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The Faculty

Chair:  Carla Bellamy

Professors:

  • Kenneth Guest
  • Barbara Katz Rothman
  • Glenn Petersen
  • Michael Plekon
  • Robin Root

Associate Professor:

  • Carla Bellamy
  • Carolle Charles
  • Katrin Hansing
  • Ted Henken (joint appointment with Black and Latino Studies)
  • Gregory Snyder

Assistant Professor:

  • Angie Beeman

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Field Description

The behavioral sciences of sociology and anthropology help students develop an appreciation and understanding of the myriad structures and processes that characterize life in social groups. While sociology tends to concentrate on complex modern societies, exploring societal change and institutions, anthropology tends to cover a wider span, focusing on both Western and non-Western societies. (cultural anthropology is stressed at Baruch.) The methods and insights of sociology and cultural anthropology offer the tools you need to succeed in our globalizing world and to grapple with the great challenges and questions of our time. Does "the American Dream" still work, as Baruch College's motto claims, or has income inequality in America reached the point of no return? Are there universal human rights? If so, who gets to decide what they are? What is globalization exactly, and how does it shape your life and the lives of others?  How can we meet the challenges posed by urbanization and climate change?  What is sexuality and why are there so many strong opinions about it?  Is there really any such thing as religious violence?  What is religion, anyway?  What do changing attitudes toward gender roles tell us about what it means to be an American?  What is race?  Why does racism persist?

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College offers courses that can help you understand your place in the world, your part in it, and what it takes to create change and progress in your own life, your career, and in the world.  Pursuing a major in sociology or a minor in sociology or cultural anthropology, is both intellectually compelling and practical.  Students who concentrate in these disciplines pursue careers in criminal justice, human services, education, government, non-profits, and business.  Students at Baruch who opt to major in a business discipline can enhance their appeal to prospective employers by minoring in sociology or cultural anthropology.  Both of these disciplines foster creative, critical, and innovative thinking skills that are honed through engagement with real-life situations and problems.

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The Major - fall 2016 (See below for changes to the Major that will take place in spring 2017.)

Sociology majors must satisfy the requirements of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences as well as departmental requirements. In addition to completing the introductory courses, a total of 24 credits in the department is required. The sociology major has the following components: introductory courses, foundation courses (both required and recommended), and concentration courses.

A base introductory course, either Sociology 1005 or Anthropology 1001, is required by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Two other foundation courses are also required.

Sociology majors may choose to select a concentration. Concentrations are designed to guide students in the selection of courses relevant to future careers as well as to provide all students with a solid grounding in the fields of sociology and anthropology. The department offers courses in three concentrations. Wide ranges of courses allow for a broader understanding of the complexities of modern society. These courses help prepare students for active involvement in the efforts to resolve urban problems.

Introductory Course
Introduction to Sociology3 credits
or 
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3 credits

Foundation Courses   (required)
Sociological Theory    ( ANT 4100)3 credits
Any advanced anthropology course3 credits
     and 
Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology   ( ANT 4110)3 credits
       or 
Social Statistics    3 credits

Concentrations

Multiculturalism and Globalization
Women, Culture, and Society    ( ANT 3110)3 credits
Native Americans  ( ANT 3111)3 credits
Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe   ( ANT 3112)3 credits
Cultures and Peoples of India  ( ANT 3113)3 credits
Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands    ( ANT 3114)3 credits
People and Culture of Haiti   ( ANT 3115)3 credits
Race and Ethnic Relations  ( ANT 3125), ( BLS 3125), ( LTS 3125)3 credits
The Lives of Hinduism ( AAS 3175), ( ANT 3175), ( REL 3175)3 credits
Social Institutions 
Sociology of the Family   ( ANT 3131)3 credits
Social Welfare Institutions3 credits
Sociology of Health and Illness3 credits
Sociology of Complex Organizations3 credits
Sociology of Religion3 credits
SOC 4025HWriters and Their Spiritual Searches: Religious Themes in Contemporary Literature ( ANT 4025H), ( REL 4025H3 credits 
Social Processes and Change 
Political Sociology   ( POL 3062)3 credits
Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology   ( ANT 3085)3 credits
Social Issues and Social Policy3 credits
Social Communication   ( ANT 3152)3 credits
Crime and Justice in Sociological Perspective3 credits
Urban Sociology3 credits
Social Inequality3 credits
Civil Society and Community Organizations3 credits
Social Demography3 credits
Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion   ( ANT 3165)3 credits
Social Movements3 credits
Anthropology of Business3 credits
Urban Anthropology3 credits
Power and Conflict3 credits

