Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

Degree Overview

Virginia Wesleyan University’s online bachelor’s in social science can help you put your existing credits toward completing your degree, so you can get the job you want. This flexible, affordable degree gives you a strong liberal arts foundation, and our generous credit transfer policy allows you to earn your degree faster.

Our online social science program focuses on interdisciplinary discussion and learning, and emphasizes flexibility so that you can fit your education into your already busy life. You’ll engage with highly qualified faculty on your own schedule and experience an online social science degree program with the breadth and social context you need to get the most out of your education.

This concentration allows you to complete coursework in multiple concentration areas so that you can specialize your education for your specific professional goals. Choose from concentrations in business, criminal justice, psychology and social welfare to design a degree that gives you the skills and education you need to advance your career.

Program Details

  • 07/08/2024
    Next Start Date
  • 128
    Total Degree Credit Hours
  • Program Length
    Finish in as little as 12 months
  • $399
    Cost Per Credit Hour
  • 46
    Major Credit Hours

Course Information

General Education is the component of the degree that all students share. The requirements include both a scholarly core experience and a broad array of courses from across the university. The core provides students a common sequence of courses that form a foundation for their education and that will serve them throughout their lives. The breadth requirement ensures a well-rounded education.

Eleven courses are required for the Social Science major, plus SOSCI 200 (2 credits). You'll complete one of the tracks below in its entirety, plus choose two courses from each of two additional tracks. Your adviser can help you select courses to meet the major's requirements.

Pick ONE of the following tracks:

Business Track

  • MBE 201 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • MBE 301 Principles of Management: A Project Approach
  • MBE 316 Marketing Principles
  • MBE 333 International Business
  • MBE 400 Seminar in Managerial Ethics

Criminal Justice Track

  • CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 301 Criminology
  • CJ 350 Introduction to Social Research
  • CJ 387 Criminal Law
  • CJ 488 Senior Capstone

Psychology Track

  • PSY 205 Psychology and the Law
  • PSY 313 History and Systems of Modern Psychology
  • PSY 321 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 373 Child Development
  • PSY 388 Cognition

Social Welfare Track

  • SW 201 Introduction to Social Work
  • SW 302 Legislation, Policy and Administration
  • SW 336 Lifespan Development and Behavior
  • SW 400 Social Work Methods With Groups
  • SW 450 Research Methods in Social Work

SOSCI Majors must choose TWO Secondary Concentrations from the choices below: 
(Secondary Concentrations must not be the same discipline as the Primary Concentration)

Requires 8 hours each at the 300/400 level from TWO of the following disciplines:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Social Work

Complete 1 Research Course:

  • CJ 350 Introduction to Social Research
  • POLS 265 Research Methods
  • SW 450 Research Methods in Social Work

Additional Required Courses:

  • SOSCI 200 Integrated Learning in Social Science
  • SOSCI 400 Senior Seminar: Social Science
  • Social Science Electives (any level/any social science discipline)

Social Science Electives:

  • CJ 210 Corrections
  • CJ 290 Extreme Murder
  • CJ 300 Law Enforcement
  • CJ 348 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 100 Introductory Sociology
  • SW 251 Diversity & Social Problems in Social Work
  • Other elective options may be available.


Career Outcomes

  • Business

    Critical thinking skills are in high demand in business, and a social science degree from Virginia Wesleyan University can help you learn those skills. Learn to work as part of a team and to solve problems head-on.

  • Local Government

    Sometimes those in government at the local level can have the biggest impact on the people around them. VWU’s social science degree gives you the knowledge and background you need to pursue a career in local government.

  • Market Research

    Understanding human behavior and motives can help you understand how to help companies sell products as a market researcher. VWU’s social science degree gives you the understanding of people and society you need to perform top-notch market research.

  • Nonprofit Work

    Nonprofit organizations need talented individuals to help further their goals. VWU’s social science degree can give you the skills required to work at a variety of nonprofit organizations.

  • Mental Health Support

    Your understanding of human behavior and the pressures and dynamics of society can help provide a foundation for a career in mental health support. Help people deal with their issues and overcome their problems with a social science degree from VWU.

  • Community Outreach

    Bringing communities together for the common good is one of the cornerstones of the social science field. Your VWU degree prepares you to make a difference while gaining skills for career success.

Why VWU Online

Successful Alumni

More than 90 percent of our alumni are working or in graduate school within 1 year of graduation.

Highly Qualified Faculty

90 percent of our professors have attained the highest degree in their fields.


Virginia Wesleyan University is a Yellow Ribbon school, and we have a dedicated Veterans Service Team.

Streamlined Admission

Admission decisions are made on the basis of a review of the applicant's undergraduate transcript. No SAT, ACT, or GMAT required!

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Applicants who have not yet completed 12 semester hours of college work must submit an official high school transcript and SAT/ACT score, and an official college transcript from all colleges and universities previously attended. Applicants who have not taken an SAT or ACT may be admitted on the basis of an evaluation of high school coursework. Applicants who are not high school graduates may be admitted on the basis of GED test results.
  3. Applicants who have successfully completed 12 or more semester hours of college work must submit official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Generally, individuals transferring to Virginia Wesleyan must present a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

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