A comprehensive curriculum

Sociology and anthropology majors are housed in one department to engage students in a holistic and integrated study of human societies. Our wide range of courses in multiple fields of sociology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology are open to all majors and minors. Sociology and anthropology majors develop a broad understanding of cultures, populations, and social systems through course work, internships, and mentored experiences.

What is sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of society, including how individuals both shape and are shaped by society. Sociology majors and minors learn about and critically evaluate the structure, organization, and change of social groups and institutions. Our students gain hands-on experience as researchers studying the most pressing social issues of our time. Our courses address topics that shape social life, such as crime and the legal system, health systems, education systems, race and ethnicity, poverty and inequalities, families, gender and sexualities, disabilities, and the environment.

What is anthropology?

Anthropology studies humans and what it means to be human across four main fields. Cultural anthropology focuses on what humans do, experience, create, and believe. Biological anthropology examines human evolution and biological variation. Linguistic anthropology analyzes how humans communicate with each other. Archaeology explores human history and prehistory through excavation of artifacts and physical remains. Anthropology majors’ and minors’ courses include: introductory classes in cultural anthropology and archaeology; qualitative and quantitative methods; real-world training at an archeological field site; and advanced courses using anthropological theory to approach issues such as forensics, disability, digital culture, gender and sexualities, business, and medicine.

A degree in sociology allowed me to pursue a career in any field. My communication skills have been enhanced, as well as my awareness and knowledge of the people and environments I encounter.

Katie Barley ’07

To be an anthropology major is to be a student of art, language, history, geography and sociology, all at the same time. You graduate with a sense of curiosity and resourcefulness that encourages a lifelong dedication to cultural discovery, no matter what career you pursue.

Tara Bott ’08