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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Major

Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, its causes and consequences. The subject matter ranges from the intimate family to mob behavior; from crime to religion; from the divisions based on race, sex and social class to the shared beliefs of an entire society and culture; from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport. Few fields of study have such a broad scope and relevance to problems and issues of society today. The Bachelor of Arts program at Winthrop focuses on undergraduate study in criminology and deviant behavior, the urban community and population, and the sociology of aging. The department’s goal is to provide a wellrounded liberal arts program, while exposing students to a wide variety of knowledge and expertise within the field of sociology.

Recent course titles have included:

  • Amerindian Warfare and Ritual Violence.
  • Ancient Civilization of the Americas
  • Cultures of Latin America
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Native Peoples and the Environment

Career/Graduate School

Sociology graduates have a variety of career opportunities and are quickly employed in a broad range of settings. These opportunities include social case work, counseling, teaching, criminal and juvenile corrections, journalism, sales, personnel relations, community recreation and leisure, law enforcement and other business-related and public administration positions. Also, a large number of Winthrop sociology graduates go on to post-graduate programs, either immediately after completion of their bachelor’s degree or after a few years of working.

Concentration in Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Winthrop University offers a concentration in Anthropology. Students are exposed to all areas of specialization: cultural, biological, archaeology, and linguistics. Students will be well grounded in a variety of social science methods.

Careers include teaching, research, and cultural research management. Recent course titles have included:

  • Amerindian Warfare
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Human Ecology
  • Ritual Violence

The department also offers an 18-semester hour anthropology minor.

Concentration in Criminology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Winthrop University offers a concentration in Criminology. This option provides training for a wide variety of occupations such as law enforcement and the judiciary. Criminology does not focus on techniques of police investigation or other applied courses, but focuses on providing a broad liberal arts education. Courses include Criminology, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems, Law Enforcement and Social Control, and Corrections.

The department also offers an 18-semester hour criminal justice minor.