The following are suggested courses in sociology and anthropology as preparation for careers or graduate studies in a range of fields. Our faculty can provide additional guidance in developing an appropriate course of study if you are interested in any of these areas.

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Pre-professional preparation

Criminal justice

  • Criminal Justice
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Community Organizing, Public Policy, & Social Change AND/OR Families and Family Policy (when in Chicago)
  • Internship

Education

  • Wealth Power and Inequality
  • Culture, Meaning-Making & Distinction in American Society
  • Community Organizing, Public Policy, & Social Change
  • Families and Family Policy
  • Internship

Global studies

All of the cultural anthropology courses address global issues. We recommend that if you are interested in focusing on global issues that you consider a sociology and anthropology major that combines cultural anthropology courses with some of the following sociology courses:

  • Women: Oppressions and Resistances
  • Sociology of the Environment
  • International Off-Campus Study (such as Gender, Culture and Public Policy in Japan)

Health

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Reproductive Practice, Reproductive Policies
  • Wealth, Power, and Inequality
  • Sociology of the Environment

Human/Social services

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Self and Identity
  • Gender Diversity AND/OR Sexualities
  • Reproductive Practice, Reproductive Policies
  • Wealth Power and Inequality
  • Women: Oppressions and Resistances AND/OR Gender Differences and Inequalities
  • Race and Ethnic Relations AND/OR American Indians: Culture, Social Activism and Social Justice
  • Families and Family Policy AND/OR Community Organizing, Public Policy, & Social Change
  • Internship

Public policy

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Families and Family Policy
  • Community Organizing, Public Policy, & Social Change
  • Reproductive Practice, Reproductive Policies AND/OR Women: Oppressions and Resistances
  • Sociology of the Environment
  • American Indians: Culture, Social Activism and Social Justice AND/OR African American Civil Rights Movement through Film AND/OR Race and Ethnicity

Urban studies

  • Community Organizing, Public Policy, & Social Change
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Families and Family Policy (when in Chicago)
  • African American Civil Rights Movement through Film
  • Urban Studies Program

Graduate studies preparation

Graduate study in sociology

While all sociology courses are relevant to graduate study, below are courses that provide a strong background in research, theory, and race/class/gender.

  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Social Theory
  • Self and Identity
  • Culture, Meaning-Making & Distinction in American Society
  • Religion, Spirituality, and Community
  • Race and Ethnic Relations AND/OR Wealth, Power, and Inequality AND/OR Gender Differences and Inequalities
  • Independent Project or Readings/Research in Sociology

Graduate study in anthropology

  • West Indian People and Culture
  • Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Fieldwork
  • History of Ethnographic Thinking
  • Off-Campus Study

Graduate Study in law

  • American Indians: Culture, Social Activism and Social Justice
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Gender Differences and Inequalities
  • African American Civil Rights Movement through Film

Topical areas of study in sociology

Culture

  • Culture, Meaning-Making & Distinction in American Society
  • Media and the Public Mind
  • Religion, Spirituality, and Community
  • Self and Identity

Gender/sexuality

  • Gender Differences and Inequalities
  • Gender Diversity
  • Reproductive Practice, Reproductive Policies
  • Sexualities
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Women: Oppressions and Resistances

Race/ethnicity

  • African American Civil Rights Movement through Film
  • American Indians: Culture, Social Activism and Social Justice
  • Race and Ethnic Relations

Social stratification and socioeconomic class

  • Wealth, Power, and Inequality
  • Community Organizing, Public Policy, & Social Change
  • Families and Family Policy
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Criminal Justice
  • Sociology of the Environment

Double or individualized majors

Some students may also wish to combine sociology or sociology/anthropology major with a major in another discipline. Students interested in social and human services may wish to double major in sociology and psychology. Students interested in law or public policy might consider a double major in sociology and politics; while those interested in public health might combine sociology/anthropology and biology.

To obtain a double major, a student must satisfy all of requirements for both academic departments.