B.A. Sociology

Online Sociology Degree

The School of Arts & Sciences’ online sociology degree prepares you for a career in a variety of careers that demand a critical understanding of trends in social change, and data analysis. Because students majoring in sociology learn to systematically collect and analyze information about people and social life, they often work as project analysts, administrators, researchers, and consultants for a wide range of employers, including Federal, State, and local governments, international organizations, nonprofit and advocacy groups, educational institutions, social service agencies, research and testing services, law enforcement agencies, marketing firms, public relations agencies, real estate, and other businesses.

Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions people form, as well as various social, religious, political and business organizations. The results of sociological research help educators, lawmakers, administrators and others interested in resolving social problems and formulating public policy.

Sociology courses explore:

  • Sociological theory
  • Social problems
  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Quantitative and qualitative social research methods
  • Social interaction in everyday life

In addition to the analytical tools and technologies necessary to solve complex sociological problems, the online sociology degree program emphasizes leadership skills within Saint Leo University’s core values and traditions.


Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses (12 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • ENG 121 Academic Writing I 3

    The techniques of effective writing, logical thinking and intelligent reading, with special emphasis on expository writing.

    Prerequisites: Passing grade in ENG 002 or satisfactory score on the English Placement Test

  • ENG 122 Academic Writing II 3

    A continuation of ENG 121. Expository writing based on analytical study of literary genres.

    Prerequisites: ENG 121

  • MAT 131 College Mathematics 3

    Topics include number theory, numeration systems, geometry, counting methods, probability, and statistics.

    Prerequisites: Complete MAT-131 or higher. Business majors must complete MAT-141

  • COM 140 Basic Computer Skills 3

    Required for all business majors. Students will use commercial software packages in the microcomputer laboratory to gain an advanced understanding of business functions of computers and to develop personal competency in practical applications of microcomputers for business. Provides business students with the specific knowledge and capabilities in various computer skills necessary to be effective in both business classes and the business world. Course fee may apply.

The Human Adventure (6 credits)

  • ECO 110HA Economics for Life 3

    With a focus on the fundamental economic problem of scarcity, this course will prepare students to be effective decision makers. The course focuses on the economic way of thinking that enables individuals to decide how to best allocate their time, to decide whether to spend their money or save it, and to understand the primary statistics used to measure the well-being of an economy. As a result of this course, students will acquire the critical thinking skills that are not only essential to making everyday choices but in making major life decisions such as choosing a career or choosing a life partner.

    *This course will be available starting Spring 2 - 2014.

    Prerequisites: Second semester freshman standing.

  • POL 110HA Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times 3

    This course investigates the rise and spread of democracy. Democracy as a form of government and social movement will be traced from its ancient origins in Greece and Rome to the American and French Revolutions of the 18th Century, through its evolution and diffusion during the 19th and 20th Centuries to its position of global dominance at the beginning of the 21st Century. Democratic values, norms and behaviors will be examined through the use of historic video footage and core texts. Attention will be paid to governmental systems in the U.S., Western Europe, the BRIC countries, and our neighbors Canada and Mexico, as well as to the emerging democracies in the Middle East and Asia. Acquiring basic academic skills will be emphasized, as students are awakened to the significance of world historical events and the excitement of following current affairs.

    *This course will be available starting Spring 1 - 2014.

  • PSY 110HA Psychological Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World 3

    This course uses psychological approaches to physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. The scientific method will be used as a lens to view adjustment issues. Topics include personality and self-development, positive psychology, sex and gender, and relationships. Emphasis is on application via personal assessment and stress management techniques.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

  • SOC 110HA The McDonaldization of Society 3

    What can a fast-food chain teach us about society? Following George Ritzer’s theory of McDonaldization, this course examines the pros and cons of living in a rationalized world where standardization, predictability, and control prevail. As students learn the sociological concepts of bureaucracy, consumer society, social structures, social change, and social interaction, they will develop their sociological imagination to reclaim a place for creativity, meaning, individuality, and free will in the late modern world.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

The Human Mosaic (3 credits)

  • ART 110HM Curves Ahead: Women Artists and the Female Form 3

    Through a women’s studies lens, we will examine women as patrons, critics, and viewers of art. Visual language and art terminology will be used to examine a variety of artworks made by women from an assortment of historic, social, political, and personal contexts. The course will examine how images of women by women have functioned in the ongoing construction of identity. This course seeks to illuminate women’s contributions to the visual cultures of their societies and to recognize the relevance of these contributions to today’s global community.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

  • HTY 110HM Native American History & Life: More Than Tipis & Tomahawks 3

    What do you know about Native Americans? When you think of Native Americans do you visualize scantily clad warriors with bows and arrows, or women sitting by tee pees wearing feathers and beads? Do all Native Americans live on reservations? Do all reservations have casinos? Focusing on the lives of Native peoples prior to European contact, their interactions with Europeans and Africans, their removal to reservations, and their contemporary experiences, this course addresses the many myths and misconceptions associated with Native American history and culture within the United States.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

    Prerequisites: HTY-110HM also offered as SSC-110HM

  • HUM 110HM Television and the American Family: Your Shows, My Shows 3

    This course explores six decades and three eras of American television as it pertains to the depiction of the American family. Beginning with the early years, which saw the family as a haven, students will learn how television influenced families and how families as a whole influenced television. The course then moves on to the conflict years of television families and then to the postmodern period, in which the concept of family has become fragmented and subject to debate and redefinition.

