Sociology is the study of how human behavior shapes and is shaped by larger cultural and social contexts. It provides a lens to analyze, understand and explain important matters in our personal lives, communities, and in the world. The University of Utah’s versatile online undergraduate major introduces students to social issues and processes in a variety of domains, including deviance, criminology, and the law; globalization, environment, and politics; population and health; and diversity and inequality. In a world full of #fakenews, this is critically important! Students will become critical observers, participants, and actors in the world using the perspective and insight gained from sociological theories and methods.

At the University of Utah our online courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses will combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways.

  • Through group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Through “peer reviews,” where you review and comment upon assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help. 

  • Converse directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.

BS of Sociology

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.


  • 18 credit hours from the major must be completed at the University of Utah
  • Major courses must be completed with a C- or better
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA



All sociology majors are required to complete the sociology required core courses

SOC1010 Intro to Sociology (3) BF
SOC 1015/2015 Doing Sociology (2)
SOC 3111 Research Methods (3) CW
SOC 3112 Social Statistics (4) QB, QI
SOC 3140 Social Theory (3)



Must complete one course in all four sections


SOC 3310 Special Topics - Diversity (3)
SOC 2630 Ethnic Minorities in America (3) DV, BF
SOC 3041 Sociology of Rock & Roll (3) BF
SOC 3334 Race, Class and the American Dream (3) DV
SOC 3337 Gender & Sexuality (3) DV, BF
SOC 3380 Social Inequality  (3) DV
SOC 3381 Exploring Inequality through Music & Film (3) DV, BF
SOC 3769 Social Disparities in Health (3) DV
SOC 4892 Diversity Internship (3)



SOC 3610 Special Topics - Population & Health (3)
SOC 2600 Families in Society (3)
SOC 3650 Population & Society (3) QB, QI, IR, SUSL
SOC 3653 Global Population Problems (3) IR
SOC 3671 Sociology of Health (3)
SOC 3673 Social Epidemiology (3) QB, QI
SOC 3741 Immigrants & Communities (3) IR
SOC 3769 Social Disparities in Health (3) DV
SOC 4674 Global Health (3) SUSL



SOC 3510 Special Topics - DCL (3)
SOC 3572 - Intimate Partner Violence: Global Perspectives
SOC 3560 Deviant Behavior & Social Control (3) BF
SOC 3561 Criminology (3)
SOC 3562 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
SOC 3563 Good Cop, Bad Cop (3)
SOC 3564 Locked Up! Courts & Corrections (3)
SOC 3565 Women & Crime (3) DV
SOC 3566 Society & the Criminal Mind (3)
SOC 3567 Corporations & Corruption (3)
SOC 3568 Sociology of Law (3) CW
SOC 3569 Terrorism, Violence & Aggression (3)
SOC 3570 Gangs & Gang Violence (3)
SOC 3571 Murder in America (3)
SOC 4566 Sexual Assault (3)



SOC 3410 Special Topics - GPS (3)
SOC 3422 Social Movements (3)
SOC 3435 Inequality, Power & Globalization (3)
SOC 3436 Global Social Structure & Change (3)
SOC 3440 Sociology of Religion (3) BF
SOC 3446 Political Sociology (3)
SOC 3480 Environmental Sociology (3) IR
SOC 3486 Global Environmental Crisis (3)
SOC 3741 Immigrants & Communities (3) IR
SOC 3448 Cities & Communities (3)



Any sociology course, upper or lower division, can fulfill elective requirements. Students can choose from the program areas or the commonly offered electives list.

SOC 1020 Social Problems (3) BF
SOC 3020 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 3042 Sociology of Film (3)
SOC 3043 Sociology of Education (3)
SOC 3052 Digital Society (3) 
SOC 3061 Sociology of Sports (3)
SOC 3065 Latter-Day Saint Society (3)
SOC 3877 Senior Thesis 1(3)
SOC 4877 Senior Thesis 2 (3)



All courses from the following are acceptable for this section.

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Educational Psychology
  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Family & Consumer Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Social Work
  • City and Metropolitan Planning


More information on admissions, applications and degree requirements can be found here.

To view all SOC courses available online in the Spring 2020 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all SOC courses available online in the Summer 2020 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all SOC courses available online in the Fall 2020 term view the Class Schedule.

To calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Calculator. Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students pay an additional $60 fee per course to cover the costs of operating online courses.

Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition at the University of Utah. 

All students transferring credit from another institution will need to make visiting with an advisor a top priority.  Students will be able to gather a full sense of what credits transferred, how many credits are left remaining for degree completion and those opportunities that will enhance the post-graduate experience.

Students with a sociology undergraduate degree enter the workforce in the public, private or nonprofit sectors in positions such as

  • Child Advocate
  • Compliance Manager
  • Data Research Coordinator
  • Operational Support Technician
  • Program Manager

They also undertake graduate study in areas such as

  • criminal justice
  • sociology and other social sciences
  • public health
  • global affairs
  • law
  • medicine
  • public administration

Where are our graduates now?  Learn more at

 For more information please contact one of our SOC Academic Advisors.



University Application Deadlines

Spring - November 1

Summer - March 1

Fall - April 1

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Online Courses

 All SOC program pre-requisite courses, as well as SOC core classes, are available in the online format. For more information, please contact a Sociology academic advisor.

Credits Required

48 total credit hours are required for a BS degree.

Time to Completion

Students can expect to complete the major specific SOC coursework and internships in three to four semesters, at 12 - 15 credits per semester.


Last Updated: 6/24/20