Online Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

Earn your degree in sociology online from one of the top-ranked programs in the nation.

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Named a Best Online Program 2024 by U.S. News & World Report

If you work, or aspire to work, in social policy, law, criminal justice, advocacy, or a related field, UMass Amherst’s online BA in Sociology is a smart investment in your career. Flexible, affordable, and top-ranked, our 120-credit online degree features the same robust curriculum and high-caliber faculty as our on-campus program. If you’re looking to specialize, you can also add our certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice System or Social Work and Social Welfare. 

Core courses and electives include: 

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Race, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity
  • Drugs and Society
  • Sociology of Mental Health

Are you passionate about social justice? If you want to better understand and analyze the world in terms of inequity, racial, and gender disparities, you are on your way to developing your sociological imagination. Our online program provides the tools you need and our advising team will support your academic success. 

Sociology gives me the chance to develop critical thinking and reveal the hidden truth in our society that I've never discovered before!

Yuying “Ethel” Deng, ‘23 
The UMass Sociology department has a sense of community like no other. Outside of a fantastic education and a diverse array of classes, the program is made up of some of the smartest, most open-minded, and supportive faculty and peers I have ever come across in my education

Caroline “CJ” Pingeton, ’22


Flexible & Efficient

Uniquely designed for working professionals, our online undergrad program lets you take classes on your schedule.

Top-Ranked Nationwide

Our sociology programs offer robust, applied coursework and groundbreaking research opportunities.

Practical & Focused

Our online sociology program opens a path to careers in social work, criminal justice, and data analysis.

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