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Focus on the study of society and group dynamics in relation to national social issues and find a career in criminal justice.

Criminology – B.S. in Sociology, Criminology Emphasis

In the Criminology program at Montana State, students combine a strong foundation in sociology with a specific focus on law, the legal system, the social structure of criminal behavior and society’s efforts to understand and control crime. Criminology students are able to delve into coursework on subjects such as social difference and stratification, criminal law and procedure, the sociology of deviance, corporate crime, inequality and more.

The Sociology major has one addition Option Within a Major: General Sociology.


“I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned: There are resources always available and people who are willing to help […] All it takes is to have a conversation or ask a question.”
Lyla Brown ’20, Psychology and Criminology


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Award-Winning Peers
Sociology students at Montana State have been recognized as leaders in their field by Education Northwest, have earned Newman Civic Fellowships and more.

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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.

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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Criminology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Police Force
  • Corrections
  • Forensic Science
  • Probation & Community Control
  • Loss Prevention

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.