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Program Details

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences


Sociology and Anthropology Major


Program Details


Anthropology and sociology are closely related sciences which seek to understand the human world. Traditionally, anthropology has studied human biology and language, as well as culture, with an emphasis on pre-industrial societies. Sociology has concentrated on social institutions and social behavior, with an emphasis on contemporary industrial nations. Together they provide a broad, holistic understanding of the nature of human beings, human culture, and human social organization.

A major in sociology and anthropology is designed to meet the needs of those who are interested in pursuing social service, business, government, education, or academic careers in which knowledge of social processes is necessary.

Choose from five academic concentrations:
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Gender
  • Teacher Education
Study areas include:
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Human society
  • Statistics
  • Social research methods
  • Sociology theory
  • History

Special Opportunities


Sociology and anthropology majors have the benefit of hands-on experience through internships in local social service agencies. Professors plan field trips to expose students to other cultures and ways of life and to facilitate the study of other cultures. Students also benefit from personal contact with their professors through small classes and one-on-one contact outside the classroom.

Faculty


Majors have the advantage of small classes and close interaction with UC faculty members. To learn more about our faculty, click here > 

Career Opportunities


A major in sociology and anthropology prepares those who are interested in pursuing social service, business, government, or academic careers in which knowledge of social processes is necessary.

Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education - click here for details.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS


(See also General Education Core in the “Undergraduate Program” section of this catalog.)
Course Credit Hours Year Taken
Core 34-55  
Major Course Requirements
Anthropology 101 Introduction to  Anthropology 3 1,2
Sociology 151 Human Society 3 1,2
Anthropology 205 Human Beings in Evolutionary Perspective 3 2,3
Sociology/Psychology 211 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
or
Mathematics 112 Basic Statistics 3 2,3
Ant/Sociology 312 Social Science Research Methods 3 3,4
Ant/Sociology 405 Sociology Theory 3 3,4
Ant/Sociology 423 Senior Seminar (12 hours; six credit hours 3 4
from each field)
3 4
Anthropology and Sociology electives (15 hours; at least six credit hours from each field) 15 2,3,4
 
Students pursuing social studies teacher certification in middle childhood (grades 5 – 9) or adolescence (grades 7 – 12) must select either Anthropology 251 or Sociology 252 as one elective.
 

Major-Related Course Requirements

 
Select one of the following sets of major-related course requirements: General Concentration or Teacher Education Concentration. Students who are pursuing certification in middle childhood (grades 5 – 9) or adolescence (grades 7 – 12) must select the Teacher Education Concentration.
 

ARCHAEOLOGY CONCENTRATION

Concentration Requirement
ANT 267 – Introduction to Archaeology
 
Choose 9 hours of Electives
ANT 335/535- Forensic Anthropology
ANT 345/545 – Historical Archaeology
ANT 347/547 – Archaeological Field School
ANT 323 – Archaeology of North America and the Caribbean ANT 525 – Ancient Cities
ANT 527 – Religion in the Ancient World
Topics Courses as approved by the Chair
 
   

CRIMINOLOGY CONCENTRATION

   
Concentration Requirement
SOC 274 – Criminology
 
   
Choose 9 hours of Electives
SOC 283 – Social Deviance
SOC 376 – Criminological Research Methods
SOC 339 – Drugs and Society
SOC 342 – Urban Sociology
SOC 389 – Family Violence
ANT 535 – Forensic Anthropology
Topics Courses as approved by the Chair
 
   

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY CONCENTRATION

   
Concentration Requirement
ANT 297 – Peoples and Cultures
 
   
Choose 9 hours of Electives
ANT 243 – Caribbean Peoples and Cultures
ANT 251 – Native American Culture and History
ANT 274 – Cultural Anthropology: Research and Writing
ANT 300 – Selected Topics
ANT 351 – Language and Culture
ANT 362 – Magic and Religion
ANT 375 – Culture and Personality
ANT 415 – Cultures, Health and Healing
ANT 425 – Cultural Change
ANT 427 – Contemporary Issues in Mexican Culture
ANT 475 – Anthropology of Aging
Topics Course as approved by the Chair
 
   

GENDER CONCENTRATION

   
Concentration Requirement
ANT 257 – Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
 
   
Choose 9 hours of Electives
ANT 297 – Peoples and Cultures
ANT 375 – Cultures and Personality
ANT 415 – Cultures, Health and Healing
ANT 475 – Anthropology of Aging
SOC 233 – The Family
SOC 252 – Racial and Cultural Minorities
SOC 367 – Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
Topics Courses as approved by the Chair
   
 

TEACHER EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

Students who complete the minor in History are exempted from the Teacher Education Concentration major-related requirements. [Note: students who are pursuing social studies certification in middle childhood (grades 5 – 9) or adolescence (grades 7 – 12) must have at least 21 credit hours in History in their total curriculum, only 12 of which will be satisfied by this concentration.]
History 126 America, 1500 to 1877 3
History 127 America, 1877 to present 3
A course in European history 3
A course in Non-Western history 3
 

Electives

The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 90 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences. At least 18 credit hours in the sociology and anthropology major must be taken at or above the 300 level.

NOTE: Students in the education program who intend to student teach history or social studies should note that they must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) and have no grade lower than C (2.0) in any required major course in order to receive a favorable recommendation.