The part-time Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sociology degree program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) will sharpen your analytic skills and develop knowledge of core sociological theories and theoretical perspectives consistent with established disciplinary standards for undergraduate majors and minors in sociology. You’ll practice sociological research methods and forms of inquiry that yield results appropriate for quantitative and qualitative data analysis; gain familiarity with core themes, concepts, and empirical research in two topical areas within sociology (e.g., the sociology of work and occupations); and hone communication skills. Sociology develops an incisive understanding of human relations and social systems, serving as a foundation for a variety of careers in law, business, social work, criminal justice, and policy impact analysis, among others.

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Part-Time
  • 128 Credits
  • 24–36 Months

A Foundation for Success in Sociology

Metropolitan College’s Bachelor’s in Sociology degree will equip you with:

  • Knowledge of core sociological theories and theoretical perspectives consistent with established disciplinary standards for undergraduate majors and concentrators in sociology.
  • Proficiency in sociological research methods and forms of inquiry that yield results appropriate for quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Familiarity with core themes, concepts, and empirical research in two topical areas of specialization within sociology (e.g., the sociology of work and occupations).
  • Proficiency in identifying and conducting literature reviews of valid sources of scholarly research, knowledge, and information. Effectiveness in written and oral communication consistent with standard academic styles and formats (e.g., research paper using APA style guide; oral presentation of research project).
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Why Complete Your Sociology Bachelor’s at BU?

  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s sociology bachelor’s program, an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio ensures close interaction with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as sociological research, clinical work, outreach.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of sociology alongside peers with professional experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts throughout the sociological worlds, and benefit from a global alumni community with strong connections.
  • Student Support: Benefit from access to personalized professional academic advice from the team of academic counselors in MET Enrollment & Student Success.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
  • Flexible Schedule: Pursue your studies part-time, at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus.
  • Affordable Tuition: Complete your bachelor’s part-time at BU at a substantial savings compared to full-time study.
  • Financial Assistance: Undergraduate students at BU MET are eligible for a range of financial aid and community-minded scholarship opportunities designed to support those investing in their education part-time who still need to navigate full-time responsibilities.

Flexible, Part-Time Degree Completion—at Boston University

The sociology program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is a self-paced bachelor’s degree completion program offered in a convenient, part-time evening format —ideal for busy professionals who seek to earn a Boston University degree without turning their personal lives upside down or putting their careers on hold. Along with self-paced programs in a variety of majors on campus, MET also offers the Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program, leading to a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan College are required to complete a minimum of 32 courses (128 credits), including Hub requirements, major requirements, related courses, and electives.

Hub Requirements

All BU undergraduate students, including transfer students, will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, the University’s general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied in a number of ways, including coursework in and beyond the major as well as through cocurricular activities. Students majoring in Sociology will satisfy BU Hub requirements in Quantitative Reasoning II, and, additionally, students taking MET SO 300 will satisfy BU Hub requirements in Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking, and Research and Information Literacy.

Major and Related Courses

A total of 14 courses (56 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Major Courses

Choose ten courses (40 credits), which must include the following four:

And six additional sociology courses, four of which must be at the 300 level or above.

Related Courses

Choose four courses (16 credits) at the 200 level or higher in the following fields:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Urban Affairs


Electives are chosen with the advice of an academic counselor. The number of electives varies depending on transfer credit.

Sociology Minor

The minor in sociology is designed for students from other disciplines who are interested in the theoretical ideas and research methods used by sociologists in their study of society. Students have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses that provide an alternative and valuable perspective for understanding the social issues they will have to deal with in their own professions. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in the 24 credits taken toward the minor.

Required Courses

(Three courses/12 credits)


Three additional sociology courses (12 credits).

View all Sociology undergraduate courses.

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Our services include scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans.

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