Sociology and Anthropology

About Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology is a social science that involves the study of human society. Sociologists examine aspects of society and social behavior, including cultures, social institutions, groups and more. Anthropology also involves the study of people but focuses on humans and their immediate ancestors. Anthropologists examine patterns of culture and behavior in order to understand human diversity in the present and past. Students in the sociology and anthropology undergraduate program have the unique opportunity to take core classes in both disciplines, then select a concentration in either applied and clinical sociology or anthropology. The graduate program focuses on applied sociology, a field in which sociological knowledge is used to analyze real-world situations.

Sociology and Anthropology at Valdosta State University

The undergraduate major in sociology and anthropology at Valdosta State balances rigorous coursework with hands-on experience to prepare students for careers in the field or graduate studies. Class size in the program is small, with an average of 30 students per class. Students selecting the applied and clinical sociology concentration are required to complete an internship as part of their coursework. Internships in the areas of archaeology and cultural anthropology are strongly encouraged for students choosing the anthropology concentration. Students can gain additional hands-on experience by participating in the department’s study abroad program, in which students have traveled to locales including Belize, Mexico and France to immerse themselves in foreign culture while studying the discipline. Student organizations for majors include the VSU Anthropology Club, Alpha Kappa Delta, an international sociological honor society, and Lambda Alpha, a national anthropology honor society.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Concentrations:

Applied and Clinical Sociology

Anthropology

  • Master of Science (M.S.)

Minors

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology

About the Sociology and Anthropology Curriculum

B.A.

Students in both the applied and clinical sociology concentration and the anthropology concentration take introductory courses in anthropology and sociology, along with foreign language courses. Students in the applied and clinical sociology concentration receive a solid foundation in sociology and take courses in theory, research methods and statistics, clinical and applied sociology and more. Graduates are prepared for careers in human services, human resources, community organization, program development and organizational management. Students may also choose to pursue graduate work in sociology, law, public administration, counseling and social work. Students who choose the anthropology concentration take courses in the four major subfields of the discipline, including cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archeology and biological anthropology. The program provides students with the skills needed to succeed in a variety of employment settings or to continue their studies in graduate school.

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Anthropology Minor

The anthropology department offers a minor that includes coursework in both introductory and upper-level courses. Fifteen to 18 hours of coursework are required.

Sociology Minor

A sociology minor complements a number of majors, particularly those that involve a future career in human services, human resources, community organization, program development, law and organizational management. Fifteen to 18 hours of coursework are required.

M.S.

The Master of Science degree in sociology focuses on applying sociology to work and organizational settings. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, learn to gather and use data, develop keen skills in research and evaluation, become proficient in sociological theory, sharpen professional writing skills, and become skilled at addressing issues related to multiculturalism and diversity. Graduates are prepared to become competent practitioners and scholars in applied and academic settings.

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Careers*

  • Admissions counselor
  • Affirmative action specialist
  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Career counselor
  • Case manager
  • Caseworker
  • Community aide
  • Community development specialist
  • Community organizer
  • Consumer relations specialist
  • Correctional counselor
  • Employee relations coordinator
  • Government agency administrator
  • Hospital administrator
  • Housing coordinator
  • Human resources director
  • Human resources specialist
  • Human rights specialist
  • Issues manager
  • Juvenile court specialist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Market analyst
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Recruiter
  • Social worker
  • Sociologist
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Urban planner
  • Youth counselor

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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