Courses in anthropology and sociology are designed to help students develop a critical appreciation of the social-structural and social-cultural dimensions of human behavior and beliefs. They provide the analytic tools and conceptual knowledge to examine and explain social change, various forms of inequality and their consequences, diverse social-cultural identities and experiences, and complex relationships between individual lives and social-cultural forces at local and global scales.
Anthropology is the study of human cultures. Webster students study past cultures to learn what methods human societies developed to deal with the complexities of social life, social order, and social change throughout history and pre-history. Understanding what came before provides insights into present-day cultural questions and issues, and can help shape solutions.
Students may choose an undergraduate minor focused on cultural anthropology or archaeology, or combine the two in a 4-year bachelor's degree. Anthropology studies contribute to careers in many sectors, including:
- Government - cultural and natural resource management, international development and forensic anthropology
- Academics - medicine, epidemiology, public health, linguistics, education, and ecology
- Business and technology - consumer insights, market research and more
- Non-profit organizations - community health, finance, and cultural advocacy
Studying Diverse Systems
Cultural anthropology students develop a multicultural understanding of the human experience, plus the analytical skills to evaluate diverse human belief systems. Students seeking an archaeology-focused minor also learn to evaluate the methods and ethics of fieldwork and research.
Sociology is, at its core, the study of human behavior in social settings. With a focus on positive social change, Webster sociology students develop the analytical
skills necessary for critically evaluating the diversity of human belief systems.
Sociology graduates pursue a variety of post-graduate opportunities from law school
or governmental professions to sociological research, business, or academic careers.
Sociology students enjoy diverse coursework and many opportunities to supplement their studies. The curriculum emphasizes inequality and social organizations. We emphasize emerging trends in the field, including informatics, environmental sociology, and social network analysis. Students may supplement their studies with coursework in human rights, criminology, women, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural anthropology. Webster sociology alumni have gone on to successful careers in diverse fields including bank manager, park ranger, teacher and political scientist.
A Global Approach
Global engagement is at the center of all coursework with particular emphasis on the role globalization is playing in shaping our world. Students will have numerous opportunities for collaborative research with faculty on ongoing projects.