Sociology and Anthropology

Undergraduate Program


Sociology is a discipline focused on exploring and understanding the social and structural causes and consequences of human behavior. Our course offerings allow students the opportunity to study the systematic method and theoretical perspectives sociologists use to understand the world and analyze how social structures, cultures, and processes are created and maintained and, most importantly, how they affect behavior.

We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in four concentration areas: general sociology, community studies, criminal justice, and social services (concentration requirements vary with catalog year. Please consult the curriculum trackers available on the advising page for specific concentration requirements). Our core curriculum focuses on the methodological and theoretical tools sociologists use to study and understand the social world, as well as the key sociological concept of social stratification. Additional courses allow students the opportunity to delve into topics such as marriage and families, religion, education, criminal justice, deviance, aging and death, and globalization and development. Regardless of the specific degree path chosen, our courses given students the tools to understand the social causes and consequences of interpersonal and group behavior. Our faculty members are from the sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, and social work disciplines, but all are interested in studying the social dimensions of human behavior and developing ways to improve and enrich quality of life.

A sociology major equips students with a strong grasp of research methods and key concepts and theories in the discipline, along with the analytic and critical thinking skills to apply those to nuanced understandings of the social world. Students majoring or minoring in sociology will leave Clemson with a keen ability to comprehend and analyze societal structures and dynamics, understand and apply the sociological perspective and sociological methods, and recognize the influence of society on individual lives—including their own. These skills are highly sought after in our increasingly diverse world and can be applied to careers in human and social services; marketing, management, and human resources; social, political, and demographic research; and government and law enforcement, as well as further graduate and professional education in a wide range of fields.

For information about the sociology major or minor, contact Sarah Winslow.
For more information on the sociology major, please visit the Sociology Major Page.

Clemson University Anthropology student working in the field.ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR AND MINOR:

Anthropology is the discipline that examines all human behavior, from human origins to the diversity of contemporary cultures. Anthropology also examines the impact of global changes, from the origins of agriculture to current world issues such as third-world inequality and the impact of globalization.

The anthropology program allows students to explore the four principal subfields of anthropology (cultural, physical, archaeology and linguistics) with a dual focus on the academic and applied aspects of the discipline. An anthropology degree is highly sought after by business and other professional fields and has many applications in academia.

By studying anthropology, students will gain a greater awareness of human behavior and the world's cultures — both past and present — as well as the methodological and theoretical tools necessary to understand that behavior. The program is also ideal for students wishing to increase their understanding of cultural diversity and globalization.

Anthropologists are interested in such questions as:

  • What is the essence of being human and how did this originate?

  • In what ways, and why, do different populations vary genetically?

  • How did plant and animal domestication begin and what were the consequences for human societies?

  • How can we explain and understand all the different ways humans have developed in order to solve life's basic problems?
  • How do humans transform sounds into meanings?
  • How did human languages begin and how are they related?

  • Why are ethnic groups today fighting back against larger nations?

  • How can we work to guarantee human rights for all people in the world today?

As the discipline that bridges the gap between the sciences and the humanities, anthropology supports cross-cultural perspectives in programs like language and international trade, language and international health, communications studies, history, art and architectural history, languages, secondary education, and any of the social sciences. An anthropology minor also internationalizes many other majors like marketing, management, industrial engineering, agriculture, nursing, health sciences and PRTM. The anthropology minor supports four of Clemson's academic focus areas: family and community studies, environmental sustainability, biomedical services and general education.

For information about the anthropology major or minor, contact Mike Coggeshall.
For more information on the anthropology major, please visit the Anthropology Majors Page.