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Anthropology and Sociology minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services

The minor in anthropology and sociology offers disciplinary insights on understanding human social life, both from local and global perspectives. Through anthropology we discover and appreciate the diversity of other cultural systems on a global scale. Through sociology we discover how our own lives are influenced by social relationships around us. Careful selection of courses provides insights into a wide range of topics such as human history and prehistory through archaeology, gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, social class, inequality, health, urban life and cities, cultural images and mass media, war and violence, social movements, social and cultural change, and globalization.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in sociology and anthropology. 
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Required Course
Choose one of the following:
   ANTH-102    Cultural Anthropology
   ANTH-102H    Honors Cultural Anthropology
   ANTH-103    Archaeology and the Human Past
   ANTH-104    Language and Linguistics
   INGS-101    Global Studies
   SOCI-102    Foundations of Sociology
   SOCI-102H    Honors Foundations of Sociology
Choose four of the following:*
   ANTH-110    On the Cutting Edge: Research and Theory in the 21st Century
   ANTH-201    Ethnographic Imagination: Writing about Society and Culture
   ANTH-210    Culture and Globalization
   ANTH-215    Field Methods in Archaeology
   ANTH-220    Language and Culture: Linguistic Anthropology
   ANTH-225    Globalizing Africa
   ANTH-230    Archaeology and Cultural Imagination
   ANTH-235    Immigration to the U.S.
   ANTH-245    Ritual and Performance
   ANTH-250    Themes in Archaeological Research
   ANTH-255    Regional Archaeology
   ANTH-260    Native North Americans
   ANTH-265    Native Americans in Film
   ANTH-270    Cuisine, Culture, and Power
   ANTH-275    Global Islam
   ANTH-280    Sustainable Development
   ANTH-285    American Indian Languages
   ANTH-290    Language and Sexuality
   ANTH-301    Social and Cultural Theory
   ANTH-302    Qualitative Research
   ANTH-303    Statistics in the Social Sciences
   ANTH-305    Comparative and Historical Linguistics
   ANTH-310    African Film and Popular Culture
   ANTH-312    People Before Cities
   ANTH-315    The Archaeology of Cities
   ANTH-320    Practicing Anthropology
   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-345    Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice
   ANTH-350    The Global Economy and the Grassroots
   ANTH-360    Humans and Their Environment
   ANTH-361    Digitizing People
   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    Marxist Perspectives
   ANTH-410    Global Cities
   ANTH-415    Archaeological Science
   ANTH-420    Exploring Ancient Technology
   ANTH-425    Global Sexualities
   ANTH-430    Visual Anthropology
   ANTH-435    The Archaeology of Death
   ANTH-451    Economics of Women and the Family
   ANTH-455    Economics of Native America
   SOCI-110    On the Cutting Edge: Research and Theory in the 21st Century
   SOCI-210    African-American Culture
   SOCI-215    The Changing Family
   SOCI-220    Minority Group Relations
   SOCI-225    Social Inequality
   SOCI-230    Sociology of Work
   SOCI-235    Women, Work, and Culture
   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-300    Sociology of American Life
   SOCI-301    Social and Cultural Theory
   SOCI-302    Qualitative Research
   SOCI-303    Statistics in the Social Sciences
   SOCI-310    Housing Policies in the U.S.
   SOCI-315    Global Exiles of War and Terror
   SOCI-322    Society, Environment and Health
   SOCI-330    Urban (In)Justice
   SOCI-331    Honors Sociology of Human Rights
   SOCI-340    Urban Planning and Policy
   SOCI-345    Urban Poverty
   SOCI-350    Social Change
   SOCI-355    Cyber Activism: Diversity, Sex and the Internet
   SOCI-361    Digitizing People
   SOCI-390    Marxist Perspective
   SOCI-451    Economics of Women and the Family
   INGS-201    Histories of Globalization
   INGS-210    Culture and Politics in Urban Africa
   INGS-270    Cuisine, Culture and Power
   INGS-310    Global Slavery and Human Trafficking
   INGS-455    Economics of Native America

* At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this minor's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

The minor in sociology and anthropology examines the changing interrelations among work, technology, and culture in different nations across the globe. With the globalization of the workforce, trade, and production, social interactions have become increasingly marked by differences in gender, class, racial, and ethnic identities. Courses analyze the global and local worlds of work, how social relations are shaped by technology and culture, and how global trends are transforming our lives.

Prerequisite—Choose one of the following:
0510-210 Cultural Anthropology
0515-210 Foundations of Sociology

Electives—Choose five of the following:
0510-440 Cultures in Globalization
0510-442 Culture and Politics in Latin America
0510-443 Immigration to the U.S.
0510-444 Global Economy and the Grassroots
0510-445 Global Cities
0510-446 Native North Americans
0510-447 Anthropology of Mass Media
0510-448 Native Americans in Film
0510-449 Sustainable Development
0510-450 Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation
0510-451 Global Sexualities
0510-452 Bodies and Culture
0510-454 Visual Anthropology
0510-457 Divided Europe
0510-459 Cultural Images of War and Terror
0510-460 Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice
0510-461 Native American Repatriation
0510-464 Nationalism and Identity
0510-465 Social and Cultural Theory
0510-486 Globalizing Africa
0510-487 African Popular Cultures
0510-502 Archaeology and the Human Past
0510-506 Great Discoveries in Archaeology
0510-507 Archaeological Science
0510-508 The Archaeology of Cities
0515-441 The Changing Family
0515-442 The Urban Experience
0515-443 Sociology of Work
0515-444 Social Change
0515-446 Sociology of Health
0515-447 Women, Work, and Culture
0515-449 Population and Society
0515-451 Transfer of Technology and Globalization
0515-453 Global Exiles of War and Terror
0515-454 U.S. Housing Policy
0515-455 Urban Poverty
0515-485 Diversity in the City
0515-506 Social Inequality