University of Texas Online Consortium

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Image of woman with laptop and childA Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree completion program is offered online by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). The online completion degree provides students access to a four-year degree in Sociology, with the online program comprising primarily of upper-division (junior and senior level) coursework.

Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior within a society. It emphasizes human interaction within group settings, diversity of cultures and societies, factors that influence social behavior within institutions, formal and informal organizations, and the study of various social groups.

The Sociology Program at UTPB is committed to the personal, analytical and professional development of its students. The faculty is committed to developing the student’s sensitivity to the human and social condition, coupled with an understanding and ability to participate constructively in the improvement of both. Practical applications of sociological knowledge are emphasized in this program.

Sociology offers numerous career fields including secondary social science teaching, industrial Sociology, voluntary organizations, private and government foundations, human resource management, consulting, social research, substance abuse counseling, aging, health and illness, law enforcement, ministry, consumer behavior, diversity training, demographic analysis, social work and other related social service organizations.

Degree Plan

The BA-Sociology degree requires the following:

  • Completion of at least 120 credits composed of:
    • UTPB General Education Requirements (42 credits)
    • Required Sociology major courses (34 credits)
    • Minor Area (18 credits, 12 of which are upper-division)
      Refer to UTPB catalog for specific minor details. Consult with your advisor for online minor possibilities.
    • Elective (24 credits)
  • At least 30 credits must be completed at UTPB
  • At least 48 credits must be at the upper-division (junior and senior) level
  • Obtain at least a C grade in all major courses
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or C in all courses applicable toward the BA degree
  • During the semester in which a student intends to graduate, a degree check and the appropriate forms must be submitted to the Academic Counselor.
  • Sociology Minor: Requirements for a minor in sociology from UTPB are 18 credits of which 12 credits must be upper-division (junior and senior) level courses. SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology is required.


Link to a listing of the courses required for the program. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select Sociology (BA) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Permian Basin

Dr. Joanna Hadjicostandi

Associate Professor, Sociology Program Coordinator

(432) 552-2362

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Sociology?
    Sociology is the scientific study of human society. It emphasizes the diversity of cultures and societies and factors that influence social behavior within institutions, formal and informal organizations, and various social groups. This program is administered by the Department of Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Why study Sociology?
    Today we live in a world that is increasingly interconnected. The process of globalization has brought people a lot closer to one another. Although this interconnectedness is not really new, it has become a lot more pronounced at the present time. Sociology allows us to step outside ourselves and make connections between our lives and environment with those of other individuals in the same or different cultures. Sociological analysis involves important life issues including structural inequalities--social class, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, etc.--socialization and social control, social stratification, education and religion, the family and sexuality, economic and political policies, and global development. It further allows us to be involved in the field of Demography.
  • What can I do with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree?
    You may pursue a great number of careers both academic and applied. Here are some examples:
    • Human Resource management, social services, industrial sociology
    • Public administration, gerontology
    • Private and government foundations
    • Voluntary organizations, social research
    • Consulting, probation, law enforcement, management
    • Law, medicine, ministry, teaching sociology, demography
  • What are the objectives of this program?
    • Understand social inequalities and social problems through critical thinking
    • Discover that the individual both reacts to as well as creates the social world
    • Use sociological concepts, insights, and methods in a systematic fashion
    • Experience a discipline which has practical significance
    • Continue graduate training in sociology, or other related fields
    • Find employment in various social service and other related fields fields
    • Understand the interconnections between public structures and private issues of contemporary society
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTPB for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees, and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost & Financial Aid page. Textbooks, supplemental readings and required software are additional costs.
  • How can I find more information?
    For additional information about the program, you may refer to the advisor above.

Getting Started

To participate in the program, students must apply to and be accepted by UTPB. Complete an application for admission to UTPB by mail or online using the ApplyTexas website, and request official college transcripts be sent and evaluated by the admissions office.

When students begin the BA program, they will be assigned a departmental advisor. The advisor will assist in finalizing the appropriate degree plan for additional academic and nonacademic coursework.