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Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social interaction and social organizations. Sociologists study social change, diverse communities and their interactions, and use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication skills. Sociology majors are employed in a variety of business, nonprofit, and government jobs. 

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The Program

Sociologists attempt to develop a better understanding of the way society works. They examine social relationships in institutions like the family, religion, the economy, health care, media, education and government. Sociology majors develop applied research and analytical skills and a perspective that prepares them to address social concerns. Courses are offered on campus and online. North Dakota State University offers graduate work leading to a master’s degree and frequently has students who pursue doctorates at other universities. 

Faculty and Facilities

The faculty in the department provides expertise in specialties such as community, gerontology, gender issues, medical sociology, religion, research methods, social psychology, assessment and tribal studies. The department contains two social research laboratories. 

Preparation

A basic background in the social sciences is important for a career in sociology. Students are encouraged to plan a curriculum that gives them a broad general education. 

Career Opportunities

Sociological expertise can be useful in careers that involve community service, urban and regional planning, industrial development, population analysis, agricultural and rural life advocacy, economic or marketing studies, health-related work, government administration, human relations, human and social services, management or personnel, and research analysis. 

Internship Program

Students in sociology may apply for the internship program. Students typically complete internships during their junior or senior year. Internship opportunities exist in many agencies in North Dakota and Minnesota and can be done any time during the calendar year. Students who complete internships are able to combine the theoretical and applied aspects of professional preparation. Our students have worked in a variety of settings including human and social services, volunteer agencies, community development, business and industry. 

Curriculum

Sociology students explore their interests within the program, including community development, gerontology, medical sociology, applied sociology, environmental sociology and gender issues, by taking classes in the areas of their choice. 

Sociology Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study and not an official curriculum. Actual student schedules for each semester will vary depending on start year, education goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize an individual plan of study. 

First Year 

Fall 

Credits 

Spring 

Credits 

ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology 

3 

SOC 115 or 116 Social Problems or Global Social Problems 

3 

SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 

3 

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 

3 

ENGL 110 College Composition I 

4 

ENGL 120 College Composition II 

3 

Gen Ed Science & Technology 

3 

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts 

3 

Gen Ed Wellness 

2-3 

MATH 104 Finite Mathematics 

3 

 

15-16

15

Second Year 

Fall 

Credits 

Spring 

Credits 

SOC 214 Social Interaction 

3 

SOC 233 Sociology of Organizations and Work 

3 

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics 

3 

SOC 235 Cultural Diversity 

3 

AHSS Requirement 

3 

Gen Ed Science & Technology with Lab 

4 

Gen Ed Science & Technology 

3 

Language/Minor 

3 

Language/Minor 

3 

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts 

3 

 

 15

16

Third Year 

Fall 

Credits 

Spring 

Credits 

SOC 340 Social Research Methods 

3 

SOC 422 Development Of Social Theory 

3 

SOC 341 Social Research Methods Laboratory 

1 

Sociology Electives 

6 

Gen Ed Upper-Level Writing 

3 

Language/Minor 

3 

Language/Minor 

3 

Internship or additional course 

3 

Sociology Elective 

3 

Gen Ed Global Perspectives 

3 

 

16 

15 

Fourth Year 

Fall 

Credits 

Spring 

Credits 

SOC 489 Senior Capstone In Sociology 

1 

Electives @ 300-400 level 

6 

Electives @ 300-400 level 

9 

AHSS Requirement 

3 

Electives or Minor 

6 

Electives or Minor 

3 

 

 16 

15

Total Credits: 123-124 

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Contact Information


Sociology
NDSU Dept 2350,
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
DEPT PHONE: (701) 231-8657
DEPT EMAIL: ndsu.soc.anth@ndsu.edu
DEPT WEBSITE: www.ndsu.edu/socanth

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