Sociology and Anthropology

Andrew M. Martin, Associate Professor

William Omari Miller, Associate Professor

Sally A. Steindorf, Associate Professor

The purpose of the Sociology and Anthropology Department is to produce students who are able to understand the complexities of stratification in terms of race, class, gender, and culture for the purpose of working towards social justice. Developing an awareness of and wrestling with social issues is paramount to becoming an effective change agent.

We focus on global and cultural awareness, community service, social responsibility, and sustainable community development in order to inspire students to become advocates for change. Qualitative reasoning, along with theoretical analysis, are integral parts of developing critical thinking proficiencies. Service learning projects and field experiences enhance classroom learning by linking community engagement to specific course content. These experiences give students a greater appreciation, empathy, and understanding of the complexities of the human experience.

Cultural sensitivity, compassion, integrity, communication, community-based problem solving, and critical observation are all values we strive to have our students express as agents for social change.

We currently offer a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. If a student is interested in majoring in SOAN, see the section on Individualized Majors.

SOAN 050Community Service Program0.0 SH[  ]

In local, national, and international communities, with agencies, and institutions, students work together with others committed to meeting social needs. Students are encouraged to learn from those they serve, broaden their knowledge of diversity, develop social responsibility and realize their obligation to serve our global community.

SOAN 100Intro to Global Sociology3.0 SH[GESS]

An introduction to the basics of sociology as a way of understanding the world. This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the discipline of sociology. Although a domestic (US) sociological perspective is examined, a global sociological perspective is at the core of the course. Students will be introduced to the field by focusing on key sociological topics, including but not limited to social theory, the social construction of knowledge, socialization, social stratification, "race" and ethnicity, gender, culture, geography, religion, global social movements, globalization, global stratification, post-colonialism, and global ecology.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

SOAN 130Introduction to Archaeology3.0 SH[GESS]

A survey course which explores theory, methods, and techniques for investigating, reconstructing, interpreting, preserving, and learning about human behavior in the past. It reviews human cultural chronology from the earliest Paleolithic ages, to the present, and examines the artifact remains. Throughout the course archaeology as anthropology and the relevance of archaeology to modern society and politics is emphasized.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

SOAN 150Intro to Cultural Anthropology3.0 SH[GESS]

Introduction to the field of cultural anthropology. Explores various cultures around the world using some or all of the following as a basis of comparison: gender roles, language, social structure, family and kinship, identity, and spirituality. Also examines how cultures have been impacted by globalization.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

SOAN 160"Race" and Ethnicity3.0 SH[GESS]

Examines the Native, African, Latino/Latina, Asian, and European American experience. Also, provides a critical and comparative analysis of racial ideology and the social construction of "race," its origins and present day consequences from a global perspective. Ethnicity, ethnic conflict, genocide, and conflict solutions are examined as well.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

SOAN 170Gender Paradigms3.0 SH[GESS]

Examines underlying assumptions about male and female roles throughout history, then focuses on contemporary issues. Addresses the questions of why status differences exist between the sexes, how people are socialized into stereotyped sex roles, and how individuals can move beyond limitations imposed by prescribed sex roles. Also listed as WOM 170.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

SOAN 180Social Stratification3.0 SH[GESS]

Explores some of the fundamental concepts and major theoretical issues involving social class and power at a global level. Topics include socio-economic inequality, class consciousness, power and privilege, social mobility, and the place of race and gender.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

SOAN 200Criminology and Criminal Law3.0 SH[GESS]

Explores criminological theories, the criminal judicial system, and the consequences of crime in the United States and around the world. Typologies and case studies of crimes include, but are not limited to contemporary, historical, celebrity, corporate, crimes against humanity, and "terrorism".

SOAN 215Soc Science Research Methods4.0 SH<GEM>[GESS]

Explores qualitative and quantitative research methods used in the social sciences. Students conduct social research projects to learn various research designs, their strengths and weaknesses, and their applications. Students collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as test hypotheses and develop theories. Also listed as POLS 215.

