Total
$316.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$777.00
Fees
$171.75
Total
$948.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$396.00
Fees
$57.25
Total
$453.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1188.00
Fees
$171.75
Total
$1359.75
Suzanne Maughan, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor

Suzanne Maughan's philosophy stems from her commitment to be an effective teacher and provide students with the foundation to integrate and implement interdisciplinary knowledge to benefit themselves and the community. She is committed to teaching students and learning from them in quality environments through engaging class interaction, diversity, hands-on experience and challenging student thought processes.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.