Jessica Piekielek, Chair
|Kylan de Vries
The sociology and anthropology degree offers students a major based on the shared intellectual foundations and methods of inquiry of two distinct social science disciplines.
Sociology is the study of the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of human groups and how people act within social contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious movements; from the divisions of race, class and gender to the shared beliefs of a common culture; from work lives to digital selves.
Anthropology’s diverse subject matter of “human beings in all times and places” reflects the discipline’s interest in human culture dating from the Paleolithic past to contemporary times; from exotic, distant societies to the myriad subcultures of the Western world; from the biological bases of human behavior to our most elaborate cultural creations; and in the interaction of diverse peoples from colonial to modern contexts.
Our curriculum emphasizes an appreciation of cultural diversity and a critical, historical, and comparative perspective on social worlds. Students develop the conceptual and analytic skills for understanding identity, behavior, culture, power, and social change. All majors complete a rigorous 16-credit research methods sequence and a year-long capstone experience that requires students to put their anthropological and sociological skills to work through individual projects of their own design. Students engage in learning in and out of the classroom to prepare for a wide range of careers and graduate education.
Coursework and curriculum in the sociology and anthropology program emphasize practical application of skills to a variety of issues. Students are encouraged to seek internships and practica placements that match their specific interests to fully develop their skills and to gain experience that will further their career goals. The program’s close and supportive relationship with local groups and organizations provides a basis for meaningful student involvement in problem solving. Practical experiences culminate in a senior capstone designed and carried out under faculty supervision.
Major, Minors, and Certificates in the Sociology and Anthropology program
Students are encouraged to indicate their interest in a sociology and anthropology major, minor, or certificate at the first possible opportunity. Advisors are assigned to best support students’ individual interests and career goals. Regular meetings with the advisor will ensure that degree requirements are met efficiently and full use is made of program opportunities.
Sociology and Anthropology majors are not eligible for a Sociology and Anthropology minor or a Social Justice minor.
Major and Minor in Sociology and Anthropology
The program offers a Sociology and Anthropology major (BA/BS) and minor.
Certificate in Cultural Resource Management
The Cultural Resource Management Certificate program prepares students for careers in the management and preservation of prehistoric and historic cultural sites located on public and private lands. Emphasis is on methods and the development and implementation of research designs. To qualify for the certificate, students must also meet the requirements of a bachelor’s degree at SOU.
Regional Studies and Applied Research Certificate
The overall goal of the Regional Studies and Applied Research Certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand interrelationships among the social, cultural, economic, geographic, and environmental aspects of a region.
Social Justice Minor
The Social Justice minor helps students understand relationships of vulnerability, power inequity, and institutions of change, and provides tools needed for informed and effective participation at all levels of community.
Interdisciplinary Major Emphasizing Sociology and Anthropology
Students who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree in interdisciplinary studies with sociology and anthropology as a major field must apply to the program by submitting a personal statement describing their goals for the major, show evidence of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 in SOAN Foundation courses and completion of University Seminar (or equivalent) and MTH 243 or EC 232. All candidates work with an advisor from the program at the time of application.
Human Service Degree Completion Program
The sociology and anthropology program collaborates with the psychology program to offer an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree focusing on the needs of human service professionals. Curriculum and requirements are listed in the Psychology section of the SOU Catalog.
CoursesSociology and Anthropology
- SOAN 107 - Introduction to Human Geography
- SOAN 108 - Global Lands and Livelihoods
- SOAN 199 - Special Studies
- SOAN 204 - The Sociological Imagination
- SOAN 205 - Social Problems and Policy
- SOAN 209 - Practicum
- SOAN 211 - The Anthropocene: Archaeology and World Prehistory
- SOAN 213 - Cultural Anthropology: Perspectives on Humanity
- SOAN 214 - Language in the USA
- SOAN 299 - Special Studies
- SOAN 301 - Introduction to Social Research I
- SOAN 302 - Introduction to Social Research II
- SOAN 304 - Poverty, Family, and Policy
- SOAN 310 - American Culture
- SOAN 311 - Community Studies
- SOAN 312 - Sociology of Families
- SOAN 315 - Health Issues in the Rural United States
- SOAN 319 - Cultures of the World
- SOAN 320 - North American Prehistory
- SOAN 322 - Schools and Society
- SOAN 323 - Sociology of Sports
- SOAN 327 - Quantitative Data Analysis
- SOAN 331 - Language Revitalization
- SOAN 333 - Global Culture, Media, and Politics
- SOAN 334 - Anthropological Perspectives on the Native American Frontier
- SOAN 335 - Medical Anthropology
- SOAN 336 - Topics in Global/Local Interconnections
- SOAN 337 - Racial and Ethnic Relations
- SOAN 338 - Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care
- SOAN 339 - Vikings in Anthropology, History, and Contemporary Society
- SOAN 340 - Anthropology and Sociology of Gender
- SOAN 343 - Gender, Race, and the Body
- SOAN 345 - Introduction to Aging
- SOAN 350 - Human Evolution
- SOAN 355 - People and Forests
- SOAN 360 - Ethnographic Research Methods
- SOAN 365 - Epidemiology
- SOAN 370 - Archaeological Research Methods
- SOAN 372 - Social Inequality
- SOAN 375 - Archaeological Field School
- SOAN 399 - Special Studies
- SOAN 401 - Research
- SOAN 403 - Thesis
- SOAN 405 - Reading and Conference
- SOAN 407 - Seminar
- SOAN 408 - Workshop
- SOAN 409 - Practicum
- SOAN 414A - Senior Capstone 1
- SOAN 414B - Senior Capstone 2
- SOAN 414C - Senior Capstone 3
- SOAN 420 - Environmental Sociology
- SOAN 425 - Food, Power, and Agriculture
- SOAN 451 - Cultural Ecology
- SOAN 452 - Global Environmental Movements
- SOAN 453 - Democracy in Africa
- SOAN 455 - USA Migration Studies
- SOAN 456 - Global Health
- SOAN 460 - Applied Anthropology
- SOAN 461 - Creating and Negating God
- SOAN 462 - Cultural Resource Management
- SOAN 464 - Cultural Rights
- SOAN 471 - Society and Identity
- SOAN 473 - Classical Social Thought
- SOAN 493 - Program Evaluation
- SOAN 505 - Reading and Conference
- SOAN 507 - Seminar
- SOAN 509 - Practicum
- SOAN 520 - Environmental Sociology
- SOAN 552 - Global Environmental Movements