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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology prepares students for a wide variety of career fields from STEM positions, marketing, management, education, law, medicine, and social services, all of which are highly valued and in demand in the 21st century. Sociology majors are highly valued in the 21st century due to both their hard skills, as well as their understanding, communication, flexibility, leadership, motivation, patience, persuasion, problem-solving abilities, teamwork, time management, and work ethic.

Explore the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program

Our nationally ranked Department of Sociology offers both programs on-campus and online. Students gain a firm foundation in social theory and methodologies. Broadly our courses focus on social inequality and diverse research methods as they apply to education, race, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, and other areas of our social realities. Faculty are experts in their fields and nationally recognized.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Sociology bachelor’s degree.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

College: Health, Education and Social Transformation

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program Road Map: Review Course Offerings

Cost per credit hour:  

  • Undergraduate online: $395.40*† 
  • Active Military online: $250*† 

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights

Sociology students at NMSU Online are offered many advantages:

  • Undergraduate sociology majors enjoy small class sizes, a diverse multiethnic environment, and a low student-to-professor ratio.
  • Students also work one-on-one with professors on research topics chosen in concert with professors.
  • Students begin their Sociology experience by working closely with a faculty advisor to identify career goals. Courses and student activities are then selected to support those career goals.
  • Maximum flexibility is maintained while providing students with a solid foundation of analytical skills and an understanding of social factors that help build effective organizations and better communities.


Quick Fact

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median salary of $86,110 in 2020 for a Sociology degree holder. 

What can you do with a Sociology degree from NMSU?

Careers Positions

NMSU graduates of the Sociology bachelor’s degree program will be prepared for the workforce and a range of professional positions including: 

  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resources Director
  • Lawyer
  • Researcher & Strategist
  • System Analyst


NMSU’s Sociology graduates are hired by leading employers in New Mexico and nationwide, including:

  • Best Buy
  • Teach for America
  • Department of Energy
  • Mesilla Valley Community of Hope
  • Center for Community Analysis, New Mexico State University

Program Curriculum

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Students must complete all university degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, viewing A Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. The General Education requirements may be completed with transfer credits from any previous institutions.


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