Sociology and AnthropologyProfessors Ballantine, Cargan (Emeritus), Islam (Emeritus), Melko (Emeritus), Riordan (chair)
Associate Professors Bellisari, Bergdahl, Durr, Koebernick (Emeritus), Orenstein, Shepelak, Steele, Steinberg (WSU-Lake Campus)
Assistant Professors Kim, Lahm, Norris, Owens, Small
Instructors Eguaroje, Guzzo, Jahanbegloo, Stremlin
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
See General Education Requirements
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.
Anthropology 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
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
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 Anthropology
The 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.
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