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The Faculty

Chair:  Glenn Petersen

Professors:

  • Susan M. Chambre
  • Kenneth Guest
  • Barbara Katz Rothman
  • Glenn Petersen
  • Michael Plekon
  • Robin Root
  • Parmatma Saran

Associate Professor:

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

Assistant Professor:

  • Angie Beeman
  • Ke Liang

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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
SOC 1005 Introduction to Sociology3 credits
or 
ANT 1001 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3 credits

Foundation Courses   (required)
SOC 4100 Sociological Theory    ( ANT 4100)3 credits
Any advanced anthropology course3 credits
     and 
SOC 4110 Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology   ( ANT 4110)3 credits
       or 
SOC 4111 Social Statistics    3 credits

Concentrations

Multiculturalism and Globalization
SOC 3110 Women, Culture, and Society    ( ANT 3110)3 credits
SOC 3111 Native Americans  ( ANT 3111)3 credits
SOC 3112 Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe   ( ANT 3112)3 credits
SOC 3113 Cultures and Peoples of India  ( ANT 3113)3 credits
SOC 3114 Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands    ( ANT 3114)3 credits
SOC 3115 People and Culture of Haiti   ( ANT 3115)3 credits
SOC 3125 Race and Ethnic Relations  ( ANT 3125), ( BLS 3125), ( LTS 3125)3 credits
SOC 3175 The Lives of Hinduism ( AAS 3175), ( ANT 3175), ( REL 3175)3 credits
Social Institutions 
SOC 3131 Sociology of the Family   ( ANT 3131)3 credits
SOC 3136 Social Welfare Institutions3 credits
SOC 3137 Sociology of Health and Illness3 credits
SOC 3138 Sociology of Complex Organizations3 credits
SOC 3141 Sociology of Religion3 credits
SOC 4025HWriters and Their Spiritual Searches: Religious Themes in Contemporary Literature ( ANT 4025H), ( REL 4025H3 credits 
Social Processes and Change 
SOC 3062 Political Sociology   ( POL 3062)3 credits
SOC 3085 Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology   ( ANT 3085)3 credits
SOC 3151 Social Issues and Social Policy3 credits
SOC 3152 Social Communication   ( ANT 3152)3 credits
SOC 3154 Crime and Justice in Sociological Perspective3 credits
SOC 3155 Urban Sociology3 credits
SOC 3156 Social Inequality3 credits
SOC 3157 Civil Society and Community Organizations3 credits
SOC 3158 Social Demography3 credits
SOC 3159 Social Change in the Black Community3 credits
SOC 3165 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion   ( ANT 3165)3 credits
SOC 3168 Social Change3 credits
SOC 3170 Social Movements3 credits
ANT 3020 Anthropology of Business3 credits
ANT 3153 Urban Anthropology3 credits
ANT 3161 Power and Conflict3 credits

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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)

SOC 1005 

Introductory Sociology

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3015 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3030 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3032 

Sociology of Bioethics

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3035 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3044 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3062 

Political Sociology ( POL 3062)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3085 

Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3110 

Women, Culture, and Society ( ANT 3110)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3111 

Native Americans ( ANT 3111)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3112 

Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe ( ANT 3112)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3113 

Cultures and Peoples of India ( ANT 3113)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3114 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3115 

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

SOC 3125 

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

SOC 3131 

Sociology of the Family

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3136 

Social Welfare Institutions

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3137 

Sociology of Health and Illness

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3138 

Sociology of Complex Organizations

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3141 

Sociology of Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3151 

Social Issues And Social Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3152 

Social Communication ( ANT 3152)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3154 

Crime and Justice in Sociological Perspective

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3155 

Urban Sociology

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3156 

Social Inequality

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3157 

Civil Society And Community Organizations

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3158 

Social Demography

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3159 

Social Change in the Black Community

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3165 

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion ( ANT 3165)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3168 

Social Change

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3170 

Social Movements

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3175 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 3185 

Internship in Human Service and Community Organization I

hours to be arranged; 3 credits

SOC 3186 

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 

SOC 4010 

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective ( AAS 4010)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 4015 

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 

SOC 4032 

Methods of Sociological Research

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 4050 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 4100 

Sociological Theory ( ANT 4100)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 4110 

Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology ( ANT 4110)

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 4111 

Social Statistics

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 4900 

Sociological Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

SOC 5000 

Independent Study I

hours and credits to be arranged

SOC 5001 

Independent Study II

hours and credits to be arranged

SOC 5002 

Independent Study III

hours and credits to be arranged

SOC 5003 

Independent Study IV

hours and credits to be arranged

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Courses in Anthropology (ANT)

ANT 1001 

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3009 

Introduction to Human Geography ( GEOG 3009)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3015 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3020 

Anthropology of Business

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3035 

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

ANT 3085 

Selected Topics in Anthropology and Sociology ( SOC 3085)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3110 

Women, Culture, and Society ( SOC 3110)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3111 

Native Americans ( SOC 3111)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3112 

Peoples and Cultures of Mediterranean Europe ( SOC 3112)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3113 

Cultures and Peoples of India ( SOC 3113)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3114 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3115 

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

ANT 3125 

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 3152 

Social Communication ( SOC 3152)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3153 

Urban Anthropology

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3161 

Power and Conflict

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3165 

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion ( SOC 3165)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 3175 

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 

ANT 3821 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 4015 

Anthropology and Contemporary World Issues

"3 hours, 3 credits"

ANT 4017 

Seminar on the Anthropology of Peace and War

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 4020 

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 

ANT 4050 

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

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 4100 

Sociological Theory ( SOC 4100)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 4110 

Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology ( SOC 4110)

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 4800 

Anthropological Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 5000 

Independent Study I

hours and credits to be arranged

ANT 5001 

Independent Study II

hours and credits to be arranged

ANT 6001H 

Honors Anthropology I

3 hours; 3 credits

ANT 6002H 

Honors Anthropology II

3 hours; 3 credits

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Courses in Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 3009 

Introduction to Human Geography ( ANT 3009)

3 hours; 3 credits

GEOG 3036 

World Regional Geography ( ANT 3036)

3 hours; 3 credits

 

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