COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - Under this scheme, F1 international students who are unable to report to campus this fall due to COVID19 are able to pay a reduced rate of tuition. • This will only be for the Fall 2020 semester as the students should be on campus in Spring 2021 paying regular rates. • Any UMSL Global scholarship awarded for Fall 2020 would be deferred until Spring 2021. • Students must be enrolled in a degree program conducive to online learning.

Sociology is the scientific study of human social relationships, social interactions, and institutions.

It provides tools for understanding how and why our society functions, impact of social intuitions on individual lives, and the challenges of social interaction between individuals and society. Through teaching, research, and service learning, the Sociology program provides critical understanding of ways people relate to one another through the organization of society and how its structures and cultures influence our lives.

Sociology enables you to see the world in a new light. In a country like the United States where individualism is celebrated, it is very easy to forget that the way we behave and feel is socially produced. Whether they be friendships, families, church groups, socioeconomic classes, complex organizations, or nations, much of our lives are socially constructed. This is the basic premise of sociology.

Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. It provides both quantitative and qualitative tools for understanding how and why our society functions, the impact of social intuitions on individual lives, and the challenges of social interaction between individuals and society.

Career Outlook

The Sociology Program teaches the transferable job skills that enable students to rationally analyze social issues and arrive at effective solutions. These skills are valuable for careers in health and social services; human resources; community planning; non-profit leadership; consumer marketing research and consulting; and jobs involving social research in corporate, non-profit, and government settings. Sociology also provides a solid foundation for graduate school in any of the social sciences, and for professional training in fields such as law, medicine, and social work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply sociological theories to understand social phenomena
  • Understand modes of sociological inquiry
  • Applying concepts and themes in sociological theory to analyze social phenomena
  • Understand the role of social structures in creating and reproducing social inequality
  • Understand different levels of observation and analysis in sociology
  • Utilize evidence-based knowledge and sociological theories to generate research
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of scientific methodology and methods
  • Explain disciplinary standards for the qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Identify and appraise theoretical perspectives
  • Use sociology to analyze social problems in context and evaluate solutions to social problems
  • Use sociological knowledge to inform social change
  • Construct and propose real world solutions to social issues
  • Express ideas in a clear and coherent manner in written and oral communication
  • Demonstrate informal, technological, qualitative, and quantitative literacy

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$24,406.00 (18,11,840) per year
COVID - 19 Fee Changes-Online Start: UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - USD $550 per credit hour for Undergraduate tuition + fees (Normally USD $976.50 per credit hour + fees)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on minimum of 30 transferable credit hours (excluding nursing course work)

For international students

Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.
Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.
Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.
Proof of English proficiency: This can be shown with an official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. The minimum requirements are 61 iBT TOEFL, 5.5 IELTS, or 44 PTE-A.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Missouri - St. Louis

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a global university in the heart of America, offering quality degrees in a world-class metropolitan location.

  • No. 63 in the Times Higher Education “Golden Age” rankings
  • Tier 1 national research university with STEM degrees
  • State-of-the-art, subject-specific facilities and labs
  • Low cost of living in a city with high starting salaries