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Program Director: Gordon Knight, Ph.D.
Division of Sciences & Outdoor Learning

Programs offered:

  • BA in Sociology/Anthropology

  • Minor in Sociology/Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology
The Sociology/Anthropology program, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides a broad background in the understanding and analysis of the role of culture and social interaction and institutions in human behavior and experience. Students in the major are exposed to bio-cultural as well cross-cultural perspectives on human-environment interaction. They acquire research skills in both sociology and anthropology. In addition, the program provides students the opportunity for practical experience in institutional setting or human service organizations. Graduates of the program will have a solid foundation to pursue graduate studies in anthropology and sociology or careers in social work, law, public administration, and other human service professions.

Learning Outcomes for Sociology/Anthropology Majors
The successful student will:

  • Become acquainted with the major theoretical approaches in sociology and anthropology.

  • Be aware of the causes and consequences of human inequalities in social class, gender, and race/ethnicity.

  • Integrate the study of biology and culture, thus forming a biocultural perspective, for the broadest patterns of human experience.

  • Develop a comparative perspective across space and time on human culture, i.e., one that is comparative cross-culturally (across space) and examines physical and social evolution (through time).

  • Apply critical concepts in sociology and anthropology to contemporary national and global issues and problems.

  • Gain working familiarity with research methods in sociology and anthropology.

  • Understand the role of ethics in sociological and anthropological research.

  • Conduct self-designed research and communicate results clearly in written products and oral presentations.

  • Participate in a field placement involving service to other people, applying experiences and skills learned in the classroom.

Sociology/Anthropology Core

Sociology/Anthropology Electives
Other Electives
Choose two courses at the 3000/4000 level from the following categories: Sociology/Anthropology, Psychology, History, Economics or Women’s Studies.
Credits: 15

General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits.
Credits: 39-41

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details.
Credits: 36-37

Total credits for BA in Sociology/Anthropology: 120-121
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).

Sociology/Anthropology Minor
The 18-credits sociology/anthropology minor is available to all bachelor degree candidates. It enables students in other majors to demonstrate coursework and competencies in sociology/anthropology to potential future employers without double majoring. For those applying to interdisciplinary graduate school programs, a sociology/anthropology minor provides an attractive complement to other majors. In particular, the minor could exhibit familiarity with human dimensions of environmental issues.


Select four from the following for a total of twelve credits (at least two courses must be at the 3000/4000 level)
Total credits for Minor in Sociology/Anthropology: 18

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