Bachelor of Arts


Average Time to Complete 3-4 semesters

About the Program

MBU | Bachelor’s | Online – Students of sociology thrive on the study of society and the improvement of the human condition. At Mary Baldwin, the major focuses on understanding and finding answers, providing students with a firm foundation in the social sciences. Sociology professors maintain an open door policy and often work side by side with students in community outreach. Students also receive the opportunity to develop professionally through organized internships.

Complete your sociology degree online.

Our sociology degree can be completed fully online through the university’s innovative Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. Just like in-person classes, the Blackboard-interface program emphasizes the development of strong conceptual skills in tandem with practical applications. MBU helps you fast-track your path to a sociology degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System as well as the ability to earn up to 6 credits for work experience.

Sociology professors maintain an open door policy and often work alongside students on community outreach projects. Students also have many opportunities for professional development through organized internships.

A sociology bachelor of arts degree is a strong liberal arts degree certifying knowledge of social analysis, group dynamics, and the nature of society. The bachelor’s of sociology is consistently ranked as one of the most popular majors on the Mary Baldwin University campus.

The primary goal of the department is to lead students to an understanding of the sociological perspective or, as it is often called, the sociological imagination. Students of sociology will discover the social world and the intersection of sociocultural forces and individual biographies. One of the primary purposes of the sociology/social work department is to foster the understanding that groups, organizations, and social institutions are social constructions that guide individual behavior.

Career Paths

  • Urban planning
  • Mental health counselor
  • Childcare
  • Teacher
  • Paralegal
  • Law enforcement

Courses & Requirements

36+ Credit Hours

Need to meet major requirements (39) plus degree requirements (126) either through MBU or transfer course work; a minimum of 36 need to be taken through MBU.

Cost & Financial Aid

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Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

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