Sociology is a social science focused on the study of human beings and their interactions with other individuals within a group, their society, and other cultures. The core benefit of sociology is that it can help us understand one another, resulting in less social strife, hatred, racism, sexism, poverty, illiteracy, and other institutionalized and personal unfortunate but ultimately avoidable realities. Sociologists have a particular way of explaining social phenomena, which is quite diverse. There are several sociological perspectives and methodologies, which help us analyze general social patterns in the behavior of particular individuals. They also encourage us to realize that society guides our thoughts and deeds to a great extent. Finally, Sociology urges us to draw interconnections between public issues and personal problems.
As a research-based discipline, sociology relies heavily on the collection and analysis of data through quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Sociologists, public officials, and others use statistical methods to look at sociological trends, education levels, crime prevalence, economic status, the persistence of racism, sexism or heterosexism and other factors on a macro level as well as analyze issues on a micro level through observation and in-depth interviewing.
Statistics quantify research, allowing researchers, government officials, or other interested parties to identify the extent of a need or a problem, thereby empowering them to develop an appropriate solution, often using a sociological theoretical perspective. Once implemented, the success of this solution is also measured by statistics that reveal whether the issue persists, improves, or worsens.
Statistics can show, for example, where economic and employment opportunities are lacking, enabling us to move toward greater social justice in our society. Defined by the United Nations as “the fair and compassionate distribution of the fruits of economic growth,” social justice essentially means that all members of a society should enjoy equal opportunities, rights, and treatment. Identifying inequalities is key to rectifying them, and using statistics makes that possible.
Why Study Sociology Online?
Are social equality and social justice driving forces in your life? If so, The University of Texas Permian Basin’s online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program was created for you. Our program explores the disparate societies and cultures that inhabit our planet, the ways in which humans act as part of a group, factors that influence how members of subcultures behave in a social context, and the dynamics that influence how members of subcultures are viewed by society in general. Statistical methods along with Sociological Theory help gauge the scale of these social phenomena.
Like all bachelor’s programs, our online BA in sociology also provides a broad education beyond the featured discipline, delving into topics such as literature, history, geology, algebra, and psychology through a variety of general education courses. As you complete your degree, you’ll develop key skills that will help you thrive in your career, any future graduate-level studies you may pursue, and your everyday life. Critical thinking, communication, and research are in-demand, transferable skills that will serve you well no matter where your professional interests take you.
According to a report published by Forbes, more than 90% of business executives surveyed stated that having soft skills is as important as having “hard skills” at hiring time. About the same number of those executives added that they had difficulty finding enough job candidates who possess those valued soft skills.
From a sociological standpoint, critical thinking is an irreplaceable skill, and having solid data in the form of statistics is essential for reaching precise conclusions through your thought processes. Equipped with robust critical thinking skills, you’ll also be more likely to enjoy harmonious relationships with your colleagues, teammates, neighbors, and family members. If your career requires regular interaction with others, critical thinking will undoubtedly strengthen your performance, helping you challenge personal biases and relate better to individuals with different beliefs, backgrounds, and life circumstances. Critical thinking can be particularly beneficial in careers such as:
- Guidance counselor
- Human resources professional
- Management consultant
- Nonprofit specialist
- Public administrator
- Social researcher
- Social worker
- Teaching assistant
A Flexible, High-Quality Learning Experience
The asynchronous, 100% online format of our sociology bachelor’s degree program gives you the flexibility to complete your studies from virtually any location on your own schedule. No campus visits are required. You can work on your degree as you continue to meet your professional and personal commitments by doing your coursework at night, on the weekend, during lunch breaks, or any other time that works for you. Our program offers additional flexibility by allowing you to choose from six start times throughout the year. Once you begin, you’ll learn the identical curriculum from the same accomplished faculty who teach the sociology program on campus. Convenience and quality go hand in hand with online programs from UT Permian Basin.
Build indispensable life skills while earning an online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UT Permian Basin!