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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

 

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree has four concentrations: general sociology, anthropology, inequality and social justice, and organizational sociology. 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.

Sociology Emphasis

Students who select the BA in Sociology as their undergraduate degree are required to complete a total of 30 hours in sociology/anthropology courses, with at least 18 hours at the 3000 level or above. Students must get a "C" or higher in the courses that count towards the major, and maintain a 2.0 GPA overall in the major. Two years of a foreign language are required for this degree. Students who completed four years in high school study in one language are exempted from this requirement. This is a general requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences for the BA degree.

Anthropology Emphasis

Currently there are three paths for the study of the anthropology at UNO:

A major in sociology with an anthropology emphasis.

An interdisciplinary major with a program structured for anthropology.

A major in any department, including sociology, with a minor in anthropology. A sociology major who wishes to minor in anthropology cannot simultaneously use anthropology for emphasis. To earn a minor in anthropology, a student needs to complete ANTH 1050 (Introduction to Anthropology) and at least 12 additional credit hours of upper division anthropology courses.

Core Requirements

All concentrations require the core courses plus a cognate area. Before beginning the B.S. option, students must file an approved plan of 15 credit hours of cognate coursework developed with an undergraduate advisor.


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 Langauge (for BA only)

4 semesters

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

General Sociology Concentration (12 hours)

Required (9 hours beyond core)

Students must complete the core courses plus 9 hours of upper division (3000 and 4000 level) sociology courses and one 3-hour upper division anthropology course.

Anthropology Concentration (12 hours)

Required (6 hours from)

ANTH 3910 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology

Electives (6 hours from)

ANTH 3210 Cultures of African People
ANTH 3220 People and Cultures of Native North America
ANTH 3260 World Cultures and Peoples
ANTH 4200 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 4220 North American Archaeology
ANTH 4230 Ethnomedicines of the Americas
ANTH 4260 Topics in Ethnology
ANTH 4520 Psycholinguistics
ANTH 4920 Seminar in Anthropological Problems
GEOL 4040 Geoarchaeology

Inequality and 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 3690 Social Stratification
SOC 3900 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.
SOC 4300 Sociology of Gender

Sociology Electives (6 hours in any of the following courses)

SOC 3140 American Society
SOC 3800 Work and Society
SOC 3810 Sociology of Education
SOC 3820 Medical Sociology
SOC 3840 World Population and Social Issues
SOC 3950 Sociology of Latin America
SOC 4020 Collective Behavior
SOC 4140 Urban Sociology
SOC 4150 American Family Problems
SOC 4250 Latino/a Migration in the World Economy
SOC 4500 Law, Family and Public Policy
SOC 4700 Women’s Health and Issues of Diversity
SOC 4750 Social Change and Globalization
SOC 4800 Contemporary Topics in Sociology (as appropriate)
SOC 4830 Sociology of Mental Illness
SOC 4850 Sociology of Religion

Anthropology Electives (3 hours from)

ANTH 3210 Cultures of African Peoples
ANTH 3220 Peoples and Cultures of Native North America
ANTH 3260 World Cultures and Peoples (Area Ethnography)
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4220 North American Archaeology
ANTH 4260 Topics in Ethnology (as appropriate)

Organizational Sociology Concentration (12 hours)

Required (9 hours)

SOC 3610 Social Organization
SOC 3800 Work and Society
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology

Electives (3 hours in any of the following courses)

SOC 3180 Occupations and Careers
SOC 4020 Collective Behavior
SOC 4100 The Community
SOC 4550 Social Diversity in Organizations
SOC 4620 Sociology of Formal Organization

Bachelor of Science Requirements

General Sociology Concentration (12 hours)

Students must complete the core courses plus 9 hours of upper division (3000 and 4000 level) sociology courses and one 3 hour upper division anthropology course.

