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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors

In successfully completing a major in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, a student will possess:

  • the ability to see how individual lives are connected with wider social and cultural processes and forces;
  • fundamental understanding of the relationship between theory and method in the historical context of their discipline;
  • the ability to access, organize, critically analyze, and produce knowledge about humans as social and cultural beings;
  • oral and written skillsĀ for effective communication in a variety of contexts; and
  • the ability to work both independently and cooperatively in application of sociological or anthropological ideas.

Requirements for Majors

The sociology and anthropology majors are available as bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) offers courses in two distinct major-related categories which are identified accordingly: those supporting only sociology (SOCL) and those supporting only anthropology (ANTH). Courses serving both areas (the bulk of the curriculum) are designated SOAN.

The following core courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C- or higher: ANTH 111 or SOCL 101 (for the respective major), SOAN 307, SOAN 385, SOAN 400-level seminar, SOAN 485/486.

For a Major in Sociology

40 credits in Sociology (SOCL) and Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN) courses, including:

  • SOAN 040
  • SOAN 085
  • SOCL 101
  • SOAN 307
  • SOAN 385
  • one other 300-level course
  • SOAN 485
  • SOAN 486
  • one 400-level MWI seminar (SOAN 404, 454, 456, 460, or 465)

For Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology: Those students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology are strongly encouraged to take either MATH 140 and/or SOAN 375. Completion of a thesis is strongly encouraged.

For a Major in Anthropology

40 credits in Anthropology (ANTH) and Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN) courses, including:

  • SOAN 040
  • SOAN 085
  • ANTH 111
  • either ANTH 105, ANTH 112 or ANTH 340
  • one semester of study abroad
  • SOAN 307
  • SOAN 385
  • one other 300-level course
  • SOAN 485
  • SOAN 486
  • one 400-level MWI seminar (SOAN 404, 454, 456, 460, or 465)

Requirements for Minors

For a Minor in Sociology

20 credits in Sociology (SOCL) and Sociology/ Anthropology (SOAN) courses, including:

  • SOCL 101
  • at least one 300- or 400-level course

For a Minor in Anthropology

20 credits in Anthropology (ANTH) and Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN) courses, including:

  • ANTH 111
  • one world area, in the department or, with approval of SOAN chair, a world area course from another department (e.g. HIST)
  • at least one 300- or 400-level course

For Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Social Studies

For Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Social Studies, a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later then his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.]