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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sociology Major - Anthropology Option

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BA in Sociology - Anthropology Option

Anthropology and sociology overlap somewhat, although anthropologists are more likely to study non-western societies or subcultures in the United States and to focus on understanding culture and power in a global context. Our program emphasizes the development of a holistic cross-cultural perspective and offers exposure to ways of life in the United States as well as in other societies around the world. Our faculty has expertise in societies in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe, as well as in the U.S. Students graduating with an anthropology degree may pursue other 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 an 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.

Students who registered for the sociology major before 9/1/07, transfer students who entered in 07/08, and transfer students who entered in 08/09 with more than 30 credits  are expected to meet the “old requirements.” All other students follow the regular requirements.

As of fall 2007, courses counting for the major must be completed with a C- or higher.

UMass Dartmouth students seeking admission into the Sociology major must have earned a minimum of 45 credits with a minimum G.P.A.  of 2.50 overall.  Transfer students seeking admission into the Sociology major must have a minimum of a 2.75 G.P.A. overall.  Students interested in majoring in Sociology or 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.


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 the in major, excluding Experiential Learning)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits, at least 45 of which must be earned at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the General Education requirements of the university
  • Complete the Distribution Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences


 Three (3) credits required


 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.

As part of the total credit requirement, students are strongly encouraged to take (when possible):

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. If it is an ANT 300 or 400 level, course may fulfill  the upper-level credit requirement for Anthropology Electives.


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

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

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