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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology is the systematic study of collective human behavior. You will explore social processes within and among varied groups and societies. Analyze the beliefs and actions of individuals in the context of social norms, values, conventions, structures, institutions, and patterns of behavior. Learn how to gather and interpret data, as well as assess, evaluate and explain social behavior, programs and processes.

You will develop a greater awareness of culture, race and ethnicity and how social conflict and misunderstanding is born. In addition, you will explore methods for promoting group interaction and cooperation. Professors will inspire you to think critically about social issues and develop ways to solve complex problems in a global community. An emphasis in anthropology is also available.

Career Opportunities Include

  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Medical administration
  • Research
  • Government
  • Graduate study

Sociology is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)

Sociology Major Courses

Introduction to Sociology | 
Introduces theory and method in social sciences as they relate to key concepts in the field of sociology including socialization, culture, status, stratification, conflict, and change.

Topics in Social Sciences | 
Designed around special theories, practices or interests of an individual or group of students.

Cultural Anthropology | 
Introductory course that surveys history, theory and method in the field through examination of basic concepts in anthropology including culture, adaptation, cooperation, social order, and change.

Indigenous People in a Contemporary World | 
Illustrates the evolution of cultural practices of indigenous people as processes of adaptation with the contemporary world as they relate to the Oklahoma Ottawa.

Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism | 
Focuses on intergroup and intragroup experiences of various ethnic populations within the United States.  Includes impact of integration, discrimination, prejudice, and social dynamics of conflict and assimilation to various groups.

Human Sexuality | 
Inter-disciplinary approach draws upon the scientific expertise of anthropologists, biologists, medical researchers, sociologists, social workers, and psychologists and the contributions of these fields to the study of human sexuality. Interest in this topic is based on the fact that sexual behavior reflects our biological capabilities, our psychological characteristics and social and cultural influences. Covers core topics in the field of human sexuality including anatomy, physiology, arousal and response, gender roles, attraction, love, intimate relationships, sexual communication, sexual techniques, sexual orientation, conception, birth control, prenatal development, childbirth, sexual behavior across the life-span, sexual dysfunction and therapy, sexually transmitted diseases, atypical variations in sexual behavior, sexual coercion and commercial sex. Focuses on critical thinking as a tool for learning and taking action through diverse literature in the field of study. In addition, addresses gender roles, sexual attitudes, sexual behaviors, sexual health, and sexually responsible decision-making.

Research Design and Analysis | 
Reviews basic research methods focusing on conceptual basis for experimentation. Includes basic design
components such as control, sampling, data collection, and analysis.

Field Research | 
Application of Social Science methods to a research question identified by the student in consultation with professor.

Required Supporting Courses

  • Macroeconomics | 
  • Introduction to Statistics or Mathematical Statistics II 
  • ?Social Psychology | 
  • Elementary Spanish I | 

Students must select one concentration from the following

  • Anthropology
  • Social Justice
  • Social Change
Full Degree Catalog

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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