Sociology is the study of human social behavior, especially the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society.
- Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology
- Sociology minor (teaching or non-teaching)
Choosing the right track
An understanding of sociology is essential for many careers, which is reflected by the sociology tracks we offer to help students focus their studies:
- General sociology
- Society and inequality
- Applied sociology
Sociology majors take general education classes and core classes in sociology, anthropology, statistics, social research methods and theory. Additional coursework varies by the track selected. Topics of study range from the sociology of gender and cultural studies to deviance, social psychology and Native American art.
MSU Sociology Club
Many sociology majors are members of the Sociology Club. Members enjoy exploring the cultural, social and intellectual aspects of sociology. They plan and execute community service activities, learn theory together, and practice research skills. The club is open to all MSU students.
Sociology internships give students practical experience in their areas of interest and are highly encouraged. An intern might: provide direct service to clients in an agency setting; conduct market research for a large corporation; or help develop public policy at the city, county or state level.
A sociology degree is great preparation for a variety of careers such as: criminology, demography, education, gerontology, marketing research, public administration, rehabilitation, social psychology, social research, and social services.
Depending upon the area of interest, employment opportunities for sociology graduates is expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations. Sociologists who work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government, and consulting service firms typically have master's or doctoral degrees.
Our faculty members have the academic training and the real world experience to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed wherever your sociology degree takes you. Your faculty advisor will work closely with you to help you identify the sociology track that best suits your interests and career goals.
The College of Arts and Sciences provides fundamental liberal arts education for all MSU students, giving students the knowledge, skills and values to help them think critically and creatively.
Please contact us for more information. Better yet, plan a campus visit so we can arrange a tour and meet face-to-face.
Dr. Harry Hoffman
Coordinator, Sociology Program
Associate Professor of Sociology
Division of Social Science
Phone: 701-858-3284 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3284