Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, BS

The sociology/anthropology department at Northeastern University offers a combined major in sociology and anthropology. Students learn the disciplinary histories, practices, and methods of sociology and sociocultural anthropology, identify foundational and contemporary debates within and across these two disciplines, and evaluate their contributions to our understanding of local and global societies and cultures. The combined major offers students various opportunities for community engagement, experiential learning, and for gaining research skills using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Sociology Major Requirements

Required Sociology
SOCL 1101Introduction to Sociology4
SOCL 2300Social Theory4
SOCL 2321Research Methods in Sociology4
Sociology Electives
Introductory Electives
Complete two courses in the following range:8
SOCL 1110 to SOCL 1999
Intermediate Elective
Complete one course in the following range:4
SOCL 2000 to SOCL 3999
Advanced Elective
Complete one course in the following range:4
SOCL 4000 to SOCL 4999
Experiential Learning
Complete one of the following courses, or complete a study abroad or a dialogue of civilizations:4
Applied Sociology: Practice and Theory
Co-op Work Experience
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2

Anthropology Major Requirements

Cultural Anthropology Core Courses
ANTH 1101Peoples and Cultures4
ANTH 3410Ethnographic Field Experience4
ANTH 3421Foundations of Anthropological Theory4
Advanced Area Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Latin American Society and Development
Native North Americans
Anthropology of Africa
Culture and Politics in Modern India
Anthropology Electives
Complete four ANTH courses. One study-abroad course may also count toward this requirement with prior permission from the department.16

Integrative Requirement

Students must choose between a one-semester senior project, which they would complete in the context of Senior Seminar (ANTH 4600) or Senior Seminar (SOCL 4600), or a two-semester senior thesis, which would require them to also enroll in a fall-semester directed study.

Required Course
ANTH 2305Global Markets and Local Culture4
SOCL 4600Senior Seminar4
or ANTH 4600 Senior Seminar

Sociology and Cultural Anthropology Major Grade Requirement

A GPA average of 2.000 across all major courses is required.

Sociology and Cultural Anthropology Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 76 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required