Majors

Majors

Requirements 

Course majors are required to take eight units of work in the department; of the eight, five are assigned. Assigned courses include, "Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology," (at least) one designated theory course, (at least) one designated methods course and a two-credit senior thesis.

Our new introductory course, and a requirement for majors, is "Introduction to Anthropology & Sociology," SoAn 001A. ("Exemplary Studies in Sociology & Anthropology" is no longer being offered. Sophomores through seniors who have already taken "Exemplary Studies" are exempt from taking SoAn1A.)

In addition, majors must take one designated theory course, one designated methods course, and a two-credit senior thesis.

Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology

This course offers a foundational introduction to the department's two fields; anthropology and sociology. Taught by both a sociologist and an anthropologist, it provides a solid background to ongoing debates in the study of culture and society, highlighting the distinct but complementary theories and methods of the two disciplines. Throughout the course, we will examine fundamental theories and concepts of both sociologists and cultural anthropologists and how these have changed over time.

Senior Thesis

The 2-credit senior thesis requirement, normally completed in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year, includes the Thesis Writers Masters Class and a thesis tutorial in which the student works closely with a faculty adviser.

Honors

Students seeking to do an honors major are required to complete at least nine SOAN credits, five of which are assigned: "Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology," (at least) one designated theory course, (at least) one designated methods course and a two-credit honors senior thesis. In addition, two - 2 credit preparations may be seminars, or, with permission, a course plus attachment, or paired upper-level courses, or off campus study.

Students seeking to do an Honors minor normally complete at least five SOAN credits, three of which are assigned: "Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology," (at least) one designated theory course, (at least) one designated methods course.