Department of Sociology and Anthropology

As a Major

The behavioral sciences of sociology and anthropology help students develop an appreciation and understanding of the myriad structures and processes that characterize life in social groups. While sociology tends to concentrate on complex modern societies, exploring societal change and institutions, anthropology tends to cover a wider span, focusing on both Western and non-Western societies.

Introductory courses offer a broad overview of the complexity of world cultures and American society. Advanced courses provide an in-depth focus on particular world areas, social institutions or significant social trends.


Sociology majors may choose among three concentrations, designed to guide students in the selection of courses relevant to future careers as well as to provide all students with a solid grounding in the fields of sociology and anthropology.

  • Multiculturalism and Globalization
  • Social Institutions
  • Social Processes and Change

For sociology majors interested in social work, the department offers courses that provide experiential as well as theoretical exposure to the field, including actual work experience in recognized social work agencies.

As a Minor

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers Tier III minors in both sociology and anthropology. These programs give students an in-depth understanding of key concepts of fields within sociology and anthropology. Students are required to take three courses in the department at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least one at the 4000 level. Although the department recommends either ANT 4800 or SOC 4900, any 4000-level course offered by the department may serve as the capstone for either the sociology or the anthropology minor.

For more information, check the current Student Bulletin.


Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 646-312-4460
Professor Glenn Petersen, 646-213-4469

The City University of New York