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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.


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.


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.

Sample Curriculum

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual 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 their own plan of study.

General Education Requirements




     COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking


     ENGL 110 College Composition I


     ENGL 120 College Composition II


     Upper Division Writing


Quantitative Reasoning


     STAT 330 Introductory Statistics


Science & Technology


Humanities & Fine Arts


Social & Behavioral Sciences


     ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology


     SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology




Cultural Diversity


     ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology


Global Perspective




College/Department Requirements


Humanities Elective(s)


Social Science Elective


Fine Arts Elective(s)




Major Requirements


Sociology Core Requirements:


     ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology


     SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology


     SOC 340 Social Research Methods


     SOC 341 Social Research Methods Lab


     SOC 422 Development of Social Theory


     SOC 489 Senior Capstone in Sociology


     STAT 330 Introductory Statistics


Core Perspective Courses:


     Completion of the anchor course from each area plus an additional 9 credits from any of the four areas is required to complete the

     core perspectives requirement.


Area One: Social Structure


     SOC 233 Sociology of Organizations and Work (ANCHOR)


     SOC 401 Sociology of Religion, SOC 404 Community Assessment, SOC 417 Sociology of the Family,

     SOC 426 Sociology of Medicine, SOC 427 Public Health Law and Policy for Non-urban, Rural and Frontier Areas,

     SOC 443 International Disasters, SOC 465 Applied Demographics

Area Two: Social Inequality


     SOC 235 Cultural Diversity (ANCHOR)


     SOC 410 Social Inequality, SOC 412 Sociology of Gender, SOC 424 Feminist Theory and Discourse,

     SOC 445 Special Populations in Disasters


Area Three: Social Change


     SOC 115 Social Problems or SOC 116 Global Social Problems (either course serves as the ANCHOR)


     SOC 403 Sociology of The Great Plains, SOC 405 Community Development, SOC 407 Deviant Behavior,

     SOC 431 Environmental Sociology, SOC 439 Social Change, SOC 440 Sociology of Aging


Area Four: Social Interaction


     SOC 214 Social Interactin (ANCHOR)


     SOC 416 Sociology Through Literature, SOC 418 Social Psychology, SOC 441 Death and Dying




Electives needed to reach 120 credits for degree


Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate


View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

Minard Hall
Room 428

Minard Hall is located on the south end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
North Dakota State University
Minard Hall 428
Dept #2350, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8657 / Fax: (701) 231-5118

Office of Admission
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Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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