Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Pursue your bachelor's degree in sociology online or in person at McNeese and you'll develop the critical thinking, data analysis and other valuable interdisciplinary skills needed to understand social structures, cultures and societal conflicts.

Program Highlights

What is Sociology?

Sociology is a social science that focuses on the study of families, communities, organizations and societies, and the social relationships, interactions and cultures they contain. This field of study encompasses a broad range of phenomena, ranging from the smallest daily encounters to global cultural movements.

As a major in sociology at McNeese, you’ll study interpersonal communication, governmental structures, inequality, race and gender, and learn how to apply empirical investigation and critical analysis techniques such as research design, sampling procedure and secondary data analysis to form and analyze theories on social order and societal changes. Through experience with a broad range of sociological research methods involving theory, methods and statistics – plus training on advanced computer software – you will graduate capable of finding jobs in many public and private sectors involving regional, national and international organizations.

Earn Your Sociology Degree Online

As a sociology major, you’ll have the flexibility to pursue your degree in a format and at a pace that best fits your lifestyle. Offered both 100% online and in person, McNeese’s sociology students can study fully on campus, from home or a combination of the two, which makes it a great fit for individuals with part- or full-time jobs, child care roles or other responsibilities. Online courses are also offered in 7-week sessions during the fall and spring semesters and a 6-week session in the summer, allowing you to achieve your degree even faster.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person, online, hybrid

Sociology is offered 100% Online.
Program overview

Explore More for Sociology Majors

Make McNeese the top choice for your sociology bachelor’s degree, and you’ll benefit from a breadth of opportunities and benefits such as:

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

With one of the lowest tuition rates in Louisiana, McNeese also awards almost 80% of undergraduate students with some form of support to help pay for college. Learn more about how to apply from the Office of Financial Aid.

Internship Opportunities:

Sociology majors have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through a variety of family science and criminal justice internship programs. This institutional effort helps students to enhance their theoretical knowledge and applicable skills and develop their professional community network, which often leads to full-time job offers after graduation.

Expert Faculty:

The sociology faculty in the Department of Social Sciences are active in research that includes issues such as inequality, crime, family, marriage, gender relations, domestic terrorism, riots, natural disasters, population change, education, health and international relationships. Students working with these faculty members as coauthors in various research projects present their papers in regional, national and international professional conferences. This particular initiative offers many students a unique footing for graduate school admission and other scholarly endeavors.

Excellence with a Personal Touch:

Offering courses online, on-campus and in hybrid format, program faculty are available on campus, by phone and online to ensure academic advising is readily available, questions are answered promptly and concerns are addressed. This approach allows many students to develop long-term content mastery, including critical thinking, metacognition, problem-solving, interpersonal and professional oral communication skills. Through this program’s integrative approach, students have the chance to develop their social and professional networks in the sociological field.

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Sociology Degree Concentrations

Family Science

With a concentration in family science, students learn how to help families from a variety of backgrounds navigate common issues they may face, ranging from resolving interpersonal conflicts to managing life transitions. After graduation, McNeese's family science degree graduates are eligible for professional certification as Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations.

Family Science Curriculum
Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do with a Sociology Degree?

Not all sociology majors go on to become sociologists - though that is absolutely an option! Through our curriculum, McNeese's Bachelor of Arts in sociology program prepares students to understand how components of a society are interrelated and interdependent, which requires the use of a variety of critical thinking and analytical skills. These skills easily translate across many disciplines and prepares students to work in a range of professional fields. As a sociology graduate, you'll be able to pursue careers in law, education, marketing, business, social work, human resources, criminology, community services and more.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Human Development
Mast of Arts in Sociology
Master of Education
Master of Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies
Master of Social Work

Potential Job Titles

Community Development Planner
Corrections Counselor
Family Support Specialist
Human Resources Representative
Market Research Analyst
Mental Health Counselor
Policy Analyst
Public Relations Specialist
Rehabilitation Counselor
Social Worker
Social Service Manager
Urban and Regional Planner
Youth Care Worker

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Program Contact

Dr. Muhammad Haque