With integrative study in anthropology and sociology, students investigate and learn to appreciate how diversities and social-structural arrangements among people affect the distribution of power and the ability of people to live meaningful, sustainable lives and co-exist in a fair, socially just world. Anthropology explores the range of cultural and biological differences and similarities among all peoples; topics include evolution, environment, symbolism, values, art, healing, religion and consciousness. Sociology investigates social interaction, the societal forces of inequality and power, and how social structures, economics, politics, education, religion, technology and the media affect the way we behave, interact and view the world.
Anthropology & Sociology graduates should be able to demonstrate:
- 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, multicultural knowledge and “people skills” in diversity, global awareness and social justice. Career options include education, personnel management, social service agencies, government positions doing research and training, criminal justice and international intelligence agencies.