Sociology and Anthropology

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Sociologists and Anthropologists study human behavior in systematic ways within societies and cultures.

Substantively, Stockton’s SOCY/ANTH program is particularly concerned with social justice issues, such as those manifested in race/ethnicity, class gender/sexuality, age, and globalization/imperialism. We also strongly emphasize community engagement and service learning in both teaching and research. Our program highlights both qualitative and quantitative methods of research—for example, field methods and ethnography, interviewing, historical analysis, survey work, statistical analysis, and experimental methods.

About the Program

Sociology (SOCY), in particular, focuseson the analysis of human beings as members of societies including: social interaction among individuals, groups, and cultures; 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 interactions (such as those found in families, small work groups, friendships, and casual encounters); through the organization and function of social institutions (such as the family, religions, education, politics, media, and medicine); to the structure and functioning of social systems as a whole (class structure, racial/ethnic relations, cultural ideology, and various legal processes).

Program Chair:

Betsy Erbaugh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology

Anthropology (ANTH) asks what it means to be human in all places at all times. As such, the discipline has an international and comparative focus. In Anthropology, people are understood in terms of their biological and behavioral variation cross-culturally and through time. In particular, the ethnographic field method exposes students to lived realities in a range of contexts. While our program’s primary focus is on Cultural Anthropology, students also have an opportunity to study in the other fields of Anthropology: Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, and Linguistics. Anthropological analysis studies the dynamics of culture including kinship, religion, ethnicity, nationalism, colonialism, migration, and inequality.

Program Overview & Concentrations

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.

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 will be able 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 university experience. Finally, students will be strongly encouraged in their classes to actively participate in community engagement through service learning projects.

Curriculum Worksheets

*Please refer to Degree Works for General Studies, At-Some-Distance, and Course Attribute requirements.

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

Minor in Sociology (20 credits):

  • SOCY 1100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCY 3642 Quantitative Research Methods
  • Three additional SOCY courses, one of which must be at the 3000 level or higher.

Minor in Anthropology (20 credits):

  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 3643 Field Methods
  • Three additional ANTH courses, one of which must be at the 3000 level or higher. Or fulfillment of one of the concentrations (provided that at least one course must be at 3000 level or above): Archaeology Concentration Physical Anthropology Concentration Language and Culture Concentration

Completing the 20 credits required for the Race/Ethnicity concentration assures students both local and global understandings of race and ethnicity as well as crosscultural and intersectional frameworks.

Two courses from this list*:

  • ANTH 2152 Language and Culture
  • ANTH 2230 Ethnicity
  • ANTH 2337 Jewish Culture
  • ANTH 2245 Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • ANTH 3233 Caribbean Cultures
  • SOCY 2213 Minority-Majority Relations
  • SOCY 2355 Black Lives
  • SOCY 2745 Race, Poverty and Education
  • SOCY 3745 Urban Education Issues

* Three remaining courses should come either from the above list or from other disciplines as approved by your preceptor.

The Archaeology concentration allows students to focus on material culture, relying upon fieldwork and laboratory techniques and interdisciplinary coursework, and prepares students for careers in areas such as contract archaeology, museum/historical archiving, and cultural resource management.

Required Courses (12 credits):

  • ANTH 1100 Intro to Anthropology
  • ANTH 2108 Archaeological Field Methods
  • ANTH 2134 Early Civilizations

Choose remaining credits from list below:

  • ANTH 2126 North American Archaeology
  • ANTH 2260 Ancient Egypt
  • ANTH 2330 Prehistory of North America
  • ANTH 2340 Western Europe & the Near East
  • ANTH 3338 Mediterranean Archaeology
  • ARTV 2283 Ancient Architecture
  • ARTV 3338 Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
  • ENVL 3250 Geomorphology (pre-reqs: ENVL 2100, 2200; GEOL 2100)
  • ENVL 3301 Basic GIS (pre-reqs: ENVL 2100, 2400)
  • ENVL 3328 Stratigraphy (pre-reqs: ENVL 2100, 2200; GEOL 2100)
  • GEOL 2101 Physical Geology (co-req)
  • GEOL 2105 Physical Geology Lab (co-req)
  • GEOL 3231 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • GNM 2318 Soils and Civilization

* Other courses may be added or substituted with permission of preceptor.

The Biological Anthropology concentration exposes students to the study of human primate evolution, genetics, and morphology and prepares students for careers or graduate-level education in the allied health sciences, forensics, nutrition, medical anthropology, and primatology.

