Sociology and Anthropology - Course Descriptions
Major in Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology

Course Descriptions - 2006-07


ANT 101 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
(3) F,S
Overview of anthropology. Study and
comparison of cultures around the
world from small tribal communities to
industrial societies.

ANT 205 – Human Beings in Evolutionary Perspective
(3) Y
Introduction to the physical and cultural
evolution of our species, to evolutionary
theory and its implications for the
understanding of human culture, and to
archaeology and physical anthropology
as fields of study.

ANT 251 – Native American Culture and History
(3) Y
Survey of cultures of native North
Americans, from original peopling of the
continent to the present. Emphasizes
dynamism, ingenuity, and integrity of
Native American cultures, and the history
of their contact with Europeans.

ANT 254 – Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
(3) IR
Survey of the indigenous populations of
sub-Saharan Africa; emphasis on East
Africa, Nigeria, and South Africa; analysis
of political, economic, religious, and
family institutions; consideration of the
relationship between the traditional and
the present.

ANT 283 – Urban Anthropology
(3) IR
Introduction to the diversity of city life
around the world and through history,
especially as it reflects the social, political,
and economic organization of the
larger society. Detailed examinations of
urban anthropological research methods.

ANT 347 – Archaeological Field School
(6) O
Practical experience in all phases of
archaeological fieldwork. Exploration of
regional history and cultural tradition
through field trips and documentary
research. Project locations may vary, and
may include both domestic and international
sites. Prerequisite: Permission of

ANT 351 – Language and Culture
(3) Y
The interrelation of culture and language;
consideration of language impact
on cultural behavior, cognition, and perception.
Introduction to problems of
socio-linguistics and communication.
Same as English 351.

ANT 362 – Magic and Religion in Preliterate Societies
(3) IR
Religious and magical behavior in non-
Western societies. Emphasis on tribal
culture, magic, and religion in folk society;
shamanism, witchcraft, sorcery, ritual,
and tabu; myths of origin, world view,
and values in cross-cultural perspective.

ANT 375 – Culture and Personality
(3) Y
The individual in society, and the role of
environmental, social, and cultural factors
in the development of personality.
Cross cultural use of projective and
other types of psychological tests. The
role of culture in perception, cognition,
and mental illness.

ANT 400 – Special Topics in Anthropology
(1–3) IR
Topics in various aspects of anthropology
(social, physical, archaeological). The
exact topics may vary from year to year
in response to the needs and interests of
students and instructors. Prerequisite:
instructor may determine reasonable
prerequisites for the specific topic. May
be repeated with different topics.

ANT 415 – Cultures, Health, and Healing
(3) F,S
Examination of effects of culture on
health and beliefs and the practices related
to illness and healing. Prerequisite:
Anthropology 101 or Sociology 151 or
permission of instructor.

ANT 425 – Cultural Change
(3) Y
Cultural change as viewed from a variety
of perspectives including small scale
change, planned change, acculturation,
and evolutionary change. Analysis of
changes occurring in the modern world,
their causes, and consequences.

ANT 449 – Anthropology of Aging
(3) IR
Aging in a variety of cultures. Cultural
differences in beliefs and practices related
to the aged. Critical evaluation of
aging in industrial society and of culture-
bound theories of aging.


SOC 151 - Human Society
(3) F,S
Introduction to sociology and United
States society: social class, race, ethnicity,
sex, age, family, education, religion, subcultures,
polity, economy, deviance,
urban life, collective behavior, population,
bureaucracy, social groups, and
social change.

SOC 211 – Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
(3) F,S
Application of statistical methods in
sociological research. Descriptive statistics,
tests of significance, correlation,
simple analysis of variance, chi-square,
and some non-parametric methods.
Same as Psychology 211. Students may
not also take for credit Economics 241,
Mathematics 112.

SOC 233 – The Family
(3) Y
The family as a social institution, its
place in different cultures and social
strata, family functions, courtship, mate
selection; the family in transition.

SOC 242 – Urban Sociology
(3) IR
Origins and social structure of United
States cities; theories of urban ways of
life; social psychology of urban living;
race, social class, ethnicity, and subcultures
in cities; urban problems; Utica as
a representative city.

SOC 252 – Racial and Cultural Minorities
(3) F,S
Sociological analysis of the interrelationships
among religious, national, and
racial minority groups and their dominant
majorities in America; international

SOC 274 – Criminology
(3) Y
Crime as a form of deviant behavior, its
relation to social values and social structure,
types of criminal behavior, theories
of treatment and control, correctional
methods, and the administration of

SOC 312 – Social Science Research Methods
(3) F,S
Application of scientific methods to
study human behavior; surveys diverse
research methods used in sociology, psychology,
and other behavioral sciences;
students originate, design, and conduct
research projects.

SOC 333 – American Utopian Societies
(3) Y
Emphasis on Oneida Community and
Shakers. Father Divine Movement,
Hutterites, Mormons, and Old Order
Amish are included.

SOC 367 – Social Stratification
(3) O
Patterns and theories of unequal distribution
of power, property, and prestige.
Focus on American society.

SOC 376 – Criminological Research Methods
(3) F, S
Emphasis on reading studies in scientific
journals, understanding quantitative
methods and their applications in crime
study, hypothesis testing, and policy
evaluations. Computer applications in
processing data and data analysis.
Prerequisites: Sociology 274 and
Sociology/Psychology 211 or Math 112.

SOC 377 – Social Gerontology: Field Work Seminar
(3) Y
An analysis of various aspects of aging in
American society with emphasis on
change and adjustments during the life
span. Student interviews with older persons
on one-to-one basis. Same as
Gerontology 377.

SOC 405 – Sociological Theory
(3) O
The development of sociology and critical
survey of ideas about society from
early thinkers through the present time.
Prerequisite: Sociology 151 or permission
of instructor.

SOC 435 – Health and Gender
(3) Y
The gender system as an integral part of
social organization, influencing group
and individual health behavior.

SOC 470 – Sociology Internships
(1–6) IR
Students serve on the staffs of established
agencies under co-supervision of
designated agency staff person and
appropriate faculty person. Periodic
conferences, relevant reading assignments,
and papers analyzing internship
experience required. Prerequisites:
Sociology 151, 312, and permission of
instructor and division dean.

SOC 490 – Independent Study
(3) IR
Individually supervised research and
study. Provides opportunity for students
to engage in original research or to pursue
scholarly investigations beyond the
boundaries of established courses.
Arranged by agreement between the student
and the instructor, subject to
approval of coordinator and division
dean. May be repeated once for credit,
though with a different topic. Prerequisite:
junior standing. 

Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
U=Summer Session
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time.

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