SOAN - Program Details

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


The Sociology (SOCY) program focuses on the analysis of human beings as members of societies. Sociologists study phenomena of various sorts: social interaction among individuals, groups and societies; the institutions that constitute a society; and the processes that create and sustain social inequality. In addition, sociological analysis sharpens the understanding of various levels of social life, from interpersonal interaction (such as found in families, small work groups, friendships, and casual encounters); through the organization and function of social institutions (such as the family, religion, education, politics and medicine); to the structure and functioning of social systems as a whole (class structure, ethnic relations, ideology and various political processes).

The Anthropology (ANTH) program broadens this focus to the study of human cultures worldwide. People are understood in terms of their biological and behavioral variation cross-culturally and through time.

Stockton’s SOCY/ANTH program emphasizes the method of research common to both sociology and anthropology—the field method—but provides work in survey, historical, and experimental methods as well. Substantively, the program is particularly concerned with the ways people are influenced by and react to dominant-subordinate relationships such as those manifested in ethnicity/race, class, gender and/or age. The dominant perspective of the program is comparative and international.

The curriculum of the SOCY/ANTH program gives students competencies that serve the goals of both disciplinary competence as well as the development of general skills necessary for a full life. Skills of analysis, critical thinking and verbal and written communication, as well as the various attributes of responsible citizens, are developed in the major. One of the overall emphases of the program is to deepen students’ understanding of life in contemporary American society. The other emphasis is to provide students with an international, interdisciplinary and historical perspective on important human issues.

Program Organization

The SOCY/ANTH program offers a wide range of courses for majors and non-majors, and it provides considerable flexibility for majors to design their own programs of study. In consultation with program preceptors, students are encouraged to shape a program that fits their current interests and future career plans. Students are encouraged also to take courses in computer literacy and two semesters of a foreign language. Proficiency in both computer and foreign language are considered important skills for any career. Instructional technology and computer literacy will also be integrated into many SOCY/ANTH courses.

All students in the major will be expected to develop a command of the essential substantive and methodological core of sociology and anthropology. Beyond the “core,” students are encouraged to build upon their special interests within the major, in cognate areas and in areas “at some distance” from the major. Also, the program sponsors internships and encourages overseas study to enable students to gain practical and professional experience and to apply the knowledge derived from their college experience.

The SOCY/ANTH program offers four career-oriented tracks for its majors. Together with Environmental Studies the program offers a track in Archaeology, which prepares students for careers in areas such as contract archaeology, museum/historical archiving and cultural resource management. There is a track in Physical Anthropology, combining courses in the biological sciences with program offerings. This track prepares students for careers or further education in the allied health sciences, forensics and human engineering. Anthropology offers a career track in Language and Culture, requiring interdisciplinary course work from the fields of communication and linguistics. This may help prepare students for jobs in ESL, bilingual education or other language related disciplines. Finally, the program also offers a track in Education to help prepare students for certification and teaching in K-8 and high school social studies. These career clusters are designed to augment an education in sociology/anthropology with special knowledge and skills useful in a variety of occupations. Students may complete a certificate career cluster as a part of meeting the normal program requirements for graduation, or may choose to graduate without tracking.

Many other linkages are possible between SOCY/ANTH and fields such as social work, business studies, history, nursing, literature, health care, and computer science. Cognate or non-cognate clusters or minors can be constructed, which may have career benefits for the student. Many of these clusters will prepare the student for entry into a wide variety of careers. In addition, the linkage of a professionally specific area of study with the base-building nature of the SOCY/ANTH major is an excellent preparation for graduate or professional school.

Admission to the Program

The program is open to any Stockton student with an interest in sociology or anthropology. All students should declare a major by the beginning of their junior year to ensure that all program requirements are met for graduation at the end of their senior year. Transfer students are especially urged to consult with the program coordinator before enrolling in classes.

When declaring a major in sociology/anthropology, students should select a preceptor from the program who will assist them in making course selections and advise them on career options. Both program declaration and preceptor selection may be done by completing one form available from the Center for Academic Advising. If a student is planning to complete a minor or take advantage of one of the tracking options, he/she may declare these intentions on this same form as well.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the college’s 64 credit general education requirement, for a B.A. degree in sociology/anthropology students must satisfactorily complete 64 credits in program/cognate studies. Five of the required program courses should be taken in the following order:

Freshman/Sophomore year
SOCY 1100 Introduction to Sociology or
ANTH 1100 Introduction to Anthropology
Junior Year
SOCY 3642 Social Research Methods (Fall) or SOCY 3742
ANTH 3643 Anthropological Field Methods (Spring)
Senior Year
SOCY/ANTH 3681 Social Theory (Fall)
SOCY/ANTH 4685 Senior Seminar (Spring)

In addition to these courses, students are required to take five additional electives in either anthropology or sociology, and a statistics course. The following courses may be used toward fulfillment of the statistics requirement:
PSYC 2241 Statistical Methods
CSIS 1206 Statistics
ECON 2210 Introduction to Statistics or the equivalent.

