Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  

Sociology & Anthropology Undergraduate Programs

Sociology is a valuable liberal arts major for students planning careers not only in social research, criminology, demography, or social psychology, for example, but also for those pursuing a course of study in public administration, gerontology, education, rehabilitation social work, and market research. It provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, architecture, and even politics. In many professional schools, courses in sociology are part of the required training.

The wide selection of courses in sociology offers the student the opportunity to:
  • Focus on criminal justice;
  • Concentrate on urban issues;
  • Study social institutions (educational, economic, or religious institutions, as well as the family);
  • Examine the forms and sources of social inequalities, including those of class, race, ethnicity, and gender.

A major in anthropology is important for those who seek to understand our multiethnic society and the varieties of culture on our planet. It is a valuable asset for any work entailing contact with the public and especially for careers involving international affairs or travel. The experience with cultural diversity that anthropology provides is excellent preparation for law, business, and other graduate studies, and its biological component makes it attractive to admissions officers of medical schools. The synthesizing nature of anthropology allows it to work well as a double major with other areas of the humanities as well as the natural and social sciences.

Courses in anthropology cover the traditional four fields:
  • Cultural anthropology (ethnology)
  • Archaeology
  • Physical anthropology
  • Anthropological linguistics

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