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Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology

Majors and Minors

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology offers the following major programs of study:

Bachelor of arts in sociology

Sociologists study social interactions and institutions. Our program emphasizes and develops the ability to analyze significant social issues, conduct research with a global perspective and communicate the results. You can pursue the general program or concentrate in either anthropology or criminology.

Anthropology

From the biological history of humans to our communication style, genders, cultures, societies and beyond, anthropologists explore people’s origins and development, both past and present.

Criminology

Criminology is the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon. Criminologists explore the cause, extent, nature and control of criminal behavior in individuals and society. Since the study of criminology is multidisciplinary, students have the opportunity to take course in related departments across campus.

We also offer minors in sociology and anthropology.

Bachelor of arts in social work

Social workers spend their careers helping others, from criminal justice to the mental health field, public welfare and beyond. In our accredited social work program, you'll develop the essential skills, knowledge and values of the social work professions. The major prepares you for beginning generalist social work practice.

The highly integrated social work curriculum includes a sequence of study in the following areas:

  • Social welfare policy and services
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Research and social work practice

Coursework includes the study of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

The social work major is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Sample Courses

ANTH 325. Food and Culture

This course is designed to develop an appreciation for the role of food in culture. The course will survey how food has been a central pawn in the political strategies of states and households; marks social differences, boundaries, and bonds, and how eating is an endless enactment of gender, family, and community relationships. Exploring cultural similarity and difference through food will provide course participants with a concrete and accessible yet powerful example of the cultural construction of reality, the ecological bases behind that construction, and their own participation in that process.

SOCL 201. Globalization and Society

This course addresses globalization in the 21st century and its implications for the U.S. and the world. The course will devote considerable attention to the inequalities and tensions created by this form of globalization, to the critiques developed by non-Western thinkers, and to the experiences of specific developing and undeveloped nations through case studies. The course provides a macro-sociological perspective on the intersections between culture, polity and market in the present global system of societies.

SOCL 319. Deviant Behavior

An analysis of the social processes which result in defining and reacting to behavior as deviant. Emphasis is on the social construction of deviance, and the effects of societal responses to deviance. Various forms of deviance will be analyzed, including eating disorders, sexual deviance and elite deviance.

SOWK 301. Social Work Practice

Designed to develop beginning social work skills, knowledge and values. Provides an introduction to the generalist approach, systems theory, and planned change process as utilized in work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Teaches skills in the use of self in helping role; interviewing techniques; client assessments; intervention strategies; evaluation of outcomes; and integration of these skills with knowledge of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural patterns. Stresses work with individuals.

Full curriculum

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