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    Applause for grads at the Graduation Ceremony, 2013 (photo by DA Imaging)
    Social Sciences Building, home of the Sociology Department
    MA graduates in Sociology, 2013 (photo by DA Imaging)

    Winter on campus, view from the Sociology Department

    Sobieszczyk's GLI class, "Food and Society in a Globalized World," visits PEAS Farm

    Unwinding after Friday's colloquium presentation

    Award-winning Professor Daisy Rooks (third from left) and students work on service learning project

Welcome to the Department of 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). The University of Montana Sociology program is one that includes a broad range of topics and issues while allowing an in-depth focus in three contextual areas: criminology, inequality and social justice, and rural and environmental change. Our faculty not only bring diverse theoretical perspectives to their courses but also use a wide range of methodological strategies in their research and teaching. Faculty and student interests range from social issues facing local communities and the Northern Rocky Mountain region, to national questions about the impact of legislation on poverty programs or the causes of criminal behavior, to global concerns such as climate change, worldwide structures of inequality, and prostitution. We offer both an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology (with the opportunity for an emphasis in one of our three option areas) or the only Master of Arts degree in sociology in the state.

Students majoring in sociology may be seeking a liberal arts education with sociology as the academic basis, they may prepare for employment using their education immediately upon graduation, or they may wish to pursue advanced studies at the graduate level.  Sociology majors are often found working in community organizations, in social service organizations, for the government or the justice system, for research organizations, in business and industry, or in education.

Please take some time to browse through the links on this site to learn more about our department, faculty, students, and staff.  If you're interested in studying in one of our degree programs and you have additional questions, or you would like to make an appointment to visit with the Department Chair, the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, the Director of Graduate Studies, or other faculty members, please contact us. Graduate students please visit the Graduate School web site for application materials and additional information.

Department Chair

Kathy J. Kuipers |

College of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Montana

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