SOAN 230Archaeological Field Studies3.0 SH[GESS]

This course is an on-site, practical program in the methods and techniques of archaeological excavation and interpretation. In this course students will learn archaeological field skills including survey, mapping, excavation, classification, and recording of features and artifacts. Students will learn to identify features in the ground and in the landscape and to use a variety of precision surveying equipment.

SOAN 235Environmental & Social Change3.0 SH[GESS]

Examines the interface between social and environmental problems plus strategies to resolve such problems. Analyzes the impact of industrialization and globalization on humanity and ecosystems in traditional and more industrialized societies. Evaluates the feasibility of ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable rural and urban human settlement patterns.

SOAN 240Native American Cultures3.0 SH[GESS]

Develops an appreciation for Native North American cultures from a sociological and historical perspective. Examines common issues facing many Native Americans as they work to maintain their cultural practices and ways of knowing in the midst of a dominant Euro-American society. Explores contemporary political, socio-economic, and resource management issues related to ecological, economic, and social sustainability.

SOAN 244Int'l Human Rights Law & Advcy3.0 SH[GESS]

This course examines the global mechanisms, forces, and laws for promoting and protecting human rights; rights implementation via issues of evidence, ethics, and socio-political feasibility; legal concepts that apply to torture, political repression, war crimes and genocide, women's rights, children's rights, and violations of non-human rights; advocacy on behalf of those oppressed by violations of human and non-human rights law.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 245Studies in Culture1.0-3.0 SH[  ]

Analysis of selected cultures. The contents will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.

SOAN 250African American Cultural Hist3.0 SH[GESS]

An historical and cultural exploration of the African American experience from African antiquity to the present.

SOAN 251Anthropology of India3.0 SH[GESS]

A survey of contemporary India that examines the society through an anthropological lens. Explores the lived experiences of socio-economic class, caste, gender roles, marriage, family life, religion, politics, and globalization in the context of both rural and urban India. Uses India as a starting point from which to discuss questions pertaining to understanding cultural difference.

SOAN 255The Anthropology of Religion3.0 SH[GESS]

In this course we will examine the theory and methods available to anthropologists to understand ancient and indigenous religions that do not have a written record. Starting with the social and anthropological theory used to interpret religions, we will then examine the religions of Native American and other indigenous peoples to try and understand the commonalities and differences between them.

SOAN 265Food in Society3.0 SH[GESS]

The course will demonstrate how the political economy of the food system has emerged as a significant area of sociological/anthropological research and become essential to the study of sustainability. Drawing on interdisciplinary sources, this course explores the consequences raised by the relation of food and food consumption to inequality, diet, and food as a cultural symbol.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 270Indigenous Cultures3.0 SH[GESS]

Explores practices of indigenous peoples around the world and uses the lens of globalization to examine present day issues. Examines the process of "modernization" and its effects on the role of the state and cultural preservation. Explores the role of indigenous peoples' values and knowledge related to resource management and environmental sustainability as well as cultural preservation.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

SOAN 280Global Urban Studies3.0 SH[  ]

This course examines urban areas (cities) in a global context and is divided into four parts: global cities defined, living in cities, the health of cities, and the future of cities. Primary emphasis will be placed on analysis of "slums" and "ghettos" as well as the sustainable cities global movement.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 290African Cultures3.0 SH[GESS]

A cultural view of Africa which studies the impact of colonialism and imperialism on contemporary African societies. In addition, the cultural influences of African liberation movements on the values and behavior of selected traditional peoples are analyzed.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 300Social Theory3.0 SH[  ]

Comparative historical study of ideas of individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of social and cultural thought globally. Includes classical and contemporary theorists. Also focuses on explanatory value of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and culture theories.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 323Refugees: Culture and Conflict3.0 SH[  ]

This course looks at refugee groups around the world along with governmental and non-governmental organizations that service refugees. Explores the kinds of conflicts leading ethnic groups to become refugees; the options for resettlement for refugee groups; the issues related to resettlement; as well as how refugee groups adapt culturally to their new surroundings during the resettlement process; how "race," class, and gender impact both how refugees experience conflict and their integration into new communities. This course is intended to be a service learning course in that students are encouraged to enroll in the SOAN 050 community service at the International Institute.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 325Youth Advocacy Services3.0 SH[  ]

