Best Online Bachelor’s in Sociology

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in sociology degree programs for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the fields of human services, public policy, and public polling.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Sociology
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Frequently Asked Questions About Sociology Degrees

Earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology can help prepare you for careers in an array of fields including human services, public policy, and public polling.

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Students will explore topics like critical social theory, society and political systems, and research methods. Many programs offer concentration options, such as urban sociology or sociology of the law, so that students can tailor their education to their specific career goals and interests.

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The bachelor’s degree in sociology usually takes about four years to complete and consists of about 120 credits. Students typically have the option to pursue this degree either online or on campus.

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Graduates will qualify to pursue careers as public relations specialists, human resources managers, social workers, and market research analysts.

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Learn more about how to major in sociology.

Best Online Bachelor's in Sociology

How do we determine the best online sociology bachelor's degree programs?

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Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Sociology Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Missouri

    #108 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of South Carolina

    #281 institution's historical influence
    #1388 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    Florida International University

    #519 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Louisville

    #312 institution's historical influence
    #1277 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    Louisville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA/BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #243 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BMS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Texas Tech University

    #396 institution's historical influence
    #1458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Lubbock, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    California State University, Fullerton

    #801 institution's historical influence
    #1441 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    34K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/21

    Fullerton, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 51
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    California State University, Chico

    #1016 institution's historical influence
    #454 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    Chico, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    #1233 institution's historical influence
    #248 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    North Dartmouth, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology and Anthropology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    University of Akron

    #646 institution's historical influence
    #394 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/22

    Akron, OH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Lamar University

    #1309 institution's historical influence
    #749 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    Beaumont, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Saint Leo University

    #3000 institution's historical influence
    #291 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Saint Leo, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology

    Concentrations

    • Applied
    • Clinical
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Western Kentucky University

    #1142 institution's historical influence
    #559 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/23

    Bowling Green, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology

    Concentrations

    • Community
    • Environment And Development
    • Family-Gender And Sexuality
    • Inequality And Social Change
    • Research Methods
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  15. #15

    University of Memphis

    #558 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Tennessee State University

    #1098 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    7K

    Nashville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    University of Missouri–St. Louis

    #2108 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BLS in Liberal Studies

    Concentrations

    • Communication
    • Gender Studies
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    McKendree University

    #2274 institution's historical influence
    #1222 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1063/23

    Lebanon, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology/Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Missouri State University

    #1436 institution's historical influence
    #1219 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/24

    Springfield, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of Southern Mississippi

    #1126 institution's historical influence
    #825 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 2-4 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    LaGrange College

    #4219 institution's historical influence
    #1431 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1074/21

    Lagrange, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Social Science

    Concentrations

    • Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Charter Oak State College

    #3675 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Student body

    <1K

    New Britain, CT

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Drury University

    #3387 institution's historical influence
    #1457 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/25

    Springfield, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    New England College

    #2185 institution's historical influence
    #1273 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    Henniker, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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