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Sociology & Anthropology

About the Department

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is intended for students who wish to rigorously analyze and understand our modern, complex society. The faculty in the department of Sociology and Anthropology train students in the theoretical and conceptual foundations of each discipline. Upper-level courses apply that fundamental training to the study of contemporary social issues including education, the health care system, the media, inequality, the family, deviance, and urban phenomena. A global approach allows students to investigate these phenomena not only in the U.S. but also in Asia, India, Latin America, and the Arab world. Students are encouraged to complement their major or minor in Sociology and Anthropology with foreign language training and study abroad. Programs in Mexico and Southeast Asia are directed by faculty in the department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Faculty members representing both disciplines share a fundamental concern for engaging students in critical comparative study of social and cultural phenomena from a wide variety of ethnographic and historical contexts. The faculty attempt to expand students' intellectual horizons, challenge them to recognize the oftentimes ethnocentric limitations of personal experience and individual biography, and encourage them to become more conscious of the ways human beings come to take the "reasonableness" of their world for granted.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of their studies in Sociology and Anthropology students should be able

  • to take a multidisciplinary approach to problems
  • to model phenomena with relevant theory and concepts
  • to shift between multiple levels of analysis
  • to gather data via multiple methodological tools
  • to assess the quality of empirical data
  • to run statistical tests and draw appropriate inferences
  • to conduct independent research
  • to write clearly and persuasively
  • to make effective oral presentations

A major in Sociology and Anthropology develops knowledge and skills valued in a wide range of career possibilities in the private or public sectors. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in anthropology, sociology, social work, public health, law, criminology, counseling, or public policy. Furthermore, the major is a rewarding end in itself, providing students with valuable experiences for their intellectual growth.

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