Sociology is the study of group life. A sociologist studies the social and cultural forces which shape the behavior, beliefs, and relationships of individual members of a larger society. This study includes all types of social interaction, from economic to political to cultural, and the full range of social organizations, from small groups to communities to large nations.
Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind both past and present. It requires a global perspective that seeks to understand both human universals and cultural differences.The department's offerings include both cultural and biological anthropology.
Our department houses both the sociology and anthropology programs and offers: a major in sociology; minors in sociology and anthropology; ample opportunities for research and applied experiences; flexibility to incorporate study abroad or a double major; laboratories for quantitative studies, GIS, and physical anthropology; guidance and support for self-designed majors in anthropology
The sociology major is a ten-course major, with a core sequence of four courses (SOC 101, 301, 302, and 499). Sociology majors may elect to complete the major as a general sociology major or as a sociology major with a specialization in one of four specializations:
- Health and Environment
- Non-Profit and Community Development
- Urban and Ethnic Studies
Please see our departmental bulletin for full details!