Covers a wide range of youth and family issues in the USA and abroad, including child abuse and neglect, adoption and foster care, special needs children, families and children, and child welfare practices. Private and government efforts to respond to these issues are explored and evaluated.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 330Social Field Work Methods4.0 SH[  ]

Designed for students considering human service, social work, or alternative education as a profession. Students learn about the social work profession and various social service systems. Students learn how to identify problems necessitating social work services and then devote time to skill development in interviewing, counseling, observing, and case work.
Prerequisite: Two of the following: SOAN 160, SOAN/WOM 170, SOAN 180.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 335Gender & Masculinity3.0 SH[  ]

This course examines the social construct of masculinity. What does it mean to be a male in contemporary American society? How does this compare with notions of manhood in other cultures and in other time periods? Readings include representative selections of the diverse literature on men and theories of masculinity. Also listed as WOM 335.
Prerequisite: SOAN/WOM 170.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 340Peace and Conflict3.0 SH[  ]

Traces the creation, causes and consequences of war, war tipping points, jus bellum iustum (just war theory) and bellum averto (aversion of war) paradigms. Explores interpersonal, inter-group and international conflict, and resolution. Exposes students to cutting edge critical thinking around issues of violence and non-violent advocacy within the sociological framework of peace, war and social conflict.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 345Advanced Studies in Culture1.0-3.0 SH[  ]

Advanced analysis of cultures. The contents vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 360Gender Theories3.0 SH[  ]

Attempts to answer the questions of how and why gender oppression and discrimination occur. Covers a variety of theoretical perspectives and focuses on solutions for ending aggression and oppression. Also listed as WOM 360.
Prerequisite: SOAN/WOM 170.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 365Global Perspectives of Women3.0 SH[  ]

An in-depth study of the critical areas of concern for women's empowerment around the world. The course includes theoretical critiques of women's movements and methodologies. Also listed as WOM 365.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 375Globalization and Culture3.0 SH[  ]

Uses both theories and case examples to explore the concept of globalization through the lens of cultural anthropology. Analyzes the global flows of money, people, commodities, media, and ideas while considering how class, gender, and ethnicity affect the way globalization is experienced around the world.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 385Ethnographic Research4.0-6.0 SH[GESS]

Qualitative research that includes participant observation and structured and unstructured interviews. Students will conduct independent field research of a student-selected, faculty-approved topic. They will then analyze the data they collect with the purpose of developing theories and writing an ethnography, a detailed description of a culture. May be offered for variable credit from four to six semester hours.

SOAN 390Independent Study1.0-12.0 SH[  ]

Individual study under faculty supervision in any aspect of sociology or anthropology. Allows exploration of topics not considered in regular courses, or advanced work in areas like human services, criminology, archaeology, community organization, race, ethnicity, social class, gender roles, or family studies. May be taken for variable credit from one to twelve semester hours. May be taken more than once if topics differ.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 395Internship3.0-12.0 SH[  ]

Field experience in social service agency, organization, or institution. Application of interpersonal and organizational skills, plus knowledge gleaned from courses. Includes field sponsor supervision, periodic self-assessments, final paper, and weekly faculty contact. May be taken more than once if topics differ. Any internship may extend beyond one semester if the total semester hours in that internship do not exceed 12 semester hours. If an internship is extended beyond one semester, the extension may be as few as two semester hours. Offered on an independent contract basis.
Prerequisite: CAR 301.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

SOAN 399Capstone Proposal2.0 SH[  ]

Prepares students for their capstones. Students research possible topics, write a formal proposal for their capstones, and defend this proposal orally to the SOAN department for feedback. Usually taken the semester preceding the capstone but can be taken concurrently.
Prerequisite: SOAN 300.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Sociology and Anthropology Majors only.

SOAN 400Senior Capstone Seminar3.0-6.0 SH[  ]

Research projects which include the application of theory and library research to contemporary social issues. May be offered for variable credit from three to six semester hours.
Prerequisite: SOAN 399.
Class Level Restriction: Senior only.