Urban planner using the knowledge he learned through SHSU Online's Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Sociology,Bachelor of Arts

Sociology offers so many ways to understand how society works, and it helps you to have a greater understanding of why certain things happen. A sociology degree provides you with the tools to critically analyze the world and your place within the larger context. You will also learn practical skills needed to succeed in today’s global world.

The Department of Sociology is committed to high quality instruction and research. Students in the undergraduate program will gain an understanding in techniques of sociological research, social statistics, sociological theory, and major substantive areas in the field. The primary objective of the department is to provide students with professional skills to analyze social issues in applied settings.


Instruction in general sociology is complemented by specialization in three substantive areas. Students can choose to concentrate their undergraduate curriculum in Social Change and Economy and Society; Culture and Social Institutions; or Inequality and Society.

Students are encouraged to participate in research projects and extra-curricular activities designed to foster critical sociological thinking and knowledge of today’s world. Sociology students have the opportunity to participate in SHSU’s Academic Community Engagement (ACE) initiative. ACE allows students to use the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to make a difference in our community.