The Department of Sociology/Anthropology offers
both a major and minor in sociology, a major and minor in anthropology,
an option in archeology and a minor and option in criminology. In addition,
the department offers a sociology/anthropology option within the social
studies major in the secondary education program.
The departmental major in anthropology
emphasizes a holistic approach to the study of humans, located in all parts
of the world through all periods of time. Anthropology consists of four
separate but interrelated subdisciplines: cultural anthropology, physical
anthropology, archeology and anthropological linguistics. Our program focuses
primarily on the subdisciplines of archeology and cultural anthropology.
The department encourages its majors to undertake field study in one or
more of the subdisciplines of anthropology. A major in anthropology provides
the student with a holistic and comparative perspective on problems and
situations, which employers find very valuable. An undergraduate degree
prepares the student for high school teaching (B.S.Ed. degree), employment
in the area of human services, entry-level work with local or federal government
agencies and employment in the business community. Our program also prepares
students for more advanced study which leads to careers in teaching and
research at colleges, universities or museums, or research/consultative
careers with local, national or international organizations.
Sociology is the rigorous, scientific
study of human interaction and social organization. The sociologist is
primarily interested in discovering the inherent patterns affecting and
resulting from human group behavior. In that effort, the sociologist focuses
on the influences of the social as well as the physical and biological
environment on individual behavior and personality formation, on group
interaction and on social organization and institutions. Within this general
framework, sociological interests are extremely varied. The subject matter
of sociology includes crime and its causation, family problems and interaction
patterns, variations in the aging process, the impact of social class origins
on life chances, the influence of mass media on human behavior and factors
affecting the accessibility of health care. The sociology major is selected
by those students primarily interested in pursuing careers in the following
areas: college/university teaching and research, teaching sociology in
secondary schools (B.S.Ed. degree), research in a public or private organization
or business and employment in community, state or federal or government
Minors and Department Options
The department offers three minors, one
in criminology, one in sociology and one in anthropology. These minors
provide the student with insight into the principles governing human interaction
and social organization. The criminology minor is the most specific of
the three, focusing exclusively on the American criminal justice system.
The sociology minor, in broad terms, examines American society, while the
minor in anthropology takes a cross-cultural and comparative perspective.
All of these minors should facilitate career advancement and intellectual
breadth regardless of the studentís major field of study.
For sociology majors wishing to concentrate
their studies in the areas of criminal behavior and criminal justice, the
department has a criminology option within the sociology major. This program
provides the student not only with a thorough knowledge of the American
criminal justice system, but combines that knowledge with a broad understanding
of American society and the principles of sociological method and theory.
The archeology option within the anthropology
major offers students a broad view of contemporary archeology, with emphasis
on contract archeology, artifact analysis, current method and theory, field
experience and independent research.
The department also offers a sociology/anthropology
option within the social studies B.S.Ed. program. This option prepares
the student to teach sociology and anthropology along with other social
studies courses in secondary schools.
The department strongly encourages all
of its majors to acquire practical experience as part of their degree program.
This experience may take a variety of forms, depending on the studentís
major or minor. Along with other activities, the department recommends
participating in faculty supervised research (on-going research projects
are conducted out of both the archeology and social research labs), cooperative
education/internships (see Cooperative
Education in the Special
Academic Opportunities section), or department tutoring.
There is an honors program for superior
students. Further information may be obtained from the department or the
Honors section of this catalog.
For the most recent curriculum and career
information, students should consult the latest sociology/anthropology