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Sociology and Anthropology bachelor of science degree

Christine Kray, Program Director

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.


Sociology and anthropology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the folllowing: 3
   ANTH-102    Cultural Anthropology  
   ANTH-103    Archaeology and the Human Past  
ANTH-110 On the Cutting Edge: Research and Theory in the 21st Century 3
SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology  3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Perspective 5‡ (natural science inquiry) 3
  Program Elective 3
  First Year Writing  3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ANTH-301 Social and Cultural Theory 3
ANTH-302 Qualitative Research 3
  Track Courses 9
  LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles) 3
  LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical) 3
  LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical) 3
  LAS Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
ANTH-303 Statistics in the Social Sciences 3
  Track Courses 18
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 0
   ANTH-498    Practicum  
   ANTH-499    Cooperative Education  
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following: 3
       Program 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 different 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.


Required Courses
ANTH-103 Archaeology and the Human Past
ANTH-215 Field Methods in Archeaology
ANTH-250 Themes in Archaeological Research
ANTH-255 Regional Archaeology
Electives–Choose five of the following
   ANTH-230    Archaeology and Cultural Imagination: History, Interpretation and Popular Culture
   ANTH-260    Native North Americans
   ANTH-312    People Before Cities
   ANTH-315    Archaeology of Cities
   ANTH-328    Heritage and Tourism
   ANTH-360    Humans and their Environment
   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
Cultural anthropology
Electives–Choose nine of the following
ANTH-104 Languages and Linguistics
ANTH-201 The Ethnographic Imagination: Writing About Society and Culture
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-245 Ritual and Performance
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-305 Comparative and Historical Linguistics
ANTH-310 African Film and Popular Culture
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-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-425 Global Sexualities
ANTH-430 Visual Anthropology
ANTH-455 Economics of Native America
INGS-101 Global Studies
Required Course
SOCI-220 Minority Group Relations
SOCI-225 Social Inequality
SOCI-235 Women, Work and Culture
Electives–Choose six of the following
SOCI-210 African American Culture
SOCI-215 The 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-300 Sociology of American Life
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-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 Perspectives
SOCI-451 Economics of Women and the Family
Students choose three thematic modules of three courses each from modules approved by the department.

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • Strong performance in English and social studies is expected

1150 -1350

ACT Composite

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Liberal arts, environmental studies, economics, government, science

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program'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.

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.


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.


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.