Influence social change

Quick facts

  • Program type: Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Arts and Science | Department of Sociology
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Typical transfer student needs: 60 credit hours
  • Typical program cost: $21,879.00*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online sociology bachelor’s degree can help you

As we live in an increasingly diverse society, sociology plays an extremely important role. A bachelor’s degree in sociology helps prepare independent-thinking citizens to influence social change and

  • Understand cultural, economic and geopolitical conditions and how race, gender, age and social class affect them;
  • Apply sociological knowledge to improve organizations, individuals and communities;
  • Contribute to improving society by understanding how humans work together in groups.

No matter where you are in your career, a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mizzou will help you stand out. Prepare to enter the workforce, change your career or advance your current position with MU. Our faculty and staff are active in conducting sociological research that helps them provide a high-quality education to our students. Read more about some of our faculty’s cutting-edge research.

Career prospects

Job growth1
Salary increase2

1 Burning Glass Technologies. 2019. Employment growth numbers are based on models that consider Bureau of Labor Statistics data for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors, Government Programs, Human Resources Specialists, Legal Support Workers, Political Scientists, Social Science Research Assistants, Social Scientists and Related Workers, Urban and Regional Planners.

2 Median earnings and unemployment rates of full-time wage and salary workers with bachelor’s degrees compared to those with some college but no degree. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2015)

Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as

  • Critical thinking
  • Writing
  • Oral communication
  • Computer proficiency

This degree may help you qualify for positions in

  • Community and urban planning
  • Human resources
  • Social research
  • Criminal justice
  • Banking
  • Advertising
  • Counseling
  • Social services
  • Marketing and market research

Program structure and topics

The online bachelor’s in sociology is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Online courses have varying lengths. The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Core course work covers

  • Social inequalities
  • Youth in today’s world
  • The sociology of sport
  • Social policy analysis
  • Recent theories in sociology

Meet our faculty

Edward Brent

Professor and Chair

Dr. Brent’s research program has two recurring themes: using computing technologies to practice research and reason sociologically, and examining the nature and mechanisms of social interaction in work settings with relationships of power. Brent is fascinated by the process of social interaction and ways in which computers can help us study that interaction.

Eileen Avery

Associate Professor

Dr. Avery teaches courses on population health, criminology and statistics. She is interested in the ways in which economic, social and built residential contexts are associated with health and wellbeing and social control. She has published articles on the relationship between neighborhood context and health and mortality, fear, cohesion and experiences with police.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Sociology.