Sociology and Anthropology
Joining two disciplines as it does, the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Carleton seeks to present a truly unified vision of the disciplines, both in the major as a whole and in many of the individual courses. Our principal goal is to give students a comparative perspective on human societies, exploring the vast range of similarities and differences among them in space and time.
The department strongly recommends that Sociology/Anthropology 110 or 111 be taken prior to enrolling in courses numbered 200 or above.
Requirements for a Major
Seventy-two credits including:
- Sociology/Anthropology 110 or 111
It is recommend but not required that majors and students considering a major take both 110 and 111, preferably by the end of their sophomore year
- Sociology/Anthropology 239 or Mathematics 115 or 215 or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Math Statistics exam
Students must fulfill the statistics requirement before taking Sociology/Anthropology 240
- Sociology/Anthropology 240
- Sociology/Anthropology 330
- Sociology/Anthropology 331
Students should plan on taking the theory courses, 330 and 331, and the research methods course, 240 no later than their junior year
- Sociology/Anthropology 396, taken fall of the senior year
- Sociology/Anthropology 400
The integrative exercise is spread out over the senior year, with most of the work falling in winter term.
A maximum of 12 credits can be applied toward the major from relevant courses in off-campus programs. African/African American Studies 125, Archeology 246, 395, Women's and Gender Studies 200, 205, 240, and 241 may be applied toward the major.
In keeping with our philosophy of comparative studies and commitment to understanding human societies other than the one we live in, majors are strongly urged to develop an in depth study of a culture other than their own. This may be done through regular courses, independent study, or on off-campus programs. Early in their junior year, students should discuss ways of integrating such an in-depth study into their work in the major with their advisers.
Other Courses Pertinent to Sociology/Anthropology:
- AFAM 125 New African Migrations (not offered in 2016-17)
- ARCN 246 Archaeological Methods
- ARCN 395 Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property (not offered in 2016-17)
- ENTS 244 Biodiversity Conservation and Development
- ENTS 301 Science and Society (not offered in 2016-17)
- RELG 300 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
- WGST 200 Gender, Power and the Pursuit of Knowledge
- WGST 205 The Politics of Women's Health (not offered in 2016-17)
- WGST 240 Gender, Globalization and War (not offered in 2016-17)
- WGST 241 India Program: Gender & Sexuality in India