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Sociology (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) Sample Online Curriculum

The sample course of study below is based on the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog. This is not an official advising document, but it can serve as a guide for how your existing college credits may transfer to ODU. All efforts have been made to provide accurate program information. However, this information is subject to change by the department.

The Bachelor of Science degree program is available completely online at ODU, which means you can start as a freshman. You can also transfer college credits for lower division coursework, which means you would take the major courses at ODU to complete the BS degree.

The Bachelor of Arts is a degree completion program, which means you should already have college credits for the lower division coursework.

Our online enrollment coordinators can provide a free unofficial transfer evaluation before you apply to ODU. Official review of your student records happens when you apply to and are admitted to ODU.

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Lower Division General Education and Departmental Requirements

This degree program is available completely online at ODU, which means you can start as a freshman. If you already have college credits, you may be able to transfer them to ODU and satisfy many of these lower division course requirements.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
GEN ED. Written Communication3ENGL 110C English Composition
GEN ED. (DEPT) Written Communication II3
GEN ED. Literature3
GEN ED. Oral Communication Skills3
GEN ED. Language and Culture*0-12
GEN ED. Information Literacy/Research Skills3
GEN ED. Human Creativity3
GEN ED. Interpreting the Past3
GEN ED. Philosophy and Ethics3
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. Impact of Technology3Any ODU "T" course
GEN ED. Human Behavior3

*For the Bachelor of Arts degree, you must have language competence through the 202 level. You may receive credit for prior coursework or demonstrated competence.

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Upper Division Departmental Requirements

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
SOC 201S Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 337 Introduction to Social Research3
SOC 409W Sociological Theory3Grade of C or better required
SOC 436 Capstone Research Project3
Human Behavior course3
Bachelor of Science only: Additional Human Behavior course3
Sociology Electives24Choose eight 300-400 level sociology courses. Up to six credit hours can be internship courses. To complete the Social Welfare concentration, take SOC 320, 325, and 402, and five 300/400-level SOC electives.


Upper-Division General Education Requirement

  • Option A. An approved minor, second degree or second major (12 credit hours minimum)
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor (12 credit hours)
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure.
  • Option D. Two upper division courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters, or two upper division courses not required by the major from the Arts and Humanities Component. (6 credit hours)


View All Sociology Course Descriptions in ODU's Undergraduate Catalog


This bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours total.

To complete this degree at ODU as a transfer, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ODU.


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