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Sociology, BS

Bachelor of Science

This program is offered collaboratively by the IU East, IU Kokomo, and IU Northwest campuses. This means that you can fulfill degree requirements by taking online classes offered by any of these campuses. This collaborative model allows you the exciting opportunity to leverage the expertise and perspectives of faculty at multiple IU campuses.

Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions, and social relationships. It examines the complex social, economic, political, and technological challenges facing our society today. 

The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Sociology explores the discipline of sociology, the sociological perspective, and the contribution of sociology to our understanding of social reality. You learn to identify sociological imagination in source material, explain the importance of the relationship between biography and history, analyze issues from multiple points of view, and assess the historical and social structural contexts of an argument.

As a student in the program, you use qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine social life. You study the major theoretical arguments and key concepts of functionalist theory, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and social constructionism. You develop deep understanding of the structure and functions of social inequalities and hierarchies of difference and power. You also examine how agency, culture, and social structure operate in society. 

Your IU Online BS in Sociology prepares you for such careers as:

  • Social researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Survey researcher
  • Human resources specialist
  • Urban planner
  • Market research analyst
  • Public relations specialist
  • Journalist
  • Management consultant
  • Guidance counselor

Degree Requirements

To graduate with your BS in Sociology, you must complete 120 credit hours. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Sociology core courses including Capstone (21 credit hours)
  • Sociology elective courses (24 credit hours)
  • General education courses (30-42 credit hours)
  • General elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

Student Services

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  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
    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:
    • Complete application for admission. 
    • Submit official transcripts.
    • Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants). 
    • Complete an essay (may be required of some applicants).
    • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.

    Students who meet the admission standards of their home campus will be admitted directly into the BS Sociology.

    This program is offered by IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, and IU Northwest. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus. 

    Application Deadlines

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


    • ALL core courses are listed here. You will select from among these courses to fulfill degree requirements. Credits
    • BSS-B 490 Senior Capstone3 Credits
    • SOC-R 100 or SOC-S 100Introduction to Sociology3 Credits
    • SOC-R 121 or SOC-S 101 or SOC-S 153Social Problems3 Credits
    • SOC-R 351 Soc Sci Rsch Mthds3 Credits
    • SOC-R 359 Intro Soc. Stats3 Credits
    • SOC-R 494 Internship Program in Sociology (Subject to program approval.)3 Credits
    • SOC-R 498 Capstone Seminar3 Credits
    • SOC-S 161Principles of Sociology3 Credits
    • SOC-S 215 Social Change3 Credits
    • SOC-S 217 Social Inequality3 Credits
    • SOC-S 230 Society & the Individual3 Credits
    • SOC-S 252 Methods Soc Research3 Credits
    • SOC-S 261 Research Methods in Sociology3 Credits
    • SOC-S 262 Quant. Methods3 Credits
    • SOC-S 340 or SOC-R 355Social Theory3 Credits

    Tuition & Fees

    Cost for Indiana Residents
    • Per Credit Hour
    • Tuition: $250.00
    • 3 Credit Hours
    • Tuition: $750.00
    Cost for Out of State Residents
    • Per Credit Hour
    • Tuition: $350.00
    • 3 Credit Hours
    • Tuition: $1050.00

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