Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Sociology and Anthropology BS

Program Overview

With a deep commitment to the broader values of justice and human rights, the sociology and anthropology major focuses on understanding social and cultural complexity and diversity. The program examines critical issues such as the economy, politics, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, urban living, the family, and health as they are shaped by social forces and cultural values. You’ll gain insight from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and you’ll develop the necessary research skills to further examine topics of critical importance in society. Students in the sociology and anthropology program build a strong foundation to pursue a wide range of career options both in the United States and abroad.

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 in 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. 

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 23 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: Second year summer through Third Year summer

Salary Information

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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; identify contemporary social problems and determine how the approaches of sociology, anthropology, or urban studies could be applied to address them; analyze regional and cultural diversity in the organization of human societies; and analyze the roots of and mechanisms for the perpetuation of social inequalities.

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.

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 Titles

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

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

RIT, National Association for the Deaf, Arkansas School District, Allies in Caring

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