Course Description

The study of socio-economic inequality and its intersection with racial and gender inequality. Class and class structure in America. Changes in economic inequality. Social policy and economic inequality.

Meeting Place and Times



Steve Swinford earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Bowling Green State University. In his 25 years as a faculty member at Montana State University, he has most recently taught courses in research methods, family violence, culture, social psychology, and social stratification. His research has focused on couple violence, substance use among emerging adults, and improving survey methodologies. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Swinford is actively involved in efforts to improve programs designed to increase student retention, persistence, and graduation at MSU.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books and Materials


Computer Requirements

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

Contact Steve Swinford

How to Register

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