Courses

Study cultureSociology focuses on the study of human society, including social action and social organizations. Sociologists use theories and scientific research methods to examine social life in its multitude of settings. They investigate the interconnections of race, class and gender in the lives of members of our society. 

Anthropologists compare societies and cultures, both the unity of humankind and the diverse and unique ways different peoples meet basic human needs. Much of the information anthropologists have gathered comes from small-scale, non-Western societies. This represents an opportunity to step outside familiar experience and broaden our understanding of what it means to be a human being. 

Sociology Courses:

SOC-101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (4)
Current sociological theory and research as they relate to primary units of social life, social processes and social institutions. Emphasis on relating concepts to contemporary American society.

SOC-206 RESEARCH STATISTICS (4)
Basic theory, principles and applications of statistics in behavioral science research.
Prerequisite: Any one of the following: PSY-101, PSY-102, ANT-101, ANT-202, PH-101, POL-101, POL-102, or SOC-101
(Cross-listed with PSY-206)

SOC-211 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (4)
The family as a basic social institution. The range of alternative behaviors in contemporary family life. Role relationships within the family and changes in family patterns. Family organization in different social classes, ethnic groups and utopian communities.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with WS-211)

SOC-217 SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY 4
Education in cross-cultural perspective. The role of education in the transmission of values and culture. The conflict between family and school. The inequality of educational opportunity.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with EDU-217)

SOC-221 SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS (4)
Examines competing definitions of and solutions to social problems. Topics vary, but may include issues related to wealth and poverty, racism, gender, work, family, education, and globalization.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

SOC-230 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER (4)
Survey of the history, basic theories and recent research integrating these key concepts for modern society. Systematic examination of the effects of these variables on different groups in society.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with WS-231 and AS-230)

SOC-251 HISTORY OF SOCIAL THEORY (4)
Introduction to theory in social science, review of the major theoretical constructs of the 19th century and application in modern social science.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

SOC-301 COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (4)
Examination of organized efforts at social change through discussion of traditional and contemporary perspective relative to collective action and American social movements such as, but not limited to, civil rights and feminist movements.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

SOC-310 THE “OTHER” AFRICAN AMERICANS (4)
Seminar on diversity within black America, focusing on the experiences of Caribbean, African and Latin American immigrants. We consider the implications of reconceptualizing “the” black community as several overlapping communities made up of African-Americans, West Indians, diasporic Africans, and Afro-Latinos.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101 or AS-170
(Cross-listed with AS-310)

SOC-319 PRACTICUM IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (4)
Bridges theory and practice by placing students in agencies or organizations with preparation and supervision. The objective is to expose the students to interactions with career professionals and connect practical experience with social theories.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

SOC-325 URBAN LIVES (4)
An exploration of social change, particularly the ways societal processes and social structures influence human behavior in urban settings. Issues such as deindustrialization, urban poverty, environmental pollution and gentrification will be discussed.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

SOC-333 RACE AND PLACE IN THE NEW SOUTH (4)
This course is designed for majors. By focusing on questions of race and place, we will examine the "New South" using an approach that is sensitive to issues of representation, local histories, and racial mythologies. As a class, our goal will be to develop a critical understanding of the region and its redevelopment in the post-Civil Rights Movement era. Our work will include, but is not limited to, issues of segregation, gentrification, "Latinization," and community organizing. Atlanta, the so-called capital of "New South," will be a particular focus. The central assignment for this class is an independent "place study" of a metro Atlanta neighborhood. Some field trips and film screenings will take place outside of class time.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101 or AS-170
(Cross-listed with AS-333)

SOC-350 CONTEMPORARY THEORY IN SOCIOLOGY (4)
Survey of current theories with a rotating concentration on particular theories and issues.
Prerequisite: SOC-251

SOC-356 COMPARATIVE BLACK FEMINISMS (4)
Interdisciplinary analysis and critique of the history of ideas which make up African and African Diasporic feminist thought and practice.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with AS-356 and WS-356)

