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Online Sociology (A.S.)

Earn a versatile associate's degree in sociology online. 

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The associates of science in Sociology provides you with a foundation of general education courses in 6 core areas
of study - composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and speech - along with sociology electives that total 60 credits.

Students develop an understanding of current social problems related to poverty, inequality, gender, diversity, race, culture, socialization and globalization as well as demonstrate skills in communication, knowledge in evidence-based practice, research design and data collection.

The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies recognizes that not all learning occurs in the classroom and strongly supports out-of-class, service and applied learning opportunities and internships. Our non-traditional and returning students may be eligible for credit for prior learning based on knowledge and experience obtained in their workplaces, communities, and civic life. To Learn more about Sociology's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a basic understanding of current social problems related to poverty, inequality, gender, diversity, race, culture, socialization and globalization;
  • demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking at a basic level to understand how social problems evolve and how they can be addressed;
  • develop a basic understanding of sociological terms and concepts and be able to apply to a specific topic;
  • know what careers and opportunities are available to sociology majors;
  • understand and apply ethical considerations in working with people and communities;
  • demonstrate basic understanding of sociology theory, methods and methodological approaches;
  • understand and apply the concept of evidence-based practice and policy;
  • be able to read a table, interpret a graph and apply basic cross tabs analysis to data; and
  • understand the differences in qualitative and quantitative approaches in research design and data collection.

Program Contact

Mary Emery, Ph.D. 
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Phone: 605-688-4889

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4121