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Sociology and Anthropology BS

Robert Ulin, Program Director
(585) 475-3969, rcugla@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cla/sociology/anthro

Program overview

The sociology and anthropology major 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.

This integrated, interdisciplinary degree program explores the common scholarly roots and creative differences of sociology and anthropology, through which students gain a synergistic set of perspectives and skills that prepare them for social analysis in the widest array of social and cultural settings. Students develop a specialization by choosing one of four tracks: archaeology, cultural anthropology, sociology, or urban studies.

Graduates pursue careers in medicine and public health, law, business, international development, the non-profit sector, urban planning, architecture, social work, education, and government, among other possibilities.

Curriculum

Sociology and anthropology (archaeology track), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
ANTH-103 Archaeology and the Human Past 3
Choose one of the following sociology core courses: 3
   SOCI-102    Foundations of Sociology  
   SOCI-103    Urban Experience  
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5‡ 15
  Track Elective§ 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH/SOCI-201 Writing About Society and Culture (WI) 3
ANTH/SOCI-301 Social and Cultural Theory 3
ANTH/SOCI-302 Qualitative Research 3
ANTH-215 Field Methods in Archaeology 3
ANTH-230 Great Discoveries in Archaeology 3
ANTH-250 Themes in Archaeological Research 3
  LAS Perspective 6, 7A, 7B 9
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
ANTH/SOCI-303 Quantitative Research 3
ANTH-255 Regional Archaeology 3
  Track Electives§ 15
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 3
Choose one of the following:  
   ANTH-498    Practicum 0
   ANTH-499    Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following: 3
   ANTH-501    Senior Research Project  
   ANTH-502    Scholar’s Thesis I  
Choose one of the following: 3
     Track Elective§  
   ANTH-503    Scholar's Thesis II  
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Electives 18
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3- or 4-credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement. The lecture section alone will not fulfill the requirement.

§ Students choose from among the following archaeology track electives: Native North Americans (ANTH-260), Archaeology of Cities (ANTH-315), Historic Archaeology (ANTH-355), Humans and their Environment (ANTH-360), Islamic Culture and the Middle East (ANTH-365), Native American Repatriation (ANTH-375), Archaeological Science (ANTH-415), Exploring Ancient Technology (ANTH-420), Garbage Archaeology (ANTH-435), Survey of Metallurgy (ANTH-440), Applications Geographic Information System (ENVS-250).

Sociology and anthropology (cultural anthropology track), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
Choose one of the following sociology core courses: 3
   SOCI-102    Foundations of Sociology  
   SOCI-103    Urban Experience  
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5‡ 15
  Track Elective 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH/SOCI-201 Writing About Society and Culture (WI) 3
ANTH/SOCI-301 Social and Cultural Theory 3
ANTH/SOCI-302 Qualitative Research 3
  Track Electives§ 9
  LAS Perspective 6, 7A, 7B 9
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
ANTH/SOCI-303 Quantitative Research 3
  Track Electives§ 18
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 3
Choose one of the following:  
   ANTH-498    Practicum 0
   ANTH-499    Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following: 3
   ANTH-501    Senior Research Project  
   ANTH-502    Scholar’s Thesis I  
Choose one of the following: 3
     Track Elective§  
   ANTH-503    Scholar's Thesis II  
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Electives 18
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3- or 4-credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement. The lecture section alone will not fulfill the requirement.

§ Students choose from among the following cultural anthropology track electives: Culture and Globalization (ANTH-210), Language and Culture (ANTH-220), Globalizing Africa (ANTH-225), Immigration to the U.S. (ANTH-235), Muslim Youth Cultures (ANTH-240), Ritual and Performance (ANTH-245), Native North Americans (ANTH-260), Native Americans in Film (ANTH-265), Cuisine, Culture, and Power (ANTH-270/INGS-270), Global Islam (ANTH-275), Sustainable Development (ANTH-280), Religion and Culture (ANTH-285), African Popular Cultures (ANTH-310), Bodies and Culture (ANTH-325), Cultural Images of War (ANTH-330), Culture and Politics in Latin America (ANTH-335), Divided Europe (ANTH-340), Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice (ANTH-345), The Global Economy and the Grassroots (ANTH-350), Media and Globalization (ANTH-370), Native American Repatriation (ANTH-375), Nationalism and Identity (ANTH-380), Global Cities (ANTH-410), Global Sexualities (ANTH-425), Visual Anthropology (ANTH-430).

Sociology and anthropology (sociology track), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology 3
Choose one of the following anthropology core courses: 3
   ANTH-102    Cultural Anthropology  
   ANTH-103    Archaeology and the Human Past  
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5‡ 15
  Track Elective§ 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH/SOCI-201 Writing About Society and Culture (WI) 3
ANTH/SOCI-301 Social and Cultural Theory 3
ANTH/SOCI-302 Qualitative Research 3
SOCI-225 Social Inequality 3
SOCI-235 Women, Work and Culture 3
SOCI-220 Minority Group Relations 3
  LAS Perspective 6, 7A, 7B 9
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
ANTH/SOCI-303 Quantitative Research 3
  Track Electives§ 18
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 3
Choose one of the following:  
   SOCI-498    Practicum 0
   SOCI-499    Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following: 3
   SOCI-501    Senior Research Project  
   SOCI-502    Scholar’s Thesis I  
Choose one of the following: 3
     Track Elective§  
   SOCI-503    Scholar's Thesis II  
  LAS Electives 18
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3- or 4-credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement. The lecture section alone will not fulfill the requirement.

