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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology BS - Areas of Specialization

Students in the Sociology and Anthropology degree choose one of four track specializations:

Urban Studies
Urban Studies is the study of city life. Urbanists look at everything from the people who live in cities, to the way we plan our streets, to common social problems, to the government policies and programs to address them… all of it! Using theories from sociology, anthropology and several other disciplines, Urbanists immerse themselves in the study of the city to understand how being “urban” changes the way we think, act, and interact. Our program also places an emphasis on comparative urban life across the globe.

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.

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.

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primarily rely on the physical residue of past human behaviors, the archaeological record, but also often rely on historical documents, ethnographic research, and experimental studies.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 9 out of the following:
    • ANTH 235 Immigration to the U.S.
    • ANTH 315 Archaeology of Cities
    • ANTH 410 Global Cities
    • ECON 440 Urban Economics
    • ENVS 250 Applications Geographic Information Systems
    • POLS 250 State and Local Politics
    • SOCI 220 Minority Group Relations
    • SOCI 325 Community Economic Development: Rochester
    • SOCI 330 Urban Deviance
    • SOCI 335 Urban Cultures
    • SOCI 340 Urban Planning and Policy
    • SOCI 345 Urban Poverty
    • SOCI 410 Diversity in the City
    • STSO 550 Sustainable Communities
  • Required:
    • ANTH 215 Field Methods in Archaeology
    • ANTH 230 Great Discoveries in Archaeology
    • ANTH 250 Themes in Archaeological Research
    • ANTH 255 Regional Archaeology
  • Students choose 5 of the following:
    • ANTH 260 Native North Americans
    • ANTH 315 Archaeology of Cities
    • ANTH 355 Historic Archaeology
    • ANTH 360 Humans and their Environment
    • ANTH 365 Islamic Culture and the Middle East
    • ANTH 375 Native American Repatriation
    • ANTH 415 Archaeological Science
    • ANTH 420 Exploring Ancient Technology
    • ANTH 435 Garbage Archaeology
    • ANTH 440 Survey of Metallurgy
    • ENVS 250 Applications Geographic Information Systems
  • Required:
    • SOCI 225 Social Inequality
    • SOCI 235 Women, Work and Culture
    • SOCI 220 Minority Group Relations
  • Students choose 6 out of the following:
    • SOCI 103 Urban Experience
    • 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! Assessing Vulnerabilities and Response to Global States of Emergency
    • SOCI 310 U.S. Housing Policy
    • SOCI 315 Global Exiles of War and Terror
    • SOCI 320 Population and Society
    • SOCI 345 Urban Poverty
    • SOCI 350 Social Change
  • Students choose 9 of the following:
    • ANTH 210 Culture and Globalization
    • ANTH 220 Language and Culture
    • ANTH 225 Globalizing Africa
    • ANTH 235 Immigration to the U.S.
    • ANTH 240 Muslim Youth Cultures
    • ANTH 245 Ritual and Performance (WI)
    • ANTH 260 Native North Americans
    • ANTH 265 Native Americans in Film
    • ANTH 270 Cuisine, Culture, and Power
    • ANTH 275 Global Islam
    • ANTH 280 Sustainable Development
    • ANTH 285 Religion and Culture
    • ANTH 310 African Popular Cultures
    • ANTH 325 Bodies and Culture (WI)
    • ANTH 330 Cultural Images of War (WI)
    • ANTH 335 Culture and Power in Latin America
    • ANTH 340 Divided Europe (WI)
    • ANTH 345 Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice
    • ANTH 350 The Global Economy and the Grassroots
    • ANTH 370 Media and Globalization (WI)
    • ANTH 375 Native American Repatriation
    • ANTH 380 Nationalism and Identity
    • ANTH 410 Global Cities (WI)
    • ANTH 425 Global Sexualities (WI)
    • ANTH 430 Visual Anthropology (WI)

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