Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology is the study of social life, change, and the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists understand that the struggles and successes of individuals are actually social problems and accomplishments. You will explore the intricate and complex relationships between individuals and social structures through the context of real-life concerns such as:

  • Race
  • Class
  • Gender identity
  • Poverty
  • Communication
  • Community well-being

How are crime and justice, illness and health, and oppression and equity socially constructed? How do people engage in collective action to change inequitable life outcomes and what are effective theories, strategies, and tactics of these social movements?

Opportunities are available to apply quantitative and qualitative methods and theoretical perspectives to community concerns through research and internships.

Anthropology is the multidisciplinary study of humans present and past. Anthropologists take a grounded approach to understanding how culture, language, society, and power shape the meanings and experience of everyday life by emphasizing close listening to people's voices and stories. Anthropologists are especially concerned with the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

In anthropology programs and courses, you will get guidance in ethnographic fieldwork such as:

  • Approaches to collaborating
  • Listening
  • Observing
  • Documenting
  • Reflecting

Faculty

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How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Climate Foundations and Global Futures
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Designing Games for the Common Good
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
In Sickness and In Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Carrying Home & Latinx Worlds: Health and Political Economy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Taste: Archaeology and the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
16
The Aim of Education
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16