The Department of Sociology-Anthropology aims to cultivate in our majors the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:
- Each of our majors will be able to develop either an anthropologically- or sociologically-informed frame of academic inquiry.
- Each of our majors will learn how to find, critically read, analyze and critique academic journals within her/his discipline.
- Each major will learn how to become fluent in electronic library searches for scholarly literature.
- Each of our majors will be able to write a review of the scholarly literature relevant to a particular topic within their disciplinary area of interest.
- Each of our majors will become familiar with the Human Subjects Review process, and the ethical dilemmas posed by sociological and anthropological research projects.
- Each of our majors will be able to do original research. This involves being able to:
One result of doing original research is that some of our majors will present papers at national or regional professional meetings in their fields.
- Formulate a good research question,
- Implement research methods to explore the question,
- Connect theoretical concept(s) in her/his discipline to the data she/he gathers,
- Write an in-depth journal-length paper on the topic, which includes appropriate professional citation, and
- Give a professional-quality poster presentation of her/his original research.
- Our department places a particular emphasis, within both anthropology and sociology, on analyzing systems of privilege—and especially the ways in which race, class and gender shape social and cultural life. As a result, each of our majors will be able to articulate:
- Ways in which categories of difference are culturally constructed.
- Connections between individual agency and institutional structure.
- Interconnections between race, class, and gender.
- Majors will be able to compare and contrast theoretical perspectives in either sociology or anthropology and apply theory to a relevant subtopic within one of these disciplines.