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Sociology B.A.

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Degree Overview Open Accordion

Challenges facing our world today are increasing domestically and globally. Discover valuable lessons about human and social behavior and the consequences of that behavior. Examine how social influences affect the way we think, feel, and act. Learn to understand, consider, and appreciate perspectives held by others. Navigate complex situations, work in teams, and make professional contributions that make a positive difference.

“I want to be able to use what I learned [at CSU] to break the cycle of injustice in the education field and help those who need help in high school and in college. Using my Spanish skills, I would love to help Hispanic families understand the college process and be able to feel like they are also a part of their children’s experiences.”

—Carina Roman-Solis, Sociology and Spanish Majors

Earn your sociology degree and be able to:

  • Critique explanations of social phenomena by locating them within broader societal patterns.
  • Apply sociological concepts and theories to better understand, evaluate, and foster social change in real-world settings.
  • Formulate research questions and select the appropriate sociological research methodologies to answer them.
  • Analyze the links between individuals, societies, and systems with a focus on describing the ways gender, race, class, and other intersecting powers produce social inequalities.
  • Examine the effects of social inequalities. Evaluate actions, policies, and programs that can prevent or ameliorate them.
  • Express sociological ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral contexts to a variety of audiences.
  • Think critically by engaging in teamwork. Negotiate different perspectives demonstrating an understanding of the complexity of the social world.
  • Critically examine the social world and your life in a way that is relevant to your own career and personal pathway.

Flexible online learning

Learn anywhere, anytime with the flexibility and collaboration of online learning. Earn your bachelor's degree from CSU — a regionally accredited research university — no matter where you are located. Maintain balance between your job responsibilities, personal obligations, and studies as you develop professional credentials to pursue a new career or advancement opportunity.

Earning your degree online doesn't mean studying alone. You’ll have many opportunities to interact with instructors and peers throughout the program. Class interactions involve discussion forums, live chat, video conferencing, and email conversations. Study online, on your time.

Explore Careers Open Accordion

Develop knowledge and skills to work in a broad range of careers including:

  • Social services
  • Corrections
  • Education
  • City commerce
  • Non-profits

Job titles held by current CSU Alumni with Sociology degrees include:

  • Research Assistant, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Correctional Services Specialist, Larimer County Community Corrections
  • Emergency Dispatch Operator, Tyco
  • Member Engagement Coordinator, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Data Analyst, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Guardian ad Litem, State of Colorado
  • Youth Case Worker, City of Denver
  • Detective in Domestic Violence Unit, City of Longmont
  • Facility Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Senior Financial Analyst, Prologis
  • Urban Planner, Pierce County, Washington
  • Cryptologic Technician, United States Navy
Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree.

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:


Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives - 21 credits (6 credits of which can be additional SOC courses)


Required courses. Must earn a “C” or better.


6 Credits upper-division SOC courses (300-400 level)

9 Credits any level SOC courses

*Note: SOC 315 and SOC 403 will be offered beginning Spring 2024

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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Planning to transfer credits from another college or university? Please review our FAQ page, then complete a Tentative Transfer Evaluation Form to see how your prior credits may transfer.

1 Review Admission Requirements

  • Previous college credit may be transferred into the online anthropology bachelor's degree program, and minimum credits required can vary depending on previous coursework completed.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 cumulative GPA preferred) from all coursework previously completed*
  • Satisfy admission requirement in mathematics
  • High school graduation or equivalent

* A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Additional information may be required for international applicants. Please connect with a coach to learn more.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Kyle Yates
Phone: (970) 491-8930

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Sociology — online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

Questions? Call (970) 491-8930 or email


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions you have.

Kyle Yates
Sociology B.A.
Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study and previous coursework
Admission Reqs.

Application Dates

Fall semester
August 1*
Spring semester
January 1*
Summer semester
May 1*
*Note: Application dates may vary depending on student status. Learn more.

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