Required Courses:

  • ANTH 1105 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • ANTH 2136 World Perspectives on Health

Choose remaining credits from list below:

  • ANTH/BIOL 2200 Human Adaptation and Variation
  • ANTH/BIOL 2321 Human Biology and Evolution
  • ANTH/BIOL 2400 Forensic Anthropology
  • BIOL 1200/05 Cells and Molecules/Lab
  • BIOL 1260 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Sciences/Lab (pre-req: CHEM 2010/2110)
  • BIOL 1270 Anatomy & Physiology/Lab (pre-req: CHEM 2010/2110)
  • BIOL 1400/05 Biodiversity & Evolution/Lab (pre-req: BIOL 1200/05)
  • BIOL 2110/2115 Genetics/Lab
  • BIOL 2180 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 3110 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 3240 Human Evolution
  • BIOL 3241 Paleobiology
  • BIOL 3242 Vertebrate Paleontology
  • BIOL 3435 Evolutionary Mammology
  • GNM 2189 Human Geography and Ecology
  • GNM 2472 The Primates
  • HLTH 2221 Functional Human Anatomy
  • PUBH 3420 Epidemiology
  • SOCY 2236 Sociology of Health

* Other courses may be added or substituted with permission of preceptor.

Sociology and Anthropology Faculty

Shawn Riva Donaldson

Shawn Riva Donaldson, Ph.D. (Rutgers, The State University), Associate Professor of Sociology: Race/class/gender, sociology of law, medical sociology, demography, South African studies.

609-652-4455 | H249
Betsy Erbaugh

Betsy Erbaugh, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico), Associate Professor of Sociology: Reproductive and sexual health, gender, race, class, sexuality, social movements, violence, research methods.

609-652-4639 | G208
Laurie Greene

Laurie Greene, Ph.D. (Tulane University), Associate Professor of Anthropology: Language and culture, anthropology of men and women, Latin American and Caribbean cultures, culture in education, social activism.

609-761-1251 | AC224g
Christina Jackson

Christina Jackson, Ph.D. (University of California), Associate Professor of Sociology: Urban sociology, race, class, gender, social movements, inequality.

609-626-3422 | C142
Nazia Kazi

Nazia Kazi, Ph.D. (The Graduate Center at CUNY), Associate Professor of Anthropology: Race, immigration, inequality, Islamophobia, social theory.

609-626-3572 | C106


Janice O. Joseph

Janice O. Joseph, Ph.D. (York University, Canada), Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice: Juvenile justice, criminology and deviance, minorities and crime, corrections.

Margaret E. Lewis

Margaret E. Lewis, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Stony Brook), Professor of Biology: Vertebrate anatomy, anthropology, paleoecology, evolutionary biology, paleontology.


Robert E. Helsabeck 

Robert E. Helsabeck , Ph.D. (Indiana University), Professor Emeritus of Sociology: Social psychology, research methods, religion, conflict.

Elinor Lerner

Elinor Lerner, Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley), Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology: Political sociology, sociology of women, deviance, sexuality, popular culture, human/animal relations.

Linda Williamson Nelson

Linda Williamson Nelson, Ph.D. (Rutgers, The State University), Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Africana Studies: Anthropological linguistics, cultural anthropology, gender and culture, field methods, contemporary African American literature, African American vernacular English, African American culture.

Joseph Rubenstein

Joseph Rubenstein, Ph.D. (New School for Social Research), Professor Emeritus of Anthropology: Religion and ritual, anthropological theory, ethnicity, Jewish culture, field methods, anthropological photography.

Franklin O. Smith

Franklin O. Smith, Ed.D. (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Professor Emeritus of Sociology: Family, sociology of education, sociology of sports, acting, public oratory.

Student Engagement

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 community engagement and service-learning projects in public schools as well as in community and non-profit organizations. SOCY/ANTH students have helped build community gardens, mentored students in after-school programs, analyzed data for various community partners, aided those affected by hunger insecurity, developed public art projects for downtown revitalization initiatives, and worked with groups aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to making a difference in the community, these projects have enabled hands-on work experience and employment opportunities. Preceptors can provide additional information and help students get involved in an internship program.

Undergraduate Research
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 Board of Trustees Fellowships for Distinguished Students, which are made available to fund such projects.

Study Abroad
Opportunities also exist for overseas study. An international experience is worthwhile and may act to strengthen the transcript of students pursuing a concentration 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 Office of Global Engagement.

Field Schools
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.

Honor Societies
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. Membership in Lambda Alpha, the National Honor Society in Anthropology, will soon be available to students with a concentration in anthropology.

Career Opportunities

A number of other career opportunities are available for graduates of the SOCY/ANTH program. 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.

In general, 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 nonprofit agencies. 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.

A sampling of career options for SOCY/ANTH majors are listed below:

  • Social services: rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation or administration.
  • Community work: 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: human relations, advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training or sales.
  • Higher education: admissions, alumni relations or placement offices.
  • Health services: family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions and insurance companies.
  • Publishing, journalism, and public relations: writing, research and editing.
  • Government services: in federal, state, and local government jobs in areas such as transportation, housing, agriculture and labor.
  • Teaching: elementary and secondary schools, in conjunction with appropriate teacher certification.