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 AnthropologyThis 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. Contributes to International Studies. (Each semester) (ScS) (SJ)
- 35-244 Race, Class and Gender in the CaribbeanThis course critically examines how the constructs of race, class and gender shape everyday life in the Caribbean. The course will cover history, human-environmental relations, the global circulations of people and capital that continue to create the Caribbean (migration, tourism and development), spiritualities, language, music, and Carnival. Contributes to Feminist Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Border Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104 or Feminist Studies 04-104. (ScS) (SJ)
- 35-304 Selected TopicsThese are courses that fall out of our typical range of anthropology courses. Offered infrequently. May be repeated with change in content.
- 35-334 Global Environmental JusticeAn 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. Contributes to Environmental Studies, Feminist Studies, Health Studies, International Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104, Environmental Studies 49-104, or Feminist Studies 04-104. (ScS) (SJ)
- 35-424 Theory & Method in Cultural AnthropologyThis course introduces students to the different kinds of assumptions and questions that have informed anthropological inquiry in the past, and that currently orient research and writing in cultural anthropology. The course simultaneously explores the methodological techniques intertwined with these theories. Students will practice different methods (including participant observation and interviewing techniques) and use different theoretical approaches as they do so. This course prepares students to conduct the ethnographic research project required for the senior seminar. Prerequisite: Anthropology 35-104. Restricted to Majors. (Fall)
- 35-964 Senior SeminarThe anthropology capstone requires students to develop a major paper in which they contextualize the data generated from their ethnographic research project in relevant scholarly literature. Students will work with each other and their professor throughout the capstone in an intellectual community of knowledge producers. Students will present their paper to campus at the end of the course and will be encouraged to present at regional conferences and the Southwestern Undergraduate Works Symposium. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Spring) (WA) (ScS)
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 Introduction to SociologyThis course serves as an introduction to the discipline of sociology that uses sociological theories, empirical research, and the sociological imagination to explore features of contemporary American life. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which characteristics such as race, class, and gender are socially constructed in the American context and influence people's worldviews and life chances (Each semester) (ScS) (SJ)
- 34-124 Social ProblemsThis 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 CriminologyThis 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. Contributes to Data Science. (ScS) (SJ)
- 34-234 The Sociology of GenderThis course examines the social construction of gender. Specifically, what are the processes and consequences of having some gender categories constructed as normative and others deemed to be deviant? How are these patterns affected by cultural, biographical, and historical contexts? Particular attention is paid to the ways that power, race, ethnicity, and class influence these patterns. Contributes to Feminist Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, or Feminist Studies 04-104. (ScS) (SJ)
- 34-264 Race and EthnicityThis course examines how race and ethnicity are constructed, maintained and challenged in the United States at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels. Some time will also be devoted to the ways that American citizenship as well as life chances are influenced by ethnic and racial group membership. Contributes to Feminist Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (ScS) (SJ)
- 34-274 Childhood and YouthThis course examines the social worlds of children and youth. It analyzes the ways that young people's peer cultures intersect with gender, race, class and major social institutions. Students are encouraged to complete 20 hours of community-based learning and write an ethnographic paper. Contributes to Feminist Studies. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (Fall) (ScS)
- 34-314 Research MethodsThis 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. Contributes to Data Science. 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. Contributes to Feminist Studies. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (Every other Spring) (ScS)
- 34-344 Sociological TheoryContributions 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 WorkThis 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. Contributes to Business, Data Science, and Race and Ethnicity Studies. (ScS)
- 34-394 Qualitative Methods SeminarStudents in this course are introduced to qualitative methods and 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 collect their data for the sociology capstone seminar. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-314. (Spring)
- 34-964 Sociology Capstone Seminar Movements and ActivismThe Sociology capstone requires students to develop a major empirical paper. Students will analyze data they collected in the qualitative methods seminar, apply sociological literature to their findings and present their findings to the campus community. campus community. Students will discuss common readings and constructively critique one another's work. Peer review is a core component of this course. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-314, 34-344 and 34-394; or permission of instructor. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)