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2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology and Sociology, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology offered through the College of Arts and Sciences  , is grounded in the history of ideas, theory, and methods common to both disciplines. In this program, students choose either an Anthropology or Sociology concentration that comprises the core courses of their major. Students continue in their chosen concentration but share a set of core courses that enables students to master the shared concepts, theoretical approaches, and methodological practices of both disciplines. Students complete their degree with a capstone experience that comprises original research under the advisement of a faculty mentor, which grounds their understanding of social life in the discipline of their choice. At the end of the program, students earn a degree in Anthropology and Sociology, with a choice of concentration in anthropology or sociology through consultation with their academic advisor.

A degree in Anthropology and Sociology provides students strong problem solving and communication skills and knowledge about people, their cultures, and the institutions and organizations that they create. These skills and knowledge prepare students to succeed in careers that deal with the social problems and issues that they studied in their major. Students who earn a degree in either Anthropology or Sociology find career opportunities in social and governmental services; administrative support and management in organizations; professional researchers and evaluators for social, governmental, corporate, or world organizations; public relations and human resource departments; or, continue onto graduate degree programs in anthropology, sociology, public policy, social work, museum studies, library science, and law.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. In addition, students must complete Core, Concentration Core, and Selective courses with a “C” or better.

General Education Requirement (37 - 41 Hours)

See the GSU Catalog (www.govst.edu/catalog) for the specific list of requirements. The general education requirements are the same as the university requirements (see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements ) except for the Social and Behavioral Science area where nine (9) hours must be completed, of which six (6) hours are lower-division courses in the chosen concentration, with one of those courses an introduction to the discipline, and three (3) hours of a social science course outside of the chosen concentration.

Concentration Core Courses (15 Hours)

Electives (46 - 50 Hours)

Additional courses as approved by academic advisor. Language study is highly recommended for students concentrating in Anthropology seeking graduate level anthropology training. An additional sociological theories course and an advanced statistics course is highly recommended for students concentrating in Sociology seeking graduate level sociology training.

Total - 120 Hours

NOTE: A total of no more than six credits of Independent Study (ANSO-4700  or ANSO-4710 ) may be counted toward the major, unless the academic adviser grants specific permission.

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