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Sociology and Anthropology

Program of Study

The Major in Sociology

With strong foundations in sociological research and theory, you'll learn about self and society, social interaction, the role of culture and social institutions, and the importance of structured inequality (race, class, and gender) in social life. The department has a particular strength in the analysis of legal institutions. You have two tracks to pick from:


  • Designed to prepare students for a wide range of professional careers and advanced study. This track is particularly useful background for careers in education, human services, social policy, business, or the media.

Sociology (Criminal Justice and Law)

  • Designed for students with an interest in careers in the legal profession or other aspects of the justice system, as well as for the kinds of advanced study expected of professionals in those fields.

The Sociology Core

Every sociology major, regardless of track, completes the following courses:

  • Sociology 115 Introductory Sociology
  • Sociology 246 Basic Research Methods
  • Sociology 335 Sociological Theory
  • Sociology 346 Advanced Research Methods
  • Sociology Writing Intensive (WI) course

In addition to these five required courses, students take four other courses, three of which must be above the 100 level and at least one of which must be at the 300 level.

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The Minor in Sociology

The minor in sociology consists of five-course units: Sociology 115 and four other courses that must include at least two 200-level courses and one 300-level course.

The Minor in Anthropology

The interdisciplinary minor in Anthropology requires students to complete 5 courses, three of which must be at the 200-level or higher. Two courses are required (SOC 113 - Cultural Anthropology and SOC 347 - Advanced Research in Anthropology), supplemented by three elective courses, of which minimum of one elective must be completed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and students may pursue up to two elective courses that are cross-listed in other departments to fulfill the requirements for the minor.

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The Interdepartmental Major

Six courses of Set I of the interdepartmental major must include Sociology 115, at least two 300-level courses, and three other departmental electives.