Rochester Institute of Technology

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Sociology and Anthropology BS

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology is dedicated to understanding and appreciating social and cultural complexity and diversity across the globe and through time. Students are exposed to critical perspectives, theories, and research skills that are necessary to engage complex global and local issues that crosscut the economy, politics, society, gender, ethnicity, and culture. Understanding societies past and present better prepares us to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world and to assume positions of leadership that promote vision and equity.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Not required

Salary Information

Co-op:    $11.67                 $9.00 -$14.00
BS:        ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

·         All students are able to assess and appropriately use qualitative and quantitative research methods in the study of social and     cultural phenomena.
·         All students are able to identify contemporary social problems and determine how the approaches of sociology, anthropology, or urban studies could be applied to address them.
·         All students are able to analyze regional and cultural diversity in the organization of human societies.
·         Students are able to analyze the roots of and mechanisms for the perpetuation of social inequalities.
·         All students are able to assess classical and contemporary theories about society and culture.

Equipment & Facilities

·         The Field Linguistics and Language Documentation Lab at RIT is a linguistics lab for studies of descriptive linguistics, field linguistics, and the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages. We engage in linguistics and interdisciplinary research projects making use of digital media and technology. The lab provides interdisciplinary linguistic research experience for undergraduate and graduate students, and we seek to build relationships with the indigenous communities interested in documenting and revitalizing/preserving their native languages.
·         American Indian Languages & Field Linguistics Library contains over two thousand materials, including books, journals, unpublished manuscripts, theses and dissertations on indigenous languages of the Americas. A significant number of these books are rare and found in few, if any, other libraries.
·         Archaeological Science Laboratory: Students can work with archaeological science faculty in analyzing archaeological artifacts and ecofacts recovered from excavations in different parts of the world.

Nature of Work

Sociologists and anthropologists study human social and cultural life. Anthropology typically brings a global perspective by focusing on societies and culture worldwide, while sociology typically focuses on the complexities and inequalities of modern life in Western societies. Anthropology's strength has been in-depth understanding of cultures through fieldwork, while Sociology captures a macro perspective through large-scale survey and quantitative analysis. Through our integrated degree program, you gain the global perspective, the macro vision, and an appreciation for both rich insights and quantitative overview. The research and analytical skills gained in a sociology and anthropology program are highly prized in careers in which understanding cultural diversity, gender, ethnicity and class is central to the populations that you will serve or have as clients. Graduates of sociology and anthropology programs pursue a wide variety of careers, in fields from business (domestic and international), social work, disability advocacy, education, government service, diplomacy, community development, international development, refugee resettlement, medicine and public health, law, architecture, museums, archives, and library science, cultural resource management (archaeology), criminal rehabilitation, and journalism. 

Training / Qualifications

Some jobs pursued by Sociology and Anthropology majors require only a bachelor’s degree. Others may require additional education and certification. For example, most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Students are advised to pursue valuable work experience through field training or internships with museums, historical societies, government offices, or non-profit organizations.

Job Outlook

Employment of anthropologists and archeologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Job Titles

Archaeologist, Foreign Service Officer, Social Worker, Urban Community Developer


Graduates pursue careers in medicine and public health, law, business, international development, the not-for-profit sector, urban planning, architecture, social work, education, and government, among other possibilities.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Sociology and Anthropology program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603