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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

 

Undergraduate Program

The department has a Sociology Major with five potential concentrations: anthropology, inequality & social justice, work & organizations, health & society, and families & inequality. The sociology major prepares students for a broad array of careers in areas including social services, law, medicine and allied professions, as well as leadership roles in business organizations, not-for-profit organizations, corporations, government and government agencies. Sociology students are also prepared for graduate work in sociology and other social sciences.

 


Core Requirements for All BA and BS Majors

All majors in the B.A. and B.S. degree programs must complete the following required core courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

Introduction (6 hours)

SOC 1010 Introductory Sociology
ANTH 1050 Introduction to Anthropology

Research (6 hours)

SOC 2130 Basic Statistics
SOC 2510 Research Methods

Theory (3 hours)

SOC 4710 Development of Sociological Theory

Advanced Writing Course (3 hours)

SOC 4900 Senior Thesis

Foreign Language (for BA only)

4 semesters-students who completed 4 years of study in the same lanuage during high school are exempt from this requirement.

Cognate Requirement (for BS only)

Before beginning the B.S. option, students must file an approved plan of 15 credit hours of cognate coursework developed with an undergraduate advisor.

Concentrations

Sociology Major (12 hours)

One upper-level (3000 or 4000 level) ANTH course (3 hours)

Three upper-level SOC courses (9 hours)

Anthropology Concentration (12 hours)

Required (9 hours)

ANTH 3910 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 3920 Essentials of Archaeology
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology

Electives(3 hours)

ANTH 3210 Cultures of African People
ANTH 3220 People and Cultures of Native North America
ANTH 3260 World Cultures and Peoples
ANTH 4220 North American Archaeology
ANTH 4230 Ethnomedicines of the Americas
ANTH 4260 Topics in Ethnology
ANTH 4900 Anthropological Research
ANTH 4920 Seminar in Anthropological Problems
SOC 4410 Advanced Qualitative Methods

Inequality & Social Justice Concentration (12 hours)

Required (3 hours from)

(Note: We encourage students to take all three courses, and any courses beyond the first three hours may count as sociology electives, below).

SOC 3300 Sociology of Gender
SOC 3690 Social Stratification
SOC 3900 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.

Sociology Electives (6 hours from)

SOC 3840 World Population and Social Issues
SOC 3950 Sociology of Latin America
SOC 4020 Collective Behavior
SOC 4140 Urban Sociology
SOC 4250 Latino/a Migration in the World Economy
SOC 4800 Contemporary Topics in Sociology (as appropriate)
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4920 Seminar in Anthropological Problems (as applicable)

 

Work & Organizations Concentration (12 hours)

Required (6 hours)

SOC 3610 Social Organization
SOC 3800 Work and Society

Two of the following courses: (6 hours)

SOC 4020 Collective Behavior
SOC 4350 Work and Family
SOC 4550 Social Diversity in Organizations
SOC 4620 Sociology of Formal Organization
SOC 4800 Contemporary Topics in Sociology (as applicable)
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology

One of the following courses may be substitued for a non- required course above (3 hours):

SOC 3300 Sociology of Gender
SOC 3690 Social Stratification
SOC 3900 Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States

 

 
Health & Society Concentration (12 hours)

Required (6 hours)

SOC 3820 Medical Sociology
ANTH 4240 Medical Anthropology

At least one of the following courses: (6 hours)

SOC 3840 World Popluation and Social Issues
SOC 4200 Sociology of the Body
SOC 4700 Women's Health and Issues of Diversity
SOC 4800 Comtemporary Topics in Sociology (as applicable)
SOC 4830 Sociology of Mental Illness
ANTH 4230 Ethnomedicines of the Americas
ANTH 4920 Seminar in Anthropological Problems (as applicable)

One of the following courses may be substituted for a non-required course above (3 hours ):

SOC 3300 Sociology of Gender
SOC 3690 Social Stratification
SOC 3900 Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States

 

Families & Inequality Concentration (12 hours)

Required (6 hours)

SOC 4150 American Family Problems
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology

Two of the following courses: (6 hours)

SOC 4160 Comparative Families
SOC 4170 Sociology of Fatherhood
SOC 4350 Work and Family
SOC 4500 Law, Family, and Public Policy
SOC 4800 Contemporary Topics in Sociology (as applicable)

One of the following courses may be substituted for a non-required course above (3 hours):

SOC 3300 Sociology of Gender
SOC 3690 Social Stratification
SOC 3900 Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States