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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology



430 University Hall · Box 19599 · 817-272-2661
www.uta.edu/sociology-anthropology


Overview

The principal common educational objective in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is to develop a systematic understanding of social behavior, human culture, and social institutions. Knowledge of human social and cultural relationships is vital to a meaningful perspective on and understanding of the society in which we live. Contemporary societies are characterized by diversity, rapid change, complex organization, and extensive specialization. Programs of study in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology pursue the challenge of (1) creating and disseminating general knowledge that will render this world more understandable and (2) providing an educational base for more effective and humane planning and social intervention in society. Each of the programs of study relates to this general objective in a somewhat different manner. Students are encouraged to visit with the faculty and learn more about the programs offered in the department.



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Sociology

A program of study in sociology has three principal objectives: (1) to foster the ability to analyze human relationships from a sociological perspective, (2) to develop the theoretical, methodological, and statistical skills necessary for asking and answering sociological questions, and (3) to enhance individuals' awareness of the relationship between events in their own lives and the structure of the society in which they live. The program is designed to prepare students both to pursue graduate work in sociology and to seek a career in a variety of private and public settings where knowledge of human relationships and/or social research skills is particularly useful. Students seeking certification to teach in the public schools can use sociology as a teaching area.



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Anthropology

A program of study in anthropology has the objective of grounding students in three main subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology (the comparative analysis of human lifeways around the world), archaeology (the systematic analysis of the material remains of past cultures), and physical anthropology (the study of humans as a biological species). The program prepares students both for graduate work in anthropology and for many careers in which anthropological perspectives and training are useful.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441, 1442, and six hours at the 2000 level or above.

Political Science

2311 and 2312.

History

1311 and 1312.

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher).

Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from designated courses in architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts. Students should contact their academic advisor for a list of approved courses.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours from designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, students should contact their academic advisor.

Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for the degree.

Major

37 hours including 1311, 3352, 3372 and 3462; and one course (three hours) in anthropology.

Total

120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Optional Minor

Students majoring in sociology may pursue a minor in another field of study by meeting with the minor department's undergraduate advisor and fulfilling the requirements established by that department.



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Optional Specializations in Sociology

Students majoring in sociology may pursue a general course of study in the discipline or declare a specific area of concentration by filing a statement of intent with the Sociology Department. The purpose of specialization is to provide the student with a focused, systematic, and in-depth educational experience in the context of a broad liberal arts education. Each area requires a minimum of 12 semester hours. Additional requirements may apply. See advisor for details.

The areas of specialization are:

  • Family and Gender Studies: 3314, 3328, 3331, 3334, 3356, 4303, 4331, ANTH 3338.
  • Research and Evaluation: 3352, 3355, 3365, 3366, 3462, 4306, 4325, ANTH 3341.
  • Social Psychology: 3315, 3317, 3318, 3319, 3320, 3327.
  • Social Diversity: 3314, 3327, 3334, 3336, 3337, 3338, 3339, 3353, 4331, 4341.


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Requirement for a Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology requires 18 semester hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Fast Track Program in Sociology

The Fast Track Program allows outstanding seniors in sociology to take up to three graduate seminars for credit toward both the Bachelor's degree and the Master's degree in Sociology. Interested undergraduate students should apply for the Fast Track Program when they are within 30 hours of completing the Bachelor's degree. To qualify, students must have completed at least 30 hours at UT Arlington with a GPA of 3.0 in all courses and 3.25 in the last 30 hours. Before entering the Fast Track, students must also have completed the four required core courses in the Sociology major with a GPA of at least 3.5 or three of the four with a GPA of 3.66 or more. Additionally, they must already have taken at least two elective sociology courses with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students who successfully complete the Fast Track Program will be admitted automatically to the Graduate School. They will not be required to take the Graduate Recored Examination, complete an application for admission to the Graduate School, supply letters of recommendation, or pay an application fee. An undergraduate student completing the maximum of nine graduate hours would be admitted to the Sociology MA program with only five additional courses and a thesis remaining to complete the requirements for the thesis option. Undergraduate students who do not maintain grades of B or A in the graduate courses taken will be unable to continue in the Fast Track Program, but if passing, will still receive credit toward their undergraduate degree requirements.

For more details about the program contact the Undergraduate Advisor for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology or the Sociology Graduate Advisor and consult the on-line Graduate Catalog.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology

All students who wish to earn a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology must complete the following coursework. In completing this coursework, they will satisfy the University's core curriculum requirements.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441, 1442, and six hours at the 2000 level or above.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312.

Mathematics

Six MATH-prefixed hours at the level of college algebra or higher.

Science

Eight hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics) in addition to the biological anthropology hours required for the major.

Linguistics

LING 2301.

Fine Arts

Three hours from designated courses in architecture, art, dance, music or theatre arts. Students should contact their academic advisor for a list of approved courses.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours from designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, students should contact their academic advisor.

Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for the degree.

Major

38 hours, including ANTH 2307, ANTH 2322, ANTH 2339, ANTH 3300, ANTH 3341, SOCI 3352 and a minimum of one 3000/4000 level course in each of archaeology, biological, and cultural anthropology as approved by the advisor. It is recommended that (1) students with a primary interest in cultural anthropology take courses in at least two topical areas and covering at least two geographic regions, (2) students with a primary interest in archaeology take at least one Old World and one New World course, with a minimum of one upper division course in either, and an archaeological field school, and (3) students with a primary interest in biological anthropology take 12 hours of upper division biological anthropology.

Minor (Optional)

Students majoring in Anthropology may pursue a minor in another field of study by meeting with the minor department's undergraduate advisor and fulfilling the requirements established by that department.

Total

120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology

The Anthropology minor (6 courses/18 hours total) can be fulfilled by successfully completing two of the following three courses:

  • ANTH 2307: Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 2322: Global Cultures
  • ANTH 2339: Principles of Archaeology

Plus any other four ANTH courses, at least two of which must be at the advanced level (3000 or above). Questions about the Anthropology minor may be directed to the departmental undergraduate advisor.



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Oral Communication and Computer Competencies

Students majoring in sociology or anthropology are required to demonstrate computer use and oral communication competencies. Computer use proficiency can be demonstrated through successful completion of (a) CSE 1301 or INSY 2303; (b) ANTH 3341 or SOCI 3355; (c) other courses approved by the Undergraduate Assembly; or (d) the University computer use competency examination. Oral communication proficiency can be demonstrated through the successful completion of (a) COMS 1301, 2305, or 3302; (b) ANTH 3341 or SOCI 3355, or other designated, approved courses in Anthropology and Sociology; or (c) other courses approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. Students should discuss these options with their undergraduate advisor, who may also provide a list of other courses approved by the University to meet these requirements.



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Sociology and Anthropology Faculty

Chair

Professor Smith

Professors

Agger, Petruso, B. Shelton, Young

Associate Professors

Baker, Dunn, Jacobson, Kunovich, Rouse, Zlolniski

Assistant Professors

Beamon, Cleghorn, Han, Khanduri, J. Shelton, Speier



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Course Descriptions

View Course Descriptions for:

Sociology (SOCI)

Anthropology (ANTH)



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