Sociology / Anthropology
The Sociology and Anthropology department at Pace University offers a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, as well as a minor. The BA in Sociology/Anthropology is currently available only at the New York City campus and the minor is offered on both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses.
The disciplines of sociology and anthropology have many commonalities: both investigate the social world that we inhabit, both examine and explain how human behaviors relate to cultural context and social environment, and both study the social interactions of people, groups and entire societies. While traditionally anthropologists researched non-industrial societies and small communities using participant observation, the field has expanded its scope and now studies a variety of communities, including brokers on Wall Street, factory workers in Europe, indigenous groups in South America and tribal communities in the Sahara desert. Sociologists often utilize a different set of methodological tools, but also study both large and small-scale social processes. Contemporary sociological research has shed light on racial bias in mortgage lending, the mating and dating habits of city residents, how the industrial food system developed globally, and how and why revolutions occur.
Our courses reflect this broad focus and methodological diversity, and, when combined with numerous internship and independent study opportunities, our curriculum and departmental program will prepare you both for a broad range of employment possibilities and for engaged and thoughtful global citizenship. Students in introductory-level classes learn more about the disciplines of sociology and anthropology through systematic observation of group processes, through lecture and discussion-based pedagogy, and often work together in small groups to analyze and investigate the social world. Students in upper-level classes conduct individualized research using different anthropological and sociological methods. Combined with faculty presentations, lectures and case studies, our classrooms provide a mix of techniques and methods that appeal to many different learning styles.
Government agencies, for-profit corporations, and not-for-profit organizations employ large numbers of researchers with training in sociology or anthropology. These organizations include international governing bodies like the United Nations, as well as federal, state, and local governments. The field of medicine is also open to those with training in sociology or anthropology. Many medical anthropologists can be found in the Brazilian rain forest doing research on traditional treatments and cures for modern illnesses.
What can you do with this degree?
Our program offers students the opportunity to acquire unique skills that make for highly competitive candidates on the job market. Since sociologists/anthropologists know a lot about people and diverse cultures, they are frequently hired as consultants by businesses and governments. Some start their own consulting firms. Many sociology / anthropology graduates choose to continue their education by attaining master’s degrees or PhDs in one of the two disciplines. 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 which includes publishing the results of their research in books and scholarly journals.
Sociologists and anthropologists are involved in a wide variety of fields:
- social work
- city planning
- community organizing
- housing advocacy
- labor organizing
- museum management
- human resource management
- grants development
- program management
- police and legal services
- public health work
- hospital case managers
- public health officials in government
- policy analysts