Sociology & Anthropology

Degree Requirements

Sociology and Anthropology Studies

Learning goals:

  • Develops a critical understanding of the relationships between individuals, culture and social structures.
  • Improves abilities to speak, write and present information clearly to a variety of audiences.
  • Develops an understanding of the links between theory and methods in the production of knowledge.
  • Analyzes and critiques the dynamic nature of contemporary social and cultural worlds.

Requirements for Degrees. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a major in sociology, a major in anthropology, a minor in sociology and a minor in anthropology. It also offers, in collaboration with the Department of Education, a course of study that leads to social studies teacher certification.

Requirements for a Major in Sociology. A sociology major must complete 44 semester hours of required courses in sociology and anthropology and receive grades of C- or better. All majors must achieve at minimum a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses offered by the department. There are five compulsory courses. At least 12 of the remaining 24 hours must be taken at the 300 level or higher. In consultation with a department adviser, a sociology major may fulfill some of the major requirements by taking anthropology courses. The department recommends that SOCI:235/ANTH:235 Qualitative Research Methods, SOCI:245/ANTH:245 Quantitative Research Methods and SOCI:311 Sociological Theory be completed by the end of the junior year. The capstone requirement for a major in sociology is met by taking SOCI:501/ANTH:501 Independent Research, which requires the production of a research paper.

semester hours

20

Compulsory Courses for Sociology Major

 

4

SOCI:101 Principles of Sociology

 

4

SOCI:235/ANTH:235 Qualitative Research Methods

 

4

SOCI:245/ANTH:245 Quantitative Research Methods

 

4

SOCI:311 Sociological Theory

 

4

SOCI:501/ANTH:501 Independent Research

24

Electives
Of the 24 remaining semester hours, at least 12 must be taken at the 300 level or higher.

Requirements for a Major in Anthropology. An anthropology major must successfully complete 44 semester hours of coursework primarily in anthropology. Courses in related disciplines (e.g., sociology and history) may be credited toward the major as noted below. Students must receive grades of C- or better in classes applied to the major and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in the major. Required courses include ANTH:162 Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH:235/SOCI:235 Qualitative Research Methods, ANTH:400 History of Anthropological Theory and, as a capstone experience, ANTH:501/SOCI:501. Of the remaining 28 credits, students must take at least five anthropology courses designated as theory courses, one course designated as an area studies course and one elective course. At least 12 of the theory course credits must be taken at the 300 level or above. Topics courses or Honors courses taught by anthropology faculty may be credited toward the theory requirement pending departmental approval. GO programs reviewed by the department may satisfy the area studies requirement for the major. Depending on the project, ANTH:501 Independent Research may be credited toward either the theory or area studies requirement.

Required Courses

 

4

ANTH:162 Introduction to Anthropology

 

4

ANTH:235/SOCI:235 Qualitative Research Methods

 

4

ANTH:400 History of Anthropological Theory

 

4

ANTH:501/SOCI:501 Independent Research

Theory Courses

 

4

ANTH:152 Public Culture

 

4

ANTH:220 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion

 

4

ANTH:222 Life During Wartime

 

4

ANTH:237 Museums and Anthropology

 

4

ANTH:310 National, Transnational and Diasporic Communities

 

4

ANTH:311 Regulating Bodies: Food, Sex, Drugs and the Economy

 

4

ANTH:312 History and Culture of Jewish Cuisines

 

4

ANTH:322 Visual Anthropology: Imagining the Other

 

4

ANTH:341 Family and Kinship

 

4

ANTH:360 Religious Fundamentalisms in the Modern World

 

4

ANTH:413 Race, Ethnicity and Minorities

Area Studies Courses

Latin America and the Caribbean

 

4

SOCI:210 Caribbean Culture and Society

 

4

SPAN:305 Spanish for the Service Professions

 

4

SPAN:447 Seminar in Hispanic-American Studies

 

4

HIST:180 Latin America, 1492-1825

 

4

HIST:181 Latin America, 1825-Present

Asia

 

4

HIST:151 Traditional East Asia

 

4

HIST:152 Modern East Asia

 

4

HIST:258 Modern China

Africa

 

4

HIST:171 African Civilization

 

4

HIST:172 Early Modern Africa

North America

 

4

ANTH:227 Native America North of Mexico

 

4

HIST:111 U.S. History to 1877

 

4

HIST:112 U.S. History Since 1877

 

4

HIST:215 The Civil War in the American Experience

 

4

HIST:217 Contemporary America, 1945- Present

 

4

HIST:218 Work and Play in the U.S.A.

