Sociology and Anthropology
Why do human beings form families?
Why do people form groups and how do groups affect behavior?
Why do the rich act and think differently from the poor?
What makes some people break social rules and others obey them?
What holds societies together?
Why do all societies change over time?
These and other intriguing questions are important to sociology, the study of human society and social behavior. As a major in this field, you'll examine the influences that come from interactions with people you meet and know, and other influences that come from the large social structures that shape us in ways we do not always recognize.
Anthropology asks similar questions, while emphasizing cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and longer-term perspectives. This discipline's comparative approach highlights patterns of similarity and difference among human groups and helps people understand their own practices and those of others in a broader cross-cultural context.
The study of Sociology and Anthropology is rich with intellectual excitement but is also an avenue to understanding the world in which you will live and work. Majors qualify for a great variety of career fields and are well prepared for graduate study.
As a major in Sociology and Anthropology, you'll be counseled carefully by faculty members and encouraged to develop a concentration that reflects your own interest and career education. By choosing certain groups of courses you can develop a concentration in:
- Business and organizational behavior
- Social work
- Family studies
- Criminal justice and adult probation
- Polling and market research
- International research
- Urban studies
The opportunities to choose a path within the field and the chances for field work and internships can give you an excellent start toward postgraduate employment that leads to a long-term career.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a Major in Sociology, a Minor in Sociology, and Course Offerings in Anthropology. All sociology majors and minors are urged to consult with the Chair and other members of the Sociology Department in planning their academic programs. This is especially important in coordinating particular course concentrations most suitable for individual career goals. The faculty strives to clarify career goals and to put together a concentration of courses and experiences that ensure for your intellectual fulfillment and a viable career.