BA in Sociology

Degree Requirements  |  Getting Started  |  Institution and Advisor   FAQs


A Online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program is offered by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). The online program includes the advantages of 100% online coursework, affordable tuition, 8-week long courses taught by the same respected faculty who teach on-campus, and multiple start dates throughout the academic year.

The Online BA in Sociology program at UTPB is committed to the personal, analytical and professional development of its students. The faculty is committed to developing the student’s sensitivity to the human and social condition, coupled with an understanding and ability to participate constructively in the improvement of both. Practical applications of sociological knowledge are emphasized in this program.

Sociology offers numerous career fields including secondary social science teaching, industrial Sociology, voluntary organizations, private and government foundations, human resource management, consulting, social research, substance abuse counseling, aging, health and illness, law enforcement, ministry, consumer behavior, diversity training, demographic analysis, social work and other related social service organizations.


Degree Requirements

The Online BA in Sociology program requires the completion of 120 credits*, composed of:

  • UTPB General Education Requirements (42 credits)
  • Sociology Core Courses (34 credits)
  • Sociology Elective Courses (26 credits)
  • Minor Area (18 credits, 12 of which must be upper-division)

Refer to the UTPB Online BA Sociology program page for a detailed listing of degree requirements.

*Many General Education Core Curriculum, Sociology Core and Sociology Elective courses are open to cross-campus enrollment. Check with your academic advisor prior to registering for any of these courses to ensure that they apply toward your degree program. To view Sociology program courses currently open for cross-campus enrollment, go the TIS Course Schedule and select Sociology (BA) from the Finish@UT Program menu, or search for a specific course name/number. UTPB students should refer to the UTPB Course Schedule and register directly through your home campus.

Getting Started

To participate in the program, students must apply to and be accepted by UTPB. Complete an application for admission to UTPB by mail or online using the ApplyTexas website, and request official college transcripts be sent and evaluated by the admissions office.

Admitted students will be assigned a departmental advisor, who will assist in finalizing the appropriate degree plan.

Refer to the Student Support section of our website for additional information on cross-campus registration, course access and campus contacts.


Institution and Advisor

UT Permian Basin

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


Program Advisor:

Dr. Joanna Hadjicostandi, Associate Professor and Sociology Program Coordinator

(432) 552-2362 |


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of human society. It emphasizes the diversity of cultures and societies and factors that influence social behavior within institutions, formal and informal organizations, and various social groups. This program is administered by the Department of Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences


Why study Sociology?

Today we live in a world that is increasingly interconnected. The process of globalization has brought people a lot closer to one another. Although this interconnectedness is not really new, it has become a lot more pronounced at the present time. Sociology allows us to step outside ourselves and make connections between our lives and environment with those of other individuals in the same or different cultures. Sociological analysis involves important life issues including structural inequalities--social class, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, etc.--socialization and social control, social stratification, education and religion, the family and sexuality, economic and political policies, and global development. It further allows us to be involved in the field of Demography.


What can I do with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree?

You may pursue a great number of careers both academic and applied. Here are some examples:

  • Human Resource management, social services, industrial sociology
  • Public administration, gerontology
  • Private and government foundations
  • Voluntary organizations, social research
  • Consulting, probation, law enforcement, management
  • Law, medicine, ministry, teaching sociology, demography


What are the objectives of this program?
  • Understand social inequalities and social problems through critical thinking
  • Discover that the individual both reacts to as well as creates the social world
  • Use sociological concepts, insights, and methods in a systematic fashion
  • Experience a discipline which has practical significance
  • Continue graduate training in sociology, or other related fields
  • Find employment in various social service and other related fields fields
  • Understand the interconnections between public structures and private issues of contemporary society


For additional information about the program, please visit UTPB's Online BA Sociology program page and contact the Program Advisor listed above with any questions.