SOC-370 AFRICAN-AMERICAN IMAGES IN POPULAR CULTURE (4)
Emphasis given to the influence of race on U.S. culture and the interplay of race and culture with politics.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with AS-370, WS-395)

SOC-390 FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (4)
Introduction to social research, including developing research questions, reviewing literature, carrying out field research and data analysis. Involves teamwork. Basic skills include kinship, ethnography, interviews and surveys. Topic varies by semester.
Prerequisite: SOC-101, ANT-101, junior standing
(Cross-listed with ANT-390)

SOC-391 SPECIAL AREAS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY (4)
Topics vary by semester, according to professor teaching the course. Each student will design and carry out a research project.
Prerequisite: SOC-390 or ANT-390
(Cross-listed with ANT-391)

SOC-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section in the catalog for more information.

SOC-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

SOC-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

SOC-482 SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR (4)
An exploration of important sociological research topics. Topics include issues related to the intersection of race, class and gender. Open only to junior and senior sociology-anthropology majors.

SOC-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

Anthropology Courses:

ANT-101 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (4)
Overview of cultural universals and cultural diversity, using comparative analysis of African, American, Asian and other cultures. Examination of the impact of contact between cultures and the contemporary condition of indigenous peoples, using case studies (ethnographies), ethnographic film and class activities.

ANT-202 HUMAN ORIGINS (4)
Overview of evidence of the biological, social and ecological bases of human behavior, from East African fossils to the present; modern biological variation and its effect on society. Examination of fossil material, artifacts and contemporary skeletal material. Theoretical explanations for physical and cultural development of humans and other primates, including evolution and ecology, with specific attention to the origins of race and gender and implications for contemporary society.

ANT-214 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION: MYTH, RITUAL, AND SYMBOL (4)
This course examines the nature of religious institutions, rituals, beliefs, and experiences. By drawing upon anthropological theories of religion and selected ethnographies, we seek to understand the complex interplay between the beliefs, practices, and experiences of religion(s) and the socio-cultural contexts in which they are embedded. How do religions relate to the social order? Are they reflections of it or contested sites upon which political, economic, and cultural struggles are fought? Is religion primarily a social or psychological phenomenon? What is the nature of religious rituals and what role do they play in the construction of identity? How do sex and gender inform the nature of religious experience? What are myths and symbols? In order to explore these questions, students will be asked to engage with the anthropological corpus of theoretical and ethnographic writings on religion. In addition, there will be an opportunity to apply these concepts to the students’ own lived realities through field exercises that combine theoretical analysis with participant observation.
(Cross-listed with REL-214)

ANT-219 TRANSATLANTIC VOODOO (4)
Traces Voodoo/Vodun religious traditions from West Africa to the Caribbean and North America, including the history of European contact and the slave trade, European views of African religions, and the cultural and symbolic meanings of Voodoo spirits and dancing.
(Cross-listed with AS-219 and REL-219)

ANT-240 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (4)
This course provides a introduction to medical anthropology, incorporating both cultural and biological approaches to the sub-field. The course will examine the variation of experience, meaning, and response to human health and illness across cultures. Particular emphasis will be placed on the application of theoretical concepts in medical anthropology to public health and development work.
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101 or PH-101
(Cross-listed with PH-240)

ANT-245 MARRIAGE, SEXUALITY AND POWER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (4)
This course reviews marriage around the world such as polygyny, monogamy, polyandry, and homosexual and heterosexual unions and discusses the consequences for emotional bonds, power, sexuality, children, and financial arrangements.
(Cross-listed with WS-245)

ANT-301 CONTEMPORARY CULTURES AND CONTROVERSIES IN LATIN AMERICA (4)
This course focuses on understanding the legacies of colonial and neo-colonial relationships in Latin America through exploration of current controversies and social issues. The critical reading of ethnographies from throughout the region will be central to the course.
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101

ANT-325 ETHNOGRAPHY OF RELIGION (4)
This course will guide students as they pursue a semester-long independent ethnographic study of a religious community in the Atlanta area. Students will conduct participant observation fieldwork in a religious setting of their choosing.
Prerequisite: One course in religious studies or anthropology.
(Cross-listed with REL-325)

