Sociology, BGS

General Studies in Sociology Online Degree

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor'sThe Sociology department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha draws from the research and teaching expertise of 12 full-time faculty with international, multi-cultural, and comparative emphasis. They have interests in family, health, social organization, and social inequality.

Sociology is the scientific study of human relationships. Sociologists seek to understand the ways that often unseen social forces shape our lives.

Sociologists have broad interests ranging from families, racial and ethnic identity, organizations, social inequality, sex and gender, sexuality, the welfare system, education reform, human rights, to peace and war.

Sociology has a distinct perspective on social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Delivery Options

This program is 100% online with exception of the hybrid Public Speaking class. Students may transfer in an equivalent.

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  • Credit for military training, including 10 credit hours for those who have completed basic training and served at least one year on active duty
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Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$250.00$25.00$9.00$4.00$288.00
3 credit hour$750.00$75.00$27.00$12.00$864.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$396.50$25.00$9.00$4.00$434.50
3 credit hour$1,189.50$75.00$27.00$12.00$1,303.50

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Tuition listed in the table above is for BGS area of concentration courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. Distance education tuition may range as follows:

  • Undergraduate courses for Nebraska residents: $244.00 - $309.50 per credit hour 
  • Undergraduate courses for non-resident students: $335.00 - $885.00 per credit hour 
  • Graduate courses for Nebraska residents: $311.00 - $394.00 per credit hour  
  • Graduate courses for non-resident students: $393.00 - $1,075.75 per credit hour

For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.

To complete the online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree, students are required to:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 total credit hours
  • Earn 24 of your last 48 credit hours from UNO
  • Earn 30 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level, including nine hours from UNO in your area of concentration
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average

In addition, students pursing the BGS degree may:

  • Earn up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources such as basic training/active duty military service or certain approved formal training experiences
  • Transfer to UNO, up to 64 credit hours from regionally accredited post-secondary colleges and universities

For more information contact a program representative, listed under the Admissions tab.

 

BGS General Requirements

English composition and writing 9 cr
Intermediate Algebra or equivalent 3 cr
Public speaking 3 cr
Natural & physical sciences
(8 hours from two disciplines, one course with a lab)
8 cr
Humanities & fine arts 9 cr
Social & behavioral sciences 9 cr
Cultural diversity Cultural diversity requirements include 3 credit hours U.S. diversity and 3 hours global diversity. Cultural Diversity courses are usually taken as part of the social sciences or humanities requirements or as part of the concentration.
Area of Concentration

Choose from coursework in sociology; at least nine credit hours of upper division courses (3000-4000 level).

30 cr

Secondary field 1

In each secondary field, all 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 cr
Secondary field 2

In each secondary field, all 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 cr
BGS Electives 25 cr

Download a list of courses that fulfill the general requirements.

Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Introduction to Sociology

SOC 1010
3
An introduction to the study of human societies. The course presents the fundamental concepts and theories that make up the sociological perspective. These serve as tools for the analysis of social inequality, social institutions and social change.

Social Problems

SOC 2100
3
An analysis of the origins of social problems in American society. Attention is given to the nature, consequences and solutions of selected social problems.  Prereq: Three hours of social science.

Basic Statistics

SOC 2130
3
Descriptive statistics techniques and the principles of inferential statistical thinking. The emphasis is on the basic statistical techniques employed in analysis of social data. This course does not count as social science credit.  Prereq: MATH 1310

Major Social Issues

SOC 2800
3
The course examines a major social issue with readings and required materials designed for non-majors. The specific topic will vary from semester to semester. Students may take the course more than once. Prereq: SOC 1010

Social Psychology

SOC 3450
3
Social interaction studied in situations of (1) social influences on individuals, (2) dyads or face-to-face groups, and (3) larger social systems. The concepts, theories, data, research methods, and applications of varied substantive topics are examined.  Prereq: SOC 1010 or PSYC 1010

Social Stratification

SOC 3690
3
Considers the inequalities of social class, power and status and their relationships to race, ethnicity and gender in order to determine who gets what and why. The consequences of social stratification for life chances, consumption and social mobility are examined.  Prereq: SOC 1010 and sophomore standing.

Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S.

SOC 3900
3

The course explores historical and contemporary meanings of race and ethnicity and introduces students to the ways sociologists think about race, race relations and racism. It reviews current theoretical issues, and focuses on the recent histories and current position of several major racial-ethnic populations in the U.S.: African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on how race has structured groups' experiences in relation to social institutions like health, education, culture and media, legal system, and the economy.  Prereq: Six hours of social science.

Sociology of Deviant Behavior

SOC 4130
3
The course explores historical and contemporary meanings of race and ethnicity and introduces students to the ways sociologists think about race, race relations and racism. It reviews current theoretical issues, and focuses on the recent histories and current position of several major racial-ethnic populations in the U.S.: African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on how race has structured groups' experiences in relation to social institutions like health, education, culture and media, legal system, and the economy.  Prereq: Six hours of social science

American Family Problems

SOC 4150
3
This course takes up problems and issues of the contemporary American family. Specific topics vary, but might include: family violence; the impact of poverty and racism on families; families and work; gender roles; divorce and its aftermath; remarriage and step-parenthood; family and economy; law and the family; parenting; sexuality, sexual orientation, and reproduction; family policy; drug, alcohol, and mental health problems; and the most basic question of all: what is a family? Family problems and issues are presented in an historical and analytical context which connects the family to basic social institutions and processes.  Prereq: SOC 1010 or 2150

Contemporary Topics in Sociology

SOC 4800
3
This course reviews research and writing in an area which is of current interest in the field of sociology. The specific topic(s) to be covered will be announced at the time the course is being offered. Since the topic will vary, students may elect to take this course more than once.

Independent Study

SOC 4990
3
Guided readings or independent research in special topics under the supervision of a faculty member. A formal contract specifying the nature of the work to be completed must be signed before registering for the course. SOC 4990 may be taken for a maximum of six hours.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must:

  • Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. You may also be required to complete the online scholarship application in order to be considered for UNO scholarships.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Sessions June 1

All web applications must be submitted by midnight of the appropriate date and all paper applications must be postmarked no later than the respective deadline for students to be considered for admission.

Applications not received by the appropriate deadline will be returned to the student and fees paid will be refunded. Student will need to submit a new application for a future term.

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone: 888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Division of Continuing Studies Office
Phone: 402.554.2370
E-mail: unodcs@unomaha.edu

Office of Military and Veteran Services
Phone:
402.554.2349
E-mail: unovets@unomaha.edu

 

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