Selected Educational Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Analyze theories, methods, and core concepts of the discipline(s) they elect to study in the department.
  2. Apply theory and discipline-based perspectives to a variety of practice settings and real world problems.
  3. Develop oral and written skills required to communicate effectively with people and organizations representing diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
  4. Develop a professional identity as a sociologist or anthropologist.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

The Sociology and Anthropology major’s educational outcomes will be assessed using multiple strategies. Examples of these include the following:

  1. Sociology and Anthropology faculty will meet periodically to plan and assess achievement of student and program outcomes.
  2. The Senior Capstone experience will provide a basis for assessing written and oral presentation skills.
  3. A senior survey or exit interview will be conducted for all graduates.
  4. When available, university-wide data pertaining to the major or its graduates will be used for program assessment and improvement.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Sociology and Anthropology

Core Curriculum 60
Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Core Curriculum Area F
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology
and Introduction to Social Problems
Foreign Language and Culture
If a student has taken any of the above courses to meet requirements in other areas of the Core Curriculum, credit hours must be taken from the following list of courses: CS 1000, ECON 1500, GEOG 1101 or GEOG 1102, MATH 2620, PHIL 2010, PSYC 1101
Senior College Curriculum60
Courses Required for the Major
SOCI 3000Sociological Analysis and Statistical Applications4
Foundation Areas (take one from each area)15
Anthropological Theory
Sociological Theory
Research Methods
Anthropological Research
Research Methods
Self, Society, and Culture
Culture and Personality
Cultural Anthropology
Mass Media and Popular Culture
Social Deviance
Social Psychology
Social Inequalities
Africa: Inequalities Past and Present
Sociocultural Change
Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Stratification
Poverty and Social Welfare
Sociology of Gender
Social Institutions
Magic, Religion, and Witchcraft
Anthropology of Law
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Sport
Medical Sociology
Family Sociology
Organizations and Work
Concentrations (choose from below)18
Anthropology Concentration
Applied and Clinical Sociology Concentration
General Electives23
At least 6 hours of coursework numbered 3000 or above must be taken in a single discipline outside the major.
Total hours required for the degree120

Anthropology Concentration

ANTH 3120Archaeology of Eastern North America3
or ANTH 3140 World Prehistory
ANTH 3040
ANTH 3170
Cultural Anthropology
and Language and Culture
ANTH 3010Physical Anthropology3
or CRJU 4110 Forensic Criminology
Select six hours from below:6
Physical Anthropology
Culture and Personality
Archaeological Techniques
Magic, Religion, and Witchcraft
Africa: Inequalities Past and Present
Indians of North America
Experimental Archaeology
Anthropology of Law
Sociocultural Change
Internship in Anthropology
Special Topics in Anthropology
Forensic Criminology
Senior Capstone
Total Hours18

Applied and Clinical Sociology Concentration

SOCI 3190
SOCI 3200
Clinical Sociology
and Applied Sociology
SOCI 4800Issues in Sociological Practice (either course can be taken twice with different topics)6
or SOCI 4810 Issues in Sociological Practice
SOCI 4540Internship in Sociology3
SOCI 4990Senior Capstone3
Total Hours18

Additional Department Requirement

The grade in each SOCI or ANTH course taken for the major must be a “C” or better.