Sociology and Anthropology

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Dare to think differently about the social world you thought you had always understood!

At Stetson University, a major or minor in sociology or a minor in anthropology invites students to learn about the social world while challenging them to question the obvious and customary, to ponder provocative questions, to investigate social problems and to learn how to make our rapidly changing and globalizing world a better place.

Program Overview

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Sociology: Major, Minor
  • Anthropology: Minor

As a sociology and anthropology student, you benefit from small classes, close faculty-student mentorship, a challenging curriculum and a variety of teaching approaches including seminars, experiential and collaborative learning, community-based research and internships in different settings, including the medical examiner's office, local law enforcement agencies, Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Abuse Council, the Council on Aging, local schools, social service and nonprofit agencies. All these experiences will help prepare you for a broad range of graduate schools and careers.

You will investigate facets of social institutions, such as the family, law, work or sport, social issues and inequality (criminology, social deviance, gender and race/ethnicity) and social change (population and environment, developing societies or the city). Those who choose to major in sociology are trained as scientists in the core areas of sociological theory, research methods and data analysis, and they apply the knowledge and skills in designing and executing their own independent empirical research study for their senior projects.

The anthropology minor focuses on two aspects of anthropology: cultural anthropology and archaeology. Cultural anthropologists attempt to describe and explain human behavior within a social context. Archaeologists try to unravel the mysteries of cultures that no longer exist.

Importantly, you will come to understand the value of diversity and tolerance. You will learn to place twenty-first-century American culture in its unique context.


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Program Benefits

  • The sociology major provides an excellent foundation for those interested in graduate school in sociology or other social science disciplines, as well as for interdisciplinary (gender studies, media studies) and area (Latin American and Latino Studies) fields. The anthropology minor is good preparation for many master's programs in anthropology, archaeology and forensic science.
  • Sociology majors are provided the opportunity to concentrate in criminology and to earn a criminology certificate
  • Annually, the department may recognize one or two sociology majors with an award for their senior thesis projects: The Durkheim Prize for Research Excellence in Sociology is the highest honor bestowed on a sociology major for excellence in research.
  • The Joel Stanton Wright Sociology and Anthropology Award for the Outstanding Senior Thesis recognizes the significant achievement of a sociology major for a senior thesis project and paper that demonstrate the highest standards of student scholarship.
  • Sociology majors take the core sequence of courses (sociological theory, research methods, senior thesis, etc.) as a cohort; hence, they develop close and supportive peer relationships.


Our faculty members will guide you on your academic journey to uncover how social worlds work and what they mean.

Career Significance

Activities both in and outside of the classroom in the department are designed to improve basic skills that form the key elements of success in any career. These skills include written and oral communication, research design and implementation, facility with the latest statistical software and technical and interpretive skills.

With these skills and knowledge gained, you will be equipped for a wide range of occupations and professions,

  • Law
  • Social work
  • Business
  • Public administration
  • Health and medicine