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Anthropology & Sociology

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Anthropology & Sociology

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Program Overview

Anthropology & Sociology (ANSO) and the anthropology minor offer a multidimensional perspective on self and society.  Examine culture and society with a focus on language, diversity, and power.  Cultivate reflexive, interpretive, and emphatic forms of cultural analysis.

Students who choose the ANSO major will benefit from the related yet distinct emphases of the disciplines to better understand a globalized, multicultural world.  The program prepares students for a variety of vocations in the global society as well as for graduate study in anthropology, sociology, and for various interdisciplinary areas like women’s and ethnic studies. The program provides a good preparation for law school and various other professional areas.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The major is excellent training for careers in global human rights, law and public administration, medicine and global public health, activism, social work, advertising and marketing, politics and public policy, business, banking, and consulting, to name just a few.   The various courses in the ANSO program examine social groups and processes in a wide diversity of contexts, with an emphasis on critical thinking and social justice. 

The program has flexibility built into the core course requirements and includes anthropology in the curriculum. Students should work with their advisers to assure selection of courses compatible with their educational and career objectives.

Course Credit Hours
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology 3
SCSA 002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
Two theory-intensive courses 6

Choose from the following.  One course must be in anthropology, the other in sociology:

SCSA 101 - Feminist Anthropology

SCSA 125 - Anthropological Theory

SCSS 070 - Psyche/Self/Society

SCSS 080 - Social Problems

SCSS 085 - Sociology of Everyday Life

SCSS 130 - Contemporary Chinese Society

SCSS 133 - Social Structure/Social Change

SCSS 135 - Technoscience Culture & Practice

SCSS 170 - Deviance

SCSS 173 - Global Citizenship

SCSS 174 - Fem Theories/Subjectivity

SCSS 175 - Social Stratification

SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives

SCSS 178 - Gender, Technology & Embodiment

 
Two research design courses.  At least one course from anthropology or with advisor approval 6

Choose from the following:

SCSA 153 - Documentary Video Challenge

SCSA 156 - Ethnographic Methods

SCSS 042 - Sociological Inquiry

SCSS 076 - Migrant Oral Histories

SCSS 077 - Art of the Interview

SCSS 153 - Documentary Video Challenge

SCSS 155 - Global Youth Studies

SCSS 156 - Representing Race

SCSS 156 - Ethnographic Methods

SCSS 158 - Social Science Statistics

SCSS 159 - Methods of Social Research

 
One community-engaged learning course.  May not be double-counted as research design or theory intensive. 3

Choose from the following:

SCSA 075 - Migrant Oral Histories

SCSS 020 - Intro to Race and Ethnicity

SCSS 075 - Intro to Women's and Gender Studies

SCSS 076 - Sociology of Childhood

SCSS 077 - Art of the Interview

SCSS 146 - Restorative Justice

SCSS 153 - Documentary Video Challenge

SCSS 156 - Representing Race: Life History Research

SCSS 173 - Global Citizenship

SCSS 175 - Social Stratification

SCSS 196 - Sustainability and Social Justice on the Gulf Coast

SCSS 196 - Contemporary Urban Mexico

 
SCSA 199 - Senior Capstone (Taken in final year of major.  Offered each semester. 3
Four additional elective courses in anthropology/sociology 12
TOTAL 36

Up to six hours of rhetoric (SCSR) courses may count toward this major.

No more than nine hours of credit may be counted toward both ANSO and RMSC.  Students completing the RMSC major must do a capstone for each major.

A maximum of nine hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the ANSO major.  Transfer courses may not be used to fulfill the theory-intensive, research design, or capstone requirements.

To graduate with an anthropology and sociology major, students must earn grades of "C" or higher in each core course. Students completing the anthropology and sociology major may not earn a major in sociology.

Students who wish to take courses from related areas must petition and have the substitution approved by the anthropology adviser. Petitions are available from anthropology and sociology faculty. To receive approval for the minor, a non-anthropology course must offer a cross-cultural, global and comparative perspective; examine a geographic area, culture or other subject in a manner amenable to cultural anthropology; or concentrate on or encourage the use of a methodological approach, theoretical framework or substantive problem that is of historical importance and/or complementary to cultural anthropology.


Anthropology Minor

The requirements for the anthropology minor are completion of a minimum of 18 hours of coursework in anthropology to include one entry-level course and an additional 15 hours of coursework. Up to 6 of the 18 hours of coursework may be from related disciplines or concentrations. Students who wish to take courses from related areas must petition and have the substitution approved by the anthropology adviser.  Specific courses are planned by the student in consultation with an academic adviser to complement the major and/or future career and educational goals.

Petitions are available from anthropology and sociology faculty. To receive approval for the minor, a non-anthropology course must offer a cross-cultural, global and comparative perspective; examine a geographic area, culture or other subject in a manner amenable to cultural anthropology; or concentrate on or encourage the use of a methodological approach, theoretical framework or substantive problem that is of historical importance and/or complementary to cultural anthropology.

A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the anthropology minor.

Course Credit Hours
SCSA 002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
Additional five courses of choice 15
TOTAL 18
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