Nine courses (a minimum of 34 credits) are required to complete the major. No more than three 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.
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:
SOCIOCULTURAL INQUIRIES One course that provides the intellectual foundation for the SOAN major and minor:
SPIRIT OF INQUIRY One course in Theory and one course in Methods. Together, these classes assess and apply key theories and methods in Sociology and Anthropology.
The following is the current list of courses that satisfy the methods requirement:
The following is the current list of courses that satisfy the theory requirement:
Students must take at least four elective courses in addition to the requirements listed above. One elective must be at the 200-level, which will also fulfill the WR requirement. The remaining three electives must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students may substitute up to 4 credits of internship for one 300- or 400-level elective.
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.
In their senior year, students will complete a culminating experience by taking any 400-level senior seminar, pursuing departmental honors, or completing a supervised community based project.
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 (minimum 4 credits of 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 Practice course. Honors proposals are reviewed by all department faculty. If approved, students will engage in independent research throughout the fall and spring of the senior year under the guidance of their faculty mentor. A major written report is followed by a public presentation and oral examination. A maximum of four credits of SOAN 499 may be counted toward the 34-credit minimum for the major.
SUGGESTED SEQUENCE OF REQUIRED COURSES
First Year: Take a 100-level elective course.
Sophomore Year: Take SOAN 200, SOAN 201, SOAN 202 or SOAN 204 and a 200-level elective.
Junior Year: Take the Theory and Practice courses to prepare for upper division coursework. Take the Border Crossing course and begin upper-division electives. Students interested in pursuing honors or completing a community based project in their senior year should begin planning their project this year, including developing a research proposal in consultation with a department faculty member.
Senior Year: Finish taking upper-division electives. Complete the capstone requirement.
Five courses are required for a minor in sociology and anthropology: SOAN 200, SOAN 201, or SOAN 202 or SOAN 204 and four electives, only one of which may be taken at the 100-level.
No more than two 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.