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The Major - Effective spring 2017

Sociology majors must satisfy the degree requirements of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences as well as departmental requirements. In addition to completing an introductory or prerequisite course in either sociology or anthropology. a total of 24 credits of coursework in the department are requirements. These include two foundation courses, and six elective courses at the 3000-level or above. One of those electives must be a sociology course at the 4000-level or above and one must be an anthropology elective at the 3000 or 4000-level. Elective courses cover a broad range of topics, including the following: globalization; migration; race; gender and sexuality; social inequality; religion; urban life and institutions; environment and climate change; human geography; area studies; religion health; social movements; and peace and war. Students who are interested in any of the specific areas of focus are encouraged to seek advisement from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

Introductory Course:

Introduction to Sociology

3 credits
or 
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3 credits

Foundation Courses: 6 credits
Sociological Theory    ( ANT 4100)3 credits
SOC 4110Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology ( ANT 41103 credits 

 
Electives: 18 credits 
Any courses in Sociology or Anthropology at the intermediate or advanced level (3000 or 4000-level). Sociology majors must take at least one elective course in Sociology at the 4000-level or above and one elective course in Anthropology at the 3000 or 4000-level. 

 The Minor

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers minors in both sociology and anthropology. These programs give students an in-depth understanding of key concepts of fields within sociology and anthropology. Students are required to take three courses in the department at the 3000 or 4000-level, including at least one at the 4000-level. Although the department recommends either ANT 4800 or SOC 4900, any 4000-level course offered by the department may serve as the capstone for either the sociology or the anthropology minor.

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Courses

Courses in Sociology (SOC)

Introductory Sociology

3 hours; 3 credits

Cuban Culture and Society ( ANT 3015), ( LTS 3015)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3021The U.S. and Mexican Border ( ANT 3021), LTS 3021)3 hours; 3 credits 

The Changing Demographics of the City ( BLS 3030), ( LTS 3030)

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of Bioethics

3 hours; 3 credits

The Remaking of New York: the Immigrant Experience ( ANT 3035), ( BLS 3035), ( LTS 3035)

3 hours; 3 credits

Migration in the Americas ( BLS 3044), ( LTS 3044)

3 hours; 3 credits

Political Sociology ( POL 3062)

3 hours; 3 credits

Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

Women, Culture, and Society ( ANT 3110)

3 hours; 3 credits

Native Americans ( ANT 3111)

3 hours; 3 credits

Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe ( ANT 3112)

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of India ( ANT 3113)

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands (ANT 3114)

3 hours; 3 credits

People and Culture of Haiti ( ANT 3115), ( BLS 3115)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3120

Passing, Covering, and Social Stigma in Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality ( ANT 3120),

( BLS 3120), ( LTS 3120)

3 hours; 3 credits

Race and Ethnic Relations ( ANT 3125), ( BLS 3125), ( LTS 3125)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3130H

The City That Care Forgot: The Roots, Ruin, and Rebirth of New Orleans ( ANT 3130H),

( BLS 3130H), ( LTS 3130H)

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of the Family ( ANT 3131)

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Welfare Institutions

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of Health and Illness

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of Complex Organizations

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Issues And Social Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Communication ( ANT 3152)

3 hours; 3 credits

Crime and Justice in Sociological Perspective

3 hours; 3 credits

Urban Sociology

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Inequality

3 hours; 3 credits

Civil Society And Community Organizations

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Demography

3 hours; 3 credits

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion ( ANT 3165)

