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2016-2017 Catalogue 
2016-2017 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, B.A.

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Anne Nurse (Sociology), Chair
David Biagas (Sociology)
Christa Craven (Anthropology, WGSS)
Lisa Fisher (Sociology)
Heather Fitz Gibbon (Sociology) (on leave 2016-2017)
Pamela Frese (Anthropology)
P. Nick Kardulias (Anthropology, Archaeology)
Setsuko Matsuzawa (Sociology)
David McConnell (Anthropology) (on leave 2016-2017)
Olivia Navarro-Farr (Anthropology, Archaeology) (on leave Spring 2017)
Thomas Tierney (Sociology)

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a diverse curriculum exploring the institutions and processes that maintain and change human societies. Our program places special emphasis on the development of students’ ability to analyze contemporary social and cultural issues, and their problem-solving and research skills. Students choose a major in either Sociology or Anthropology, but all majors are introduced to the concepts, methods and theories appropriate to research in both disciplines.


The basic challenge in sociology is to understand ourselves and others more fully. The discipline asks us to probe beneath the surface and to question why people behave as they do, especially in group situations. The sociological perspective asks us to question what we often take for granted, why our society operates as it does, and how our social arrangements could be different.

Special Notes

  • A second or third course from SOCI 20700 , SOCI 20900 , SOCI 21400 , 21500, or SOCI 21700  may count as electives for the requirements for the major. A second methods course (SOCI 34200 or ANTH 34100) may count as electives for the requirements for the minor.
  • Junior Independent Study: The College requirement of a unit of Independent Study in the junior year is satisfied by completing SOCI 35000  or SOCI 35100  prior to Senior Independent Study.
  • Sociology majors who elect to participate in the 3-2 program in Social Work at Case Western Reserve University (see Pre-Professional and Dual Degree Programs ) must complete all requirements in the major except Senior Independent Study. Students should see the department chairperson for more details about this arrangement.
  • Teaching Licensure: Students should consult with the chairpersons of Sociology and Anthropology and of Education.
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.
  • Students may not major in Sociology and minor in Anthropology, nor are they allowed to double major in the two disciplines. Additionally, Sociology majors may not double major with Archaeology.

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