Online Major

The Sociology major can be completed entirely online and is consistently ranked among the top online programs nationwide by,, and

Is online education right for me?

  • Distance learners may be adults juggling full-time work and family responsibilities or traditional-aged students who find online courses the best solution to meet their educational needs.
  • The online format requires a high level of self-motivation and better than average time management skills. Online courses operate on the same semester-based schedule as in-person classes (the program is not self-paced). Fall classes start the first week of September with finals in mid-December, and spring classes start the third week of January with finals in mid-May.

How does it work?

  • Online students take the same courses as traditional on-campus UWM students and are taught by the same faculty and academic staff. The courses are just delivered in a different format. No distinction is made between an online student and a traditional student, and the application process is the same. To begin the application process, see
  • Once admitted, students will work with an assigned advisory in the College of Letters & Science via phone or Skype.
  • Following admission, you can declare the major or declare the minor by following the instructions.

Is there anything else that I should know?

  • All of the coursework required for the Sociology Major can be completed online. However, there are some additional degree requirements — courses outside of the major — that are not currently available online (e.g. foreign language courses). If this applies to you, then your assigned Letters & Science advisor can help you explore options to meet the requirements. Some common solutions include coming to campus just for those classes, completing the required coursework at a university close to home, or finding another online institution that offers a comparable course. If coursework is completed elsewhere, your advisor will conform that credit will transfer back to UWM.

Questions regarding the application process as a new freshman or as a transfer student can be directed to the Letters & Science admissions counselor at (414) 229-7711 or at