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Sociology and Anthropology

Chair: Amy Orr
Transfer Advisor: Amy Orr
First-Year student contacts: Hillary Crane, Amy Orr


  • Any INQS 125 and/or any of the following
  • For Sociology:  Any 200-level class, SOCL 101.
  • For Anthropology:  Any 200-level class, ANTH 111, ANTH 112

Any 200-level course, or introductory courses, if not available in the fall.


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has three designations: SOCL, ANTH, and SOAN.  SOAN courses receive credit for either major (sociology or anthropology), while the first two designations are major-specific.  Students are encouraged to take any 100-level and 200-level courses in their first two years.  Introductory courses (100-level) are primarily for first and second-year students interested in exploring anthropology or sociology as a major.  The 200-level courses have no pre-requisites for them and are available to all students, major or non-major. Students are urged to take 200-level courses to explore their personal interests, or according to how those classes may relate to their own future major.

Study Abroad

A semester abroad is required for anthropology majors; a semester abroad or a January Term travel course is strongly recommended for sociology majors .  ANTH 111 is a valuable aid to preparing for the study abroad experience.  For students planning to study abroad in the fall semester, the 307 course should be taken in the earliest fall semester after freshman year that the student is resident on campus.  For students planning to study abroad in the spring semester, the 385 course should be taken in the earliest spring semester after freshman year that the student is resident on campus.  

Meeting Linfield Curriculum Requirements

Many courses in the Sociology-Anthropology curriculum meet the IS, US, or GP requirements in the Linfield Curriculum.  Courses carrying other LC designations include:

NW:         ANTH 105, ANTH 290 (105 and 290 are cross-listed with BIOL)

VP:           ANTH 112

UQ:           SOAN 210, SOAN 221, SOAN 240

CS:           SOAN 251, ANTH 255, ANTH 355

QR:           SOAN 307

EL:           SOAN 040, SOAN 439, SOAN 487

The MWI requirement is met by successful completion of a 400-level seminar (404, 454, 456, 460, or 465 ).