Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and anthropology are the study of societies and cultures. They are broad disciplines that seek to understand all aspects of human relations including the family, religion, education, politics, art, economics, social stratification, race and ethnic relations, gender relations, social movements, and globalization. While sociology frequently studies these issues in large-scale industrialized societies, anthropology generally focuses on smaller-scale groups, often in less industrialized societies. 


Education outside the classroom

As a sociology and anthropology major at Berry, you will learn about social and cultural phenomena both in the classroom and “out in the field,” as we place a high priority on firsthand research and application. We strongly encourage students to do an internship, and there are opportunities in many fields, including social services, youth support organizations, nonprofit and volunteer organizations, poverty and minority advocacy groups, government agencies, shelters for women and families, environmental advocacy groups, and museums. We also strongly encourage students to add to their Berry classes through overseas study. 


How does the program work?

You can earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and anthropology. Majors select a concentration in sociology or anthropology or may opt for a dual concentration in both anthropology and sociology. Every major must complete at least 39 hours of coursework: 18 hours of core courses, 12 hours of courses in one area of concentration (24 hours in the two areas for a dual concentration) and nine additional elective hours within the department. 


How can studying sociology and anthropology benefit you?

You will gain knowledge and skills that are increasingly important to employers in our rapidly globalizing world, including:

  • Factual and theoretical knowledge of society and culture.
  • Critical-thinking skills.
  • A broadened perspective on social issues.
  • The ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds.

You also will develop the skills for conducting various types of research: numerical data analysis, ethnography, documentary analysis and participatory/community-based research. 


What are some entry-level careers possible with a major in this field?

Studying sociology and anthropology not only prepares you well for a host of graduate programs, but also provides the skills and knowledge to enter a wide range of occupations. Career opportunities include working in nonprofit groups, management, missions, government agencies, social work, public policy research, community organizations, education, criminal justice, business, public health, international development and museums. 


What are some Berry graduates in this major doing?

Some began work immediately in fields such as social work, missions, human resources, youth support, banking, health services, public policy, education, insurance, nonprofit management, environmental advocacy, urban planning and community development. Others have done graduate work to advance careers in sociology, personnel management, nonprofit organization, social work, anthropology, social science education, family counseling, and public administration.  


How can I get further information about Berry’s program?

You can learn more and find contact names and information at:  www.berry.edu/academics/humanities/soc-anthro.  

What other sources are there for information about this field?

  • For sociology, visit the American Sociological Association at www.asanet.org.
  • For anthropology, visit the American Anthropological Association at  www.aaanet.org