Degree Programs

The Major

Students in the department earn a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and anthropology. At minimum12 courses (46-48 credits) are required to complete the major. At least seven of the major courses must be at the 300-400 level. A maximum of one 100-level course and four 200 level courses may be counted toward the major. No more than four of the major courses may be taken at other schools. To transfer courses from other
schools or study abroad programs, permission must be obtained from an academic advisor.


LEARNING OUTCOMES
Spirit of Inquiry: students will assess the merits of some of the key theories and methods in Sociology and Anthropology, and apply them productively in intellectual and practical puzzle solving.

Individual, Culture, and Society: students will critically analyze the complex interplay between individual, culture and social structure to reach a nuanced understanding of sociocultural processes and inequalities.

Border Crossing: students will describe and reflect on the experience of being an 'other' in a social setting. They will demonstrate an understanding that worldviews and the actions that worldviews produce are multiple and constructed.


All students majoring in Sociology and Anthropology must complete the following requirements:
SOAN PRINCIPLES COURSES
Students are required to take two of the following three courses:
• SOAN 200 Principles of Sociology
• SOAN 202 Principles of Cultural Anthropology
• SOAN 204 Principles of Archaeology


SPIRIT OF INQUIRY (Two courses total, one methods and one theory)
The following is the current list of courses that satisfy the methods requirement:
SOAN 300 Research Methods & Design
SOAN 301 Fieldwork & Ethnographic Methods
SOAN 303 World Ethnographies
SOAN 305 Mapping People, Mapping Place
SOAN 306 Research Methods: Interviewing
The following is the current list of courses that satisfy the theory requirement:
SOAN 390 Classical Theory
SOAN 391 Contemporary Social Theory
SOAN 393 Anthropological Theories


BORDER CROSSING (One course)
The following is the current list of courses that satisfy this requirement:
SOAN 205 Social Issues
SOAN 226 Refugees: history, policy, voices
SOAN 256 Japan: Society and Culture in Transition
SOAN 259 The Middle East
SOAN 281 Middle Eastern Women Speak
SOAN 326 Charity and Helping Others
SOAN 331 Consuming Paris
SOAN 340 Sustainable Alternatives to Capitalism
SOAN 342 Gender and Sexuality
SOAN 345 American Gun Culture
SOAN 349 Living in/with Democracy
SOAN 350 Archeological Field School
SOAN 405 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


INDIVIDUAL, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY (One course)
The following is the current list of courses that satisfy this requirement:
SOAN 206 Popular Culture
SOAN 221 Rethinking Politics
SOAN 230 Bodies and Society
SOAN 310 American Gun Culture
SOAN 314 World Dance
SOAN 320 Self and Society
SOAN 327 Food for Thought
SOAN 329 Anthropology of Mothering
SOAN 336 Consumers and Consumption
SOAN 337 Ethnicity, Nation, and Identity
SOAN 338 Children and Youth
SOAN 345 Interrogating Masculinity
SOAN 352 Who Owns the Past?
SOAN 354 Jewish Identity
SOAN 405 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
SOAN 418 Death and Dying


ELECTIVES
Students must take at least five courses in addition to the above-designated requirements to bring the total number of courses completed to 12, for a total of 46-48 units. At least seven of the major courses must be at the 300-400 level. A maximum of one 100-level course and four 200-level courses may be counted towards the major. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with the major advisor. Courses taken with departmental faculty through interdisciplinary programs such as the Johnston Center may be counted toward these requirements with the permission of that faculty member or the department chair. Classes cross-listed with SOAN are also applied toward these requirements.


SENIOR CAPSTONE
In their senior year, students will complete a culminating experience by taking any 400-level senior seminar OR pursuing departmental honors.
Senior Seminar Option (One course,SOAN 400-465) Students must have attained senior standing for a 400-level seminar to count as their Senior Capstone. Juniors may take these courses if they choose to but will need to take an additional 400-level course their senior year as a capstone. Prerequisites for 400-level seminars are two principles courses AND three 300-level courses, one of which must be either a theory or methods course, OR by instructor permission.
Honors Thesis Option (SOAN 499) Students are required to have a 3.00 GPA in the major to pursue honors in the department. They begin to plan their projects in consultation with one or more permanent faculty members during their junior year, including developing a research proposal in their methods course. They must submit proposals for their projects to the department chair by the end of September of their senior year. Honors proposals are reviewed by all department faculty. If approved, students may enroll in SOAN 499 Honors Independent Research in both fall and spring of the senior year, during which they complete a significant independent research project under the guidance of their faculty chair. The research must be substantial and significant and is subject to approval by the department faculty. A major written report is followed by a public presentation and oral examination. These must be performed at an honors level, as determined by the honors committee.

The Minor

Seven courses, each taken for three credits or more totaling a minimum of 21 credits, are required for a minor in sociology and anthropology: two principles classes and five electives, only one of which may be taken at the 100-level.

No more than three of these courses may be taken at other schools. Courses taken with departmental faculty through the Johnston Center may be counted toward these requirements with the permission of that faculty member or the department chair

 

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