A&S courses collectively allow students to build crucial skill sets, including analytic skills and critical thinking, research design and practice, qualitative and quantitative methods, communication and effective writing, group projects and presentation skills.

From broad overviews of the field to more specialized offerings and required upper-level seminars, A&S courses collectively allow students to build crucial skill sets, including analytic skills and critical thinking, research design and practice, qualitative and quantitative methods, communication and effective writing, group projects and presentation skills. We aim to not just shape budding anthropologists and sociologists, but to encourage students to use these scholarly traditions as a platform to succeed in whatever profession they might choose. In particular, anthropology and sociology courses help prepare students for careers that require strong analytic and research capabilities, the capacity to work effectively in diverse or cross-cultural environments, global sophistication, effective communication, and real people skills.

Anthropology and sociology students probe beneath the surface of human relations to explore questions such as:

  • Is human society an orderly, integrated cohesive system or is it really a battleground of conflict among classes, races, ethnic groups, even men and women?
  • What common elements are found in all human societies, and what makes each distinct?
  • How can the direction of social change be determined? Is it possible to control change?
  • When did the first humans appear? What does it mean to be human?

Through this exploration, you may begin to see yourself and your place in society in a whole new way. You also acquire skills of observation, analysis, and understanding that will serve you throughout your life.

Studying anthropology and sociology at Lafayette gives you

  • an overall appreciation of the structure of society and the nature of social interaction;
  • broad understanding of people;
  • awareness and sensitivity to different cultural perspectives that are invaluable in today’s global society;
  • observation skills that enable you to analyze groups in action and draw conclusions about how organizations function; and
  • the skills for collecting and analyzing data.

Major requirements

The anthropology and sociology major consists of at least 10 courses in the department. Students are required to take the following core courses:

  • A&S 102 Cultural Anthropology
  • A&S 103 Introduction to Sociology
  • A&S 200 Research Methods and Design (formerly A&S 345)
  • A&S 342 Theories of Society

In addition, students must complete six additional elective courses in the department.

It is recommended that students wishing to major in A&S take A&S 102 and 103 in their first and/or second year of study, A&S 200 in the fall of their third year, and A&S 342 in the fall of their third or fourth year (A&S 200 and 342 are only offered each fall semester).

Double majoring

Students may choose to combine their studies with another discipline by double majoring or minoring in A&S.  Popular double majors include combining A&S with English, government and law, history, psychology, economics, biology, or art.

Requirements for minor

The minor in anthropology and sociology consists of six courses: two chosen from among A&S 102, 103, and 342, and four additional courses selected in consultation with the minor adviser.