Sociology and Anthropology

Our sociology and anthropology program provides students with a robust platform for employment, civic engagement and graduate studies. Courses in each of the disciplines of sociology and anthropology use a global, comparative and multidisciplinary approach to the study of human social organization and cultural practices.

Our Program

Our students gain an understanding of how peoples' lives are shaped by markets, ethnicity, race, gender, religion and other social institutions and processes.

Our program prepares students for myriad careers serving diverse populations in both the private and public sectors, including jobs in business, technology, health care and government. The major also provides students with excellent preparation for graduate education in sociology, anthropology, urban studies and more.

Program Spotlight: Beyond the Classroom

Thanks to study abroad and internship experiences, Berlin has become a second home of sorts to sociology and anthropology major Jessi McNeill ’18.

After studying in Germany’s capital during the spring 2017 semester, McNeill was invited to intern with the Berlin-based Young Leaders for Health, helping to organize the nonprofit’s summer conference. Less than three weeks after returning to the U.S., she once again boarded a plane for Germany.

Our Faculty

 I strive to create moments in the classroom setting that are transformative for both my students and for me, as we learn and grow together in this very complicated and chaotic but beautiful world. 

Dr. Debra Curtis, associate professor

Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

Graduates of sociology and anthropology programs often pursue careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Business (domestic and international)
  • Community development
  • Criminal justice and rehabilitation
  • Cultural resource management (archaeology)
  • Disability advocacy
  • Education (secondary education, higher education, academic advising or administration)
  • Government and public policy
  • International development
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Medicine or public health
  • Museums, archives and library science
  • Public relations
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Social services and social work
  • Urban planning

 Put your full effort into your studies because you never know where life will take you. I thought I would never have to deal with mathematics past freshman year, but now 50 percent of what I do involves statistical applications. You never know what circumstances you will face in the future, but Salve helps prepare you for whatever might come your way. 

Cassandra Cupka ’14, data analyst, NCI

Major in Sociology and Anthropology (B.A.)

14 courses | 42 credits

Required courses:

  • CEG222: Research Methods
  • CEG390: Current Issues
  • CEG450: Capstone
  • ENV334: Environmental Justice
  • SOA110: The Sociological Imagination
  • SOA130: Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences
  • SOA200: The Social Fabric: Language in Society
  • SOA311: Social Theory
  • SOA335: Global Capital
  • One of the following: BIO140: Humans and Their Environment, ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics or GLO100: Introduction to Global Studies

Students also choose four of the following sociology and anthropology electives:

  • SOA190: Introduction to Archeology
  • SOA211: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOA214: Intimate, Marital and Family Relationships
  • SOA217: Myth, Ritual and Religion
  • SOA218: Exploring North American Indian Societies
  • SOA219: Popular Culture
  • SOA230: Gender and Sexuality: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • SOA249: Global Health: Society, Medicine and the Body
  • SOA260: The Anthropology of Human Rights
  • SOA317: Deviant Behavior
  • SOA320: "Sex" at "Work"
  • SOA350: Food Matters
  • SOA390: Field School in Historical Archaeology
  • SOA399: Special Topics
  • SOA420: Gender Violence
  • SOA491: Internship

Minor in Sociology and Anthropology 

6 courses | 18 credits

The minor is especially helpful for students from other disciplines who wish to augment their major field of study with a nuanced understanding of culture.

Required courses:

  • SOA311: Social Theory
  • SOA335: Global Capital

Students also choose one of the following:

  • SOA110: The Sociological Imagination
  • SOA130: Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences

Students take nine additional credits in sociology and anthropology, chosen in consultation with the chair of the Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies.