Sociology Online Major

What is the Sociology Online Major?

Are you interested in a Sociology Degree but do not have the time availability of a traditional college student?

The Sociology Online major (SOCY ONL) at UNC Charlotte may be the perfect fit for you!

This major is completely online and is part of the Distance Education (DE) program and school of Professional Studies. The Sociology Online major includes a concentraion in Organizations, Occupations, and Work (OOW).

Who is this program best suited for?

The Sociology Online major is best suited for those who may need more time flexibility to finish their degree. Some examples of types of students in the online major include but are not limited to:

  • Commuters
  • Those living outside of Charlotte
  • Those with a schedule that do not allow the time of the traditional college students
  • Readmitted students
  • Students in the OASIS program
  • 49er finish
  • Students working full-time

The majority of students in the Sociology Online major work full-time jobs, which is one of the driving reasons for why the degree has a concentration in Organizations, Occupations, and Work. Students in this program can either be part time or full students at the university.

Degree Specific Requirements

**Note: It is highly encourages to have SOCY 1101, STAT 1222, and all other gen ed requirements completed before beginning the Sociology Online Major requirements.

RequirementCourses Credit Hours
General EducationPlease visit the general education website to see a more detailed description of requirements.Gen Ed: 37-41

Foreign Language: 0-8

Core Sociology CoursesSOCY 1101 (Intro to Sociology)
SOCY 4156 + Lab (Quantitative Data Analysis)
SOCY 3153 + Lab (Sociological Theory)
SOCY 3155 + Lab (Research Methods)
SOCY 4699 (Senior Seminar)
17 Credit Hours

**Note: SOCY 1101 may have already been completed for General Education Requirements
OOW ConcentrationSOCY 2115 (Intro to Organizations)
OOW Elective
OOW Elective
OOW Elective
12 Credit Hours Total
SOCY Elective CoursesANY SOCY 2000/3000/4000 Elective 3 Credit Hours Total

Credits needed to graduate: 120

Required Major Credits: 32

*Other SOCY electives can be taken to fulfill degree or graduation requirements

Elective Choices
OOW Electives AvailableSOCY 4111 – Social Inequality
SOCY 4112 – Sociology of Work
SOCY 4115 – Organizational Sociology
SOCY 4114 – Professionalism in Sociology
SOCY 3125 – Older Worker and Retirement
SOCY 4480 – Internship
SOCY Elective Options (May vary depending on Semester)SOCY 2132
SOCY 2161
SOCY 2163
SOCY 2169
SOCY 2171
SOCY 3110
SOCY 3132
SOCY 3143
SOCY 3173
SOCY 3261
SOCY 4271
SOCY 4125
SOCY 4135
SOCY 4165 (W)
SOCY 4172

Have questions about the online degree?

Below are webpage links to comparison between the main campus major program and online major program as well as a FAQ page.

For further questions, contact the Sociology Online advisor, Mary McKenzie, by emailing