The Sociology/Anthropology department reflects the shared intellectual foundations and common areas of inquiry in sociology and anthropology, as well as their distinct disciplinary differences. While the main focus of sociology has been on the range of social relationships in complex societies, anthropology has concentrated on the transformation of traditional societies and cross-cultural comparisons. Today the fields of sociology and anthropology use similar ethnographic and quantitative methods in the investigation of the human condition through space and time in the global context. A joint major aims to recognize those shared disciplinary goals, and the specific emphases honor the uniqueness of each discipline.
Students may take a major in Sociology/Anthropology with an emphasis in either Sociology or Anthropology. Twelve course are required for Anthropology, six core courses and six electives to be selected from departmental offerings. Eleven courses are required for Sociology, five core courses and six electives, two of which may come from other departments by petition. At least two of the six electives within the department must be from the discipline that is not the major emphasis. Majors in Sociology/Anthropology may not take a minor in Sociology or Anthropology and may not double major in Sociology and Anthropology.