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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Degrees & Programs

Degrees & Programs

Students in the Anthropology program can focus on one of four main areas of the discipline, including:

Physical Anthropology: Focuses on mechanisms of biological evolu­tion, genetic inheritance, human adaptability and variation, primatology, and the fossil record of human evolution.

Cultural Anthropology: Focuses on culture, ethnocentrism, cultural aspects of language and communication, subsistence and other economic patterns, kinship, sex and marriage, socialization, so­cial control, political organization, class, eth­nicity, gender, religion, and culture change.

Archaeology: Focuses on prehistory and early history of cultures around the world; major trends in cultural evolution; and techniques for finding, excavating, dating, and analyzing material remains of past societies.

Linguistic Anthropology: Is concerned with the human communication process, focusing on the importance of socio-cultural influences; nonverbal communica­tion; and the structure, function, and history of languages, dialects, pidgins, and creoles.

Degree Requirements

Completion of a B.A. in sociology requires 120 credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average.

Completion of a B.A. in anthropology requires 120 credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average.

Both majors must meet the general education requirements as estab­lished by the College of Arts and Sciences.  Students should consult with the depart­ment for additional information concerning prerequisites, course content and academic counseling.