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.


    The Anthropology + Sociology Major

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    The Anthropology + Sociology Major

    The Anthropology + Sociology Program seeks to provide an enriching learning experience for students interested in focusing their studies on socio-cultural components of human behavior. Anthropology and sociology share an interest in studying social and cultural behavior, community development, social organizations, diverse groups of people, cross-cultural comparisons, and the interactions of all these categories. The major seeks to acquaint students with the fundamentals of both anthropology and sociology, highlighting the similarities of the fields in their first two years of study. The ultimate goal is that the student gains a broad understanding of both fields, and a more specialized understanding of specific issues pertinent to either anthropology or sociology.

    Students who declare Anthropology + Sociology as a major must complete ANTH 260, SOC 260, SOC 300 and ANTH 454 with a grade of C- or higher in order to continue in the program.
    Students who major in anthropology and sociology have many options open to them in terms of careers and further education. An undergraduate degree in anthropology and sociology can prepare a student for work in community outreach, social services, the non-profit sector, education, and the for-profit sectors of business. Students will also have the foundation to continue their education in a range of professions including but not limited to: anthropology, sociology, law, medicine, and public policy.

    Degree Requirements

    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:

    SOC100Introduction to Sociology 
    ANTH100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
    SOC260The Sociological Imagination 
    ANTH260The Anthropological Lens 
    SOC300Social Theory 
    ANTH454Research Methods 
    460 or
    Senior 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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    ANTH100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
    SOC100Introduction to Sociology 
    ANTH260Anthropological Lens 


    SOC260Sociological Imagination 


    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.


    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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