    *This course will be available starting Spring 1 - 2014.

  • SOC 110HM Building a Multiracial Society 3

    Are multiracial societies necessarily colorblind, and should they be? This course explores how colorblindness in multiracial societies can be analyzed through sociological theories and research methods. Students will read multiracial perspectives; analyze race and colorblindness in their everyday lives; and prepare themselves for entering a multiracial/global world, using their critical thinking skills to separate myth/ideal from data/evidence.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

  • IDS 210HM Once Upon a Time: Readings in Folklore and Culture 3

    This course enables students to explore cultures around the world through the lens of folklore. These stories have helped shape their originating cultures by preserving political ideologies, standards, ethics and belief systems. Students will read a variety of folklore (folktales, fairy tales, legends, myths, etc.) as a means to analyze the cultures from which they originated.

    *This course will be available starting Spring 1 - 2014.

    Prerequisites: ENG 121 - Academic Writing I

Science in a Changing World (6 credits)

  • SCI 110SC Evaluating the Predictions of Global Warming 3

    This course presents the science behind the mechanisms that effect global climate change to enable critical analysis of the potential severity of rapid climate change on the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere. It includes an overview of chemistry, physics, ecology, the carbon cycle, solar system science, and how these tools will allow critical analysis of climate model forecasts and the effects of greenhouse gasses.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

    Prerequisites: MAT-003 or placement in MAT-128 or higher

  • SCI 115SC Is Evolution True? Your Inner Fish 3

    Are we humans just “souped-up” fish?! How did the human animal come to be what it is? What evidence of our evolution lies within our own bodies? How are we like fish? Worms? Even bacteria? Through paleontology (fossils), genetics, molecular biology, comparative embryology and comparative anatomy – we will reconstruct the history and examine the evidence for the building of human bodies through evolutionary adaptations. Is Evolution true? We will explore the evidence ranging from biogeography to geology, from molecular biology to physiology, so you can decide.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

  • SCI 210SC Energy and Its Impact on Global Society 3

    As an introduction to the physical principles behind energy use and its effects on our environment, this course examines different energy resources worldwide; explores the scientific principles of energy generation and investigates the environmental and economic consequences of its use.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

    Prerequisites: MAT-003 or placement in MAT-128 or higher

  • SCI 215SC Science in Science Fiction 3

    This course investigates the science behind popular science fiction literature and film. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills to investigate science fiction plot devices to determine if they are compatible with fundamental principles in physics, chemistry, and biology. Is it possible to travel faster-than-light? Will suspended animation prolong our time in this universe? Science topics discussed include: motion, acceleration, time dilation, energy, characteristics of living things, cloning, evolution, Earth’s cycles, and climate. Students will also discuss the ethics of these new technologies in consideration of the university’s guiding core values.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2014.

    Prerequisites: MAT-003 or placement in MAT-128 or higher and ENG-121

The Creative Life (6 credits)

  • FAS 110CL Living the Theatre: Dramatic Skills for all Disciplines 3

    If “all the world is a stage,” then everyone can benefit from the skills learned in the theatre. Theatre is a collaborative art form that calls on people with a wide range of skills and abilities to work together to create something special. Through active participation, students will learn the basic principles of performance, design, and operations alongside readings from selected works of noted playwrights and theatre practitioners. By working and studying in such an environment, students learn the applicability of theatre practitioners’ skills to life in the theatre and beyond.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

  • HUM 110CL Giants of the Arts 3

    Giants of the Arts will define those artists who, through the test of time, have been recognized as true masters; whose works advanced their art form(s), who become a significant influence within their field(s), and who continue to influence contemporary artists today. Students will examine how these artists used the components of their art form(s), why these artists are considered “great,” what their greatest contributions are to our society, and how these artists affect our artists today. Students will also consider the qualities of “masterful” creative endeavors and contemplate how the artists’ gifts to our world improve and deepen our lives.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

  • MUS 110CL Spirituals to Rock and Roll: The Story of How American Popular Music Conquered the World 3

