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Sociology Major: Anthropology Specialization

Students choosing a specialization in anthropology will be well prepared to pursue graduate study and professional careers in public policy, law, education, urban planning, community development, marketing, management, applied research, social science, archival research, archaeology, and museum studies.

Liberal Learning Quantitative Requirement:

All TCNJ students must take a course in mathematics as part of their liberal learning requirements. We specify that sociology majors choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Statistics (STA 115, B– minimum)
  • Option 2: Statistical Inference (STA 215, C minimum)

Sociology Core Requirements: (4 units):

Students must earn the grade minimum in prerequisite course (as noted below) before they may register for department core courses.

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101)

Sociology explores the intersection of biography and history. How do culture, class, race, sex, family, medicine, business, religion,  education, and government affect our lives?  Special attention is paid to the impact of society on self.

[Grade minimum: B-]

Development of Socio-Cultural Theory (SOC 301)

Prerequisite: SOC 101 or HON 216

The response of social theorists to the consequences of the industrial revolution and the issues of capitalism, secularism, industrialism, modern consciousness, and the socio-cultural enterprise, as seen through the work of such theorists as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Contemporary development of these theories will also be discussed.

[Grade minimum: C]

Quantitative Research methods (SOC 302)

Prerequisites: SOC 101 or HON 216 and STA 115 or STA 215

The course is designed to familiarize students with quantitative  research methodology, methods of quantitative data collection, and analysis of quantitative data used in sociology. Student will learn one of the most widely used statistical  software packages in the social sciences (SPSS) and conduct independent research using one of the most widely used sources of quantitative social data, the General Social Survey (GSS).

[Grade minimum: C]

Senior Seminar (SOC /ANT 499)

Prerequisites: SOC 301 and SOC 302

Culminating experience for sociology majors. Course draws on skills and knowledge of sociology courses as well as knowledge gained from the liberal arts broadly construed. An internship is a major required element of this seminar. With departmental approval only, exceptional students may substitute two semesters of SOC 495: Senior Thesis in Sociology, for SOC 499.

[Grade minimum: C-]

ANT Specialization Requirements (5 units)

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 archaeology and cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology.

Sociology majors choosing this specialization will take SOC 101/HON 216, SOC 301, SOC 302, SOC 499, ANT 110 and five electives: one SOC/ANT elective of their choice (300-level or above) and four electives from the following departmentally-approved list of options.

Anthropology specialization requirements:

ANT 110: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (required)

This course will help students bridge Sociology & Anthropology as it is the sub-field that most closely shares the focus of sociology.

AND CHOICE OF (choose one)

ANT 111 Intro to Physical Anthropology OR

ANT 112 Intro to Archaeology OR

ANT 213 Language & Culture: Intro to Linguistic Anthropology

Anthropology Methods course (choose one):

  • ANT 401 Urban Ethnography
  • SOC 404: Qualitative Interviewing & Analysis
  • ANT 370 Human Osteology & Forensics
  • ANT 390 Research Course in Anthropology
  • Field School in biological anthropology or archaeology (study abroad or off-campus study)

 Anthropology electives (choose 2; must be 300-400 level)

  • ANT 171 Contemporary Japan
  • ANT 205 Human Evolution
  • ANT 246 Climate Change and Society
  • ANT 271 Gender and Language
  • ANT 311 Women in Migration
  • ANT 313 Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches
  • ANT 315 Ethnicity, Race and Nation
  • ANT 335 Global Urbanization
  • ANT 340 Social Change in Latin America
  • ANT 341 Environmental Anthropology
  • ANT 361 Human Osteology & Forensic Anthropology
  • ANT 370 Topics in Anthropology (topic varies)
  • ANT 371 Culture, Health, and Illness
  • ANT 372 Global Public Health
  • ANT 373 US Public Health and Social Policy

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For complete course descriptions, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

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