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Sociology and Anthropology BS degree

Christine Kray, Program Director
(585) 475-4686, cakgss@rit.edu

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 both 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.

Plan of study

This integrated, multidisciplinary 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 choose one of the following specializations: archaeology, cultural anthropology, sociology, or thematic.

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.

Cooperative education and field experience

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

Curriculum

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  First Year Writing Seminar 3
ANTH-103 Archaeology and the Human Past 3
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5‡ 15
  Program Elective 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH/SOCI-201 Ethnographic Imagination: 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
  Track Elective 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
       Track Elective  
   ANTH-502    Scholar’s Thesis I  
Choose one of the following: 3
   ANTH-501   Senior Research Project  
   ANTH-503    Scholar's Thesis II  
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Electives 18
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see 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.

‡ 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.

Archaeology track electives

ANTH-230 Archaeology and Cultural Imagination: History, Interpretation and Pop Culture
ANTH-260 Native North Americans
ANTH-312 People Before Cities
ANTH-315 Archaeology of Cities
ANTH-328 Heritage and Tourism
ANTH-355 Historic Archaeology
ANTH-360 Humans and their Environment
ANTH-365 Culture and Politics in the Middle East
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 System

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  First Year Writing Seminar 3
  Program Elective 3
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
Choose two of the following: 6
   ANTH-103    Archaeology and the Human Past  
   SOCI-102    Foundations of Sociology  
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5‡ 15
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH/SOCI-201 Ethnographic Imagination: 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
       Track Elective  
   ANTH-502    Scholar’s Thesis I  
Choose one of the following: 3
   ANTH-501   Senior Research Project  
   ANTH-503    Scholar's Thesis II  
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Electives 18
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see 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.

‡ 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.

Cultural anthropology track electives

ANTH-104 Languages and Linguistics
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-240 Muslim Youth Cultures
ANTH-245 Ritual and Performance
ANTH-260 Native North Americans
ANTH-265 Native Americans in Film
ANTH-270/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 Cultures
ANTH-325 Bodies and Culture
ANTH-328 Heritage and Tourism
ANTH-330 Cultural Images of War and Terror
ANTH-335 Culture and Politics in Latin America
ANTH-340 Divided Europe
ANTH-345 Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice
ANTH-350 The Global Economy and the Grassroots
ANTH-365 Culture and Politics in the Middle East
ANTH-370 Media and Globalization
ANTH-375 Native American Cultural Resources and Rights
ANTH-380 Nationalism and Identity
ANTH-385 Anthropology and History
ANTH-390/SOCI-390 Marxist Perspectives
ANTH-410 Global Cities
ANTH-425 Global Sexualities
ANTH-430 Visual Anthropology
ANTH-455/ECON-452/INGS-455 Economics of Native America
INGS-101 Global Studies

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  First Year Writing Seminar 3
SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology  
Choose two of the following: 6
   ANTH-102    Cultural Anthropology  
   ANTH-103    Archaeology and the Human Past  
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5‡ 15
  Program Elective 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH/SOCI-201 Ethnographic Imagination: 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
      Track Elective  
   SOCI-502    Scholar’s Thesis I  
Choose one of the following: 3
   SOCI-501   Senior Research Project  
   SOCI-503    Scholar's Thesis II  
  LAS Electives 18
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see 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.

‡ 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.

Sociology track electives

ANTH-390/SOCI-390 Marxist Perspectives
ECON-451/SOCI-451/WGST-451 Economics of Women and the Family
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
SOCI-250 Globalization and Security
SOCI-255 Disaster, Public Health Crises, and Global Responses
SOCI-310 Housing Policies in the U.S.
SOCI-315 Global Exiles of War and Terror
SOCI-320 Population and Society
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



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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)

Course Qtr. 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.