Anthropology Concentration (12 hours)

Required (6 hours from)

ANTH 3910 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology

Electives(6 hours from)

ANTH 3210 Cultures of African People
ANTH 3220 People and Cultures of Native North America
ANTH 3260 World Cultures and Peoples
ANTH 4200 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 4220 North American Archaeology
ANTH 4230 Ethnomedicines of the Americas
ANTH 4260 Topics in Ethnology
ANTH 4520 Psycholinguistics
ANTH 4920 Seminar in Anthropological Problems
GEOL 4040 Geoarchaeology

Inequality and 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 3690 Social Stratification
SOC 3900 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.
SOC 4300 Sociology of Gender

Sociology Electives (6 hours from)

SOC 3140 American Society
SOC 3800 Work and Society
SOC 3810 Sociology of Education
SOC 3820 Medical Sociology
SOC 3840 World Population and Social Issues
SOC 3950 Sociology of Latin America
SOC 4020 Collective Behavior
SOC 4140 Urban Sociology
SOC 4150 American Family Problems
SOC 4250 Latino/a Migration in the World Economy
SOC 4500 Law, Family and Public Policy
SOC 4700 Women’s Health and Issues of Diversity
SOC 4750 Social Change and Globalization
SOC 4800 Contemporary Topics in Sociology (as appropriate)
SOC 4830 Sociology of Mental Illness
SOC 4850 Sociology of Religion

Anthropology Electives (3 hours from)

ANTH 3210 Cultures of African Peoples
ANTH 3220 Peoples and Cultures of Native North America
ANTH 3260 World Cultures and Peoples (Area Ethnography)
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4220 North American Archaeology
ANTH 4260 Topics in Ethnology (as appropriate)

Organizational Sociology Concentration (12 hours)

Organizational Sociology is a specialized area of sociology that deals with the use of sociological (and social psychological) insights to study, understand and analyze the social context of work and the organizational settings in which work takes place.

Although the field of organizational sociology is well grounded in theory and research, it is an applied field whose practitioners work in a variety of organizational settings and handle various informal organization, organizational development, employee alienation, motivation, morale, job satisfaction and productivity, leadership, industrial democracy (worker participation in decision decision making, labor relations, unions), organizational restructuring, effectiveness and efficiency, program evaluation, strategic planning, conflict and conflict resolution, organizational power structure, majority-minority relations in organizations, and the relationship between organizations and their community.

The Organizational Sociology program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is designed to educate students in human relations in organizations and the social aspects of industry, for the purpose of producing organizational leaders equipped with good human relations skills. This program will equip students with adequate organizational human relations skills to be able to successfully:

hold leadership positions in business organizations.
hold careers in business consulting.
hold administrative positions in government/government agencies.

Students may specialize themselves in any area of human relations of their special interests. Such areas may include employee turnover, work alientation, job satisfaction, organizational structure, job discrimination, organizational culture, diversity planning and management, organizational relations (intra, inter and organization-environment) organizational change/restructuring, and conflict-conflict resolution.

Required (12 hours from)

SOC 3610 Social Organization
SOC 3800 Work and Society
SOC 4620 Sociology of Formal Organization
ANTH 4210 Cultural Anthropology

One of the following (3 hours from)

SOC 3180 Occupations and Careers
SOC 4020 Collective Behavior
SOC 4550 Social Diversity in Organizations

Two of the following (6 hours from)

SOC 3690 Social Stratification
SOC 3900 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 4100 The Community
SOC 4250 Latino/a Migration in the World Economy
SOC 4300 Sociology of Gender
SOC 4500 Law, Family and Public Policy
SOC 4750 Social Change and Globalization
SOC 4990 Independent Study

Cognate Area

Organizational sociology students in the B.S. program are required to complete 15 hours in a field of specialization based on their interests and/or career aspirations. Other options may be designed by the student in consultation with the undergraduate advisor. Appropriate courses in the following areas are listed in the department’s B.S. program brochure.

Business Management
Marketing Management
Public Administration
Diversity Planning and Management
Organizational Communication
Gerontology
Not-for-Profit Management
Native American Community Organizations