Sociology & Anthropology
Human beings both form the
societies in which they participate and are shaped by those societies.
Anthropology and sociology study the balance between these two dynamics:
We see individuals as both products of social groups and as producers
of new cultural trends. While sociologists often have focused on
larger-scale, industrialized societies and anthropologists have
emphasized non-Western, smaller, non-industrialized groups, some
anthropologists do their research in locations such as American cities,
and some sociologists study small villages in India.
both subjects aim at improving our understanding of what it means to be
human by highlighting the diversity and similarities among human
groups. In Sociology and Anthropology classes, students will deepen
their understanding of how other people live and develop an awareness
of the inequalities which shape the lives of everyone in today's world.
Students will also learn how to relate to people from a wide variety of
backgrounds. They will develop these skills through hands-on activities
and by observing and analyzing the world around them. Sociology and
anthropology embody the education of the head, the heart and the hands,
making them a vital part of a Berry education!