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Major in Sociology, Anthropology Option

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Anthropology and sociology overlap somewhat, although anthropologists are more likely to study non-western societies or subcultures in the U.S. and to focus on understanding culture and power in a global exposure to ways of life in the United States as well as in other societies around the world. Our faculty has expertise in societies in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe as well as the U.S. Students graduating with an anthropology degree may pursue other advanced degrees in a wide range of fields such as women's studies, anthropology, social work, and education. They will also be prepared for jobs in fields that require an understanding of cultural difference and social inequality such as: teaching and educational policy; social services; museum and historical preservation; government and public service; environmental assessment; urban planning and development; medical and public health; and business.


To successfully complete the program for graduation, all students must:

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA in the major; beginning in Fall 2009, students entering the major (starting with the class of 2013) must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 overall GPA
  • Meet the Sociology major/Anthropology option requirements
  • Complete 30 credits at the 300/400 level (this includes courses in major, excluding Experiential Learning; must be UMass Dartmouth courses or Study Abroad upper level credits)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits with at least 45 at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the General Education requirements of the university
  • Complete the distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences

As of Fall 2007, courses counting for the major must be completed with a C- or higher.

Students entering the major after 9/01/09 must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major; students who entered the major before 9/01/09 must maintain a 2.50 GPA.


Three (3) credits required. Any of the following:

  • ANT 111 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 113 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Behavior
  • SOC 113 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Behavior


Three (3) credits required. Any of the following:

  • SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociological Thought
  • ANT 354 - Anthropological Theory


Three (3) credits required. Any of the following:

  • ANT 316 - Research Methods

Anthropology Electives

Eighteen (18) credits of which 15 credits must be at the 300 - 400 level. May include courses with SOC or ANT prefixes only. CJS courses may be elected only with permission of chair.

As part of the total credit requirement, students are strongly encouraged to take (when possible):

  • ANT 110 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • ANT 261 - Introduction to Method and Theory in Archaeology

Comparative Cultures

Three (3) credits required. Course to be selected from Departmental Comparative Cultures approved list or any ANT course; substitutions with permission of Department Chair. Study Abroad credit may fill this requirement with permission of the Department Chair. If it is an ANT 300 or 400 level, course may fulfill the upper-level credit requirement for Anthropology Electives.

  • ARH 317 - Modern Japanese Art
  • ARH 360 - Survey of Primitive Art
  • ARH 361 - Art and Culture of Africa
  • ARH 362 - Islamic Art
  • ARH 363 - Art and Culture of Ancient Mexico
  • ARH 364 - Art and Culture of Ancient Peru
  • HST 270 - Latin-American Civilization
  • HST 282 - China and the Far East
  • HST 283 - Chinese Civilization and Culture
  • HST 284 - Japanese Civilization and Culture
  • HST 290 / AAS 290 - Modern Africa
  • HST 376 - History of Brazil
  • HST 381 - Modern Japan
  • HST 382 - Modern China
  • HST 385 - History of the People's Republic of China
  • HST 391 - Topics in African History
  • HST 403 - Seminar in World History
  • HST 404 - Honors Seminar in American History
  • HST 358 - Ethnicity and Conflict in the Lands of the Ottoman Empire
  • HST 363 - History of the Soviet Union
  • MUS 370 - Music and Culture of the African Diaspora
  • POR 216 - Lusophone African Literatures in Translation
  • POR 312 - Culture and Civilization of Portugal
  • POR 314 - Culture and Civilization of Brazil
  • POR 333 - Introduction to Brazilian Literature I
  • POR 334 - Introduction to Brazilian Literature II
  • POR 335 - Introduction to Lusophone African Literatures
  • POR 370 - Music and Cinema of Brazil
  • POR 380 - Modern Brazilian Theater
  • PSC 363 - Politics and Government of the Middle East
  • PSC 364 - Politics and Government of South Asia
  • PSC 366 - Islam and Politics
  • PSC 367 - African Political Systems
  • PSC 373 / AAS 373 - Cape Verdean Politics and Society
  • PHL 237 - Islamic Philosophy
  • PHL 243 - Introduction to Asian Philosophy
  • PHL 370 - Latin American Philosophy
  • SPA 314 - Culture and Civilization of Latin America


To be taken junior or senior year. Three (3) credits required.

  • ANT 450 - Internship or ANT 407 - Field Inquiry I

Senior Seminar*

To be taken senior year. Three (3) credits required.

  • ANT 420 - Senior Seminar 3 credits

*Thesis Research

Thesis Research ( ANT 492 and ANT 493) may be substituted for the Internship and/or Senior Seminar requirements.

Total Credits: 36

Old requirements

Note: Students who registered for the sociology major before 9/1/07, transfer students who entered in 07/08, and transfer students who entered in 08/09 with more than 30 credits are expected to meet the "old requirements."