Course Information

Program Overview
“Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present.” (American Anthropology Association). Anthropologists study how we became human, and the many ways that people around the world and throughout time have solved the common problems of living on earth: how to make a living; how to organize our society; how to understand the world we live in and our relationships to each other, to nature, and to the supernatural; how to pass on knowledge to future generations; and how to manage interactions with other groups. Anthropologists also seek to apply their knowledge and research methods to solving contemporary human problems.
The Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology program contributes to a solid foundation for a wide range of occupations in which knowledge of human behavior, social relationships and institutional practices is important.

Minor in Anthropology

Students who minor in anthropology take six courses within this discipline. Many students in business and human services pursue an anthropology minor to better prepare them for work in their field of interest. Click here for course requirements.

The Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology has identified the following specific learning goals for our students:

  1. To develop an understanding of sociological, criminological, and anthropological approaches to analyzing and addressing the complex interactions between individuals and societal, historical and cultural forces;
  2. To appreciate the diverse ways of being human and understand the need for multicultural awareness;
  3. To better understand how social inequality is based upon divisions of class, race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation;
  4. To gain awareness of how concerns for social justice guide movements and policies for social change;
  5. To develop critical thinking skills, and to acquire the written and oral communication skills necessary for successful careers and post-graduate education;
  6. To gain specific competencies in theory, research methodology and analysis;
  7. To engage in learning outside the classroom through community service learning and internship opportunities and extracurricular activities such as lectures, workshops, and “teach-ins.”