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Bachelor of Science in Sociology online


Gain a scientifically based understanding of social life, social change, and the causes and consequences of human behavior within a broadly based liberal arts education.

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The Bachelor of Science in Sociology online degree program offers an exploration of the structures, forms and dynamics of human interaction. Emphasizing research methods, you will test hypotheses, conduct analyses and evaluate information. By critically exploring social and cultural issues and trends using empirical research, you will become skilled at evaluating societal needs and how those needs might inform public policy.

icon $248* Per Credit Hour
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icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $248* Per Credit Hour
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icon 120 Credit Hours

By studying topics ranging from mob rule to intimate family dynamics, as well as issues of diversity, religion, education and culture, you will be prepared for a wide range of career paths. Sociology majors often go on to establish rewarding careers in variety of professions, including law, business administration, health, politics, urban planning, city government, counseling and human resources, advertising and marketing, public relations and the media, criminal justice, education, and the nonprofit sector.

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8-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall II 2019 10/21/2019 9/26/2019 10/3/2019 10/14/2019 12/10/2019
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 1/3/2020 1/10/2020 1/13/2020 3/13/2020
Spring II 2020 3/23/2020 3/2/2020 3/9/2020 3/16/2020 5/12/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/11/2020 5/18/2020 5/26/2020 7/6/2020
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Spring 2019 1/22/2019 1/6/2019 1/14/2019 1/17/2019 5/14/2019
Fall 2019 8/26/2019 8/5/2019 8/12/2019 8/22/2019 12/3/2019
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  • Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
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High school graduates who have not attended college before are considered entering freshmen, even if they received college credit while in high school through dual credit, AP or IB programs. Transfer students with fewer than 18 hours of college credit also must meet admission requirements for entering freshmen.

Incoming freshmen must do three things to qualify for unconditional admission to Lamar University:

  • Receive a diploma from an accredited high school
  • Complete at least 14 high school credits in college preparatory courses: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in mathematics, 2 credits in laboratory sciences, 2.5 credits in social sciences (U.S. history, U.S. government, and world history or world geography) and 2.5 credits in college preparatory electives (preferably including 2 credits of foreign language)
  • Graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class or achieve a minimum composite score on the SAT or ACT Applicants for the BS in Sociology program must meet the university's standard requirements for admission.

Applicants for the BS in Sociology program must meet the university's standard requirements for admission.

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The Bachelor of Science in Sociology program gives you a solid foundation in sociological theory, research methods, data analysis skills, and sufficient knowledge in the fields of criminology, gender, culture, social movement, social psychology, marriage and family, and education. You will gain training and skills for the workforce or advanced studies upon graduation.

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SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of major subjects in sociology, including sociological perspective, culture, social interaction, social stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social groups, organizations, family, religion, population, urbanization and social changes.

ENGL 1301: Composition I

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.

ENGL 1302: Composition II

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.

ENGL 2326: American Literature

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Six to ten major works of American literature, including both the 19th and 20th centuries.

HIST 1301: History Of The United States, 1763 To 1877

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.

HIST 1302: History Of The United States, 1877 To The Present

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.

POLS 2301: Introduction to American Government I

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.

POLS 2302: Introduction to American Government II

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.

MATH 1314: College Algebra

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, theory of equations.

MATH 1342: Elementary Statistics

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.

PSYC 2315: Lifespan

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes major aspects of psychological development through the life span. Aspects of development examined in the course will include cognitive, physical, social, moral, linguistic, and emotional change through childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. Areas of focus include psychosocial, biological, and physical influences on psychological development. Normal processes of child and adult psychological development will be emphasized.

COMM 1315: Public Speaking

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles and practices of public speaking.

MUSI 1306: Music Appreciation

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.


SOCI 1306: Social Problems

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course applies sociological principles to the numerous explanations of and potential solutions to contemporary social problems. The course seeks to develop critical thinking skills in addressing social concerns ranging from drug addiction and violence to inequalities of class, race, and gender.

SOCI 2301: Marriage and Family

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This class critically examines traditional and contemporary families including controversies regarding single-parent families, alternative lifestyles, "working women," reproductive rights, "father's rights," and their public policy implications.

SOCI 3306: Race & Ethnic Relations

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines the impact of race and ethnicity upon the distribution of power, opportunity and privilege in a global world. Major theoretical perspectives on racial and ethnic prejudice and discrimination will be examined along with diverse patterns of interracial and interethnic contact, which develop in different societies.

SOCI 3310: Sociology of Gender

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

From a social constructionist view of gender, this course examines the ways in which masculinity and femininity are constructed in Western society as well as the different forms it takes around the world.

