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THE SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY MAJORS

Perhaps the most comprehensive of the social sciences, sociology is concerned with the analysis and explanation of social phenomena. These phenomena, which range from the socialization of the child to criminal behavior and cultural change, are studied and investigated using a wide variety of research techniques. Through formalized standards of inquiry, sociologists focus on the relationships between the parts of social systems and how the systems are formulated, how they function, and how they are related to the everyday lives of human beings.

The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers four tracks:

The department also supports the following interdisciplinary majors:

In addition, students can combine each of the four tracks mentioned above with another academic discipline to form a combined major. The department also offers minors in Criminology and Sociology.

Core Courses

This diversity of majors covers a wide range of topics, but they are unified by a set of core requirements for all students in the department (with the exception of the environmental studies interdisciplinary major). These core courses include:

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (or ANT 101 for anthropology majors)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics
  • SOC 213 Social Theory (anthropology students have other course options to satisfy this requirement)
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar

(Some substitutions are allowed in the above for students co-majoring in another social science with similar required courses and those with interdisciplinary majors. These are noted below).

Appropriate academic skills are also ensured at each level in that all 300-level courses (excluding 400-level Anthropology) require a sophomore standing or above as a pre-requisite, and all 400-level sociology (excluding 400-level Anthropology) courses require a junior standing or above. Courses at the 400 level also have as a prerequisite that all other core courses be completed in addition to at least one additional 300-level course. Many other prerequisites exist for individual courses to ensure that students can build on a specific set of foundational skills in their upper-level courses.


Anthropology Major

The anthropology major expands the focus of investigation to include biological, cultural and ecological forces that have effects on humans. From human evolution to cultural diversity to ecological constraints, students learn to incorporate a broad array of information and perspectives to arrive at a more complete and complex understanding of the human species. Four core courses provide a comprehensive foundation about the essential constraints that act on mankind. Additionally, two electives must be completed to enhance the students’ understanding in particular areas (conflict, sex, evolution). Finally, students complete their anthropological courses with an independent study in which they design and conduct a semester-long research project that requires them to gather and assess data in one particular area of human activity.

Due to the broad and multidisciplinary nature of anthropology, students completing this major will be prepared to undertake graduate studies in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, law, medicine and a number of other social, environmental and biological sciences. Likewise, they will be prepared to enter careers in a variety of areas, such as international relations, international business, education, medicine, public policy, law, labor organization, government, environmental resource management, economics and development, social work and counseling.

Requirements

  • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science requirement)
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning Requirement)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods or ESS 298 Ecological and Anthropological Field Study in Peru
  • One of the following:
    • PSY 205 Biological Psychology
    • SOC 213 Social Theory
    • PSY 319 Evolutionary Psychology
  • ANT 285 The Human Animal
  • ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
  • ANT 320 Sex, Gender and Culture (ANT 303 Food and Culture can be substituted for either ANT 310 or ANT 320)
  • ANT 342 Human Evolution
  • ANT 382/482 Internship (or an approved course)
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar (students in the anthropology major may substitute an independent study with permission from the department)
  • One of the following:
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201 Social Problems
    • SOC 231 Cults
    • SOC 251 Crime and Deviance
    • SOC 261 The Family
    • SOC 262 Social Stratification
    • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
  • One of the following:
    • ANT 265 Ecological Psychology
    • ANT 270 People of the World
    • ANT 303 Food and Culture
  • Two of the following:
    • ANT 270 People of the World (if not used above)
    • ANT 265 Ecological Psychology (if not used above) 
    • ANT 280 Martinique Studies
    • ANT 303 Food and Culture (if not used above)
    • ESS 298 Ecological and Anthropological Field Study in Peru (if not used above)
    • LAS 160 Caribbean Culture
    • LAS 225 Introduction to Latin American Studies
    • LAS 275 Service Learning in the Dominican Republic
    • LAS 285 Ritual in Latin America
    • LAS 352 Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
    • REL 250 Judaism: Religion and Culture
    • REL 251 Islam: Ideals and Realities
    • REL 257 Buddhism Across Cultures
    • REL 266 Asian Cultural Life
    • REL 267 African and African-American Religious Traditions
    • REL 268 The Sacred Paths of Native Americans
    • SOC 331 Sociology of Mass Media and Popular Culture
    • SOC 395 Comparative Cultures: Ecuador

Combined Anthropology Major

Requirements

  • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science requirement)
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning Requirement)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods or ESS 298 Ecological and Anthropological Field Study in Peru
  • One of the following:
    • PSY 205 Biological Psychology
    • SOC 213 Social Theory
    • PSY 319 Evolutionary Psycholog
  • ANT 342 Human Evolution
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar (students in the anthropology major may substitute an independent study with permission from the department)
  • Two of the following:
    • ANT 285 The Human Animal
    • ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
    • ANT 320 Sex, Gender and Culture
  • One of the following:
    • ANT 265 Ecological Psychology
    • ANT 270 People of the World
    • ANT 280 Martinique Studies
    • ANT 303 Food and Culture

