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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 issues that affect our personal lives, communities, and the world. In a society 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 in Sociology or Minor in 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 (3)
  • SOC 3140 (3)
  • SOC 2015 (3) 
  • SOC 3112 (4)
  • SOC 3111 (3)

Must complete one course in all four areas:

  • Diversity and Inequality
  • Population and Health
  • Deviance, Crime, and Law 
  • Globalization, Politics, and Society

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

ALLIED COURSEWORK (12 CREDITS, 9 out of 12 must be upper division)

All courses from the following areas are acceptable for this section.

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


See detailed class lists and information on admissions, applications, and degree requirements.

Minor in Sociology REQUIREMENTS

All courses must be completed with a C- or better. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in sociology courses.


SOC 1010 Intro to Sociology (3)
SOC 3111 Research Methods (3)   or  SOC 3140 Social Theory (3)



Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in elective sociology classes. 

  • At least 6 credit hours must be upper division (3000 level or above). Students can have up to 3 credits in Internships (SOC 4890, SOC 4891, SOC 4892), Research (SOC 3950), and Directed Reading (SOC 3951). 
  • An additional 6 credits from SOC, excluding SOC3950 - Individual Research (1 - 3) and SOC3951 - Directed Reading (1 - 3).

See detailed class lists and information on admissions, applications, and minor requirements.

affordable tuition

UOnline undergraduate tuition has reduced fees and is the same for both Utah residents and out-of-state students. Please visit What Does It Cost? for more information about UOnline tuition.

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

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Last Updated: 1/18/23