Online Sociology Classes and Courses Overview

The field of sociology is concerned with the causes and consequences of human behavior in society. Online courses are typically offered through 2- and 4-year degree programs in sociology; standalone courses can also be taken to satisfy various general education requirements of an undergraduate degree program or simply for personal enrichment.

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Online Courses in Sociology

Below are a few examples of sociology courses that can be taken online.

  • Social Psychology Course: Students in this online course study how people function each day. They learn how social forces affect individual behavior. They explore human interaction and the effects cultural environment has on individuals.
  • Social Problems Course: Online sociology course students examine the various social problems facing our communities, including the lack of health care, crime, poverty, discrimination and violence. They learn why these problems occur and how to assess their extensiveness. Students use theoretical lessons to create and implement solutions.
  • Criminal Justice Course: Students review criminal behavior and crime in America. They study the sociological theories and the procedures used to treat criminal offenders. They learn about the criminal justice system and its operation under the U.S. Constitution.
  • Sociology of Sex Roles Course: This online course explores the psychological, social and physiological development of sex roles and sex identity. Students review the socialization methods from infancy through adulthood. They review how women and men are impacted by the contemporary changes in sex roles.
  • Aging and Society Course: Students are exposed to the psychological, biological and sociological aspects of aging. They review the relationship between aging and society, including the community services available for the elderly. Students examine how aging affects an individual's religion, education and family.
  • Family and Marriage Course: This online course reviews the evolution of marriage and family as social institutions. Students learn how the family structure relates to social groups and the dynamic changes that take place. They explore how families vary in different cultures.
  • Social Statistics and Research Course: Students review the statistical and research methods used in sociology. They interpret and evaluate this research. Students answer sociological questions using statistical tools.
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations Course: This class focuses on the challenges, such as prejudice and discrimination, that minority races and ethnic groups face when living in a community or society that is heterogeneous.
  • Global Perspectives on Social Issues Course: Social issues on an international level will be covered, like terrorism, globalization and inequality. Students in this course will learn about the differences across cultures and how they can create social problems in societies.
  • Introduction to Religious Studies Course: Old and new religious study theories will be assessed in this online course. How societies alter their religious beliefs will also be covered.
  • Social Issues in the Rural Americas Course: Social issues in the rural U.S. and Latin America will be discussed in this online class, regarding history and culture. Policies in government, labor, and markets, and more, will be examined.

Program Information

Sociology courses explore various aspects of human social interaction, including marriage and families, sex and gender roles and social problems. Students examine the major theories of social life and look at how people interact with organizations, groups and societies. They study the social dynamics of race, social class, religion, gender and crime. Online courses are offered through colleges and universities and focus on different aspects of society. These courses are usually taken for credit, though some schools offer courses that are open for anyone who is interested in the subject. Undergraduate programs are available in addition to graduate certificates.

Students can study sociology online through associate's and bachelor's degree programs. A graduate certificate is also an option. These courses will cover topics like social psychology, criminal justice, and the sociology of sex roles.

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