Anthropology & Sociology

Studying People

Learn about humanity and societies past and present at C of I

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology provides a broad base of knowledge in these two fields, which share a common concern for the social and cultural conditions of human life. The College offers a combined major, which allows for student choice and prepares department graduates for local and international opportunities in human services, education, business, and government. 

Why study anthropology and sociology at The College of Idaho? 

In the world today, recognition of the interdependence of small scale and industrial societies brings a fusion of anthropology and sociology. The College’s major and minor in anthropology and sociology enables students to choose from a wide variety of courses according to their interests. Related minors include criminal justice studies, visual studies, international development, Latin American studies, and human services.

A C of I degree in anthropology and sociology provides a broad liberal arts base of knowledge in two fields that share much in common. Sociology mainly concentrates on the study of industrial societies while anthropology mainly focuses on cultural diversity (for example, ethnic groups within the United States) and small-scale societies globally, with the interdependence of small-scale and industrial societies in today's world providing for a fusion and synthesis of the two fields.  

Anthropology and sociology majors and minors are strongly encouraged to learn a modern foreign language while students who plan to continue their studies at the graduate level are encouraged to take a statistics course. 

Career opportunities for anthropology and sociology majors/minors 

Earning an anthropology and sociology degree from C of I prepares informed, involved citizens who are able to work within culturally and socially diverse peoples and careers. Our alumni frequently go on to graduate school and/or pursue careers in social work, criminal justice, development, law, medicine, nursing, veterinary school, counseling, library work, creative writing or service organizations such as the Peace Corps. No matter what path you choose, the knowledge you gain from studying human and cultural conditions in anthropology and sociology will benefit you for the rest of your life.