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Criminology Major

The criminology major exposes students to the sociological perspective through study of the methodology of the field, basic theoretical paradigms, as well as the study of socialization, culture, deviance and conformity, social organization and societal development, complex organizations, and the principles of stratification and other forms of social inequality. In addition, students study the social problem of crime and deviance within the context of other social problems, e.g., family dysfunction, poverty, education, racism, gender issues, and the sociology of work and occupations. Courses that concentrate on crime and delinquency are concerned with:

· The study of behaviors defined as criminally deviant in both American society and other developed and developing societies

· The traditional and contemporary theoretical explanations of both the process of defining criminal behavior and the social and interpersonal decisions and circumstances related to engaging in criminalized deviant behavior

Students study the methodology of social research used in the study of these forms of deviance including secondary data analysis and empirical research construction and design. A course in parametric and nonparametric statistics provides students with additional analytic tools for use in collecting and studying aggregate- as well as individual-level data on crime and delinquency.

Students are able to use internship opportunities to experience and participate in the activities of an organization or agency whose activities relate to the application of the program content. Internship opportunities can be either in a local organization or agency or in association with an off-campus experience such as the Washington Center or the Philadelphia Center. The senior seminar provides students a capstone course integrating the various components of the program and incorporating the opportunity to complete a major empirical study of some facet of crime and delinquency of interest to them.

Requirements

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science course)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning course)
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • SOC 251 Crime & Deviance
  • SOC 202 The Criminal Justice System
  • SOC 382/482 Internship, travel abroad course, or a 400-level approved substitution
  • Two of the following:
    • ANT 101 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC 201 Social Problems
    • SOC 230 Cultural Sociology
    • SOC 231 Cults & New Religious Movements
    • SOC 261 The Family
    • SOC 262 Social Stratification
    • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
    • ANT 285 The Human Animal
  • Four of the following:
    • SOC 253 Criminal Investigation and SOC 254 Advanced Criminal Investigation (must take both courses to satisfy one of the requirements from this list)
    • SOC 302 Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 305 Terrorism
    • SOC 307 Organized Crime
    • SOC 309 Crim. Corrections
    • ANT 310 Crime, Culture, Conflict Resolution
    • SOC 311 Domestic Violence
    • SOC 360 Crime and the Media
    • SOC 385 Violence & Victims
  • One of the following:
    • SOC 440 Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance
    • SOC 450 White-Collar Crime
    • SOC 460 Serial Murder

Study Abroad courses are also encouraged as electives.


Combined Criminology Major

Requirements

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science course)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning course)
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • SOC 251 Crime & Deviance
  • One of the following intermediate specialized courses:
    • SOC 253 Criminal Investigation and SOC 254 Advanced Criminal Investigation (must take both courses to satisfy one of the requirements from this list)
    • SOC 302 Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 305 Terrorism
    • SOC 307 Organized Crime
    • SOC 309 Crim. Corrections
    • ANT 310 Crime, Culture, Conflict Resolution
    • SOC 311 Domestic Violence
    • SOC 360 Crime and the Media
    • SOC 385 Violence & Victims
  • One of the following advanced application courses:
    • SOC 440 Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance
    • SOC 450 White-Collar Crime
    • SOC 460 Serial Murder

Because this is a combined major there are relatively few topically based requirements.  Therefore it is strongly encouraged that criminology combined majors use their electives to take additional topical courses


Criminology Minor

The criminology minor exposes students to the sociological perspective through study of the methodology of the field, basic theoretical paradigms, as well as the study of socialization, culture, deviance and conformity, social organization and societal development, complex organizations, and the principles of stratification and other forms of social inequality. In addition, students study the social problem of crime and deviance within the context of other social problems such as family dysfunction, poverty, education, racism, gender issues, and the sociology of work and occupations.

Requirements:

  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC251 Crime and Deviance 
  • Three of the following courses:
    • SOC202 The Criminal Justice System
    • SOC210 Research Methods
    • SOC211 Social Statistics
    • SOC213 Social Theory
    • SOC253 Criminal Investigation
    • SOC254 Advanced Criminal Investigation
    • SOC302 Juvenile Deliquency
    • SOC307 Organized Crime
    • SOC309 Criminal Corrections
    • SOC311 Domestic Violence
    • SOC360 Crime and the Media
    • SOC385 Violence and Victims
    • ANT310 Crime Culture, Conflict Resolution

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Family Studies Major

The family studies major provides students with an extensive academic understanding of family systems and their relationship to the development and social participation of their members as well as the skills to evaluate and conduct research on topics related to family interaction. The course requirements for students in this program focus on understanding the family as a social group and the dynamics of family participation in American society as well as in a global context. Students are introduced to the theory of group formation, the external forces that impinge upon family functioning and the methods that can be used to measure and anticipate family dysfunctions. Students who combine family studies with another major may enter the employment market immediately upon graduation in fields such as preschool education, elementary education, and residential treatment and care, or may pursue a graduate degree in family studies.

