Sociocultural Anthropology (Minor)

The minor in sociocultural anthropology, offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is designed to provide students with a substantive understanding of the theoretical assumptions and methodological techniques underlying the field of sociocultural anthropology. Courses provide students with knowledge about and theoretical approaches to cross-cultural studies and transnational research, emphasizing culture and political economy in historical context. Specifically, students minoring in sociocultural anthropology will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • anthropological approaches to and explanatory frameworks for the study of social issues in culture and political economy
  • application of theoretical knowledge to understanding sociocultural practices across local and global contexts
  • awareness of cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual, class and age differences and commonalities across world social formations
  • critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • development of their own anthropological perspective for use in their everyday lives and future studies or employment
  • effective oral presentation and written communication
  • interpretation of cultural practices, social theory and social texts
  • qualitative research methods in anthropology and other social sciences and interpretive humanities, including ethnographic field research and library research

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Sociocultural Anthropology (Minor)
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