Oct 20, 2018  
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sociology Major - Anthropology Option

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BA in Sociology - Anthropology Option

Anthropology and sociology partially overlap, but anthropologists are more likely to study non-western societies or subcultures in the US and to focus on understanding culture and power in a global context. This program emphasizes the development of a holistic cross-cultural perspective and offers the possibility of studying various ways of life in the US as well as in other societies around the world. The faculty has expertise in societies in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe, as well as in the US. Students graduating from anthropology degree may pursue advanced degrees in a wide range of fields, such as women’s studies, anthropology, social work and education. They will also be prepared for jobs in fields that require understanding of cultural difference and social inequality, such as teaching and educational policy, social services, museum and historical preservation, government and public service, environmental assessment, urban planning and development, medical and public health, and business.

Courses counting for the major must be completed with a C- or higher.

UMass Dartmouth students seeking admission into the Sociology/Anthropology major must have earned a minimum of 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.50.  Transfer students seeking admission into the Sociology/Anthropology major must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.  Students interested in majoring in Sociology/Anthropology Option must see the department Chair for permission to enter the program, to discuss the program requirements and to arrange for a permanent advisor.

Students entering the major starting Fall 2014 will be required to take SOC/ANT 211, Thinking through Writing in Sociology and Anthropology, preferably sophomore year. They will take one less “any level” elective.


To successfully complete the program for graduation, all students must:

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA in the major; beginning in fall 2009, students entering the major (starting with the class of 2013) must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 overall GPA
  • Meet the Sociology major/Anthropology option requirements
  • Complete 30 credits at the 300/400 level (this includes courses in the major, excluding Experiential Learning)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits, at least 45 of which must be earned at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the University Studies requirements of the university
  • Complete the Distribution Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences


 Three (3) credits required from this list


 Three (3) credits required

Anthropology Electives

Eighteen (18) credits of which 15 credits must be at the 300 - 400 level. May include courses with SOC or ANT prefixes only. CJS courses may be elected only with permission of chair.

Comparative Cultures

Three (3) credits required. Course to be selected from Departmental Comparative Cultures approved list or any ANT course; substitutions with permission of Department Chair. Study Abroad credit may fill this requirement with permission of the Department Chair. All ANT 300 or 400 level courses also fulfill the upper-level credit requirement for Anthropology Electives.


Three (3) credits required from this list. To be taken junior or senior year.

Senior Seminar*

To be taken senior year. Three (3) credits required.

*Thesis Research

*Thesis Research ( ANT 492 and ANT 493) may be substituted for the Internship and/or Senior Seminar requirements.

Total Credits: 36

University Studies Requirements

In addition to the requirements in the major, students will be required to complete the University Studies requirements. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/generaleducation/universitystudies/universitystudiescurriculum/.

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