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Bachelor of Sociology Online

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Prepare for Success with SMSU’s Online Degree in Sociology


2-4 years

37 Credit Hours (Major)

$305 per Credit

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Make a Positive Impact in Your Community and Beyond

Gain a deep understanding of human social activity and the world around us with the online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program from Southwest Minnesota State University. The study of sociology teaches you to understand the perspectives of people different than yourself, a personal and professional advantage in our changing society. You’ll build foundational knowledge of human social behavior and learn to apply it to create positive change, no matter what career path you choose.

This BA in Sociology program is also offered on campus.

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Study on Your Schedule with Fully Online Sociology Courses

37 Major Credits

13 Major Courses

SMSU’s sociology degree program delivers an innovative curriculum grounded in understanding human social dynamics. You’ll study topics like gender, social stratification, criminology, race, and aging to gain valuable insights and learn to form connections with people from all walks of life. Extensive elective options are built into the course plan so you can study the areas that interest you most.

Course Highlights

  • SOCI 220: Social Problems
  • SOCI 315: Applied Social Research
  • SOCI 318: Forces for Social Change
Curriculum Details

Apply to Our Online Sociology Degree Today

Start Date August 26, 2024 Fall Term 2024

Admission to the online sociology degree begins by submitting your application. Take the next step toward a rewarding career by completing your application today with support from the SMSU enrollment team.

Online Application FormApply Now
Application Fee$20 waivable fee*
Official TranscriptsSend official high school transcripts. Transfer students must send transcripts from each institution attended
Minimum GPA2.5 minimum, 3.0 recommended

International Students

Additional information and requirements may be necessary for international students. Please contact our enrollment team to learn more.

It’s always the right time to invest in your education with SMSU. Contact an enrollment counselor by calling 1-800-201-2944 to get started today.

Admissions Details

Earn an Affordable Sociology Degree Online

Calculate your cost for attending SMSU Use our tuition calculator to help you estimate your total tuition costs.  

The first step toward creating a successful future for yourself is investing in your education. Whether you’re applying for a college degree for the first time or picking back up where you left off in your education, Southwest Minnesota State University’s tuition and financial aid packages can assist you. We offer competitive tuition, scholarship options, and accept transfer credits to help ensure you earn your degree affordably.

Cost per Credit Hour$305
Total Credit Hours120
Total Estimated Cost**$36,600
Other CostsThe estimated tuition cost does not include factors such as textbooks, supplies, or additional fees and expenses

Military Benefits

SMSU proudly welcomes active military and veteran students. We accept the GI Bill™ and VA education benefits. Learn more by contacting an enrollment counselor or by visiting our military benefits page.

Financial Aid Options & Support

Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of solutions to help you invest in your education. SMSU offers in-state tuition rates to all students, along with a variety of financial services, including military benefits, financial aid opportunities, and scholarships for qualifying applicants.

Take your next step in financing your education by completing your FAFSA today. Use SMSU’s school code: 002375

Tuition Details
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Launch a Rewarding Career in Sociology-Related Fields

Earning your bachelor of sociology online from SMSU can set you up for success in diverse professions. The critical thinking, communication, and cultural competency skills you gain are applicable to a range of roles. Prepare to enter the workforce immediately in fields like business or social service or pursue graduate study in areas like social work or law. Our Career Services center is available to all online students and offers valuable resources to help you chart your professional path.

Jobs with an Online Degree in Sociology

Human resources specialist $64,240 per year1

Social and community services manager $74,240 per year2

Program Outcomes

The expertise you gain in SMSU’s online sociology program can help you make a difference no matter what career path you choose. By studying diverse populations and the human experience while honing your critical thinking and research skills, you will graduate ready for success in fields ranging from human resources to criminal justice.

What You’ll Learn

Meet Our Faculty

SMSU employs a faculty of experts who are top-skilled in their fields. Our educators are fully committed to providing each student with personalized and thoughtful instruction to help you succeed academically and professionally.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Cindy Aamlid

Professor of Sociology

Dr. Aamlid’s education includes a PhD in Sociology from South Dakota State University (2007), an MS in Family Resource Management from Iowa State University (1988), and a BS in Home Economics Education from South Dakota State University (1985). The courses she has taught at SMSU include Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and Family, Social Problems, Gender Issues, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, Theory, Social Stratification, Senior Capstone, The Culture of Consumption. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, and hiking with her family.

Learn Online with Southwest Minnesota State University

Whether you’re enrolling in a degree program for the first time or completing a degree you previously started, learning online with SMSU provides the flexibility you need to be successful. Our online programs offer the same rigorous curriculum delivered on campus, plus the convenience of studying on your schedule from the location of your choice.

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Sources and Disclaimers

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Specialists, at (visited December 18, 2023).
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Services Managers, at (visited December 18, 2023).

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**Tuition costs and fees will vary based on semesters of enrollment and number of transfer credits accepted. Contact our enrollment team to learn more.