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Movements

3 hours; 3 credits

The Lives of Hinduism ( AAS 3175), ( ANT 3175), ( REL 3175)

3 hours; 3 credits

Internship in Human Service and Community Organization I

hours to be arranged; 3 credits

Internship in Human Service and Community Organizations II

hours to be arranged; 3 credits

SOC 3540The Tradition of Islam ( AAS 3540), ( ANT 3540), ( REL 35403 hours; 3 credits 

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective ( AAS 4010)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Globalization of English ( COM 4015), ( ENG 4015)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 4025HWriters and Their Spiritual Searches: Religious Themes in Contemporary Literature ( ANT 4025H), ( REL 4025H)3 hours; 3 credits 

Methods of Sociological Research

3 hours; 3 credits

Religious Worlds of New York ( ANT 4050), ( REL 4050)

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociological Theory ( ANT 4100)

3 hours; 3 credits

Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology ( ANT 4110)

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Statistics

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociological Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study I

hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study II

hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study III

hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study IV

hours and credits to be arranged

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Courses in Anthropology (ANT)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

Introduction to Human Geography ( GEOG 3009)

3 hours; 3 credits

Cuban Culture and Society ( LTS 3015), ( SOC 3015)

3 hours; 3 credits

Anthropology of Business

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3021The U.S. and Mexican Border ( LTS 3021), ( SOC 3021 

The Remaking of New York: the Immigrant Experience ( BLS 3035), ( LTS 3035), ( SOC 3035)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3036 

World Regional Geography ( GEOG 3036)

3 hours; 3 credits

Selected Topics in Anthropology and Sociology ( SOC 3085)

3 hours; 3 credits

Women, Culture, and Society ( SOC 3110)

3 hours; 3 credits

Native Americans ( SOC 3111)

3 hours; 3 credits

Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe ( SOC 3112)

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of India ( SOC 3113)

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands ( SOC 3114)

3 hours; 3 credits

People and Culture of Haiti ( BLS 3115), ( SOC 3115)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3120

Passing, Covering, and Social Stigma in Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality ( BLS 3120),

( LTS 3120), ( SOC 3120)

3 hours; 3 credits

Race and Ethnic Relations ( BLS 3125), ( LTS 3125), ( SOC 3125)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3130H

The City That Care Forgot: The Roots, Ruin, and Rebirth of New Orleans ( BLS 3130H),

 ( LTS 3130H), ( SOC 3130H)

 
ANT 3131Sociology of the Family ( SOC 3131)3 hours; 3 credits 

Social Communication ( SOC 3152)

3 hours; 3 credits

Urban Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

Power and Conflict

3 hours; 3 credits

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion ( SOC 3165)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Lives of Hinduism ( AAS 3175), ( REL 3175), ( SOC 3175)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3540The Tradition of Islam ( AAS 3540), ( REL 3540), ( SOC 3540)3 hours; 3 credits 

South Asian Religion ( AAS 3821), ( REL 3821)

3 hours; 3 credits

Anthropology and Contemporary World Issues

"3 hours, 3 credits"

Seminar on the Anthropology of Peace and War

3 hours; 3 credits

Translating Between Worlds: Literature and Anthropology ( CMP 4020)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 4025HWriters and Their Spiritual Searches: Religious Themes in Contemporary Literature ( REL 4025H), ( SOC 4025H)3 hours; 3 credits 

Religious Worlds of New York ( REL 4050), ( SOC 4050)

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociological Theory ( SOC 4100)

3 hours; 3 credits

Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology ( SOC 4110)

3 hours; 3 credits

Anthropological Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study I

hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study II

hours and credits to be arranged

Honors Anthropology I

3 hours; 3 credits

Honors Anthropology II

3 hours; 3 credits

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Courses in Geography (GEOG)

Introduction to Human Geography ( ANT 3009)

3 hours; 3 credits

World Regional Geography ( ANT 3036)

3 hours; 3 credits

 

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