Academic Programs

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the systematic study of society and social behavior, including the behavior of individuals, groups, organizations, and whole societies as they are influenced by social processes, social structures, and culture.

Students majoring in sociology receive the training necessary to pursue careers in social service occupations (e.g., social work or counseling), applied research for public and private organizations, public administration, academic sociology, as well as private sector careers in business. Graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced study in sociology, anthropology, law, or applied social research methods.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the interdisciplinary study of humankind, in all forms, from our beginnings to the present. It promotes a critical perspective about ourselves, our societies, and our relationship with other societies within the broader global framework. Through its emphasis on cultural relativity and context, anthropology supports the holistic exploration of the human condition by observing cultures in the present, investigating materials made in the past, examining key biological characteristics, and documenting the variety of languages used by people.

Whether you plan a career in healthcare, business, education, or social services, an anthropological perspective can help you perform better on the job. Anthropology teaches you to see how cultural and social systems fit together and how they mesh with individual behavior. You learn research skills that are invaluable in all relationships and social interactions. Using your anthropological training, you will be sensitive to issues that arise from conducting business in a diverse national and an increasingly global economy. Students are also well prepared for further graduate study in anthropology.

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