Design Your Own Specialization

Students in the Sociology and Anthropology degree complete a 9-course track specialization in one of the following ways:

1) Choose one of the three disciplinary tracks: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, or Sociology. (9 courses)
2) Choose the Thematic track and design your own specialization by putting together modules (clusters) of courses from the disciplinary tracks that center upon themes (topics) of interest to you. (3 clusters of 3 courses each)
3) Pursue a shortened disciplinary track (6 courses) plus one thematic module (3 courses).

Track 1: Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of the human past and how and why human societies change over time. Archaeologists primarily rely on the physical residue of past human behaviors--the archaeological record--but also often rely on historical documents, ethnographic research, and experimental studies. Students in this track will learn how hypotheses about the past are constructed, tested, and become new knowledge. Courses in the track focus on building the student’s knowledge of world archaeology, understanding the theoretical tools for explaining how past societies functioned as social, political, economic and technical entities, and mastering the techniques and methodologies for studying the human past. The emphasis of this track is on understanding how and why human societies change over time, the often unintended consequences of change, and how this process ultimately leads to our present day, global society.



  • ANTH-103 Archaeology and the Human Past
  • ANTH-215 Field Methods in Archaeology
  • ANTH-250 Themes in Archaeological Research [rotating topics]
  • ANTH-255 Regional Archaeology [rotating geographic areas]

Students choose 5 of the following:

  • ANTH-230 Archaeology & the Cultural Imagination
  • ANTH-260 Native North Americans
  • ANTH-312 People Before Cities
  • ANTH-315 Archaeology of Cities
  • ANTH-328 Heritage and Tourism
  • ANTH-360 Humans and their Environment
  • ANTH-375 Native American Cultural Resources and Rights
  • ANTH-415 Archaeological Science
  • ANTH-420 Exploring Ancient Technology
  • ANTH-435 The Archaeology of Death
  • ENVS-250 Applications Geographic Information Systems

Track 2: Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology is the study of human social and cultural diversity past and present. Cultural anthropologists explore how human beings across the globe live and work according to different values and beliefs. Students in this track will develop tools for acquiring knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of cultural differences, and in turn enhance their abilities to interact across cultures. Courses in this track examine the relationships between individuals and their communities, and the dynamics of ritual, religious, political, and social life in different parts of the world. The emphasis is placed on the relations between the local and the global and how inequality and violence are structured through diverse social and cultural processes.


Students choose 9 of the following:

  • ANTH-104 Language and Linguistics
  • ANTH-201 The Ethnographic Imagination: Writing about Society and Culture (WI)
  • ANTH-210 Culture and Globalization
  • ANTH-220 Language and Culture: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANTH-225 Globalizing Africa
  • ANTH-235 Immigration to the U.S.
  • ANTH-245 Ritual and Performance (WI)
  • ANTH-260 Native North Americans
  • ANTH-265 Native Americans in Film
  • ANTH/INGS-270 Cuisine, Culture, and Power
  • ANTH-275 Global Islam
  • ANTH-280 Sustainable Development
  • ANTH-285 American Indian Languages
  • ANTH-290 Language and Sexuality
  • ANTH-305 Comparative and Historical Linguistics
  • ANTH-310 African Film and Popular Culture
  • ANTH-320 Practicing Anthropology
  • ANTH-325 Bodies and Culture (WI)
  • ANTH-328 Heritage and Tourism
  • ANTH-330 Cultural Images of War and Terror (WI)
  • ANTH-335 Culture and Politics in Latin America
  • ANTH-345 Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice
  • ANTH-350 The Global Economy and the Grassroots
  • ANTH/SOCI-361 Digitizing People
  • ANTH-365 Culture and Politics in the Middle East
  • ANTH-370 Media and Globalization (WI)
  • ANTH-375 Native American Cultural Resources and Rights
  • ANTH-380 Nationalism and Identity
  • ANTH-385 Anthropology and History
  • ANTH/SOCI-390 Marxist Perspectives
  • ANTH-410 Global Cities (WI)
  • ANTH-425 Global Sexualities (WI)
  • ANTH-430 Visual Anthropology (WI)
  • ANTH-455/ECON-452 Economics of Native America
  • INGS-101 Global Studies

Track 3: Sociology

The Sociology track uses sociological perspectives to examine a variety of inequalities we face today. Students will take three courses that study inequalities of social class, sex and race, and then select elective courses that concern social inequalities in areas such as housing, health, families and cities. The questions that guide the track are, why does social inequality exist, and how does it persist? The track develops the ability to critically assess existing solutions to social inequality and to imagine feasible alternatives.



  • SOCI-220 Minority Group Relations
  • SOCI-225 Social Inequality
  • SOCI-235 Women, Work and Culture

Students choose 6 out of the following:

  • SOCI-210 African American Culture
  • SOCI-215 Changing Family
  • SOCI-230 Sociology of Work
  • SOCI-240 Deaf Culture in America
  • SOCI-245 Gender and Health (WI)
  • SOCI-250 Globalization and Security
  • SOCI-255 Disaster, Public Health Crisis, and Global Responses
  • SOCI-300 Sociology of American Life
  • SOCI-310 Housing Policies in the U.S.
  • SOCI-315 Global Exiles of War and Terror
  • SOCI-322 Society, Environment, and Health
  • SOCI-330 Urban (In)Justice
  • SOCI-340 Urban Planning and Policy
  • SOCI-345 Urban Poverty
  • SOCI-350 Social Change
  • SOCI-355 Cyberactivism: Diversity, Sex, and the Internet (WI)
  • SOCI/ANTH-361 Digitizing People
  • SOCI/ANTH-390 Marxist Perspectives
  • SOCI/ECON/WGST-451 Economics of Women and the Family

Track 4: Thematic

You can create a highly interdisciplinary specialization by pursuing the Thematic track, in which you put together "modules" (clusters) of courses drawn from the different disciplinary tracks (above). Each thematic module must be united around a central theme (or topic). The modules are interdisciplinary by design, such that each module needs to include courses from at least two disciplinary tracks. Work with your faculty advisor to devise 3 modules of 3 courses each, using this form

The themes you can pursue are nearly limitless! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Creativity, Embodiment, and Material Culture Economic Inequalities Experiences of Race and Ethnicity
Diversity in the United States Gender and Sexuality Health and Culture
Population Movements: Immigration, Refugees, Slavery, and Human Trafficking Cultural Hegemony and Power Urban Studies
Humans and Their Environment Globalization Religion, Belief, and Action
Social Justice War, Terror, and Disaster Investigating the Past: Theory, Method, and Experimentation

Or, you might pursue a regional topic, such as:

Africa and the Diaspora Europe: United or Divided?
Indigenous Peoples: Colonialism, Resistance, and Revitalization The Middle East

New and Special Topics courses might also be able to count toward the degree program. Please ask your faculty advisor.

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