Frequently Asked Questions

Students at UCCS

Sociology is the study of group life. As a social science, it combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, social policy, intergroup relations, social class, environment, technology and communications, health care and illness, social movements, community responses to disasters, and many other social issues. Sociology is valuable liberal arts major for students planning careers in a wide variety of fields including social research, criminology, demography and immigration, social psychology, public administration, gerontology, education, rehabilitation, social work, and market research. It provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, architecture, and politics. In many professional schools, sociology courses are an integral part of the required curriculum.

Persons holding a Bachelor’s degree in sociology are employed in the helping professions, in business, and in various public sector positions, especially those dealing with social programs and their implementation. Usually, they are not employed in jobs that carry the title “sociologist”, since that title requires graduate training. Employment opportunities for those with Bachelor’s degrees in sociology include entry-level positions in administration and advertising, banking and sales, community planning and group work, marketing and market research, human resources and personnel work, social research and project development, and many types of social service roles.

The Bachelor's Degree Program in Sociology offers the option of Online Completion. If students have completed 60 credits at UCCS, or transfer in with an AA, they will be able to complete their Bachelor of Arts at UCCS in sociology completely online. All sociology required classes are offered in the online format at least once during the calendar year, most are offered every semester, including summer. A range of elective classes are also available online each semester. Please click here to view the 2016-2017 projected online course offerings.  If you have any questions about the Online Completion program, please contact the Sociology Department Chair (Dr. Heather Albanesi) at

No, they are the same degree. While most of our online students take all their courses online, you can also choose to mix-and-match, taking any combination of courses--online and face to face (for example, evenings or weekends).

Yes. Sociology offers the option of completing the entire bachelor's degree online. All Sociology required courses are offered online at least once during the calendar year; most are offered every semester. A range of elective courses, substantive courses, and capstone-flagged courses are also available online each semester, including summer. The honors option for the capstone requirement (4980/4990) is also available to online students.

Please go here for more information, a complete list of course offered online and a projected schedule of online offerings. 

Yes. Majors can take courses both on-campus and online. 

Absolutely. First, see if you might qualify for our Accelerated BA/MA program. Information about that program is here. If you have additional questions about our Accelerated BA/MA program, contact the Sociology Department Chair (Dr. Heather Albanesi) at

Yes! The opportunity to work as an intern for (undergraduate or graduate) course credit is available every semester including summer. Please check out this list of possible community organizations you might want to intern for. Internship requirements can be found here. It is recommended that you meet with the internship coordinator prior to the beginning of the semester that you want to intern. If you have any questions about the internship program, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Michèle Companion at

For additional ideas on possible internship sites, please visit the UCCS SLICE (Service-Learning Internship & Community Engagement) Community Partner Directory //


  • While our regular internship course is 100% in the field (with an academic component completed independently), we also offer service learning courses that include both an in class and in the field (volunteer/internship) component.
  • We also have added optional 1-credit service learning labs to 15 of our courses (indicated in the course numbers ending in 5, e.g. SOC 3405 Criminology Service Learning Lab).
  • If you have additional questions about our service learning opportunities, contact the Sociology Department Chair (Dr. Heather Albanesi) at

The Senior Exit Exam will be administered via BlackBoard. During the final semester before graduation, students will find the (non-credit) course "Sociology Senior Exit Exam" within their BlackBoard shell. The Senior Exit Exam must be completed by two weeks before the last day of classes for that semester.

  If for some reason the BlackBoard shell does not appear, please contact Dr. Albanesi   




The Sociology Department offers three undergraduate certificates and participates in a fourth interdisciplinary certificate in Disability Studies.

Criminology and Justice Studies

Sociology of Diversity

Social Dimensions of Health and Health Care

Disability Studies

If you have any questions about the undergraduate certificates, please contact the Certificate Coordinator listed on the specific certificate flyer you are interested in.

The UCCS department of Sociology currently offers three graduate certificates. Coursework that meets the requirements for a certificate also counts toward the total credits required for the Masters.

To view the Certificate's Application for Completion please click the links below:

If you have any questions about the Graduate certificates, please contact the Graduate Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Edwardo Portillos at

No, you do not need to be enrolled in our Masters degree program. But in order to enroll in a graduate certificate program as a non-degree seeking student, you must hold a BA from an accredited university with a GPA of >3.0

Yes, and while you are able to add any second major offered at UCCS, we have two programs that streamline and reduce the requirements for these specific combinations.

  • Dual Major in Sociology/WEST
  • Dual Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice

If you have any questions about these dual degree programs, please contact the Sociology Department Chair (Dr. Heather Albanesi) at