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Sociology  

Assistant Professor Brian Jennings, Ph.D., Chair
Associate Professors
Charles Brown, Ph.D., Kennon Rice, Ph.D. and Barty Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Instructor
Carla Abodalo, M.A.
Lecturers Michael Foltz, M.P.A., Teri Jensen-Sellers, M.A., Scott Lash, J.D., Adrienne Lodge, M.S., Brandy Neider, M.P.A.


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, which act on mankind. Additionally, two electives must be completed to enhance the students' understanding in particular areas (conflict, sex, evolution). Finally, students culminate 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 social science requirement)
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills general studies quantitative reasoning requirement)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods or EVS 298 Ecological and Anthropological Field Study in Peru
  • One of the following:
    - PSY 205 Biological Basis of Behavior
    - SOC 213 Social Theory
    - PSY 319  Evolutionary Psychology
  • ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
  • ANT 320 Sex, Gender and Culture (ANT 206 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)
  • Any 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
  • Either of the following:
    - ANT 265 Ecological Psychology
    - ANT 285 The Human Animal
  • Any two of the following:
    - ANT 206 Food and Culture (if not used above)
    - ANT 270 People of the World
    - ANT 280 Martinique Studies
    - LAS 160 Caribbean Culture
    - LAS 225 Introduction to Latin American Studies
    - 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
    - EVS 298 Ecological and Anthropological Field Study in Peru (if not used above)
    - SOC 331 Sociology of Mass Media and Popular Culture
    - LAS 275  Service Learning in the Dominican Republic
    - LAS 285 Ritual in Latin America
    - LAS 352 Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World

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 Combining Anthropology with Other Majors

Requirements:

  • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (fulfills general studies social science requirement)
  • SOC 211 Statistics (fulfills general studies quantitative reasoning requirement)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods or EVS 298 Field Study in Peru
  • SOC 213 Social Theory, PSY 205 Biological Basis of Behavior or PSY  319  Evolutionary Psychology
  • SOC 490 Senior Seminar (or an independent study in anthropology with permission of the department)
  • Two courses from:
    - ANT 206 Food and Culture
    - ANT 265 Ecological Psychology
    - ANT 270 People of the World
    - ANT 280 Martinique Studies
    - ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
    - ANT 320 Sex, Gender and Culture 
  • One course from:
    - ANT/IDS 285 The Human Animal
    - ANT 342 Human Evolution

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Bio-Cultural Anthropology Minor

Using an evolutionary perspective, courses in the bio-cultural anthropology minor investigate how humans develop and exist in a variety of habitats. Topics of investigation include violence, sex, cooperation and ecological relationships.

Requirements:

  • ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Four courses from:
    - ANT 206 Food and Culture
    - ANT 265 Ecological Psychology
    - ANT 270 People of the World
    - ANT 310 Crime, Culture and Conflict Resolution
    - ANT 320 Sex, Gender and Culture
    - ANT 285 The Human Animal
    - ANT 342 Human Evolution

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