Departmental mission

Cornell sociology courses encourage you to look at society with a fresh perspective, to question your assumptions, to investigate people's actions, and to explore the organization of society. You will discover a basis for thinking about social alternatives, imagining possibilities for social justice, and being an engaged citizen.

Thinking anthropologically allows you to explore the rich diversity in human life and encourages respect for individuals and for other cultures. Anthropology  is built upon extended observation of people in the places where they reside, while participating directly in activities whenever possible.

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The department offers a major and minor in sociology and an interdisciplinary major in sociology and anthropology. You can also pursue an anthropology minor, or create an individualized major that integrates anthropology with other disciplines.