Employment of anthropologists and archeologists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of sociologists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition"

Think Critically

The study of anthropology and sociology will train you to process information intellectually and actively in a reflective and analytical way. You will learn to think critically as you master problem-solving and communication skills through conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating knowledge.

Prepare for Success

You will discover career opportunities in social and governmental services, administrative support and management, professional research, public relations, human resources and graduate study in anthropology, sociology, public policy, social work, law, museum studies and library science.

Be a Part of the Solution

To succeed in a globalized society, you need the ability to use your knowledge and skills to develop solutions to real-world problems. In this program, you will master leadership skills and develop collaborative research projects relevant to society as you explore solutions and construct responses to social developments.


The faculty are highly qualified and diverse in their specializations and interests. Instruction is guided by the belief that anthropology and sociology are best understood through exploring, analyzing, explaining, applying and solving.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended coursework, please see GSU transfer guides.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree. In addition, students must complete core, concentration core, and selective courses with a C or better. For a complete list of program requirements, visit www.govst.edu/catalog.

I. General Education Requirement (37-41 Hours)

See the GSU Catalog (www.govst.edu/catalog) for the specific list of requirements. The general education requirements are the same as the university requirements except for the social and behavioral science area where 9 hours must be completed, of which 6 hours are lower division courses in the chosen concentration, with one of those courses an introduction to the discipline and 3 hours of a social science course outside of the chosen concentration.

II. Core Courses for All Majors (15 Hours)

Foundations (6 Hours)

ANSO 3100 Gender and Sexuality (3) *

ANSO 3200 Race and Class (3) *

Theory and Methodological Approaches (9 Hours)

ANSO 3600   Data Analysis in Social Science (3)

ANSO 4400  Theories of Social Sciences (3)

ANSO 4900   Senior Capstone (3)

III. Concentration Core Courses (18 Hours)

Anthropology Concentration

Foundations (6 Hours)

Introductory-level anthropology course (See advisor for qualifying course.) with C or better (3)

ANTH 3100 Trends in Cross-Cultural Analysis (3)

Methods and Approaches (6 Hours)

ANTH 4500 Applied Anthropology (3)

ANTH 4610 Methods and Skills in Cross-Cultural Understanding (3)

Inquiries (6 Hours)

Choose two of the following courses:

ANTH 3300 Ecology, Environment and Culture (3)

ANTH 3800 Visual Anthropology (3)

ANTH 4300 Food, Culture and Society (3)

ANTH 4400 Language and Culture (3) *

BIOL 3108  Human Evolution (3) *

Sociology Concentration

Foundations (6 Hours)

Introductory-level sociology course (See advisor for qualifying course.) with C or better (3)

SOC 3200 Social Inequalities (3) *

Methods and Approaches (6 Hours)

SOC 3600 Methods & Skills in Sociological Inquiries (3)

SOC 4100 Self and Society (3) *

Inquiries (6 Hours)

Choose two of the following courses:

ANSO 4100 Anthropology and Sociology of Religion (3)

SOC 4540 Sociology of the Family (3) *

SOC 3100 Studies in American Society (3) *

SOC 3500 Population Studies (3)

SOC 4500 Sociology of Health and Healing (3) *

IV. Career Selectives (9 Hours)

Consult course catalog and academic advisors for more information. Language study is highly recommended for students concentrating in anthropology seeking graduate-level anthropology training. Students may choose language courses to meet selective courses.

V.  Electives (37 - 41 Hours)

Additional courses as approved by academic advisor.

VI. Total - 120 Hours

*May be substituted with a lower-division course.

A total of no more than 6 credits of independent study (ANSO 4700) may be counted toward the major, unless the academic advisor grants specific permission.

Graduation Requirements

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended coursework, please see GSU transfer guides.

Advisor Information

Daniel Cortese
Assistant Professor