Sociology/Anthropology Programs

Major in Sociology/Anthropology

Minor in Sociology/Anthropology


The program in Sociology and Anthropology stresses study, research, and practical applications based on a broad theoretical and comparative understanding of people and society. The Sociology and Anthropology major is an integrated one, which means that coursework and field study give students opportunities for shared experiences in Sociology and Anthropology. Students can prepare for graduate study in research or teaching, professional training in applied social science (e.g., health administration, urban planning, environmental programs), law, government service, work in community development, public service administration, and non-profit agencies. The program stresses a cross-cultural perspective, and some courses have a Service-Learning component.


Major in Sociology/Anthropology

Requirements: A minimum of 48 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 including

  1. The following core courses (20 credit hours):
    1. ANT 200 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    2. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
    3. SOC 317 Social Theory
    4. SOC 402 Sociology/Anthropology Research Craft
    5. SOC 410 Directed Research in Sociology/Anthropology
  2. Breadth and Depth Requirement: At least 20 credit hours of Sociology and Anthropology electives, including:
    1. At least 8 credit hours of electives at the 300 or 400 level
    2. At least 4 credit hours of Sociology electives (courses listed SOC)
    3. At least 4 credit hours of Anthropology electives (courses listed ANT)
  3. Breadth Requirement in a related area: at least 8 credit hours in one other supplementary area, including at least 4 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level. Supplementary areas may include Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business and Economics, Chemistry, English, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Language, Latin American Studies, Outdoor Leadership, Peace and Justice Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Theatre, and any other area that supplements the student's focus in Sociology and Anthropology. These courses may also be used to fulfill the requirements of a second major.
  4. Concentrations: Students may choose one of the following four concentrations, based on the way they fulfill their breadth and depth requirements.
    1. Archaeology: At least 12 of the 20 elective credits from section two are courses designated for the archaeology concentration. For this concentration, students must also conduct their senior research project (SOC 410) on an archaeological topic approved by their advisor.
    2. Cultural Anthropology: At least 12 of the 20 elective credits from section two are courses designated for the cultural anthropology concentration.
    3. Gender and Women’s Studies: At least 12 of the 20 elective credits from section two are courses designated for the Gender and Women’s Studies concentration. For this concentration, students must also conduct their senior research project (SOC 410) on a topic with a focus on gender approved by their advisor. In addition, the eight credits for the breadth requirement in a related area (section 3) should come from courses on Gender and Women’s Studies offered by other departments.
    4. Sociology: At least 12 of the 20 elective credits from section two are courses designated for the Sociology concentration.
  5. Sociology and Anthropology majors are strongly encouraged to acquire fluency in a second language.

Minor in Sociology/Anthropology

Requirements: The following 24 credit hours, including at least 12 credit hours at the 300-400 level, with a minimum GPA of 2.0:

  1. 8 credit hours of introductory courses:
    1. ANT 200 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    2. SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  2. At least 16 additional credit hours in Sociology and Anthropology, including at least 8 at the 300-400 level.