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Department of Sociology & Anthropology

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology provides the student the opportunity to combine a liberal arts education with a unique focus on the empirical study of human societies including social dynamics, institutions and inequality. Students are permitted a large number of elective courses.

A Bachelor's degree in Sociology prepares students for employment in a number of arenas, including governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, agricultural organizations and academic institutions. The fields of law enforcement, probation & corrections, labor relations, business management, personnel administration, market analysis and various types of industrial research employ students who major in sociology. Many graduates enter social services. Sociology also provides excellent preparation for graduate school and other educational and career opportunities.

We strongly recommend that prior to enrolling in any upper division courses in Sociology students complete their core in Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Diversity and Inquiry - Social Sciences with a grade of "C-" or better. We also recommend students take SOCI 202 in their sophomore year and SOCI 318 in their junior year.

Prerequisite Requirements

Any student who enrolls in a course offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology without the required prerequisite(s) will be required to withdraw from the course.

Curricula in Sociology


Freshman YearCredits
WRIT 101W--College Writing I   3
SOCI 101IS--Introduction to Sociology   3
University Seminar Core 3
Diversity Core  3
Quantitative Reasoning Core   3
University Core and Electives    15
Sophomore YearCredits
SOCI 202--Social Statistics 3
SOCI Electives     6
University Core and Electives    15
Additional required social science, natural science & humanities courses     6
Junior YearCredits
SOCI 301--Intro to Social Theory   3
SOCI 318R--Sociological Research Methods    3
SOCI Electives    9
Additional required social science, natural science & humanities courses    6
University Core and Electives    9
Senior YearCredits
SOCI 499--Senior Capstone Seminar   3
Sociology Electives 9
Additional required social science, natural science & humanities courses    3
University Core and Electives         15

Required Courses: Students must complete SOCI 101, SOCI 202, SOCI 318 and SOCI 451 in sequence. In addition, students must complete SOCI 301 before they enroll in SOCI 451.

Sociology Electives: Students must take 24 additional credits from any courses designated as SOCI. All but 3 credits must be upper division and no more than 3 credits of SOCI 492, SOCI 498, and SOCI 490 combined can count toward the fulfillment of elective credits. Students may request, in writing, to count up to 6 credits of upper division ANTH courses as SOCI electives. SOCI 150D does not count toward the 39 total credits needed to fulfill major requirements.

Students should consult with their advisors as they select elective SOCI courses. The department has identified a variety of informal 'focus areas' where students with particular interests (e.g., prelaw, family/child relations, law enforcement, health & medicine, business, marketing, social inequality) can concentrate elective course work.

The maximum number of Sociology transfer credits accepted is 18.

SOCI 455 and SOCI 318 must be taken at MSU-Bozeman. Transfer students who have taken these prior to transferring can petition to have these courses accepted. For graduation in the Sociology option students must have a grade of "C-" or higher in all required and elective Sociology courses.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


Required CoursesCredits
SOCI 101IS--Introduction to Society    3
SOCI 455--Classical Sociological Theory    3
Sociology Electives15

12 of 21 hours must be from upper division courses numbered 300 or above.

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