Topically, our courses cover issues central to our contemporary global society: questions of race class and gender; power and violence; cross-cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity; environmental injustice; global inequality; migration and identity; and advocacy and activism. Geographically, we specialize in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Latinos in the U.S.

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 35-104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    This course provides a critical understanding of the similarities and differences in cultures and peoples through time and space, and of the application of anthropological knowledge to contemporary global issues. Topics covered may include the history of anthropology; human evolution; the idea of race; gender across cultures; kinship; political organization; economies; consumption; religion; language; ethics; and fieldwork. (Each semester) (ScS) (IP) (SJ)
  • 35-244 Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean
    This course critically examines how the constructs of race, class and gender shape everyday life in the Caribbean. The course will cover history and politics, language, music, sports (public fun from cricket to Carnival), families and social organization, spiritualities, development migration and tourism. Also Feminist Studies 04-324, Latin American and Border Studies 06-754, and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-344. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104 or Feminist Studies 04-104. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 35-254 Latina/o and Latin Amer Spiritualities
    This course examines Latina and Latino spiritual practices and beliefs and their historical development and cultural production in the U.S., Mexico, and other parts of Latin America. Topics include folk and organized religious practices, indigenous and feminist spiritualities, politics and religion, and their intersection with issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Also Environmental Studies 49-254, Feminist Studies 04-334, Latin American and Border Studies 06-764, and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-354. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 35-274 Gender & Generation in Africa
    See History 16-474, Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-474 and Feminist Studies 04-474. (H) (SJ)
  • 35-334 Global Environmental Justice
    An exploration of global environmental issues from a perspective that foregrounds questions of social inequality (differences in socioeconomic status, race, gender, indigeneity, national identity, etc.). The course includes an overview of the U.S. environmental justice movement, a consideration of global inequality, and social theories of nature and culture. Topics addressed may include global climate change, consumerism, pollution and toxic substances, resource extraction, bio-diversity conservation, food production systems, natural disasters, and water scarcity. Students will be required to engage in environmentally oriented activism or service, and to reflect on their experiences as a part of the course. Also Environmental Studies 49-444, Feminist Studies 04-494 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-334. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104, Environmental Studies 49-104 or Feminist Studies 04-104. (Fall of odd-numbered years) (ScS) (SJ)
  • 35-354 Cultural Politics of Indigeneity
    This course examines indigenous identities and cultures in a global context, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. We will consider the construction of the term indigenous and its use in describing individuals and groups native to a particular region, as well as how groups self-identity as such. Topics include: race and racialization, mestizaje, social movements, religion and spirituality, Chicano Indigenismo, land and the environment, nation, feminism and gender, and the politics of representation as they relate to indigenous populations and identities in the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, Australia, and other regions. Students will examine how power, difference, inequality, and resistance intersect and interact in these various contexts. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104. (ScS)
  • 35-364 Women, Goddesses and Religion
    See Religion 19-324. Also Feminist Studies 04-224. (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 35-404 Anthropological Theory
    This course introduces students to the major anthropological theories of human society and culture. The course will begin with early travel writing, and then move through the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. At least half of the course will cover contemporary, or post-1970s, anthropological theory, such as feminist and post-modernist theories, theories of culture and power and, theories of cultural mixing. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104. Restricted to Majors with Junior or Senior standing. (Fall of even-numbered years.) (ScS)
  • 35-414 Ethnographic Methods
    This course introduces students to the variety of field methods employed by cultural anthropologists (e.g. participant observation, interviewing techniques and other qualitative and quantitative methods). Students will be expected to use these methods themselves in projects throughout the course. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104. Restricted to Majors who are second-semester Sophomores or Juniors. (Spring of odd-numbered years.) (WA)
  • 35-964 Senior Seminar
    The anthropology capstone requires students to develop a major paper, ideally from the data generated by their field research project. In this endeavor, students will apply current anthropological theory to their findings and construct a coherent argument that weaves together the relevant theory and their data. Students will work with each other and their professor throughout the capstone. Peer review, with class periods being entirely devoted to each students work in turn, will be a fundamental part of this course. Students will be encouraged to present their research at regional conferences or at the Southwestern Undergraduate Works Symposium. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Spring) (WA)

Our Sociology courses focus on topics germane to our current global society and issues of race/class/gender across the curriculum. Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 34-114 Social Patterns and Processes
    This is an introductory course to the discipline of sociology that uses sociological theories and empirical research to explore a variety of contemporary issues in the United States and around the world, including race and residential patterns, family and gender relations, and social movements and political change. (Each semester) (ScS) (SJ)
