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The Department of Anthropology and Sociology provides a broad base of knowledge in these two fields, which share a common concern for the social and cultural conditions of human life. The College offers a combined major, which allows for student choice and prepares department graduates for the growing number of local and international opportunities in human services, education, business, and government.

Why Study Anthropology and Sociology at The College of Idaho?

In the world today, recognition of the interdependence of small-scale and industrial societies brings a fusion of anthropology and sociology. The College's major and minor in anthropology and sociology enable students to choose from a wide variety of courses according to their interests.

A degree in anthropology and sociology from The College of Idaho provides a broad liberal arts base of knowledge in two fields that share much in common. Sociology concentrates on the study of industrial societies, while anthropology focuses on cultural diversity (ethnic groups within the United States) and small-scale societies globally, with the interdependence of small-scale and industrial societies in today's world providing for a fusion and synthesis of the two fields.

Anthropology and sociology majors and minors are strongly encouraged to learn a modern foreign language. Students who plan to continue their studies at the graduate level are encouraged to take a statistics course.

Career Opportunities for Anthropology and Sociology Students

Earning an anthropology and sociology degree from The College of Idaho prepares informed, involved citizens who are able to work with culturally and socially diverse peoples and careers. Our alumni frequently go on to graduate school or pursue careers in social work, criminal justice, development, law, medicine, nursing, veterinary school, counseling, library work, creative writing, or service organizations such as the Peace Corps. No matter what path students choose, the knowledge gained from studying human and cultural conditions in anthropology and sociology will benefit them for the rest of their life.