 

4

HIST:313 Social History of the United States

 

4

HIST:314 African-American History

 

4

HIST:316 Making a Multicultural United States

 

4

HIST:323 History of American Medicine

 

4

HIST:370 American Women

 

4

FILM:230 American Film and Culture

 

4

ENGL:225 Studies in Literatures of the Americas 1865-Present

 

4

ENGL:345 Themes in Modern American Literature

Europe

 

4

HIST:132 Europe, 1648-Present

 

4

HIST:226 Soviet and Russian Politics

 

4

HIST:321 European Union

 

4

FRNC:310 French and Francophone Literary and Cultural or Film Studies

 

4

FRNC:320 French and Francophone Film Studies

 

4

FRNC:460 Seminar on French and Francophone Literature/Culture/Film

 

4

GERM:404 Multicultural German Literature

 

4

GERM:460 Seminar in German Studies

 

4

GERM:461 German Theatre and Film

 

4

SPAN:350 Introduction to Hispanic Literature

 

4

SPAN:445 Seminar in Peninsular Spanish Studies

 

4

ENGL:325 Themes in Modern British Literature

Disaporas and Transnations

 

4

HIST:361 Global Migrations in Modern World History

 

4

JWST:113 Introduction to Judaism

 

4

JWST:115 Jewish Philosophy and Ethics

 

4

JWST:255 Jewish Literature

 

4

JWST:312/ANTH:312 History and Culture of Jewish Cuisines

 

4

JWST:338 The Holocaust

For the purposes of calculating the required 2.00 minimum GPA in the anthropology major, the Sociology and Anthropology Department uses all of the major courses with the ANTH prefix.

Requirements for a Minor in Sociology. Students must complete 24 semester hours of required courses in sociology and receive grades of C- or better. All minors must achieve at minimum a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses credited toward the minor. Required courses include SOCI:101 Principles of Sociology, SOCI:235/ANTH:235 Qualitative Research Methods or SOCI:245/ANTH:245 Quantitative Research Methods, and SOCI:311 Sociological Theory. At least eight of the remaining 12 semester hours must be taken from courses offered at the 200 level or higher. Credit received for practica courses are not included in the 24 semester hours required of sociology minors.

Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology. Students must complete 24 semester hours in anthropology and receive grades of C- or better. All minors must achieve at minimum a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses credited toward the minor. Required courses include ANTH:162 Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH:235/SOCI:235 Qualitative Research Methods and ANTH:400 History of Anthropological Theory. Students must also complete eight semester hours of anthropology theory courses and four semester hours of an area studies course.

Teaching Certification. Students interested in elementary or secondary education as a career must meet certain state-mandated requirements. Additional information is available from the Department of Education. At minimum, these students must complete SOCI:101 Principles of Sociology, SOCI:102 Social Problems, SOCI:331 Social Control and Deviance, SOCI:311 Sociological Theory, SOCI:341/ANTH:341 Family and Kinship, SOCI:413/ANTH:413 Race, Ethnicity and Minorities, ANTH:162 Introduction to Anthropology, SOCI:500 Seminar, SOCI:235/ANTH:235 Qualitative Research Methods, and SOCI:245/ANTH:245 Quantitative Research Methods. Majors preparing for teacher certification may substitute student teaching for the two sociology or anthropology electives.

Honors. The departmental honors program recognizes outstanding academic performance in the major with departmental honors. To graduate with departmental honors in sociology or anthropology, candidates must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.50 or above in the major and 3.25 or above overall,
  • Secure the recommendation of the department faculty to pursue honors,
  • Write a senior thesis or equivalent paper based on departmental seminars, and
  • Sit for an oral honors examination.


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