The sociology-anthropology major is suited for you if you are interested in explaining and understanding how society is organized, the origins and development of social institutions, social change, social organizations, race, class, gender, and culture. Courses incorporate topics such as politics, economics, gender, religion, health, language, and the environment. Numerous research opportunities and study abroad programs led by Millsaps professors offer opportunities to travel to Mexico, China, Tanzania, and other countries. You can major in sociology-anthropology with a concentration in anthropology or a concentration in sociology. You may also opt to major in sociology-anthropology and complete a concentration in sociology-anthropology.
We also offer minors in sociology, anthropology, and archaeology. If you minor in sociology, you will study human behavior in a variety of situations and under varying circumstances. You will examine the breadth of human lives, including topics such as politics, economics, gender, and religion, in an attempt to make sense out of human history and human endeavors. You will work with the Millsaps Sociology-Anthropology Department faculty members, who provide excellent research opportunities and study-abroad programs. Our faculty members actively involve you in their own research, offering hands-on training that is available at very few colleges and universities.
If you minor in anthropology, you will study human beings and their ancestors, with classes incorporating the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Anthropology encompasses many interests, and you may select courses such as Religion, Society, and Culture, Urban Life, Non-Western Societies, and Social and Cultural Theory. A minor in archaeology will involve detailed studies of past civilizations, including how they ate, thought, built, and operated as a society. Both minors nurture skills in cross-cultural awareness, critical thinking and analysis, teamwork, and communication.
Sociology-anthropology graduates find themselves well prepared for careers in just about anything.