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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. In a world full of #fakenews, students will become critical observers, participants, and actors in the world using the perspective and insight gained from sociological theories and methods.

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. 

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

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

  • Communicate 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; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

BS/BA 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.

SOC 1010

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

Diversity and Inequality

SOC 3310

Special Topics - Diversity (3)

SOC 2630

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)

Population and Health

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
Deviance, Crime, and Law 

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)

Globalization, Politics, and Society

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 areas 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 2021 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all SOC courses available online in the Summer 2021 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all SOC courses available online in the Fall 2021 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 an undergraduate degree in sociology 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


Questions? Ask an advisor.

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

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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.


University Application Deadlines

Spring - November 1

Summer - March 1

Fall - April 1

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Last Updated: 4/7/21