Anthropology + Sociology

Our unique Anthropology + Sociology program combines the ideas and methods of these two social sciences into an integrated study of social change, diversity and cultural awareness, both locally and globally. You’ll build strong hands-on research skills to prepare you for a career in community and social service or an advanced degree in law, education, social work or public policy.

Degree Requirements

    The Anthropology + Sociology Major

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    Majors pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology + Sociology must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements including the mathematics requirement (MATH 124, Basic Statistics is recommended); the College speech requirement, COMM 210; the courses listed below; and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits.

    Foundation Courses

    The seven courses listed below are required of all majors:

    SubjectNumberTitle
    SOC100Introduction to Sociology
    ANTH100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    SOC260The Sociological Imagination
    ANTH260The Anthropological Lens
    SOC300Social Theory
    ANTH454Research Methods
    ANTH460Senior Seminar
    or
    SOC460Senior Seminar

    Elective Requirements

    Five additional Anthropology and Sociology courses, which must comprise courses from both disciplines (2 ANTH and 3 SOC or 2 SOC and 3 ANTH); at least three of these courses must be at the 300 level or above.

    The Anthropology + Sociology Minor

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    SubjectNumberTitle
    ANTH100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    SOC100Introduction to Sociology
    ANTH260Anthropological Lens
    or
    SOC260Sociological Imagination
    and
    Any three additional Anthropology/Sociology courses which must be a combination of courses from both disciplines (1 ANTH and 2 SOC or 1 SOC and 2 ANTH); with at least two courses at the 300 level or above.

    To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Integration of anthropology and sociology
    2. “Hands‐on” applied learning
    3. Global competency
    4. Value of service
    5. Original research
    6. Critical engagement, requiring thoughtful and questioning participation in learning
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