Students should consult with program preceptors when selecting a statistics course, so that they might maximize its usefulness for their career goals. In the selection of electives, students may opt to strengthen their command of one of the two fields, maintain a dual thrust by selecting courses from both disciplines, or pursue a track in conjunction with cognate selections. The program offers coverage of all the major areas of anthropology and sociology necessary for admission to graduate school. Beyond the program requirements, it is highly recommended that students pursue proficiency in a foreign language and computer literacy.

The cognate courses (24 credits) may be additional program courses or courses chosen from the following disciplines: political science, economics, gerontology, psychology, social work, criminal justice, historical studies, philosophy/religion, biology, language arts and environmental studies. Other courses may be considered as cognates only after consultation with a preceptor or the program coordinator. For example, business and information science courses may be considered cognate courses for students with certain educational aims and “at some distance” courses for other students.

A student majoring in sociology/anthropology is encouraged to consider two uses of cognate courses. A student may take a variety of courses from the disciplines listed above, or the student may concentrate in one of the certificate tracks listed below.

Twenty-three credits are needed to complete a track in archaeology. Course requirements draw from environmental sciences and geology along with anthropology. Field placement experience is also required. This may be fulfilled while taking archaeological field methods.
ANTH 1100 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 2134 Early Civilizations
ANTH 3831 Archaeological Field Methods
GEOL 2101/
2105 Physical Geology/Lab
GEOL 3231 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
ANTH 4832 Archaeological Field Methods Field Experience
(2 credits)

ANTH 1100 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 2136 World Perspectives on Health
GNM 2335 Human Evolution or GSS 2601 Human Evolution
BIOL 1180 Functional Human Anatomy or
BIOL 2180 Human Anatomy

choose two from the following:
ANTH/BIOL 2200 Human Adaptation and Variation
ANTH/ENVL 3470 Cultural Ecology
BIOL 2110/2115 Genetics/Lab
BIOL 1200/1205 Cells and Molecules/Lab
BIOL 3110 Animal Behavior
BIOL 3210 Human Genetics
BIOL 3242 Vertebrate Paleontology
BIOL 3435 Evolutionary Mammology
GNM 2472 The Primates
PUBH 3420 Epidemiology

GAH 1610 Introduction to Language
ANTH 2152 Language and Culture
GSS 3104 Language and Power
Choose two of the following:
ANTH 2602 Language and Social Identity
ANTH 3872 Creole Language and Culture
GSS 3516 Intercultural Communication
COMM 3200 Theories of Communication

EDUCATION TRACK (28 credits)
Anthropology and Sociology afford many advantages to students wishing to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree in education. For those wishing to get high school social studies certification, the major provides ample broad-based content material, and a strong emphasis on good writing and critical thinking skills. For students wishing to pursue certification in Elementary Education (K-8), Anthropology and Sociology provide content that is easily transferable to the classroom, as well as the knowledge and skills needed to teach effectively in the diverse schools of the 21st century Students interested in pursuing teaching certification must consult the Office of Teacher Education in H201 for curricular worksheets that list the State requirements, and should attend an informational workshop where those requirements are explained in detail.

Choose at least three of the following (as electives in SOCY/ANTH):
ANTH 2152 Language and Culture
ANTH 3220 Ethnicity
ANTH 2134 Early Civilizations
ANTH 2237 Jewish Culture
ANTH 3800 Anth. Special Project: Culture and Education
SOCY 2213 Minority-Majority Relations
SOCY 2201 Social Psychology
SOCY 2208 The Family
SOCY 2235 Sociology of Education
SOCY 2640 Sexuality and Society
SOCY 3604 Sociology of Women
SOCY 3640 Conflict Resolution

Take as cognates at least two of (note that some of these cognates are required for teaching certification):
ENVL 2100 Physical Geography
ECON 1150 Current Economic Issues
ECON 1200 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 1400 Introduction to Microeconomics
PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 2201 Adolescence
PSYC 3323 Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence
PSYC 3391 Educational Psychology

Recommended additional cognates/electives:
CSIS 1180 Microcomputers and Applications
GNM 2335/ Human Evolution or GSS 2601 Human Evolution
U.S. History courses (may select from those offered in History program)
Foreign Language Spanish (or French) is recommended, since it is the required language in most New Jersey school districts.

Students working toward a track in Education are encouraged to design their field and research projects required in SOCY 3642 (Social Research Methods) and ANTH 3643 (Anthropological Field Methods) with a focus on education or the classroom environment. Any student working toward a post baccalaureate degree in education should contact the Office of Teacher Education (H-201) and consult the teacher certification curriculum worksheets.

Students who wish to major in the joint degree with a track in anthropology may do so by taking three or more of their program electives in anthropology.

Students who wish to major in the joint degree, with a track in sociology may do so by taking three or more of their program electives in sociology.

In order to graduate, students are also required to fulfill their 64-credit general education requirement, and complete 24 credits of course work in cognates to sociology/anthropology. Cognate courses are Social and Behavioral Sciences courses and others approved by a preceptor. A well-structured cognate selection should show the student’s attempt either to get breadth or to complete a concentration in his or her respective field of interest.

