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Anthropology and Sociology

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Major and Minor

Faculty and professional interests

Nancy Eberhardt, chair
  Psychological anthropology, Southeast Asia, religion, gender, rural economies
Lawrence Breitborde
  Anthropological linguistics, language and identity, sociolinguistics, Africa
Teresa Gonzales
  Community and urban studies, local economic development in the U.S., tourism, gentrification, U.S. welfare state, organizations, qualitative methods
William Hope
  Music and cultural identity, social revolutionary process, anthropology of the senses
Gabrielle Raley
  Sociology of culture, sociology of art, inequality, work, qualitative methods

Teaching emeritus faculty
Jon Wagner
  North America, contemporary mythology, human evolution and adaptation

Distinguished Research Affiliates in Anthropology
James L. Watson
  Social anthropology, migration and diasporas, food systems, China
Rubie S. Watson
  Family and kinship, gender, history and anthropology, China

Cooperating faculty from other programs
Diana Beck, Educational Studies
Joel Estes, Educational Studies
Duane Oldfield, Political Science

Tianna Cervantez
Wendel Hunigan

Anthropology and Sociology provide a comparative framework for interpreting and explaining human social behavior. Although each discipline arose in response to different historical circumstances which resulted in somewhat different traditions of emphasis and approach, the two fields draw from a common body of theory and, often, a common toolkit of research methods. For these reasons, the department presents Anthropology and Sociology as interdependent.

Students majoring in Anthropology and Sociology will become familiar with a wide range of human societies in all regions of the world. They will gain an appreciation for the cultural complexity, historical context, and global connections that link societies and social institutions to one another. They will also learn about key social structures and dynamics embedded in contemporary societies, including the forms of social power and privilege that exist in any society, and how these often unequal power relations are organized, sustained, reproduced, and transformed.

Students contemplating the major are urged to consult with department faculty in order to design a personalized program of study, making use of relevant courses in allied disciplines and/or off-campus study when appropriate.

The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:

  • Writing Key Competency - ANSO 220, 246 and 399 serve as writing-intensive courses for majors
  • Speaking Key Competency - ANSO 399 serves as a speaking-intensive course for majors
  • Information Literacy and Informed Use of Technology - The following skills are developed in various departmental courses through a combination of relevant assignments, tutorial guidance, classroom presentation, and formal workshops.
    1. Ability to assess the reliability of online sources
    2. Use of bibliographic databases
    3. How to effectively present their research using various types of presentation software
    4. Ability to prepare and format academic research for submission in digital form

Students are required to culminate and demonstrate each of these skills in the core course sequence required of all majors: Theories, Methodologies, Research Design, and Research Seminar.

Departmental Learning Goals

Students completing an Anthropology-Sociology major should:

  1. Learn to understand and analyze the world in a manner that reveals and illuminates the social and cultural dimensions of reality;
  2. Be able to design and execute an appropriate strategy for investigating a social research question of their choice; and
  3. Develop the necessary disciplinary competencies that will allow them to be sophisticated lifelong consumers and/or practitioners of social research

Requirements for the Major and Minor

Anthropology and Sociology Course Descriptions

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