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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primarily rely on the physical residue of past human behaviors--the archaeological record--but also often rely on historical documents, ethnographic research, and experimental studies.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.
Students choose 5 of the following:
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:
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.
Students choose 6 out of the following:
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.