Students will develop their “sociological (and
anthropological) imagination,” the ability to think creatively and meaningfully
link individual biographical events to larger social patterns in society; to
see the connection between “personal troubles” and “public issues” (Mills
Students will acquire general “sociological and
anthropological literacy,” the ability to perceive and systematically analyze
social structures (stable, persistent patterns of interaction) in society, from
small-scale micro-level symbolic interactions to large-scale global social
Students will engage with an intellectually
rigorous theoretical core including using a wide variety of classical and
contemporary sociological/anthropological theories to interpret social reality.
Students will strengthen their methodological
sophistication through an acquaintance with the research methods of
sociology/anthropology and their appropriate uses, and independent research
skills, including qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Students will be able to articulate the ethical
implications of their knowledge.
Students will cultivate a sensitivity to issues
of social stratification and social justice.
Students will synthesize their knowledge as they
progress through sequential learning experiences and a capstone course.
Students will responsibly use their acquired
sociological/anthropological knowledge through an active sense of
citizenship/community participation locally, nationally, and globally.
Students will improve their communication skills
through writing and presentations.
Students will nurture their intellectual
curiosity and interdisciplinary interests consistent with a “liberating”
liberal arts education.
Students will link to the world beyond Hendrix
College through information about such things as internships, career choices,
fellowships, graduate schools, service opportunities, cross-cultural
experiences, and other opportunities.
Students will reach “unto the whole person” by
engaging in a lifelong sociologically/anthropologically informed search for
meaning that is intellectually, ethically, and aesthetically rewarding.