BA in Sociology/Anthropology
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The Sociology and Anthropology department on Pace University’s New York City campus offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, as well as a minor. The minor is offered on both New York City and Pleasantville campuses.
Sociology is the study of the impact of structural and cultural forces upon individuals and groups in contemporary society. Anthropology is the ethnographic, holistic and comparative study of one’s own society and that of other societies throughout the world. The disciplines of sociology and anthropology have many commonalities: both investigate the social world we inhabit and explain how human behaviors relate to culture and society.
Once limited to the study of small-scale communities in non-industrial societies, the field of anthropology has expanded its scope to now include a variety of communities and cultures such as ethnic groups in the United States, factory workers in Europe, brokers on Wall Street, indigenous groups in South America, and tribes in the Kalahari desert. Contemporary sociological research has shed light on racial bias in mortgage lending, the mating and dating habits of city residents, the global development of the industrial food system, and how and why revolutions occur.
Our program offers a breadth of focus; students can choose from a broad spectrum of classes ranging from consumer behavior in American society to the sociology of torture, from ethnography in the city to forensic anthropology. The blend of intriguing coursework, challenging research, and rewarding internships provide students with a dynamic and practical understanding of the diverse social and cultural world in which we live.
BA in Sociology/Anthropology
Our unique blend of intriguing coursework, challenging research, and rewarding internships will provide you with a dynamic and practical understanding of the diverse social and cultural world in which we live.
Many sociology/anthropology graduates choose to pursue graduate degrees. Those with master’s degrees are typically qualified to teach at the secondary/high-school level, or in community colleges. Those with PhDs can teach at four-year colleges and universities, and normally are required to maintain an active research agenda.
We believe that our sociology and anthropology program offers students the opportunity to acquire unique skills that make for highly competitive candidates on the job market.
Ida Dupont (PhD in Criminal Justice, City University of New York). Professor Dupont’s research and teaching interests focus on gender, crime and violence, and structures of the family.
Amy Foerster (PhD in Sociology, Cornell University). Professor Foerster’s research and teaching interests focus on immigration, popular culture and the sociology of organizations.
Judith Pajo (PhD in Anthropology, University of California, Irvine). Professor Pajo’s research and teaching interests focus on environmental anthropology, the anthropology of Europe, and political and economic anthropology.
Roger Salerno (PhD in Sociology, New York University). Professor Salerno’s research and teaching interests focus on social psychology, sociological and psychoanalytic theory and the history of sociology.
Andrea Voyer (PhD in Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison). Professor Voyer’s research and teaching interests focus on immigration and integration, race and ethnicity, urban sociology and sociological theory.
Marie Werner (MA in Sociology, Fordham University; MSW in Social Work, Columbia University; EdD Teachers’ College, Columbia University). Professor Werner’s research and teaching interests focus on race and ethnicity, social class and human services/social work.
In cooperation with the Career Services office at Pace University, the department offers academic credit for most internship placements. Students have been appointed to internships at esteemed institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, the United Nations, Planned Parenthood, Black Entertainment Television, the New Shul, the Henry Street Settlement, and many more.
Sociologists and anthropologists are involved in a wide variety of applied fields: social work; city planning; labor organizing; museum management; human resource management; grants development; police and legal services and public health work. They can be found in human rights groups and community-based service organizations such as Amnesty International, CARE, the Parks Council and a host of advocacy groups around the world. Some even write marketing strategies for McDonald’s restaurants!