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Bachelor of Arts

Sociology is the study of how society is organized, as well as how social groups, organizations, and institutions shape people's lives throughout the world. As a sociology major, you’ll use scientific methods to study societies and social groups, uncovering how we relate to one another and how we can improve lives. By developing strong research and evaluation skills, you’ll be prepared for all kinds of leadership positions, both in for-profit and nonprofit environments. You’ll also be ready to make a difference in the world by creating more equitable communities.

Sociology helps us scientifically examine our society and other societies. It emphasizes how the parts of society fit together and change. You’ll study urban and rural life, family relationships, social change and movements, inter-group relations, social class, inequality, deviance, LGBTQ sexual identities, and ethnicity. Through the careful analysis and evaluation of social phenomena, you’ll develop excellent critical thinking and research skills that will prepare you for graduate school or the professional world.

100% Online Option

Looking for an online degree option? KU has the program for you. In addition to the traditional face-to-face, on campus learning environment, KU now offers a completely online bachelor of arts in sociology program.  Taught by accomplished, active scholars who make up our tenured faculty, this program is perfect for the working professional or those seeking to complete a degree.

The program can be accelerated, where students take advantage of year-round courses, three credits or more at a time. Fall and spring sociology courses are offered as 7 week courses; summer and winter courses are 5 weeks in duration. You complete the degree at your own pace.

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Career Opportunities

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • Human Resources
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Community Development

Program/Course Highlights

We place great emphasis on student mentorship. We have sent more students to the ASA Honors Program in recent years than any other college or university in Pennsylvania.  Graduates from KU's sociology program have gone on to a variety of graduate programs both at KU and elsewhere. Several of our students have continued on to graduate programs at KU such as the Student Affairs in Higher Education and Counseling masters programs. Others have attended the University of the District of Columbia for an MS in Speech-Language Pathology, Villanova University's Human Resources Program, Rutgers University Masters in Social Work Program, as well as the University at Albany (SUNY)'s Sociology Doctoral Program.

We offer a flexible curriculum that includes courses cross-listed with Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology and Social Work. Several of our students will either double major or minor in these fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Sociology (BA)
    1. Students will demonstrate a familiarity with sociological subfields.
    2. Students will demonstrate a broad perspective on the social significance of diversity and inequality, focusing on class, gender, age, race, and ethnicity.
    3. Students will demonstrate an ability to summarize and apply basic theoretical orientations in sociology.
    4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which sociologists gather, interpret, and evaluate data.
    5. Students will demonstrate an ability to think critically, analytically, and logically about social issues and social problems, using the sociological perspective.
    6. Students will demonstrate college-level writing skills.

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