The SOA program has no course or GPA requirements for admission (beyond those for admission to the university) because lower-division grades, especially grades in classes taken several years ago, are often not good predictors of how well a student will do.
We want any student who wishes to be able to choose Sociology/ Anthropology as a major.
At the same time, we recommend that entering students have the following:
- one or more lower division courses in sociology,
- one or more lower division courses in anthropology,
- a course in biology,
- a college mathematics course including basic statistics,
- basic personal computer skills, and
- a GPA of 3.0 or better in recent lower division courses.
Students without some of these recommended qualifications may succeed in the major, but SOA courses are designed for students with qualifications at this level.
MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY
To accomplish a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology degree, all majors must complete the courses and requirements stipulated by both the department and UIS in general. Beyond these requirements, our curriculum has been designed to accommodate students’ varying interests with a wide selection of course topics.
The SOA Program also encourages majors to pursue electives outside sociology/anthropology as part of a broad liberal arts education. SOA majors may use general electives as the foundation for a minor in the program their choice.
Finally, applied study term placements allow students to integrate classroom learning and practical field experience, as well as to gain experiences that may be useful in later decisions about employment or continued education.