2006 - 2007 Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANTH)

Program Goals | Objectives | Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor in Sociology | Academic Minor in Anthropology | Sociology and Anthropology Course Descriptions

Faculty: Mark Rubinfeld, Gretchen Siegler

Sociology and Anthropology Program Goals

  • To enhance critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills
  • To improve writing and other communication skills
  • To become effective researchers, with a qualitative or quantitative emphasis
  • To develop global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness
  • To gain an understanding of the discipline's concepts, foundations, and perspectives

Objectives

Sociology offers an academic major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as an academic minor. The primary focus of sociology is on the structure of human society. Students study the social causes and consequences of human behavior and learn to apply sociological principles and concepts to their own lives. Sociology explains those events that lead to the strengths or weaknesses of groups and provides an understanding of the circumstances that lead to social change. As a science, sociology strives to train students to evaluate and analyze social phenomena as they occur in society. Students are encouraged to use their learning and experience in applied settings such as internships, seminars, and directed studies. Students must consult with the appropriate faculty in designing programs to meet specific needs and interests.

Anthropology offers an academic minor. Anthropology courses may also be taken as part of the social science major and selected courses are accepted in other majors and minors such as education, political studies, psychology, sociology, honors, and environmental studies. The discipline is a social science that looks at human behavior cross-culturally in its sub-fields of socio-cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archeology, and physical anthropology. Concerned with both modern and prehistoric humans, the study of anthropology links the hard and soft sciences through the holistic study of our evolving cultural and biological species.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in courses required for the sociology major, minor, and Anthropology minor. Students choosing a double major or minor within the Social Science Program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed as “required classes” for both majors/minors may be applied to both. Students may apply courses from related fields (anthropology, justice studies, political science, psychology) with the consent of the instructor. Students are encouraged to take an internship and may apply a maximum of 4 credit hours of internship coursework to the major. Sociology majors must have completed either SOC 390 or SOC 391 before they can take SOC 470. Sociology majors who choose to take SOC 390 must have completed MATH 150 as a prerequisite.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Sociology major.

SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE
*MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE

*Required for Sociology majors who choose to take SOC 390, Quantitative Research Methods.




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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Sociology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Courses

4

SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE

4

III.

Upper Division Sociology & Related Courses

30

SOC 305 Contemporary Issues
SOC 313 Introduction to Social Theory

SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
or
SOC 391 Qualitative Research Methods (4)

SOC 470 Senior Thesis

Fourteen hours of Sociology or related coursework numbered 300 or above (see above)

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4

4

14

IV.

Electives

10

Ten hours of Sociology or related course work (see above)

10

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR
* Students who take SOC 390 need 52 total hours; students who take SOC 391 need 48 total hours.

*48 or 52

Academic Minor in Sociology

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

8

SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE
SOC 313 Introduction to Social Theory

4
4

II.

Electives

12

Eight hours of Sociology or related coursework (see above) numbered 300 or above
Four hours of Sociology or related 200-, 300-, or 400-level coursework (see above)

8
4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

20

Academic Minor in Anthropology

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

12

ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology, LE
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE
ANTH 311 Human Evolution and Archeology

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4
4

II.

Electives

8

Take 8 hours of upper division ANTH or related coursework (see above)

8

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

20