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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
One course must be in anthropology, the other in sociology*.  Choose from SCSA 101, SCSS 070, SCSS 080, SCSS 133, SCSS 135, SCSS 151, SCSS 170, SCSS 173, SCSS 174, SCSS 175, or SCSS 176  
Two methods-intensive courses 6
Two methodology-intensive courses*.  One must be in anthropology or with advisor approval.  Choose from SCSA 156, STAT 050, SCSS 077, SCSS 155, SCSS 156, SCSS 158, or SCSS 159  
SCSS 150 - Senior Capstone (Taken in final year of major.  Offered each semester.) 3
Five elective courses in anthropology/sociology 15

To graduate with an anthropology and sociology major, students must earn grades of "C" or higher in each of the core courses (1 through 4). Students completing the anthropology and sociology major may not earn a major in sociology nor minor in either sociology or anthropology.

*Transfer courses may not be used to fulfill the theory-intensive, methods-intensive or capstone requirements.

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
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