Cultural Anthropology Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Students in the Sociology program will be prepared for careers in many fields, graduate school, and participation in society. Our students will graduate with an appreciation of the connection between individual experiences and the social forces in society.

Goals:

  1. Graduates will be prepared to enter a wide range of occupations and graduate education opportunities.
  2. Graduates will actively acquire an appreciation for diversity and develop a more diverse world view.
  3. Graduates will develop an applied understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics affecting relationships between groups, organizations, institutions, and nations.
  4. Graduates will develop the ability to use the sociological imagination to view social life from various perspectives.
  5. Graduates will develop the ability to utilize the research tools of sociology for the critical evaluation of contemporary society.

BA in Sociology with a Concentration in Cultural Anthropology

This concentration focuses on the rich diversity of human cultures through cross-cultural analyses of a wide variety of topics and perspectives including religion, music, food, environmental studies, area studies, symbolic systems, cultural materialism, and globalism. The courses are designed to expose students to the crucial influences culture has in the lives of people in American society and around the world.

Complete these courses (22 cr):

Code Course Credits

ANT 1010

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

An analysis of the origin and bases of culture. Its major components: cultural variation, cultural evolution, and cultural adaptation. Analysis of selected cultures as case studies.

This course fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

SOC 1010

Introduction to Sociology

A systematic introduction to the study of social behavior and social organization. The major conceptual tools of sociology are used to explore the structure, processes, and content of social action; to provide insight into the regularity and diversity of human social behavior.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

SOC 3910

Research Methods

Introduction to the basic methods of sociological research design, data collection, the organization and analysis of data, and their interpretation through an actual research project. This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement for Sociology majors.

Prerequisite: Junior majors in SOC, CRJ or acceptance in Social Work program, or consent of instructor.

4

SOC 4020

Sociological Theory

Critical analysis of the development of sociological thought from Comte to the present, with particular emphasis on the theoretical contributions which have been instrumental in the emergence of sociology as and academic discipline.

Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor.

3

SOC 4720

Capstone Seminar and Careers in Sociology

  • and complete 6 additional credits in SOC

A culminating seminar for Sociology majors to demonstrate an understanding of the field of sociology, the methods of sociological research, and investigate careers and graduate school opportunities in Sociology and related fields.

Prerequisite: SOC 3910 and SOC 4020.

3

and complete 3 of the following 7 courses (9 cr):

Code Course Credits

ANT 2210

Anthropology and the Environment

This course explores the interface between culture and the natural environment from a cultural ecological perspective. Through cross-cultural comparisons, with an emphasis on the contrasts between small-scale and large-scale societies, it examines human relationships with nature. Particular attention is given to the effects subsistence practices, economics, politics, and globalization have on a culture's changing attitudes about and behaviors toward the environment.

This course fulfills the World Views Frame of Reference.

Periodically

3

ANT 2710

Selected Topics in Anthropology

Specialized study in Anthropology with specific topics to be announced prior to each semester. Course offerings will be determined by student demand and faculty availability. Specific topics may include: ethnomusicology, indigenous Americans, culture area studies, archaeology, ethnography, and anthropology theory.

Prerequisite: ANT 1010.

Periodically

3

ANT 3210

Anthropology of Food

The relationship between food, culture, and society, and its role in historical and contemporary cultures is now recognized as a serious field of research and scholarship, especially in anthropology and related fields. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, including culinary history, archeology, economics, diet and nutritional studies, as well as cooking demonstrations, guest cooks, and dining, the course will examine the function and meaning of food and cuisine as a way to understand cultural invention and identity, social organization, conflict, and social change.

Fee Lab Fee $50.

Periodically

3

ANT 4910

Independent Study

3

SOC 3140

Sociology of Popular Music

A sociological analysis of the origins, evolution, and place of popular music forms in modern societies, with emphasis on the American experience. Special attention is paid to the dynamic interplay between popular cultural (emergent) and mass cultural (commodified) forms of music—especially soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, punk, reggae, and rap—as well as the social conditions and subcultures from which such music arises.

Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor.

Periodically

3

SOC 3160

Anthropology of Religion

This course offers a cross cultural and sociological examination of the function, meaning, and evolutionary significance of religious symbols and practices in human societies. An examination of the origin and evolution of spiritual or supernatural cultures- including animism, magic, witchcraft, myth, and theism- will provide a historical and cross cultural perspective on the varieties of religious experience.

Periodically

3

SOC 4910

Independent Study

[3 cr required]

Available by arrangement with coordinator.

Signed contract required at time of registration.

1-3

and complete 12 credits in related work (approved by the coordinator)

(Credits required for the major: 43 cr)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Click here for General Education Requirements.