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The Faculty

Chair:  Glenn Petersen

Professors:

  • Susan M. Chambr
  • Glenn Petersen
  • Michael Plekon
  • Barbara Katz Rothman
  • Parmatma Saran

Associate Professor:

  • Carolle Charles
  • Kyra Gaunt (joint appointment with Black and Hispanic Studies)
  • Kenneth Guest
  • Ted Henken (joint appointment with Black and Hispanic Studies)
  • Robin Root

Assistant Professor:

  • Carla Bellamy
  • Ke Liang
  • Gregory Snyder

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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.) For sociology majors interested in social work, the department offers several courses that provide experiential as well as theoretical exposure to the field, including actual work experience in recognized social work agencies.

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The Major

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 course
3 credits
     and 
Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology   ( ANT 4110)3 credits
       or 
Social Statistics    ( ANT 4111)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)3 credits
The Lives of Hinduism   ( ANT 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

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
Social Change in the Black Community3 credits
Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion   ( ANT 3165)3 credits
Social Change3 credits
Social Movements3 credits
Anthropology of Business3 credits
Urban Anthropology3 credits
Power and Conflict3 credits

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The Minor

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers Tier III 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

Social Problems

3 hours; 3 credits

Cuban Culture and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

The Changing Demographics of the City

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of Bioethics

3 hours; 3 credits

The remaking of New York: the Immigrant Experience

3 hours; 3 credits

Personality and Social Structure

3 hours; 3 credits

Criminology

3 hours; 3 credits

Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

3 hours; 3 credits

Migration in the Americas

3 hours; 3 credits

Deviant Behavior

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Stratification

3 hours; 3 credits

Community Organization

3 hours; 3 credits

Population and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

Collective Behavior and Social Movements

3 hours; 3 credits

Political Sociology

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern Organizations

3 hours; 3 credits

Small Groups

3 hours; 3 credits

Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

"Women, Culture, and Society"

3 hours; 3 credits

Native Americans

3 hours; 3 credits

Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of India

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands

3 hours; 3 credits

People and Culture of Haiti

3 hours; 3 credits

"Passing, Covering, and Social Stigma in Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality"

3 hours; 3 credits

"Passing, Covering, and Social Stigma in Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality"

3 hours; 3 credits

Race and Ethnic Relation

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of the Family

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

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

Social Change in the Black Community

3 hours; 3 credits

"Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion"

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Change

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Movements

3 hours; 3 credits

The Lives of Hinduism

3 hours; 3 credits

Internship in Human Service and Community Organization I

"3 credits, hours to be arranged."

Internship in Human Service and Community Organizations II

3 credits; 1 plus 90 hours of service

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective

3 hours; 3 credits

The Globalization of English

3 hours; 3 credits

Methods of Sociological Research

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Sociological Theories

3 hours; 3 credits

Religious Worlds of New York

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociological Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Statistics

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociological Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

Ind Stud Soc I

3 hours; 3 credits

Ind Stud Soc II

1 hour; 1 credit

Ind Stud Soc III

3 hours; 3 credits

Ind Stud Soc IV

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Intro Sociology

3 hours; 3 credits

Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

"The City That Care Forgot: The Roots, Ruin, and Rebirth of New Orleans"

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study Sociology Honors

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Ind Stud Soc II

3 hours; 3 credits

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Courses in Geography (GEOG)

Introduction to Human Geography

3 hours; 3 credits

World Regional Geography

3 hours; 3 credits

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Courses in Anthropology (ANT)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

Introduction to Human Geography

3 hours; 3 credits

Cuban Culture and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

Anthropology of Business

3 hours; 3 credits

Learning in a Cross-Cultural Context

3 hours; 3 credits

The remaking of New York: the Immigrant Experience

3 hours; 3 credits

World Regional Geography

3 hours; 3 credits

The Convergence of Art and Science: Anthropology in New York City Museums

4 hours; 3 credits

Selected Topics in Anthropology and Sociology

3 hours; 3 credits

"Women, Culture, and Society"

3 hours; 3 credits

Native Americans

3 hours; 3 credits

Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of India

3 hours; 3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands

3 hours; 3 credits

People and Culture of Haiti

3 hours; 3 credits

"Passing, Covering, and Social Stigma in Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality"

3 hours; 3 credits

Race and Ethnic Relation

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociology of the Family

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Communication

3 hours; 3 credits

Urban Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

Power and Conflict

3 hours; 3 credits

"Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion"

3 hours; 3 credits

The Lives of Hinduism

3 hours; 3 credits

South Asian Religion

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

3 hours; 3 credits

Religious Worlds of New York

3 hours; 3 credits

Sociological Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Statistics

3 hours; 3 credits

Anthropological Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

HON INTRO TO ANT

3 hours; 3 credits

HON SEL TOP IN ANT

3 hours; 3 credits

HON CITY CARE FORGOT

3 hours; 3 credits

HON ANTHROPOLOGY I

3 hours; 3 credits

HON ANTHROPOLOGY II

3 hours; 3 credits

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