Sociology & Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

No matter what your long term plans are, you’ll want to understand the social and cultural forces shaping the world in which we live.

Through written and oral communication, class projects, internships and international experience, in Sociology & Anthropology classes you’ll investigate social inequality, social change, biological variation, identity, linguistic diversity (and more) in the U.S. and globally.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology trains students to understand the social and cultural forces shaping the world in which we live, giving students the tools to question and engage with key social issues. The curriculum emphasizes critical analysis, written and oral communication, international experience, and internships. Students are trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods and acquire the practical tools that sociologists and anthropologists use to make sense of social phenomena.

What You'll Learn

This major’s curriculum requires students to think critically, applying a range of theoretical approaches to interpret cultural-social phenomena. Students hone qualitative and quantitative research methods that emphasize written and oral communication, international experience and internships.

  • think critically by incorporating different theoretical approaches in interpreting social-cultural phenomena
  • demonstrate understanding of and appreciation for cultural and other diversities and of the relations between micro- and macro-level phenomena
  • examine human inequalities (based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, and ability, among others)

Program Highlights

Study what matters to you

Through class projects, summer experiences and independent projects students will have opportunities to conduct research using the tools and methods that sociologists and anthropologists use to make sense of social phenomena.

A diverse group of majors and minors

Sociology and Anthropology classes at Agnes Scott attract a cross-section of students. You’ll have opportunities to be in conversation with students from different groups, backgrounds and various perspectives. No matter what your eventual major, our discussion-based classes improve critical-thinking skills, and encourage students to learn with, and from, each other. Our classes give students room to think differently.

See connections to other programs

Students and faculty in Sociology and Anthropology have interests in Africana Studies, human rights, politics, art, history, public health, music, psychology, creative writing, environmental studies and more. Our curriculum encourages you to make connections between the various fields of study and co-curricular experiences you are interested in.

Meet the Faculty

Doug Falen

Douglas J. Falen

Professor of Anthropology/Chair of Sociology and Anthropology

Headshot of Regine Jackson

Regine O. Jackson

Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, Kathy '68 and Lawrence Ashe Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies

Yvonne Newsome

Yvonne D. Newsome

Professor of Sociology

Working in Sociology and Anthropology

Because the field is so broad-ranging, a degree in sociology prepares you for a wide variety of jobs.

Students with this major will study the systems and structures that govern interactions within society and communities. The communication and critical thinking skills you’ll acquire will prepare you for advanced graduate study or a variety of professional fields.

  • Archival/Curatorial Assistant
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Cultural Affairs Coordinator
  • Field Research Assistant/Fellow
  • Intake Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator

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