Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.

This degree can be earned 100% online by completing NMSU Alamogordo Community College's Associate of Arts and NMSU Las Cruces' Bachelor of Arts in Sociology DE degree-completion program.Learn more about our 100% online 2+2 bachelor's degrees.


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Degree Completion Program

College: Arts and Sciences

Program Category: Online

Description: The undergraduate BA in Sociology provides a solid liberal arts foundation for entering the world of business, law enforcement, education, government, non profit organizations, environmental and health career fields. The BA in Sociology prepares students to work in today's multiethnic and multinational global environment. The degree provides valuable insights into social factors like race, ethnicity, gender, age, education and social class that can affect a wide range of variables like workplace productivity, organizational effectiveness, family and community dynamics, and environmental policy.

Delivery method: All required courses in the discipline of sociology are offered through Canvas with the exception of SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology. For course rotation of online courses, please see: Requirements for Sociology Major

Requirements: This program is intended for students who have attained Sophomore status and have completed all lower division requirements because only upper division courses are available in the online curriculum.

Department Requirements for a Major in Sociology

  • SOC 101G Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 350 Sociological Foundations
  • SOC 351 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 352 Social Research: Methods
  • SOC 353 Social Research: Analysis
  • SOC 401 Introduction to Social Practice
  • Plus 15 credits of Sociology electives to bring total to 33. Of these 15 credits, six need to be at the 400 level, and three need to be at the 300/400 leve. A grade of "C" or better is required. Six credits of Directed Readings are allowed

Note: There is no language requirement for Sociology majors.

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

To apply: Students should follow the normal NMSU application process for undergraduate admissions.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Department of Sociology

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2014-10-01