Understanding Society

At their core, humans are social beings. As a student of sociology, you will investigate how individuals interact with each other, how small groups and organizations structure social interactions, and where social problems come from and how to solve them. Options at both the undergraduate and graduate levels include a broad focus on general sociology, or a more specific focus on criminology or inequality and social justice.


of all sociology courses are taught by an instructor with a Ph.D.


only graduate degree in sociology or criminology in Montana


agencies in Missoula where sociology majors can intern



Practical Experience

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    Criminology Club

    Student members interact with representatives from local law enforcement agencies, learn more about faculty research in criminology and have the opportunity to participate in the student law enforcement academy.

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    Criminology Research Group

    A collaborative effort of University of Montana faculty, students and outside institutions to conduct applied social science research in the broad areas within the field of criminology.

  • student studying on laptop

    Social Psychology Research Group

    Providing students working on sociological research a forum to discuss, present, write grants, travel and display their research and findings at academic conferences.