The Sociology and Anthropology degree has the following requirements:

  • SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology

Then, choose one the following: 

  • ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH-103 Archaeology and the Human Past
  • ANTH/SOCI-110 On the Cutting Edge: Research and Theory in the 21st Century (WI)
  • ANTH/SOCI-301 Social and Cultural Theory
  • ANTH/SOCI-302 Qualitative Research
  • ANTH/SOCI-303 Statistics in the Social Sciences
You select nine courses in your choice of area of specialization: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, or Thematic. See more on the Areas of Specialization (tracks) here.

Choose one:

  • ANTH/SOCI-498 Practicum. The Practicum can be fulfilled through internship with an agency, study abroad, archaeological or ethnographic field school, or research with a faculty mentor on a grant-funded project.

  • ANTH/SOCI-499 Co-op

As you prepare for this part of your degree, talk early and often with your faculty advisor so that you select the kind of experience that will help you achieve your educational and career goals. You will need to complete the Experiential Learning form. Talk with your faculty advisor and the Program Director about various opportunities for Experiential Learning.


Choose one set:

  • Set A:
    • ANTH/SOCI-501 Senior Research Project
    • ANTH/SOCI-xxx Program Elective
  • Set B:
    • ANTH/SOCI-502 Scholar’s Thesis I
    • ANTH/SOCI-503 Scholar’s Thesis II

In your senior year, you choose the type of research project that best suits your goals. 

The Senior Research Project is a library-based research project that you complete in one semester.

Students heading to graduate school are encouraged to choose the two-semester Scholar's Thesis I & II sequence. In the first semester, you design your own independent research project and collect the data, and in the second semester, you analyze the data and write up your research for a scholarly audience. This intensive, independent research project will hone your research skills and give you a writing sample that will add distinction to your graduate school applications. Students enrolling in the course must have a minimum g.p.a. of 3.2. 

Whether you choose the Senior Research Project or the Scholar's Thesis I & II option, you need to select a faculty mentor for your project who has the appropriate research background and interests to best help you shape your research project. Please talk with your faculty advisor about who would be the ideal faculty mentor for your project. Before you can enroll in the course, you will need to fill out this Senior Research form.

A sample of recent Senior Research Projects include:
Abubakar Ali, "Immigrant Settlement Patterns: A Changing Landscape"
Elizabeth Bova, "The Experiences of Civilians in Syria's Civil War"
Charles Ciraolo, "Cultural Anthropology and Career Preparation"
Paul Janampa, "Disparate Roots: Social Class and Parenting"
Kelsei Morlang, "Women in Politics: South Africa and Italy Compared"
Abdul Hamidu Yussif, "Escaping the Enduring War Crisis in Syria as Refugees: What Has Been the Impact on Syrian Women and Children?"

A sample of recent Scholar's Theses include:
Silvia Caraballo, "Visual and Ethnographic Research. An Analysis of the Socio-political Forms of Organization of Indigenous Women in Bolivia: Capturing Pain and Suffering through Visual Remediation"
Jessica Clark, "Adult-Youth Mentoring Programs and Youth Crime"
Natalie Frate, "Creative Industry: Art, Design, and Collaboration in the Rust Belt Revival"
Brendhan O'Brien, "Food Deserts and Farmers' Market Participation"
Victoria Otis, "How First-Generation College Students Maneuver through RIT"


Choose any course in ANTH or SOCI.

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