§ Students choose from among the following sociology track electives: Urban Experience (SOCI-103), African American Culture (SOCI-210), Changing Family (SOCI-215), Sociology of Work (SOCI-230), Deaf Culture in America (SOCI-240 ), Gender and Health (SOCI-245), Globalization and Security (SOCI-250), U.S. Housing Policy (SOCI-310), Global Exiles of War and Terror (SOCI-315), Population and Society (SOCI-320), Urban Poverty (SOCI-345), Social Change (SOCI-350).

Sociology and anthropology (urban studies track), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
SOCI-103 Urban Experience 3
Choose one of the following anthropology core courses: 3
   ANTH-102    Cultural Anthropology  
   ANTH-103    Archaeology and the Human Past  
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5‡ 15
  Track Elective§ 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH/SOCI-201 Writing About Society and Culture (WI) 3
ANTH/SOCI-301 Social and Cultural Theory 3
ANTH/SOCI-302 Qualitative Research 3
  Track Electives§ 9
  LAS Perspective 6, 7A, 7B 9
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
ANTH/SOCI-303 Quantitative Research 3
  Track Electives§ 18
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 3
Choose one of the following:  
   ANTH/SOCI-498    Practicum 0
   ANTH/SOCI-499    Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following: 3
   ANTH/SOCI-501    Senior Research Project  
   ANTH/SOCI-502    Scholar’s Thesis I  
Choose one of the following: 3
     Track Elective§  
   ANTH/SOCI-503    Scholar's Thesis II  
  LAS Electives 18
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3- or 4-credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement. The lecture section alone will not fulfill the requirement.

§ Students choose from among the following urban studies track electives: Immigration to the U.S. (ANTH-235), Archaeology of Cities (ANTH-315), Global Cities (ANTH-410), Urban Economics (ECON-440), Applications Geographic Information Systems (ENVS-250), State and Local Politics (POLS-250), Minority Group Relations (SOCI-220), Community and Economic Development: Rochester (SOCI-325), Urban Deviance (SOCI-330), Urban Cultures (SOCI-335), Urban Planning and Policy (SOCI-340), Urban Poverty (SOCI-345), Diversity in the City (SOCI-410), Sustainable Communities (STSO-550).

Additional information

Cooperative education and field experience

Students apply their classroom knowledge with opportunities for hands-on learning through cooperative education assignments, internships, archaeological or ethnographic fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and study abroad.

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Program overview

Eighty percent of U.S. residents work, learn, and raise families in metropolitan areas. Countries around the world are rapidly urbanizing, and the urban populations of the world are linked participants in a global economic and cultural system. Cities also present challenges regarding land use, access to resources, cross-cultural communication, pollution, crowding, and traffic. The prominence and interdependence of today’s urban landscape create a pressing need for individuals who possess the skills, aptitude, and commitment to create sustainable cities and communities for our shared future.

The bachelor of science program in urban and community studies explores the institutional and structural forces that shape, interconnect, and subdivide geographically bounded communities. The program’s interdisciplinary combination of classes in the liberal arts, sciences, and computing gives students a broad knowledge base that lets them approach urban issues from a number of perspectives.

Students enter the work force technically grounded in and knowledgeable of urban theories, policies, and practices. Upon graduation, students will be equipped to take on positions in city and regional government, social services, and local or international development.

Tracks

The urban and community studies program offers three distinct tracks, allowing students to focus their interests in one particular area. The urban and community development track investigates the role of public, private, and nonprofit organizations in how cities function, with an emphasis on topics such as housing, urban planning, neighborhood revitalization, and crime and justice. A second track, communities in global perspective, is designed for students interested in regional economic and cultural issues within international settings. The third track, community: race, class, and gender, examines how political, economic, social, and environmental forces shape the life experiences of different subgroups. Special attention is paid to issues such as poverty, racial segregation, gender inequality, work and labor, and family life.

Curriculum

Urban and community studies, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0515-442 The Urban Experience 4
0515-444 Social Change 4
Choose one of the following courses: 4
   0515-210    Foundations of Sociology  
   0510-210    Cultural Anthropology  
  Mathematics and Science Requirements‡ 22
  Liberal Arts* 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0526-440 Quantitative Methods 4
0515-406 Qualitative Methods 4
0515-485 Diversity in the City 4
0510-445 Global Cities 4
0515-413 Urban Planning and Policy 4
4002-320 Introduction to Multimedia: The Internet and the Web 4
  Liberal Arts* 24
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0526-441 GIS Applications in Urban and Community Studies 4
  UCS Track 24
  General Education Electives 20
  Cooperative Education or Internship (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
  UCS Track 4
  General Education Electives 12
  Senior Thesis 4
  Free Electives 20
Total Quarter Credit Hours 184

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Please see Mathematics and Science General Education Curriculum.

Additional information

Cooperative education and field experience

Students will perform fieldwork with government and not-for-profit agencies and organizations through internships or cooperative education assignments.