Program Overview

The flexible online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University-Chico may be ideal for busy professional students seeking an education to pursue advanced career options or to fulfill personal aspirations. Students will partake in the same program as students at the physical campus location, learning the essentials necessary for entry-level positions in a multitude of career fields. 

The study of sociology introduces students to the systematic analysis of group life, social change, and the social causes behind human behavior. This program blends courses covering broad and diverse dynamics of social life with the scientific perspectives of gender, sexuality, crime, cults, family patterns, race and ethnicity, wealth and inequality, popular culture, aging, and the environment. 

Professional sociologists can use the basic curriculum when pursuing careers that investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies. The program will allow graduates to confidently gain positions as: social researchers, social welfare analysts, public administrative professionals, political positions, law professionals, human resources, counseling, and much more. Sociology graduates are traditionally well-rounded individuals who can knowledgeably contribute to contemporary society, solving issues and creating plans of action using enhanced writing and research skills.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 120 semester credits are required, including transfer credits. Requires transfer of 60+ semester (90 quarter) units. 2.0 GPA or above and in good standing at the last college attended.

    School Overview

    For most of the nineteenth century, a cherry orchard stood in Chico, California. Then, in 1887, John Bidwell donated eight acres for the construction of Chico State Normal School. Through the next century the school continued to evolve, changing names until 1972 when it adopted the present title, California State University, Chico (often referred to as “Chico State”). The facilities also continued expanding, and today Chico State stands on 119 acres, in addition to operating the nearly 4,000-acre Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and the 300-acre Butte Creek Ecological Reserve, along with an 800-acre farm. CSU Chico houses seven colleges, five schools and twenty-eight centers hosting undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs, with hundreds of minors, teaching credentials, and certificate programs.

    Chico State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees via satellite and continues to pave the way in distance education. Both courses and degree programs are offered online, including asynchronous sessions and synchronous video streaming lectures. Students also have the option to combine online learning with on-campus coursework, including Special Sessions and Summer Sessions.


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