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Sociology is the study of human social interaction and social organizations, especially as an operating system. Sociologists are employed in a variety of community organizations, such as hospitals, businesses, mental health clinics, schools, churches, alcohol and drug abuse programs, rape and abuse crisis centers, courts, juvenile delinquency programs, as well as other public and private helping institutions.

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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, media, education and government. Sociology majors develop applied research and analytical skills and a perspective that prepares them to address social concerns.

Faculty and Facilities

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


A basic background in the social and behavioral sciences is important for a career in sociology. Students are encouraged to plan a curriculum that gives them a broad general education. Many students pursue their interest in sociology at the graduate level. North Dakota State University offers graduate work leading to a master’s degree and frequently has students who pursue doctorates at other universities.

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. Internships are an important element of successful job placement. 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

General Education Requirements
    First Year Experience
1     UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success   
3     COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     English Upper Division Writing
    Quantitative Reasoning
3     STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics
10   Science & Technology
6   Humanities & Fine Arts
    Social & Behavioral Sciences
3     ANTH 111 - Introduction to Anthropology
3     SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology
2   Wellness
    Cultural Diversity
3     ANTH 111 - Introduction to Anthropology
-   Global Perspective
40   Total
Credits   College/Department Requirements
3   Humanities Elective(s)
3   Social Science Elective
3   Fine Arts Elective(s)
9   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
3   SOC 340 - Social Research Methods
1   SOC 341 - Social Research Methods Lab
3   SOC 422 - Development of Social Theory
1   SOC 489 - Senior Capstone in Sociology
21   Sociology Electives
44   Electives/Minor/Foreign Language
73   Total

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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



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