Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology
With integrative study in anthropology and sociology, students learn to appreciate, understand, and investigate how diversities and social structural arrangements among people affect the distribution of power around the globe and subsequent possibilities for people to co-exist in a fair, socially just world and to personally live robust and ecologically sustainable lives. Anthropology explores the range of cultural and biological differences and similarities among all peoples. Some topics include: evolution, environment, symbolism, values, art, healing, religion, and consciousness. Anthropology's emphasis upon cultural relativism reveals the rich diversity of human life within the global setting. Sociology investigates social interaction, the societal forces of inequality, power, and the role of social structure including the family, economics, politics, education, religion, and the media that collectively organize the lens through which we organize, and makes sense of, our behavior and relationships. Students combine unique understandings of how and why people behave the way they do with knowledge of the impact of technology, globalization and diversity toward careers in the service industry, social work, police and correction agencies, personnel management in corporations, and in the nonprofit management sector.
Learning Outcomes for Anthropology/Sociology Majors
Anthropology and Sociology graduates should be able to demonstrate their:
- Knowledge of the concepts, theories, and methodologies of cultural and social forces and their impact on personal life choices, community relationships, national issues, and globalization.
- Holistic, interdisciplinary critical thinking in a way that integrates oral, written, visual, geographic, computer-based, and media literacy skills, to evaluate and communicate the "bigger picture" of societal institutions and multi-cultural forces on our personal choices, our societal arrangements, and our global involvements.
- Cultural diversity skills that acknowledge the many beliefs, values, languages, norms, sanctions, symbols, and technologies that inform lifestyles across the globe.
- Informed knowledge of the power of social and cultural forces to bear upon both personal life choices and on civic responsibility and accountability to co-create a socially just, diverse and sustainable world.
- Preparedness to further their education or enter careers that require interpersonal, multi-cultural knowledge, and "people skills" in diversity, global awareness, and social justice. Careers include education, personnel management, social service agencies, government positions doing research and training, criminal justice, and international intelligence agencies.