Anthropology / Sociology Major


Major Requirements

33 credits

ATH-101Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

ATH-305Culture Change and the World System

3 credits


ATH-404Theories in Anthropology

3 credits


SOC-480Sociological Theories

3 credits


SOC-100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

SOC-349Social Stratification

3 credits

ATHSOC-290Introduction to Social Research

3 credits

ATHSOC-490Anthropology/Sociology Senior Seminar

3 credits

Anthropology or Sociology Electives

12 credits

Students selecting a major in Anthropology/Sociology are strongly encouraged to learn a modern foreign language, study abroad, complete an internship, complete departmental honors (for those who qualify, see below), or otherwise enhance their educational experience.

Those who plan to continue in graduate school are advised to take a course in statistics. Anthropology/Sociology majors who wish to teach must consult with a member of the Education Department.

Departmental Honors: Honors theses allow exceptional majors the opportunity to apply the methods and theories they have learned to a rigorous, extended, and in-depth original fieldwork project of their own design and execution. Anthropology/Sociology majors with a 3.5 minimum GPA may submit a proposal as juniors, engage in independent research and fieldwork, and write a substantial paper which will be presented to the department or campus community. See department for guidelines and application. Honors students will enroll in HON-499 Departmental Honors - Anthropology/Sociology.


Upon successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

1)      Locate and evaluate a broad range of data, methods, and arguments common in anthropological and sociological research;

2)      Orally and in writing, effectively communicate complex ideas common in anthropological and sociological research;

3)      Discern appropriate empirical methods for testing or developing particular anthropological and sociological theories;

4)      Apply individual and collaborative empirical research skills used to investigate social and cultural phenomena; and

5)      Articulate practical strategies for becoming informed, involved citizens who can adapt to culturally diverse populations and occupations.