  • 34-124 Social Problems
    This course focuses on the sociological imagination and fosters an understanding of how individuals' lives are shaped by larger social and historical forces through an examination of specific social problems that may include welfare policy, crime and delinquency, and stratification by race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Some time will also be devoted to constructive solutions that have been advanced. (Each semester) (ScS) (SJ)
  • 34-214 Criminology
    This course examines the sociological foundations of crime including factors such as residential segregation, economic inequality, and masculinity. Some attention will also be devoted to American and international perspectives on criminal justice. (ScS)
  • 34-234 Gender and Sexuality
    his course examines the social construction of genders and sexualities, some as normative and others as deviant, and the consequences of these processes at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels. Particular attention is paid to the ways that race, ethnicity, and class influence these patterns. Also Feminist Studies 04-234. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, or Feminist Studies 04-104. (ScS)
  • 34-264 Race and Ethnicity
    This course examines the ways that race and ethnicity have historically been and currently are constructed, maintained and challenged individually, institutionally and culturally. In addition, the class explores how our American experiences, as well as our life chances, are shaped and modified by our ethnic and racial group histories and memberships. Also Feminist Studies 04-524 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-264. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (ScS)
  • 34-274 Childhood and Youth
    This course examines the social worlds of children and youth. It analyzes the ways that young peoples peer cultures intersect with gender, race, class and major social institutions. Students are required to complete 20 hours of community-based learning and write an ethnographic paper. Also Feminist Studies 04-294. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (Fall)
  • 34-284 Globalization: Contemporary World
    This course is intended to enrich students' experiences of the contemporary world by drawing upon sociological perspectives. Issues including globalization, economic inequality, terrorism and environmental change are explored. Students are required to attend SPSS lab sessions (during normal class time). They will perform quantitative analyses using a recent wave of global survey data and write a paper based on the results. Also Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-314. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (IP) (ScS)
  • 34-314 Research Methods
    This course acquaints majors and minors in sociology with the procedures for gathering and analyzing sociological data. Students are required to participate in lab sessions as a part of the course. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, Mathematics 52-114, and sociology major or permission of the instructor. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 34-324 Social Class in the U.S.
    This course explores the study of the construction, maintenance and consequences of social inequalities in the United States, based on the review of classical and contemporary theories, empirical research and biographical accounts. Training in in-depth interview methods. Also Feminist Studies 04-584. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (Every other Spring) (ScS)
  • 34-334 Latina/Os & Education in U.S.
    This course examines social patterns and processes in Latina/os' educational experiences and outcomes using autobiographical and sociological readings. Training in in-depth interview methods. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-774 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-324. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (Every other spring) (ScS)
  • 34-344 Sociological Theory
    Contributions made to sociological theory beginning in the mid-19th century to the present. This course will survey select classical theorists and contemporary theorists with an emphasis on how their theories can be applied to understanding human behavior through a sociological lens. Prerequisites: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, and sociology major or permission of the instructor. (Spring)
  • 34-364 Sociology of Work
    This course investigates the institution of work from a sociological perspective. Topics include: a brief history of the evolution of work, work patterns prevalent in the United States, and modern day concerns with employment inequality by race, gender, class, sexual orientation and the work-life balance. Students are required to attend SPSS lab sessions (during normal class time). They will perform quantitative analyses using employment discrimination complaint data and write a paper based on the results. Also Business 30-354 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-254. (ScS)
  • 34-614 Politics of Latin America & Caribbean
    See Political Science 32-484. Also Latin American and Border Studies 06-714 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-614. (SJ) (ScS)
  • 34-961 Pre-Capstone Research Design
    Students in this course develop individual capstone research projects within an intellectual community of their peers. Students are expected to design a research project grounded in sociological literature, apply for IRB approval and pilot their data collection. This course is optional but strongly encouraged. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-314.
  • 34-964 Sociology Capstone Seminar
    The Sociology capstone requires students to develop a major empirical paper that incorporates knowledge they have learned from their sociology courses to date, particularly sociological theory and research methods. Students will construct a coherent research question, collect and analyze data to explore the question, and apply sociological theories and literature to their findings. They will present their findings at the end of the semester to the professor, their classmates and others. In seminar format, students will discuss common readings and constructively critique one another's research. Peer review, with class periods devoted entirely to students' research work, will be a core component of this course. Prerequisite: 34-314, 34-344 and qualitative methods requirement; or permission of instructor. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)