    In this course students will explore the development of American popular music beginning with its roots in African American slave music, continuing through minstrelsy, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, American Musical Theatre, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Alternative, and Hip Hop. Students will practice critical listening skills as they are exposed to many genres of popular music, and will explore the social, economic, and philosophical paradigms that gave rise to each genre in the American experience of music.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

  • ENG 210CL Love and Desire in Literature 3

    A study of representations of love and desire in literature and their various manifestations in different time periods and cultures. Students will learn and apply basic tools of literary analysis while considering larger questions about the nature of love and desire.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

    Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II

  • ENG 215CL Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature 3

    Through reading about the monster and/or the monstrous in literature, students will question what it means to be human and understand how cultures create fictional monsters as ways to define what it means to be civilized.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

    Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II

  • ENG 220CL On the Proverbial Road: Journeys of Transformation in Narrative 3

    Trailblazers, pathfinders, adventurers, and even reluctant anti-heroes: When questers of any sort—whether willingly or unwillingly—take the road less traveled, why are we compulsively drawn to their tales? In this course, prepare to voyage alongside the brainchildren of global storytellers from diverse eras on literal, metaphorical, and psychological journeys. By engaging narratives in differing genres, including some in translation, and using a variety of learning strategies, such as close reading, students will both explore and consider the ubiquitous themes of overcoming adversity and transformation in characters who undertake roundtrip journeys from their familiar, ordinary worlds to unfamiliar, extraordinary destinations.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

    Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II

  • ENG 225CL Writing Wild: Exploring the Four Genres 3

    Students in this course will explore the four main genres of creative writing—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama. Using their senses and memories as the primary media, students will learn first to discover and then to map their own creative aesthetics from the wild landscapes of their subconscious and conscious, using imagistic writing.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

    Prerequisites: ENG 122 - Academic Writing II

The Reflective and Spiritual Life: Philosophy (3 credits)

  • PHI 110RS Encountering the Real: Faith and Philosophical Enquiry 3

    This course examines definitions, assumptions, and arguments central to religious existence via the lens of several key classical and contemporary philosophers. Students will develop and refine their ability to think impartially and objectively about personal religious commitments, understand alternative religious points of view, and formulate and defend informed arguments and objections with respect to the subject matter. Topics include faith and reason, arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, and responses to religious diversity.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

  • PHI 210RS Thinking and Doing Ethics 3

    The purpose of this course is to draw on a rich set of proposals concerning right action and good character that have been developed over two millennia and across various cultures in order to stimulate deliberation and mindful action. The course will emphasize comprehension of the right and the good through active deliberation about cases. It will also provide participants with the option to reflect on the right and the good in their personal experience with past or concurrent service or service learning activities.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

The Reflective and Spiritual Life: Religion (6 credits)

  • REL 110RS The Emergence of Christianity: Examination of Foundational Christian Texts 3

    The New Testament record of the development of Christianity from a sect within Judaism to becoming a world religion. This course will examine the foundational texts of Christian Scripture with attention to historical context, the intentions of the authors and the way the texts were edited.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

  • REL 123 Christian Spiritual Vision 3

    This course involves an introduction to the field of theology as an academic discipline with a body of writing, methods, and interpretations. It is concerned with how to successfully study theology, including basic library research methodology and critical thinking. Students will build a basic understanding of the whole of theology through an introduction of its parts: Old Testament and New Testament literature, Who is Jesus?, What is the Church?, Grace and the Sacraments, Christian Morality, Social Justice, Judaism and the Church, the Islamic religion and the Church, and Catholic theology in a global context.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

  • REL 210RS Many are Called, but Who is Chosen? Christian Understandings of Salvation 3

    Where do people go when they die? Who goes where? Must Christians believe in Hell? This course will enable students to evaluate the Judeo-Christian tradition concerning the question of salvation from the Old Testament to contemporary theologians. Readings will focus on Scripture and select Christian theologians.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 1 - 2013.

  • REL 223 World Religions: East and West 3

    Roman Catholicism’s Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) affirmed the innate dignity of all persons, espoused global solidarity, and recognized God’s presence and universal saving designs (a religious sense, truth, holiness and ethical conduct) in other religions and, thus, emphasized discussion and collaboration with members of other religions. Through such an ecumenical lens, this course offers a study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and provides an introduction to Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism and Bahai. The course will not only introduce students to the world’s major religions via consideration of their respective founders, seminal figures, sacred texts, central teachings, core beliefs, ethic and values system and history but, also, by examining how each of the religions, respectively, view the human condition; human inclination towards transcendence; and ethical responsibilities/tasks. Offered annually.

    *This course will be available starting Fall 2 - 2013.

Sociology Core (36 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • SOC 121 Introduction to Sociology 3

    A survey of the major issues and ideas in sociology, including basic concepts and theories, as well as an examination of major social institutions, the dynamics and processes of social interaction, and the structure and organization of social groups.

