Montana State University

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

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Michael Ruiz, an anthropology student, recently had a paper published on a technique he developed for defleshing bones by increasing the proportion of undiluted bleach. Read more about it here.


Interested in going to Law School? There are Pre-Law Q&A sessions Every Tuesday from 1-2 in Gaines Hall 111

Gabe Lavin, a recent graduate of the anthropology program, won a prestigious Fulbright scholarhip.




Welcome to the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Montana State University!

Drawing on the expertise and commitment of our research-active faculty, we provide excellent educational experiences to undergraduate majors, minors and MSU as a whole. The unifying theme of the department is the study of societies – past and present – embedded in the tradition of the liberal arts.

We offer two degree programs: A B.S. in Sociology and a B.S. in Anthropology. Anthropology often draws students who are interested in cross-cultural study or in historical studies of human societies (e.g., archaeology, human evolution). Anthropology students have many opportunities to participate in research via class projects and collaboration with faculty.

Sociology often draws students who are interested in human interaction, social inequality, social institutions and social change. Sociology students also have multiple opportunities to participate in independent research. Students who are interested in studying justice systems (e.g., law enforcement, courts, corrections) can take sociology courses that focus on current knowledge in this area as a part of the sociology major.


Department Office Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am to 1 pm Friday

Criminology Majors: We are accepting applications for the James Barton Tone Family Scholarship, to be awarded in December. For details, please see the application.