Sociology and Anthropology
About This Program
Are you fascinated by the way people think, behave, and interact? Are you eager to explore individual and collective experiences of the past and present through hands-on learning? Sociology and Anthropology are the disciplines for you!
Why Utica College
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology provides students with opportunities to develop innovative research, communication, and socially aware problem solving skills. To develop such skills, students take a combination of required and elective courses in the major.
Interested students may choose to concentrate in a particular area of sociology and anthropology, such as criminology, gender studies, archaeology, and cultural anthropology (analysis of present peoples and cultures).
Students regularly pursue diverse interests in the form of internships, volunteering, and research projects on and off campus, which have supported local community, campus, and student needs. They may also present at professional conferences on and off campus. Past topics have included:
- Non-profit organizations such as the YWCA and the Mohawk Valley Refugee Center in Central New York
- Social work that supports children, families, and the visually impaired
- Sports and Mental Health
- Community Engagement
- Smartphone technology
- Gun safety on college campuses
- Criminal Justice
- Archaeology and historic preservation
- Forensic anthropology
- Careers in museums and galleries
- Local government and public policy
- Online gaming
- Careers in zoos in the care and conservation of monkeys and apes
- Health and Nutrition
- Human Resources
Such experiences prepare students for graduate school and careers after graduation.
The department also offers a study abroad opportunity in Forensic Anthropology.
Sociology and Anthropology at Utica
“We could offer a course like the forensic anthroplogy field school anywhere, even at home. The extra benefit of coming to a place like Butrint is the opportunity to visit unusual parts of the world.”
- Social Work and Counseling
- Archaeology and Forensic Anthropology
- Health Care and Education
- Public Policy, Government, and Law
- Applied Research and Data Science
- Community Organizing, Entrepreneurship, and more!
What You'll Learn
UC’s major in sociology and anthropology combines a strong focus on research with numerous opportunities for real-world experiences, including internships, fieldwork, and more. The major program features five topical tracks: Criminology, Gender Studies, Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Build-Your-Own.
Sociology and Anthropology Faculty
A Degree That Works
The sociology and anthropology major prepares you for professional accomplishment in social services, government, teaching, and business; and provides a strong foundation for advanced study in a range of disciplines. UC sociology and anthropology alumni have taken leadership positions at:
- The Social Security Administration
- University of Arizona
- National Development Council / Grow America Fund
- The National Park Service
The dedicated faculty of the Utica College Sociology & Anthropology Department are committed to your success. With an unparalleled knowledge and expertise, they are accessible, easy to know, and fun to work with.
Student Voices: Laura Holmes
A brief discussion with Laura Holmes, a double major in International Studies and Anthropology, on how an understanding of people and cultures allows for a better way to help others as well as how the rich diversity of the Utica area adds to the robustness of the UC anthropology program.
Field School in Albania: Dr. Thomas Christ
Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology Thomas A. Crist, Ph.D., talks about Utica College's annual Forensic Anthropology Field School in Butrint, Albania. The video was produced by David M. Chanatry, M.S., associate professor and chair of Journalism at Utica College.
Student Voices: Margaret Baer '19
Throughout her time at Utica College, Margaret Baer built great relationships with her fellow classmates, but it wasn’t until commencement that she had the opportunity to actually shake their hands. That’s because Baer ‘19 was earning her M.S. in Data Science from her home in Kansas City, Missouri, courtesy of Utica College’s ever-expanding selection of online programs.
Field School in Albania: Michael Washburn
A brief guided tour of Utica College's annual Forensic Anthropology Field School in Butrint, Albania, conducted by Michael D. Washburn, M.A., field school instructor. The video was produced by David M. Chanatry, M.S., associate professor and chair of Journalism at Utica College.
Student Voices: Sean Regan '18, '19
Across the globe, agencies and companies rely on the knowledge and expertise of data scientists to sift through mountains of information and impart it with meaning and value. Value is something Sean Regan ‘18, ‘19 appreciates. It’s the value of his education at Utica College that led him to pursue not one, but two graduate degrees at UC.
The Man from Grave 119
On his first trip to the Francisc Rainer Institute in Bucharest, Romania in 2006, Dr. Thomas Crist, a forensic anthropologist, was casually exploring a collection when a particular skull caused him to do a double take.READ MORE