    Prerequisites: SSC 101

  • SOC 321 Methods of Social Research I: Quantitative Methods 3

    The first of two courses in the research methods sequence. This course covers techniques and methods of quantitative social research as they relate to sociological theory construction and social work practice: hypothesis testing, research design, measurement, quantitative data collection methods (surveys, experiments, and single subject design), statistical data analysis and ethics including development and submission of an IRB proposal. This course also covers descriptive and inferential methods of statistical analysis emphasizing measures of central tendency and dispersion, construction of graphs and tables, univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis including tests of statistical significance. Students will use SPSS to apply statistical techniques.

    Prerequisites: One course in mathematics (MAT 131 or above)

  • SOC 322 Methods of Social Research II: Qualitative Methods 3

    The second of two courses in the research methods sequence. This course covers techniques and methods of qualitative social research as they relate to sociological theory construction and social work practice: in-depth interviewing, observation, focus groups, unobtrusive research methods, and case studies. Also covered are review of the social science literature, conceptualization, sampling, ethical issues in qualitative research, analysis of qualitative data, reporting of research findings and program evaluation. This course requires the completion of a qualitative research project compliant with IRB requirements.

    Prerequisites: Completion of SOC 321 /SWK 321 and approval of the student’s IRB proposal

  • SOC 323 Sociological Theory 3

    This course is designed to provide an analysis of the fundamental principles and concepts underlying social theory. Attention will be given to an evaluation of major sociological theories, both classical and contemporary. It is also designed to provide students an arena in which to learn and practice the skills of theoretical critique, construction, and how theory can be useful in application and intervention.

    Prerequisites: SOC 121

  • SOC 496 Comprehensive Exam in Sociology 0

    Final comprehensive written examination for students majoring in sociology. Examination is administered in the SOC 499: Senior Seminar in Sociology course. Test fee.

    Prerequisites: SOC 499

  • SOC 499 Senior Seminar in Sociology 3

    Designed as a capstone course in sociology. Students will conduct directed research and develop and present in oral and written form a senior thesis on a specified social problem or issue.

    Prerequisites: Senior standing. Corequisite: SOC 496

  • SOC 222 Social Problems 3

    An introduction to such contemporary social problems as poverty, unemployment, energy, pollution, sexual deviance, delinquency, drugs and alcohol. Emphasis will be placed on underlying causes and on pointing the way to solutions.

  • SOC 331 Global Social Change and Environment 3

    Focusing on the dynamics of global development and globalization, this course examines the roots and nature of social change in the contemporary world. It reviews various theories of social change, as well as the social, cultural, technological, political, and economic dimensions of global change. It also provides students with an opportunity to investigate how they may become change agents themselves.

    Prerequisites: SSC 101 and SSC 102

  • SOC 332 Social Interaction in Everyday Life 3

    An examination of how individuals interact in interpersonal, work, and family situations. Furthermore, an examination of the effects of culture and social structure upon the behavior, thoughts, and identities of individuals, including a consideration of how the individual exists in society and how society exists in the individual.

    Prerequisites: SSC 101

  • SOC 333 The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3

    The course provides an overview of the nature of intimate relationships and family life, comparing various cultural groups within the United States and around the world. It examines issues related to the selection of romantic partners, marriage rituals, non-traditional living arrangements, the raising of children, the rules for separation, and other social issues that families face.

    Prerequisites: SSC 101

  • SOC 343 The Social Ladder: Diversity and Inequality in America 3

    This course examines how our social class, race, ethnicity, and gender all intersect to shape the challenges and opportunities we face. Students will learn to identify the types, causes, and consequences of social stratification and critically assess the role of inequality, especially privilege versus poverty and deprivation, in the United States and in their own lives.

    Prerequisites: SSC 101

  • SOC 345 Deviance and Social Control 3

    Providing an overview of the social aspects of deviance and deviant behavior, the course examines the definition of deviance and its social and cultural roots. It includes a review of the sociological theories that explain deviant behavior, the process of becoming deviant, and the consequences of deviance; an analysis of various types of deviant behavior; and a critical assessment of the mechanisms society uses to address deviance.

    Prerequisites: SSC 101

  • SOC 350 Race and Ethnic Relations 3

    A critical examination of race, ethnicity, and their persistence in institutions from a sociological perspective, the course examines how race and ethnicity are socially and politically defined; how sociological theories have traditional and contemporarily analyzed racial and ethnic inequalities; the most up-to-date research on the extent of racial/ethnic inequalities across several key social institutions; and social justice/social change efforts to reduce racism, along with social and political barriers to such efforts. Issues are considered from a US and global perspective.

    Prerequisites: SSC 101

Electives (42 Credits)

Total Credits 120