Sociology B.A.

General Sociology Major

Students whose primary interest is in a general sociology major are urged to develop a plan of study with their advisor; they must take three electives in addition to the core courses and major content requirements listed above. Any sociology course, including courses from any of the three concentrations, may be included in your study plan. The general sociology major prepares students for positions which require a bachelor's degree in one of the social science disciplines, including employment in a variety of government and private-sector agencies, or for a graduate program in sociology. It also provides valuable preparation for related fields such as law, social work, education, counseling, politics, and public administration.

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: No more than 60 Sociology credits may count toward graduation.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Core Courses12
General Sociology Elective 24
Upper-Division Writing Course3
Total Hours39

Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 202Social Statistics3
SOCI 318Sociological Research Methods3
SOCI 455Classical Sociological Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General Sociology Electives

Complete 24 credits of the following courses:24
Adv Addiction Studies
Community Forestry & Conservtn
Soc of Alternative Religions
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency
Social Issues Southeast Asia
Race, Gender & Class
Criminal Justice System
Intro Development Sociology
Gender and Society
Sociology of Work
Criminal Adjudication
Social Stratification
Sociology of the Family
Juvenile Justice System
Sociology of Organizations
Rural Sociology
The Community
Population and Society
Sociology of Law Enforcement
Soc Psych and Social Structure
Sociology of Corrections
Law and Society
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequal and Soc Just
Sociology of Poverty
Prost & Human Trafficking
Capstone: Rural and Env Change
Environmental Sociology
Gender and Global Development
Political Sociology
Writing for Sociology
Total Hours24

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Writing Course

Note: A non-sociology upper division writing course from another department may be substituted for this requirement with departmental consent.

Complete one of the following courses:3
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequal and Soc Just
Capstone: Rural and Env Change
Writing for Sociology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Sociology Track

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Teacher Preparation in Sociology

Students who want to be licensed to teach sociology at the high school level must complete the BA degree requirements in sociology (general sociology, no option required). They also must complete a teaching major or minor in a second field of their choice and the professional licensure program in the College of Education. Students may also earn a teaching minor in sociology. See the Department of Teaching and Learning for information about admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of these licensure programs.

The term ‘minor’ for this teaching option refers to courses that need to be completed. To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Do not fill out a minor form for graduation or the minor section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Curriculum and Instruction Department.

Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching. This major does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete a second teaching major or minor in another content area.

Teaching Methods Course

Rule: Complete the following course.

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Social Studies.

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-