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2018-2019 Catalog and Handbook 
2018-2019 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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Academic Director: Bonnie Oglensky, PhD
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email Contact: sociology@sps.cuny.edu

Note: To view the Fall 2019 curriculum, Click here.     

The Program

The online Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (B.A.) teaches students how people connect to other individuals in networks, teams, and organizations. Students gain insights into stereotyped groups such as race, class, and gender, as well as how to distinguish these from voluntary membership in social clubs, political associations, and professions. Learning how to frame issues as problems to be solved, how to conduct social research, how to communicate effectively and how to apply learning to new complex settings puts students on course for influential leadership positions in diverse organizational, community, cultural, and job settings.

Based on models and recommendations from the American Sociological Association, students completing the online Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology will:

  • Harness sociological terms, concepts, and principles;
  • Evaluate and apply sociological theories to frame issues and problems;
  • Explain social structures, social movements, and social change; and,
  • Apply research methods and strategies to provide data for decision making.

General education courses complement this specialized study and emphasize critical thinking, qualitative reasoning, effective communication and the exploration of the foundations of knowledge and culture.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Program Requirements

120 credits are required for the online Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. 

  • General Education - See below
  • Sociology Courses - 33 credits
    • Required Courses - 18 credits
    • Sociology Electives - 15 credits (six of which must come from upper-division elective courses)
  • Free Electives - 45-51 credits.

Note: The required number of College Options credits and free elective credits each student will be required to take will be dependent upon his/her transfer credit evaluation.

General Education Requirements

General Education    

  • 12 credits Required Core
  • 18 credits Flexible Core
  • 6-12 credits College Option

Required Courses

Students must also complete 3 credits from among the following courses:

Students must also complete 15 credits from the following elective sociology courses:

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