Anthropology and Sociology

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Anthropology includes four branches: cultural, biological, linguistic, and archaeological anthropology. While students are introduced to all these subfields, here the emphasis is on the cultural branch. Our courses offer a foundation for students interested in anthropology careers and assist all students in developing an anthropological perspective that can be combined with many other disciplines to create a more global or international approach.

Sociology is the study of human society and social behavior. Sociology students explore social problems and public policy and investigate a range of topics, including family relationships; the demographics of urban and rural spaces; and the consequences of race, gender, and class divisions across societies. Specialties within sociology are criminology, demography, family relations, social psychology, gerontology, social welfare, race relations, and social change.

In developing sociological or anthropological perspectives, students sharpen their powers of observation and analysis which assists them in understanding all aspects of human relations. These disciplines also broaden students' awareness of the diversity of human experience around the world. A number of entry level careers are enhanced with a bachelor's degree in either discipline, although most closely-affiliated careers with anthropology and sociology require advanced degrees.

Career Choices

Anthropology majors pursuing advanced degrees find employment with colleges and universities, government agencies, hospitals and medical schools, international agencies, museums, conservation and heritage management, research institutes, cultural resources management, historical preservation and consumer research firms. Anthropology also contributes to students' preparation in other professions including community development, marketing research, journalism, library studies, international studies, history, education, law, and medicine. See the American Anthropological Association’s Careers in Anthropology for more information.

Sociology majors gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to pursue a variety of applied careers: social work, social services, corrections and juvenile treatment, environment and resource allocation, social gerontology, and community health services. Sociology graduates are employed with state and local government, hospitals, nursing homes, educational settings, research institutes, advertising and marketing firms, environmental agencies, and corporations. Sociology also contributes to students' preparation in other professions including human resources and personnel management, consumer research, marketing and advertising, community development, international studies, education, law, and medicine. See the American Sociology Association’s Facts on Jobs and Careers for more information.

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