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Columbia College Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Examine the connection between individual choices and social forces with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Columbia College.

Prepare for a range of careers at Columbia College

Our shared experiences in society as well as our individual social lives provide a never-ending supply of topics for sociologists to study. In this Columbia College program, you’ll build an understanding of social issues, institutions, policies, movements, innovations, ideas and behaviors. You’ll also gain the skills to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.

You’ll get specialized training in areas of interest such as crime and social inequality, culture and globalization or gender and identity. Many students continue their general sociology studies in graduate school in the subjects of law, public policy, business, urban planning and social work.

Opportunities to study:

  • Culture
  • Globalization
  • Crime
  • Inequality
  • Gender
  • Identity

Prepare for a career studying people, groups and societies

Any institution that shapes our lives—or seeks to change society—relies on the study of our behavior as social beings. The analysis of social issues is carried out at all levels, from highly individual snapshots of short contacts to the long-term study of global processes.

The valuable skills you develop in data analysis, social trend research, program evaluation and organizational management are highly marketable in business, government and nonprofit settings. Potential career paths include social services, project management, market research, advocacy, counseling and education.

Some possible paths include:

  • Social Science Researcher
  • Policy Analyst
  • Survey Researcher
  • Human Resources Recruiter
  • Client Relationship Manager
  • Marketing Representative
  • Solutions Consultant
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Advocacy
  • Public relation

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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Dr. Yngve Digernes

"The great thing about teaching here is that our classes are so small, so I get to know the students very well... I know their strengths and weaknesses, and I know what their interests are, so I can kind of play on that."

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  • Core requirements 51 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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