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Undergraduate Programs

The major seeks to understand society and culture through a comparative and historical perspective. We've designed the curriculum to foster students’ understanding of the social construction of difference, entrenched systems of inequality and oppression and the dynamics of local and global distributions of power.


Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Sociology

Sociology is the study of social behavior and the socio-cultural settings in which it occurs. It involves the study of whole societies and their basic institutions as well as smaller scale groups such as the family, peer group and neighborhood. This program provides a foundation for social action as well as for graduate work in a variety of disciplines including policy studies, sociology, anthropology and women’s studies.

Our students seek further training in such professions as:

  • education
  • health care
  • law
  • politics
  • public administration
  • public health
  • social work
  • urban planning

Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Anthropology

In this concentration, majors will take classes that focus more on non-western societies or subcultures in the U.S. Our students begin to understand the role culture and power play in the world around us. Our program emphasizes the development of a holistic cross-cultural perspective and offers 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 such as:

  • business
  • environmental assessment
  • government and public service
  • medical and public health
  • museum and historical preservation
  • social services
  • teaching and educational policy
  • urban planning and development


Sociology or Anthropology

Take a minor to enrich your educational experiences. A minor in sociology or anthropology compliments a broad array of other majors at UMass Dartmouth.

Options for Minors and Double Majors

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our program, there are several options for students to add on to their education by pursuing a double major or minor in a related field.

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