The Anthropology/Sociology Major prepares students for the social and professional demands of living in an increasingly multicultural world. Our students examine what it means to be human, how we evolved physically and developed culturally over time, how society and culture influence behavior, and how culture provides a lens through which people understand and interpret their world. While we in anthropology and sociology teach about particular cultures and societies, this is accomplished by examining patterns of behavior using a comparative method. Learning is based on empirical investigation which emphasizes observation skills, participation, and critical analysis to create knowledge necessary for understanding these differing behaviors and worldviews. A primary focus of the major is its ability to help students develop a set of practical skills and conceptual tools necessary for continuing to learn about other cultures, sub-cultures, and societies after they leave college.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
|Major Requirements (40 credits)|
|ISANTH-110||Cultural Anthropology 1||4|
|ISANTH-111||Archaeology and Physical Anthropology 1||4|
|ISSOC-125||Introduction to Sociology 1||4|
|SOC-301||Sociological Research Methods 1||4|
|200-level or higher Anthropology (ANTH/ISANTH) course||4|
|200-level or higher Sociology (SOC/ISSOC) course||4|
|300-level or higher Anthropology (ANTH/ISANTH) course||4|
|300-level or higher Sociology (SOC/ISSOC) course||4|
|400-level Anthropology (ANTH) course 1||4|
Must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Students may not combine an Anthropology/Sociology major with the Sociology major to create a dual major. Students who wish to do more advanced study in Sociology should take the Sociology major.
Certification as a Social Studies Teacher
Anthropology/Sociology is an approved major for students seeking Secondary Social Studies certification. Students will need to take the following additional certification requirements:
Dual Major in Education
- Secondary Education
|Requirements for Certification|
|IHHIST-161||American Encounters to 1877||4|
|IHHIST-162||American Encounters From 1877||4|
|IHHIST-111||The Ancient and Medieval World||4|
|IHHIST-112||The Modern World||4|
|ISECON-104||Introduction to Macroeconomics||4|
|ISENST-203||Globalization Culture & Place||4|
|ISPOSC-210||United States Politics||4|
|or ISPOSC-220||International Relations|
Motivated students completing the Anthropology/Sociology major may participate in an advanced program of research culminating in graduation with Honors in Anthropology/Sociology. Students electing to participate in this program complete all requirements for the Anthropology/Sociology major plus 8 credits of ANTH-499 Senior Honors Thesis during the two semesters of the senior year.
Admission to the Honors Program is based on:
- Self-nomination after completion of 80 credits with an overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above.
- Support of an Honors Committee consisting of a faculty sponsor and two other faculty members, one of whom may be from a department other than Anthropology. The Honors Committee will interview the student prior to enrollment in ANTH-499 Senior Honors Thesis and notify successful applicants of their admission prior to enrollment.
- Completion of, or enrollment in, at least five anthropology courses, including two 300-level ANTH electives. Final admission requires successful completion of those Anthropology courses enrolled in at the time of application for admission to the Honors Program.
At the end of the senior year, each participant:
- Submits a final written report on the Honors work for approval their Honors Committee.
- Presents the results of their work and responds to questions about the project and its relationship to the larger body of sociological knowledge, in a colloquium open to the public.
- The student's Honors Committee votes on whether or not to accept the Honors project.
Students successfully completing all facets of the Honors Program and having an overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above in Anthropology/Sociology will graduate with Honors in Anthropology/Sociology.
Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.
40 credits at the upper-level
Upon completion of the anthropology/sociology major students will have the ability to accomplish the following:
- To be able to observe and analyze social and cultural phenomena within an informed global and culturally relativistic perspective.
- To understand how race, class, and gender are culturally constructed in different societies and how these constructions are related to patterns of power and privilege manifested in those particular societies as well as cross-culturally.
- To develop a basic understanding of human evolution and cultural development.
- To acquire proficiency with anthropological and sociological theory, ethographic research methods, quantitative analysis, and scholarship.
- To become aware of the politics of knowledge production and to challenge scholastic conventions in a rapidly changing world.