COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
The BA in Sociology requires 120 credits, 34 of which come from required sociology courses. The remainder of the coursework comes from CU Denver requirements, including mathematics and writing competencies. Of the 34 sociology credits, at least 16 must
BA of Sociology courses cover the basics of sociology as well as a number of focal areas. Students can choose to complete one of three specialized certificates, based on interest or career plans:
Students come to our sociology program with many different career goals. Some plan to be social workers, supporting vulnerable populations such as children, people with disabilities, older adults, and victims of violence or abuse. Others plan on a career
in human resources, law enforcement, or the business world. We educate graduates who are ready to pursue a career in public policy, business management, and other fields, or who plan on graduate study or professional school, such as law school.
Online programs are a newer, but completely valid way to earn a traditional academic degree. Choosing an online program means you will need to prioritize your time effectively, as you won’t be meeting on campus in a traditional classroom setting. Online college students need to be attentive to detail, organized, and self-motivated to complete work on their own.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The BA in Sociology program can be completed at the same pace as any traditional undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or at your own pace. Students taking a full course load (at least 12 credit hours per semester) can expect to graduate in 4 years, or 8 semesters. For students who want to graduate as quickly as possible, Maymester and summer courses are also available. Students who transfer credits via the university’s flexible transfer system are able to finish earlier than those who start with zero credits.After graduation, you’ll be able to immediately go to work in sociology-related fields.
What sort of career options exist for you after receiving your online bachelor’s degree in sociology? The opportunities are almost limitless. A degree in sociology can prepare you for a career in a number of industries, including business, human
resources, criminal justice and law enforcement, policy and government, social work, and education.
Sociologists play an important role in our ability to understand the various forces that influence our society. This social science requires a strong command of both empirical research processes and critical analysis, which can then be applied to countless career paths. For example, a sociologist working in the public sector might be a social worker or city planner, whereas a sociologist working for a business could be a human resources director or market analyst.. You could also help develop good public policy on the local, state, and federal levels. Many sociologists also choose to remain in academia as professors, researchers, and writers. Non-profit directors also often have a background in sociology.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for sociologists in the United States in 2017 was $79,650 per year, but many sociologists don’t work with the job title of “sociologist.” Rather, they apply their transferable skills, research experience, and sociology expertise to the field where they are employed. Often, sociologists go on to pursue additional education, adding a Master’s degree or PhD to their BA.
Sociology positions are expected to remain stable between 2016-2026. Sociologists can be found working in any field, but here are some standard career paths median salaries.