Our Anthropology/Sociology program prepares its graduates for graduate school or entry-level employment in social science related positions. We are committed to high standards in our teaching, to the effective integration of critical thinking and analytical research skills as part of the learning process, and to humanistic values, a cross-cultural perspective and socio-cultural awareness. Students are expected to learn both quantitative and qualitative research skills, a unique characteristic of the multi-disciplinary program.
In addition, the Anthropology/Sociology faculty teach service courses which meet the needs and requirements of the General Education, Social Work, Education, Nursing, and Business programs as well as academic minors in anthropology and sociology.
In our increasingly global, multi-cultural society, the student with knowledge and skills related to human social behavior and diversity issues is especially marketable. A graduate with a bachelor's degree in Sociology/Anthropology is well-positioned to assume entry-level jobs in applied human relation positions in both the public and private sector, in political survey analysis, in organizations that deal with diverse cultures, and in research-focused positions. The major's emphasis on social science research methods and critical thinking and evaluation makes the graduate especially marketable in employment settings that value these skills.
The degree also prepares students for graduate work in either Sociology or Anthropology, and offers solid preparation for advanced degrees in many other disciplines.
The Sociology/Anthropology program at MU provides all students with high quality academic, applied and general foundations of learning and real world experience in and through the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. Sociology/Anthropology majors will become students of our disciplines focused on human behavior and social change and professionals in social science occupations. It introduces general education students to academic skills utilized in the social sciences at the same time as it broadens their conceptual views.
We are committed to assisting students in learning to define, analyze, and understand human behavior. Therefore, we are dedicated to equipping all of our undergraduate students with a broad view of the social world that is consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education. We prepare them to understand the structures and patterns upon which everyday social life rests.
The mission of the Sociology/ Anthropology program reflects the creed of Mansfield University by recognizing the importance of character, scholarship, culture and service. Our program embraces the richness of multicultural diversity by emphasizing a broad, yet in-depth understanding of culture and society. In addition, by promoting cultural relativism, it fosters comprehension of interdependencies of the global community. Our curriculum includes opportunities for students to both learn about and serve society through research and action.
The Sociology/ Anthropology Program is committed to the following student skills expectations for students graduating with a sociology/anthropology major.
Students graduating with a sociology/anthropology major are able to articulate perspectives on human behavior that are sociological. (Scholarship, Character)
Students graduating with a sociology/anthropology major are able to articulate the role of theory in sociology/ anthropology. (Scholarship, Character, Culture)
Students graduating with a sociology/anthropology major are able to articulate the role of social research methods in sociology. (Scholarship)
Students graduating with a sociology/anthropology major are able to articulate the role of data analysis in sociology/anthropology. (Scholarship, Character, Culture)
Students graduating with a major in sociology/anthropology are able to define and illustrate key sociological/ anthropology concepts. (Scholarship, Culture, Character, Service)
Students graduating with a major in sociology/anthropology are able to summarize basic knowledge, questions, and issues in substantive areas of sociology/anthropology. (Scholarship, Culture)
Students graduating with a major in sociology/anthropology are able to communicate effectively about sociology. (Scholarship)
Students graduating with a major in sociology/ anthropology are well prepared for subsequent education and employment. (Character, Scholarship, Service, Culture)