Students may earn a minor in Anthropology in two ways:

General Anthropology Minor:
ANTH 1100 Intro to Anthropology
ANTH 3643 Anthropological Field Methods
Three additional ANTH courses, two of which must be at the 3000 level.

Or fulfillment of one of the tracks described above (provided that at least two courses must be at 3000 level or above):
Archaeology Track
Physical Anthropology Track
Language and Culture Track

Students may earn a minor in Sociology by completing the following requirements:

General Sociology Minor:
SOCY 1100 Intro to Sociology
SOCY 3642 Social Research Methods
Three additional SOCY courses, one of which must be at the 3000 level or higher

Graduation with Distinction

A bachelor of arts degree with distinction in sociology/anthropology will be awarded to those students who achieve 12 A or A- grades in Stockton program and cognate course work and maintain at least a B grade in all program courses completed at Stockton University.

Career Opportunities

In addition to the above career tracks, a number of other career opportunities are available for graduates of the SOCY/ANTH program who effectively combine the major with some training in fields such as gerontology, business studies or health care. Program completion constitutes satisfactory preparation for students wishing to qualify for public service at the local, state or federal levels, and for positions in social service and welfare agencies. The liberal arts training that SOCY/ANTH provides is an asset to those who wish to qualify for positions in business where the knowledge of human relations and of group processes is considered important (e.g., marketing or personnel management) or in any field where analytical skills are valued. Majors may, in consultation with the Office of Teacher Education and by taking appropriate EDUC and content area courses, become certified as teachers of social studies in New Jersey. Majors can design a program, emphasizing anthropology, to prepare them for museum work. After completing their B.A. degrees, majors may go on to complete M.A. and Ph.D. graduate work to enter college teaching, assume upper level social research positions, or enter administrative work in a variety of settings. Majors should inform their preceptors of their career plans as early as possible so that they can best advise them as to course options and postgraduate education. A sampling of career options for SOCY/ANTH majors with various degrees are listed below:

  • social services: in rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation or administration.
  • community work: in fund raising for social service organizations, nonprofits, child-care or community development agencies, or environmental groups.
  • corrections: in probation, parole, or other criminal justice work.
  • business: in advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training or sales.
  • college settings: in admissions, alumni relations or placement offices.
  • health services: in family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions and insurance companies.
  • publishing, journalism, and public relations: in writing, research and editing.
  • government services: in federal, state, and local government jobs in such areas as transportation, housing, agriculture and labor.
  • teaching: in elementary and secondary schools, in conjunction with appropriate teacher certification.


Special Opportunities

For information about special opportunities, SOCY/ANTH students should refer to the Sociology/Anthropology Bulletin Board in the rear corridor of upper C-Wing. The board contains postings for many of the activities described below, as well as information on graduate and professional schools. 

All students are encouraged to participate in internships related to their areas of interest. SOCY/ANTH majors may intern with local family service agencies, juvenile rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and nursing homes, or in institutions through the Washington Internship Program.

Students have also participated in service projects sponsored by living history museums, the Herb and Botanical Alliance, in public schools and in community garden projects. Internships may lead to employment opportunities as well as provide hands-on work experience in your field of interest. Preceptors can provide additional information and help students get involved in an internship program.

Majors may wish to attend summer field schools in either archaeology or ethnography. These schools are run by a number of prominent universities throughout the United States. Students should consult with their preceptors or the program coordinator for details.

Students in SOCY/ANTH as those in other programs, have the opportunity to become mediators and to gain experience in an active community mediation center. Students may take SOCY/CRIM 3640 Conflict Resolution and may complete the mediation training, provided by Atlantic County and approved by the NJ Administration of the Courts. Additionally, students may enroll in SOCY/CRIM 3950 Mediation Practicum (an internship) and gain hands-on experience in the operation of a mediation center.

This mediation training is useful to those who may become professional mediators, to teachers whose schools use mediators, to lawyers who wish to provide an alternative to litigation in dispute settlements and to citizens who wish to contribute to their community mediation programs.

Research projects sponsored by program faculty provide students with the opportunity to engage in research internships. Such research experiences can serve career goals or as the basis for further work in graduate school. Students may apply for $1,000 Board of Trustees Fellowships for Distinguished Students, which are made available to fund such projects.

Opportunities also exist for overseas study. An international experience is worthwhile and may act to strengthen the transcript of students pursuing a track in anthropology in particular. Students may want to take advantage of study abroad to strengthen their foreign language skills through one of the many language immersion programs. Interested students should consult with their preceptor and with the coordinator of International Education at the College.

Sociology/anthropology majors who have a B average in all of their course work and who have also maintained a B average in program courses completed at Stockton University may be eligible for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. At least four sociology courses must be taken prior to initiation.

The program also participates in the Gerontology (GERO) supporting study and in the topical concentrations in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies. SOCY/ANTH students are encouraged to pursue their interests in these fields of study and may obtain minor certification upon the completion of the necessary requirements.