Curriculum and Requirements
In consultation with an advisor, each student plans a major program that will nurture an understanding of society and the human condition, demonstrate how social and cultural knowledge are acquired through research, and enrich their general education.
On the practical level, a major program prepares the student for graduate study in sociology or anthropology and contributes to preprofessional programs such as law and medicine. It also provides background preparation for careers in urban planning, public policy, the civil service, social work, business or personnel administration, social research, law enforcement and criminal justice, the health professions, journalism, secondary school teaching, and development programs.
The American Sociological Association (ASA) defines sociology as "a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies [...] covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes."
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) defines anthropology as "the study of humans, past and present [...] addressing complex questions, such as human origins, the past and contemporary spread and treatment of infectious diseases, or globalization." Areas of study include sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology.
Independent study projects provide an opportunity for students to explore a subject area of particular importance to them not otherwise available in the department’s curriculum. They allow students working with a faculty advisor to pursue in-depth field or library research as apprentice scholars or as policy analysts.
In a demanding academic program, Off-Campus Study can contribute substantially to a major in Sociology and Anthropology.