Program Overview

California State University in Fullerton offers students the opportunity to finish a previously started degree with an innovative online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. The degree completion program is also suitable for graduate students who have earned a bachelor's degree in an area of study other than sociology. Those students can obtain a second bachelor’s degree by completing the program.

Students can use the accelerated degree program to pursue a highly regarded advanced degree in sociology. Sociology is the study of human society, which encompasses origins, development social groupings, and traditional and non-traditional organizations. The expansive social science is a foundational body of knowledge needed when analyzing the intricacies of human behavior. The field of sociology can include social class, religion, welfare, government, politics, music, art, literature and anthropology to name a few.

Students of the this program will be introduced to the breadth and depth of courses such as logic, ethics, law, history as well as core courses in human behavior, social inequality, criminal justice, gender roles, suburban life, deviant behavior, sexual preference, research methods and family structures to name a few. The sociology discipline is varied in course material but structured in what is expected to be learned and applied to observations. The potential sociologist will be in essence a social worker, working to provide answers to questions about social interactions, communities and psychological interests. 

Graduates will use the learned foundations of the degree in sociology to enter careers as policy makers, lawyers, educators, business managers, government organizations and social workers. Successful students can pursue additional education in sociology or other concentrations to expand the core knowledge and become specialized in specific areas. Students may wish to become part of social groups to better comprehend the variance of ideas and considerable topics.

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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 credits are required, including transfer credits. Minimum of 60 to 69 transferable credits required. Minimum 2.5 GPA, with good academic standing at the last college attended. Successful completion of Introduction to Sociology or equivalent.


    Not approved for residents in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

    School Overview

    Number twelve: that describes the beginnings of California State University, Fullerton, in 1957, when the California Legislature approved the establishment of a 12th State College. Today, the University bears little resemblance to its founding. Located in Orange County, California, just thirty miles south of Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton offers 100-plus undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctorate degrees housed in nine colleges:
    • College of the Arts
    • Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
    • College of Communications
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering and Computer Sciences
    • College of Health and Human Development
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • University Extended Education

    Non-traditional students can earn degrees or complete credit courses through evening programs and online learning. Cal State Fullerton offers online degrees in addition to multiple certificates and programs, In addition, a variety of online courses are also offered via the College of University Extended Education. Courses are typically asynchronous, and students complete weekly assignments, including discussion boards. Cal State Fullerton also offers self-paced coursework through CD-ROMs.


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