Degree Essentials



Professor Anita Waters, Chair

Professor Anita Waters; Associate Professors Susan Diduk, Veerendra Lele; Assistant Professor Fareeda Griffith, Russell Shekha, John Davis; Visiting Assistant Professor Karen Powell Sears; Emeriti Professor Mary Tuominen; Academic Administrative Assistant Nancy Welu

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The major in Sociology/Anthropology is designed to meet the educational needs of three kinds of students: (1) those whose interests focus on a liberal arts education and who wish to use the disciplines to understand sociocultural institutions and change, as well as to gain insight into cross-cultural patterns; (2) those who wish to use sociology/anthropology as a background for certain occupations such as law, social work, business, public service, and human service careers; and (3) those who expect to pursue graduate study in sociology or anthropology, leading to a teaching, administrative, or research career.

Sociology/Anthropology Major

A major in Sociology/Anthropology must complete ten courses within the department. Six of those courses comprise a core curriculum including S/A 100, 290, 316, 350, 351 and 460. The other four courses are electives that a major may select from among the department offerings. At least three electives must be at the 300 level. S/A 460 and one elective at the 300 level are waived for students undertaking a two-semester senior research in the department (S/A 451/452).

Sociology/Anthropology Minor

Completion of a minor in Sociology/Anthropology requires a student to complete S/A 100, 290, either S/A 316, 350 or 351 and three electives for a total of 24 credits. At least one elective course must be at the 300 level. In addition, minors in Sociology/Anthropology must select an advisor from among the department faculty (in addition to the advisor in their major). Sociology/Anthropology advisors assist minors in both advance planning and selection of course work.