Requirements

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science course)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Quantitative Reasoning course)
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • SOC 203 Human Services for Families and Children
  • SOC 261 The Family
  • SOC 270 Parenting & Technology
  • SOC 271 Work and Family Conflict
  • SOC 302 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 311 Domestic Violence
  • ANT 320 Sex, Gender, & Culture
  • SOC 382/482 Internship, travel abroad course, or a 400-level approved substitution
  • Two of the following:
    • SOC 201 Social Problems
    • SOC 230 Cultural Sociology
    • SOC 251 Crime & Deviance
    • SOC 262 Social Stratification
    • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
    • ANT 101 Introduction to Anthropology
    • ANT 285 The Human Animal 
  • One of the following:
    • SOC 470 Immigration & Transnational Families

Combined Family Studies Major

Requirements

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science course)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Quantitative Reasoning course)
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • SOC 261 The Family
  • One of the following intermediate courses:
    • SOC 203 Human Services for Families and Children
    • SOC 270 Parenting & Technology
    • SOC 271 Work and Family Conflict
    • SOC 302 Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 311 Domestic Violence
    • SOC ANT 320 Sex, Gender, & Cultur 
  • One of the following advanced application courses:
    • SOC 470 Immigration & Transnational Families

Students are also encouraged to complete an internship as an elective.

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General Sociology Major

The sociology major is designed for students who are interested in a general, though intensive, study of sociological methodology, theory and content areas. Students with a major in sociology can find employment in business and government, in human service organizations and international organizations, as politicians, educators, journalists and social researchers, and in foreign service. The general sociology major is intended primarily for students who plan to attend law school or pursue graduate study in sociology. It is also intended for those who seek careers in business, governmental or community service occupations for which graduate school training is unnecessary.

Requirements

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science course)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning Course)
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • SOC 382/482 Internship, travel abroad course, or a 400-level approved substitution
  • Two of the following:
    • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC 201 Social Problems
    • SOC 202 The Criminal Justice System
    • SOC 230 Cultural Sociology
    • SOC 261 The Family
    • SOC 262 Social Stratification
    • ANT 285 The Human Animal
  • One of the following:
    • ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
    • ANT 320 Sex, Gender and Culture
  • Two of the following:
    • SOC 203 Human Service for Families & Children
    • SOC 231 Cults & New Religious Movements
    • SOC 251 Crime and Deviance
    • SOC 270 Parenting & Technology or SOC 271 Work and Family Conflict
    • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
  • Three of the following:
    • SOC 302 Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 305 Terrorism
    • SOC 307 Organized Crime
    • SOC 311 Domestic Violence
    • SOC 331 Mass Media & Popular Culture
    • SOC 332 Sport & Leisure
    • SOC 333 Sociology of Religion
    • SOC 334 Religion & Popular Culture
    • SOC 360 Crime and the Media
    • SOC 385 Violence and Victims
  • One of the following:
    • SOC 410 Sociology of Education
    • SOC 415 Childhood and Adolescence
    • SOC 430 Collective Behavior & Social Movements
    • SOC 440 Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance
    • SOC 450 White Collar Crime
    • SOC 460 Serial Murder

Combined General Sociology Major

Requirements

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science course)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning course)
  • SOC 213 Social Theory
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar
  • One of the following:
    • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC 201 Social Problems
    • SOC 202 The Criminal Justice System
    • SOC 230 Cultural Sociology
    • SOC 251 Crime & Deviance
    • SOC 261 The Family
    • SOC 262 Social Stratification
    • ANT 285 Human Animal
    • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
  • One additional 300-level sociology course
  • One additional 400-level sociology course

Sociology Minor

Sociology is the scientific study of people and groups. This focus can be as narrow as looking at short interactions between people in passing or as complex as analyzing global social processes. Perhaps the most comprehensive of the social sciences, sociology is concerned with the analysis and explanation of the most challenging issues of our time: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing and dislocation, child abuse and dysfunctional families, welfare and education reform, racism and ethnic cleansing, and problems of peace and war. The sociology minor provides significant study of the discipline through a selection of 5 courses. 

Students are required to complete SOC101 “Introduction to Sociology” and four additional courses with a SOC- or ANT- prefix.

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