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Learn about social institutions that make up society and how they relate to individuals and the world at large.
Are you curious about different cultures and interested in how we collectively shape each other and our institutions? Our Sociology and Anthropology degree program will give you a structured way to learn about the social structures people create together, called social institutions. Our program focuses on the relationship between individual choices and social contexts, and introduces you to different cultures. Sociology and Anthropology emphasizes research and experiential learning. In your courses, you'll gather and analyze data about society and culture. Also, prior to graduating, you'll complete an independent social science research project.
And we highly encourage studying abroad. You can take advantage of our Term III travel classes to Latin America, South Africa, India, Iceland, and Southeast Asia.
Sociologists investigate social institutions including family, education, the economy, medicine, and the media. Anthropology is the broad and inclusive study of human beings. At Elmira College, our degree program focuses especially on cultural anthropology, with introductions also to biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Both fields prepare you to understand the ways our individual choices are influenced by larger social forces.
Essential to the field of study is learning research methodology and, as part of the program, you'll be required to take a research and methodology course. In this class, each student carries out an original research project that includes interviews, observations, ethnographic field work, or content analysis. These projects become research papers that you will present to the public and sometimes go on to publish in a national journal.
Sociology and anthropology majors are prepared for a wide range of careers dealing with people, cultures, and communities. Students go into careers in law, law enforcement, social justice work, education, social services, political organizing, international development, management, research, community development, museum, and archival work. Many bring their social scientific training to health fields, including public health and public administration, or they become educators.
The Sociology and Anthropology major is designed so that it can be completed in two years, although most students take additional classes and really explore the major more deeply. We offer a number of classes that also support other majors, such as Nursing, Pre-Med, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.
Sociology and Anthropology is a great major if you are interested in working with people, either in direct service or at the community or organizational level. The tools of these disciplines help with communication, planning, organizational thinking, respect, social and cultural analysis, and leadership.
The Sociology and Anthropology major encourages students to engage with different communities, and we also value international experiences.
Our faculty value students and community-building. We are all experienced teachers with interests in culture, community, and social justice, and we bring those values to the classroom.
Do you have questions about the Sociology and Anthropology program? Please contact us.