Why Study Anthropology and Sociology?
General Education Requirements: 37 hours
Core Courses: 15 hours
Selectives: 21 hours
Electives: 47 hours
Total: 120 hoursFull Program Requirements
State’s joint-discipline major Bachelor
of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology was designed by faculty to focus on
students’ understanding of the dynamic relationships between identity,
cultures, and power through a lens of personal empowerment and social
justice. Students learn about the social
construction of norms, values, individual and collective identities, organizations
and institutions in historical and political contexts.
courses in both disciplines and graduate with a degree in both anthropology and
sociology. Within the combined major, students
gain knowledge and career skills in a set of core courses and choose from a
select list that applies these foundations in the exploration of how power,
culture, and social institutions impact identities of race, social class,
gender, and sexuality. The result is
that students learn knowledge and skills necessary to create meaningful changes
in themselves and the world around them, while allowing for a deeper dive into
their area of academic and professional interests.
Governors State’s Anthropology and Sociology program are making a difference by
creating research topics that explore and analyze gender, sexuality, activism, religion,
labor, environmental racism, and neoliberal/global economics in the United
States, South America and the European Union. For example, Anthropology and Sociology
faculty examined the rise of religious
fundamentalism in changing pluralistic American society, researched the different ways social
movement participants define and construct an "activist" identity and investigated gendered labor and the
working conditions in Chile’s fruit-export industry.
Faculty also encourage student inquiry through applied learning. For example, as a part of a sociology course,
students worked alongside faculty at an
immigrant and refugee shelter along the US-Mexico border to repair buildings and teach life
skills to residents. By following the leadership of their instructors,
Anthropology and Sociology students can participate in changing the world for
Reach your career goals.
The Anthropology and Sociology majors pursue
graduate degrees in law, social work, public health, public administration,
marketing, secondary education, and/or academic careers in teaching and
research. Many anthropology and sociology
majors apply their knowledge and research skills in both the public and private
sectors, and go on to work in advocacy, business, social services, or legal
Dr. Daniel Cortese
Professor of Sociology and Program Coordinator
more at www.govst.edu/AnthropologySociologyBA.