ANT-330 LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (4)
Introduces students to the anthropological study of language in human social life. In addition to examining the definition and origins of human language, students will learn phonetics and the social functions of language in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

ANT-340 WORLDS OF CULTURE: GLOBAL ETHNOGRAPHY (4)
A sample of ethnographies offering detailed anthropological studies of a range of geographic regions and cultural themes. The course probes other cultures’ ways of knowing and how they deal with religion, ecology, economics, kinship, gender, health, language, and globalization.
Prerequisite: ANT-101

ANT-345 ANTHROPOLOGY OF PUBLIC HEALTH (4)
This course examines anthropological perspectives and practices for understanding public health and medicine. It considers a variety of health issues, discourses, knowledge, and practices among different societies and social strata within various societies. It likewise explores globalization’s effects on health.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

ANT-350 ANTHROPOLOGY OF VIOLENCE (4)
This course explores violence across the modern world, including political, structural,
symbolic, and "everyday violence." Case studies of genocide, ethnocide, femicide, and rape will be considered through a human rights framework, with particular emphasis on reparation, rebuilding, and prevention.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101 or PH-101 or REL/POL-125
(Cross-listed with PH-350)

ANT-354 HUMAN CULTURE IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (4)
Advanced course on anthropological understandings of culture and humanity. Students read ethnographies and theoretical works to examine different ways of understanding behavior.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

ANT-371 WOMEN, HEALTH AND SOCIETY (4)
Cross-cultural concepts of women’s bodies and health, including reproduction and child care, health practitioners and disease. Focus on gender, ethnic and class differences in health, health concepts and health practices.
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101
(Cross-listed with WS-371)

ANT-372 AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES (4)
This interdisciplinary course will provide an overview of the key issues involved in the introduction of sustainable healthcare technology in resource-constrained regions. The course combines lectures on critical concepts in affordable health care technology development and implementation, including context and needs evaluation, supply chain infrastructure and usability design, financial sustainability, and the ethics of low-cost healthcare provision, with practical learning. Through close faculty mentorship, small groups of students will work in mixed-discipline teams (in partnership with Emory University and Georgia Tech.) to create a solution to an identified real-world health problem, such as delivering clean water or perinatal monitoring. Students will develop applications for mobile-based devices in recognition that such technologies are increasingly relied upon as a rapid route to implementing and deploying healthcare solutions (mHealth). Organizations based in relevant resource-constrained settings will be identified who can provide feedback and detailed information important to the solutions; wherever possible, pilot implementation of student-developed apps will be facilitated with local partners at the conclusion of the course.
Prerequisite: PH-211 or PH/ANT-240 or SOC/ANT-390 or PHY/MAT-130
(Cross-listed with PH-372).

ANT-380 CULTURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY OF AFRICA (4)
This course offers an examination and appreciation of African cultures in the present context and in historical perspective. Course topics include kinship, gender, politics, religion, economics, and colonialism. Students read several ethnographies for an in-depth understanding of specific cultures.
Prerequisite: any one course from ANT-101, SOC-101, ANT/REL/AS-219, AS-170, HIS-257, or AS-140/REL-217
(Cross-listed with AS-380 and REL-380)

ANT-390 FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (4)
Introduction to social research, including developing research questions, reviewing literature, carrying out field research and data analysis. Involves teamwork. Basic skills include kinship, ethnography, interviews and surveys. Topic varies by semester.
Prerequisite: SOC-101, ANT-101, junior standing
(Cross-listed with SOC-390)

ANT-391 SPECIAL AREAS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY (4)
Topics vary by semester, according to professor teaching the course. Each student will design and carry out a research project.
Prerequisite: SOC-390 or ANT-390
(Cross-listed with SOC-391)

ANT-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section in the catalog for more information.

ANT-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section in the catalog for more information.

ANT-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

ANT-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section in the catalog for more information.