College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Choosing a Major

Are you a "people person" with a fascination for societies and their cultures? Consider studying anthropology or sociology—two social sciences focused on understanding how the behaviors of groups of people are formed. If you yearn to understand culture and its influence in our world, look into a major in anthropology. If you're looking to explore how bigger communities relate to smaller, individual people, check out a major in sociology.

High School Preparation

A college preparatory program with a strong emphasis on written and oral communication skills is good preparation for success as an anthropology or sociology major. Math courses will help you develop the ability to think logically and methodically, an important asset in any college major or career you choose.


After earning a bachelor's degree, you may want to continue your studies in graduate school and teach at the college level. A doctoral degree is required for most positions in colleges and universities and is important for advancement to many top-level nonacademic research and administrative posts. You may decide to apply to law or medical school. Or you may pursue a career in middle or high school teaching, business, museum work, full-time research, or civil or foreign service. These degrees will help you prepare for any career where an understanding of societies and their cultures is an asset. Pursue your future with these degrees knowing that you'll have marketable skills that can benefit just about any field.