Undergraduate Program

Chelsea Pree takes notes during University of Montana professor Daisy Rooks' social stratification course.

Prospective students

What is sociology?

Sociology analyzes human society. As a discipline, it systematically investigates how people are influenced by social structures and social forces. To study sociology is to consider the profound impact of institutions like education, the family, government, religion, and the economy.

Sociologists conduct research and develop theory that identifies the causes of social problems such as crime, violence, divorce, poverty, prejudice, and racial and gender inequalities.

A Bachelor’s in sociology from UM provides students with the base of knowledge necessary for understanding society, social processes, social organizations, and social inequality in a changing world.

Study sociology if you would like to...

  • Explore the dynamics and issues that affect broad swaths of American society.
  • Enjoy vibrant class discussions--students are ideologically diverse, and professors are skilled at navigating complex, emotionally charged topics.
  • Learn about the causes and consequences of structural inequality.
  • Take courses with a broad array peers, including large numbers of first-generation, non-traditional, or low-income students and many parents, veterans, and student athletes.
  • Develop a strong foundation in data collection and analysis.
  • Strengthen your critical thinking skills and broaden your global perspective.
  • Connect theory to research and coursework to internships.
  • Study with faculty who contribute to the community. Many of them conduct research at organizations such as the Montana Board of Crime Control, Salish Kootenai College, the Montana Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission, and the Montana District of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services.

Potential careers

  • Counseling/social services
  • Non-profit work
  • Sales/marketing
  • Teaching
  • Law/legal services
  • Policy making and planning
  • Social science research
  • Judicial system work, from parole to jails to policing

Resources on Potential Careers

Major options and requirements