The Bachelor’s Degree


Campus policy requires each student to have an academic advisor. Students declaring the SOA major are assigned an initial faculty advisor by the department. Before beginning the major, students are expected to consult with their academic advisors concerning department requirements and individual goals. Department faculty members assist students in designing individualized academic programs to meet their interests and career goals.

Grading Policy

The Sociology/Anthropology program does not have a grading policy that differs from that of the campus policy.

Communication Skills and Assessment

The department highly values critical thinking and reading skills, oral and written communication, and disciplinary knowledge. These are developed and assessed throughout the curriculum, and at the departmental level through capstone work in SOA 410 Senior Seminar.

Degree Requirements

Through core courses, students become familiar with the basic approaches and insights of both sociology and anthropology. Students are free to take electives in anthropology and/or sociology as desired, according to interest. All students become familiar with the basic theoretical issues surrounding the study of the social world and acquire the skills necessary to interpret research and carry out small-scale projects. 

To earn a BA in Sociology/Anthropology, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, which includes five core courses, one course in the Diversity/Inequalities category, and a minimum of two elective courses. The department does allow courses to count toward both ECCE and SOA major/minor requirements. Students are expected to meet with an SOA academic advisor before beginning the major, and periodically throughout the program to make sure they are working effectively toward their goals.

Core Courses
SOA 302 Understanding Cultures 4
SOA 304 Human Evolution: Biological and Cultural 4
SOA 405 Sociocultural Theories 4
SOA 410 Senior Seminar 3
SOA 411 Social Research Methods 4
Diversity/Inequalities Requirement
Select one of the following: 3-4
ECCE: Introduction to Race & Ethnicity in the U.S.
ECCE: Working USA and the 99%
ECCE: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
SOA 432
ECCE: Global Social Stratification
Students are required to take at least two elective courses in SOA. At least one course must be at the 400-level. 7-8
Total 30

Honors Track

The SOA Honors Track provides students an opportunity to pursue their interests, strengthen their skills, and enhance their resumes by incorporating independent projects into courses they are already taking, as well as 2-4 credit hours of SOA 491 ECCE Undergraduate Research. To participate, students must find an interested core or affiliated SOA faculty member to serve as an Honors Sponsor and to support them in proposing–in their Sophomore or Junior year–a plan to satisfy the honors requirements. Visit the SOA website or talk to an SOA faculty member or advisor for complete information regarding the Honors Track requirements, which include:

  • GPA requirements: A minimum overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.6 in the major.
  • Two Enhanced Courses: An upper-division core course or elective in the major with an approved independent project resulting in a written document of 10-20 pages. Students may choose to replace one enhanced course with participation in a study abroad program or demonstrate by testing or successful completion of four semesters of college level foreign language, an intermediate competency in a spoken language other than their native tongue.
  • Closure Project: Students develop an independent project, enroll in 2-4 credit hours of SOA 491 ECCE Undergraduate Research, produce a 15-25 page written document, and give a public presentation at STARS or another venue.