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The sociology major provides students with a broad sociological perspective and encourages development of a “sociological imagination.” You will gain an understanding of how social forces influence individual behavior and how interacting individuals, groups, and organizations affect society and social change.

Sociologists address the most challenging issues of our time. Since all human behavior is social, the subject of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from the divisions of race, gender and social class, street crime and delinquency, to the problems of war and peace.

Criminal justice and women’s studies minors complement the sociology major. Sociology, criminal justice, and women’s studies minors also complement other major areas of study such as justice administration, political science, social work, and business.



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.

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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

SS 103, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258


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  • $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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