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Learning in action
As a sociology major, you will take general education courses and core classes in sociology, social problems, statistics, social research methods, and theory. Topics of study range from the sociology of gender and cultural studies to deviance, social movements, and comparative ethnic studies. Students who have been well trained in sociology know how to think critically about human social life and how to ask important research questions. They know how to design good social research projects, carefully collect and analyze empirical data, and formulate and present their research findings.

As a student trained in sociology, you will also know how to help others understand the way the social world works and how it might be changed for the better. Most generally, you will learn how to think, evaluate, and communicate clearly, creatively, and effectively. These are all abilities of tremendous value in a wide variety of professions, such as law, market analysis, management, human resources, corrections, and health services.

Multi-purpose degree
Sociology looks beyond the normal, taken-for-granted views of reality to provide deeper, more illuminating, and challenging understandings of social life. Through its particular analytical perspective, social theories, and research methods, sociology is a discipline that expands our awareness and analysis of the human social relationships, cultures, and institutions that profoundly shape both our lives and human history.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, sociologists earn a median pay of $98,590 per year.

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your sociology degree

Sociology internships give you practical experience in your area of interest and are highly encouraged. As an intern, you may apply your sociological knowledge to conduct market research for a large corporation, help develop public policy at the city, county, or state level, or serve clients at non-profits.
Career outlook
Students with a degree in sociology may be employed in a variety of occupations, ranging from social services, marketing, administrative support, and public relations. Many seek advanced degrees in law, political science, and research organizations. Employment opportunities for sociology graduates is expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations.
Get involved
Many sociology majors are members of the League of Social Sciences. As a member, you can enjoy exploring the cultural, social, and intellectual aspects of sociology. You can also plan and execute service activities, apply theory, and engage with the community. All students are welcome to participate.
Exemplary faculty
Our faculty members have the academic training and real-world experience to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed wherever your sociology degree takes you. With our small class sizes, your faculty advisor will work closely with you to help identify what best suits your interests and career goals. Our department provides hands-on experience and research with current faculty to prepare students for a variety of careers.

Teacher education programs at Minot State are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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