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About the Program

The sociology program at Southwest Minnesota State University is designed to help students understand human social activity and the world around us. Mastering the basics of sociology teaches you to understand situations of people different than you, another advantage in this rapidly changing world. As a sociology student, you will gain skills in critical thinking, public speaking, writing ability, cultural competence, and self-awareness.

For students pursuing other programs such as marketing, pre-law, pre-medicine, human resources, and social work, the sociology minor is a valuable addition.

SMSU’s Bachelor’s in Sociology Ranked Nationally


Classes are held in the Social Science building. A computer lab, meeting rooms, and club rooms are also available in this building. Students have access to e-mail and the Internet via SMSU's Macintosh and PC labs. They may do research via the on-line computer system in the SMSU library.

Career Opportunities

Sociology graduates find exciting careers in social service agencies, businesses, and local, state, and national government. A sociology major is excellent preparation for law school and other professional and graduate programs. Sociology, criminal justice, and women’s studies minors enhance preparation for graduate school in many disciplines as well as preparation for careers in any field that requires an understanding of people and society.

  • Administration
  • Business
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Investigations
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Senior Services
  • Youth Services

Contact Information

Sociology Program - Office

CH 129, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258



  • Complete Application
  • $20 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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