Montana State University

Areas of Emphasis in Sociology

Students come to the study of sociology with a wide variety of interests. In order to help you identify groups of courses that might be of particular interest to you, we have organized our courses into 'areas of emphasis.' In these 'areas of emphasis', you'll find common themes or subjects that build on each other and combine well with a range of second major or minor fields of study.

If you are interested in SOCIAL INEQUALITY, consider:
• SOC 304: Social Stratification
• SOC 325: Race & Ethnicity
• SOC 326: Gender
• SOC 327: Law & Inequality
• SOC 330: Sociology of Education
• SOC 340: Social Movements
• Students interested in this area may also want to consider a concentration in Women's Studies, a minor in Native American Studies or additional course work in the History department (which offers a variety of related courses).

If you are interested in FAMILY RELATIONS/CHILDREN, consider:
• SOC 307: Childhood & Adolescence
• SOC 314: Sociology of the Family
• SOC 304: Social Stratification
• SOC 330: Sociology of Education
• SOC 414: Family Violence
• You may also want to consider taking HDCF 150 (Lifespan and Human Development) or PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology)

If you are interested in BUSINESS or MANAGEMENT consider:
• SOC 334: Law & Society
• SOC 345: Complex Organizations
• SOC 359: Work & Occupations
• SOC 337: Organizational and Occupational Crime
• SOC 365: Globalization
• SOC 427: Sociological Analysis
• You may also want to take additional courses in Statistics, including STAT 216 and STAT 217.
• Coursework in the College of Business is also likely to be beneficial.

If you are interested in MARKETING or PUBLIC RELATIONS, consider:
• SOC 308: Population and Society
• SOC 304: Social Stratification
• SOC 325: Race & Ethnicity
• SOC 326: Gender
• SOC 303: Social Psychology
• You may also want to take additional courses in Statistics, including STAT 216 and STAT 217.
• Coursework in the College of Business is also likely to be beneficial.

If you are interested in PRE-LAW, consider:
• SOC 311: Criminology
• SOC 312: Principles of Criminal Law & Procedure
• SOC 334: Law & Society
• SOC 327: Law & Inequality
• SOC 345: Complex Organizations
• SOC 445: Sociology of Religion
• You may also want to take additional courses on the law including AGEC 337 (Agricultural Law) and BUS 361 (Introduction to Law).
• Students interested in going to law school are strongly urged to minor or take substantial course work in disciplines such as English, History, and Philosophy.

If you are interested in HEALTH or MEDICINE, consider:
• SOC 306: Medical Sociology
• SOC 308: Population and Society
• SOC 307: Childhood & Adolescence
• SOC 328: Environmental Sociology
• SOC 445: Sociology of Religion
• SOC 414: Family Violence
• You may also want to take additional courses in Health and Human Development, Philosophy, or the Natural Sciences.



Updated: 07/26/2012