Prospective Students

What is Sociology?

"Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of Sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture” (American Sociological Association 2002, 1).

Study Sociology if you want to…

  • Understand what it means to be human and the groups, institutions, and organizations that organize society
  • Learn about other people’s perspectives
  • Know more about your global community
  • Appreciate how social institutions and individual action forge the social world

Train in the skills needed in the world today:

  • The ability conduct research and analyze data
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • An appreciation of a global perspective and perspectives different than your own

Be ready to apply your skills to today’s complex world, where social and international activities characterize business, government, and education in fields including law, medicine, business, education, public affairs, criminal justice, and urban planning.

Why Sociology at the University of Montana?

At the undergraduate level, these options are available for two of the most popular fields in Sociology – Criminology and Inequality and Social Justice.  At the graduate level, the options include Criminology, Inequality and Social Justice, and Rural and Environmental Change.

Potential Careers

  • Counseling/Social Services
  • Administration of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Law/Legal services
  • Policy Making/Planning
  • Social Science Research
  • Judicial System Work, from parole to jails to policing

Resources on Potential Careers