SOCI 3311: Medical Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the social and demographic influences on health and disease, social epidemiology, health care professions, alternative medicine, the US health care system and crisis, and health care systems in other societies.

SOCI 3315: Single Women in the US

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore single women population in the US from historical and cultural perspectives. How have changes in the culture of love, romance and in the institution of marriage affected single women will be discussed.

SOCI 3326: Socl Psycho & Human Interact

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The objective of this course is to provide theory and research to the student to examine human interaction within social relationships at the advanced level. Topics include socialization, communication, group dynamics, altruism.

SOCI 3330: Urban Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of city growth and urbanization in the United States and the world, the urban ecological structure and process, urban sprawl, education, crime, transportation and various urban problems.

SOCI 3340: Sociology of Sexuality

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Investigates sociological explanations of human sexuality using a gender constructionist framework. Trends in sexual attitudes will be explored, along with issues of sexual expression/desire, gender socialization, sexual aggression and sexual diversity.

SOCI 3355: Sociology of Culture

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will discuss a wide range of topics from theoretical questions of what is culture and examinations of postmodern culture to specific examples such as tabloid talk shows' discussions of sex.

SOCI 3365: Social Stratification

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and research that examines historical and current patterns of social inequality, class, differentiation and mobility. Power, status and socioeconomic variations among groups and populations are explored. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or approval of instructor.

SOCI 3375: Deviant Behavior

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The objective of this course is to enable the student to examine deviance with a broader perspective and understanding. Theories of deviance, types of deviance, and the inequality inherent in the imposition of the deviant label.

SOCI 3380: Criminology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Nature and significance of criminality; significance of race, ethnicity and gender on arrest statistics, perceptions, and public knowledge of crime; etiology of illegal behavior; trends in social reactions to crime and criminals; evolution of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of criminal behavior.

SOCI 3390: Juvenile Delinquency

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the criminological theories regarding juvenile offending and the juvenile justice system. Attention is given to the history, development, and roles of theoretical positions and practices in the areas of juvenile delinquency.

SOCI 4300: Aging Studies

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on a selected topic of contemporary concern and significance in sociology. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

SOCI 4301: Directed Studies in Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Individual study with a faculty member in a subject area of mutual interest. May be repeated for credit when the subject varies.

SOCI 4310: Population Problems

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to theories, concepts, and issues of population study, with emphasis on trends, compositions, and implications of social problems.

SOCI 4320: Sociology of Education

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Multicultural influences on the school system and the democratic society will be examined in this course. The course will use sociological analysis to address the major problems in schools and education today.

SOCI 4330: Sociology of Family

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course explores various sociological perspectives to integrate material on race-ethnicity, gender, class and sexual orientation on contemporary diverse families. This course will focus on the family issue from comparitive point of view. Historical and cross-cultural study will be explored to understand the impact on family across culture and time.

SOCI 4340: Change & Social Movement

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course explores how and why ordinary people erupt into the streets and try to exert power in confrontations with elites, authorities or opponents, as well as the impact these confrontations have on the public, the media and the state. The course includes historical and cross cultural research on social movement activism, mobilization, and change.

SOCI 4345: Terrorism and Political Violence

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of selected aspects and dynamics of terrorism and political violence. Identify social, cultural, historical and technological factors that escalate conflict and fuel terrorism.

SOCI 4350: Sociology of Religion

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Using the conceptual tools of sociology, this course examines religious beliefs, practices, symbols, and rites, as well as formation of religious movements, sects, and institutionalization. All addressed will be how religion intersects with social class, gender, race and ethnicity. The material incorporates cross-cultural and historical studies.

SOCI 4365: Chinese Society

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The goal of this course incorporates both in classroom and field trips to introduce China, its history, political system, culture, economic develoment and current state of contemporary Chinese society.

SOCI 4380: Research Methods

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Philosophy and methods of social research, including research design, methods of data collection, data analysis and uses other sources of social data. Qualitative and quantitative techniques of inference, analysis and research writing. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301, PSYC 2471 or MATH 1342.

SOCI 4385: Data Analysis

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic concepts and statistical techniques for applied social research. Introduction to use of SPSS statistical software to data entry and statistical analysis, including correlation, bivariate analysis, and multivariate analysis. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and PSYC 2471 (or MATH 1342).

SOCI 4390: Social Theory

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Development of social theory from the perspectives of early thinkers, such as Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber and Marx to contemporary schools of functionalism, conflict, interactionalism, feminism, exchange and postmodern theory. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and 6 credit hours of sociology advanced course.

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