Sociology and AnthropologyProfessors Ballantine, Cargan (Emeritus), , Islam (Emeritus), Melko (Emeritus), Riordan (chair), Savells (Emeritus)
Associate Professors Bellisari, Bergdahl, Durr, Koebernick (Emeritus), Orenstein, Shepelak, Steele, Steinberg (WSU-Lake Campus), Wilcox
Assistant Professors Bush, Kim, Norris, Small
Instructors Eguaroje, Guzzo, Jahanbegloo, Yang
SociologySociology is concerned with social relations: how people relate to each other as individuals, in families, or in groups; how they communicate in business and governmental situations; and how their behavior is judged as socially acceptable, deviant, illegal, or immoral. The Bachelor of Arts program in sociology trains students to observe and measure these interactions, predict likely outcomes from certain situations, and determine how we can develop programs to change behavior for the good of individuals and society.
Sociology graduates typically find careers that involve dealing with people, often working for large businesses or organizations, or in community service, public relations, teaching, or research. Sociology majors are required to take five or more upper-level courses designed to develop their writing skills and thinking capacity.
Degree Requirements-SociologyBachelor of Arts Degree
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Sociology Honors ProgramThe department encourages qualified students to conduct independent research through the department's honors program. Students are eligible for the program if they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in sociology. Departmental honors are awarded at graduation. Through SOC 490, students must complete an honors project under the guidance of an honors advisor. Interested students should contact the departmental office for further information.
Minor in SociologyThe minor in sociology allows students to supplement their education in many fields. Students take SOC 306 (Sociological Methods) and five courses at the 300-400 level, four of them from one of the following concentrations: social organizations; deviance/criminology; social change; family/socialization. The minor requires a total of 28 credit hours.
AnthropologyAnthropology studies the behavior and biology of the human species, both current and past, often drawing on information from the social and biological sciences. The Bachelor of Arts program in anthropology focuses on three areas: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology.
Cultural anthropology exposes students to ways of life, belief systems, and value systems that differ from their own, examining the ways in which cultures deal with universal human problems, from the basic needs of food and shelter to the metaphysical questions of existence. Typical subjects for cultural anthropology include ecology and subsistence techniques, economics, political systems, religion, and cultural change.
Archaeology deals with cultures of the past. Archaeologists search for and study the material remains of past cultural activity and try to reconstruct the behavior patterns, technology, and social customs of people who no longer exist. Physical anthropology focuses on the biological aspects of the human species. Physical anthropologists study the fossil evidence to determine how evolution has influenced human behavior and biology. Studies of biological variability in modern populations are also part of this discipline, since many physical differences among populations are the result of their having adapted to different environments.
Anthropology majors should normally complete the 200-level introductory courses before taking 300- or 400-level courses.
Degree Requirements-AnthropologyBachelor of Arts Degree
See General Education Requirements
Anthropology Honors ProgramThe department encourages qualified students to conduct independent research through the department's honors program. Students are eligible for the program if they have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and an average of 3.5 in anthropology by the end of their junior year. Departmental honors are awarded at graduation. Through ATH 492, students are required to complete an honors project under the guidance of a faculty honors advisor. Interested students should contact the departmental office for further information.
Minor in AnthropologyThe minor in anthropology provides a cluster of courses that form an introduction to the subfields of anthropology. It is intended for students in other majors who wish to supplement their study with the perspectives unique to anthropology.
The minor in anthropology consists of 30 credit hours. This includes 10 hours in three introductory courses (ATH 241, 242, and CST 241) that expose students to the subfields of cultural and physical anthropology and archaeology. Upper-level courses are structured to allow students to examine the content of each subfield in greater depth. The required course in theory can be taken in either archaeology (ATH 468) or cultural anthropology (ATH 448).
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