Academic Departments and Programs

Anthropology / Sociology

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 the growing number of local and international opportunities in human services, education, business and government.

Why study Anthropology and/or 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 concentrates on the study of industrial societies while anthropology focuses on cultural diversity (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.

Learning outcomes of this major prepare include the following:

  • To assist each student to develop the ability to know and assess the breadth of data, methods and arguments from the anthropological and sociological perspectives.
  • To assist each student to develop the ability and the depth of knowledge to express orally and in writing, complex ideas and positions from the anthropological and sociological perspectives.
  • To insure that each student develops the anthropological and sociological methods of research and theoretical analysis.
  • To prepare each of our students to be informed, involved citizens and to work within culturally and socially diverse local, national, and international peoples and careers.

Career opportunities for C of I Anthropology/Sociology students

Earning an anthropology and sociology degree from C of I prepares informed, involved citizens who are able to work with culturally and socially diverse peoples and careers. Our alumni frequently go on to graduate school 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 students choose, the knowledge gained from studying human and cultural conditions in anthropology and sociology will benefit them for the rest of their life.

Majors

Anthropology/Sociology Major

Anthropology / Sociology Major

32 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101

Cultural Anthropology

3

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

ATH-404

Theories in Anthropology

3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-480

Sociological Theories

3

ATH-490 or
SOC-490

Seminar in Social Research

3

ATH/SOC ELEC

Anthropology/Sociology upper division Elective Courses

6

ATH/SOC ELEC

Anthropology or Sociology Electives

5

Additional Course Recommendations

Students selecting a major in anthropology/sociology are strongly encouraged to learn a modern foreign language. Those who plan to continue in graduate school are advised to take a course in statistics. Students desiring teacher certification with a major in anthropology/sociology must consult with a member of the education department.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To assist each student to develop the ability to know and assess the breadth of data, methods and arguments from the anthropological and sociological perspectives.
  • To assist each student to develop the ability and the depth of knowledge to express orally and in writing, complex ideas and positions from the anthropological and sociological perspectives.
  • To insure that each student develops the anthropological and sociological methods of research and theoretical analysis.
  • To prepare each of our students to be informed, involved citizens and to work within culturally and socially diverse local, national, and international peoples and careers.

Minors

Anthropology / Sociology Minor

15 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101 or
SOC-100

Cultural Anthropology or
Introduction to Sociology

3

ATH/SOC

Courses Approved by Anthropology/Sociology Department and major advisor

12

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Understand major historical developments, theoretical approaches, substantive fields,
  • methods and bodies of research in Anthropology and/or Sociology
  • Express orally and in writing complex ideas and positions from the Anthropological and/or
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Prepare each student to be an informed, involved citizen and to work successfully with culturally and socially diverse local, regional, national and international groups.

The Anthropology/Sociology Department offers the Human Services minor in the Professional Enhancement PEAK to help students, along with their major, prepare for a career in the human, or social, services.

The Human Service Minor consists of 15 credits, to be approved in consultation with the Anthropology/Sociology department and the major advisor.

Human Services Minor

15 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101 or
SOC-100

Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology

3

ATH/SOC-497

Internship

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

PSY-201

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSY-350

Introduction to Psychological Counseling

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

SOC-302

Gender and Society

3

SOC-320

Family Sociology

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

ATH-202/302A

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-305

Culture and the World System

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Prepare each student to be an informed, involved citizen and to work successfully with culturally and socially diverse local, regional, national and international groups. To assist students to prepare for a career, if they so desire, in the human, or social services.

Associated Minors

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Humanities and Fine Arts PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-219

Thief-making and Thief Taking

3

ENG-226

Postmodernism and Human Rights Activism

3

ENG-232

Literature and Slavery

3

ENG-235

Prose and Cons

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

PHI-331

Ethics

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Additional Fine Arts Course

Complete 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

* Six weeks before graduation, students will submit a portfolio of relevant work completed for the minor, such as exams and papers, including a two-page essay describing important academic lessons and skills acquired in this minor.

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Social Science and History PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS  

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-330

Criminology and Deviance

3

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

Choose 9 credits from the following:

ATH-202

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-302A

Cultural Diversity

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-407

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Professional Studies and Enhancements PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-330

Criminology and Deviance

3

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

 

 

Complete 9 credits from the following:

 

BUS-391

The Legal Environment

3

CHE-124

Forensic Chemistry and Laboratory

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

PSY-407

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

Visual Studies Minor
(Humanities and Fine Arts Peak)

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-130

Introduction to Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communication I

3

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ENG-225

Asia Through the Movies

3

IND-307

London (3 out of the 6 credits)

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film

3

THE-340

Stage Design

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART/ATH-128

Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-300

Anthropology and Art

3

ATH-306

Visual Anthropology

3

PSY-254

Psychology and the Movies

3

PSY-399T.1

Hitchcock's Cinema

3

PSY-399T.3

Visual Violence

3

PSY-399T.4

Film Noir

3

Independent Study
(to be taken after all other minor requirements have been completed)

Complete 1 credit from the following:

ART-494

Independent Study

1

MUS-494

Independent Study

1

THE-494

Independent Study

1

Recommended

ART-497

Internship

1-3

Studio-art classes including, but not limited to:

ART-100

Drawing Composition

3

ART-320

Advanced Studio Projects

3

Courses that include significant use of visual material such as:

HIS-303

The Terror

3

HIS-331

Ancient Greece

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome

3

HIS-344

Medieval Europe

3

 

Visual Studies Minor
(Social Science and History Peak)

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-130

Introduction to Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communication I

3

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ENG-225

Asia Through the Movies

3

IND-307

London (3 out of the 6 credits)

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film

3

THE-340

Stage Design

3

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ART/ATH-128

Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-300

Anthropology and Art

3

ATH-306

Visual Anthropology

3

PSY-254

Psychology and the Movies

3

PSY-399T.1

Hitchcock's Cinema

3

PSY-399T.3

Visual Violence

3

PSY-399T.4

Film Noir

3

Independent Study
(to be taken after all other minor requirements have been completed)

Complete 1 credit from the following:

ART-494

Independent Study

1

MUS-494

Independent Study

1

THE-494

Independent Study

1

Recommended

ART-497

Internship

1-3

Studio-art classes including, but not limited to:

ART-100

Drawing Composition

3

ART-320

Advanced Studio Projects

3

Courses that include significant use of visual material such as:

HIS-303

The Terror

3

HIS-331

Ancient Greece

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome

3

HIS-344

Medieval Europe

3

Latin American Studies Minor

16 credits minimum*

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

LAS-494

Portfolio and Evaluation of Program

1

Complete at least 2 courses from the 2 different departments following:

ATH-249

Natives of South America

3

HIS-230

Introduction to the History of Modern Latin American

3

MFL-232 or

Spanish Language & Culture III or

3

MFL-233 or

Spanish Language & Culture IV or

3

MFL-235

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

Complete 9 credits of electives of which 6 must be 300-400 level from the following:

ATH-128

Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-302

Ritual Myth and World View

3

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

ATH-309

Cross Culture Approaches of Environment

3

HIS-377

Women in the Americas

3

HIS-378

Liberation Theology

3

HIS-380

Colonial Latin America

3

HIS-381

Military & Society in Latin America

3

HIS-382

Modern Mexico

3

HIS-386

Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

3

HIS-387

Modern Cuba

3

HIS-388

Comparative Slavery in the Americas

3

HIS-389

Latin American-U.S. Relations

3

SPA-333

Literature of Latin America

3

SPA-339T.2

Latin American Today

3

MFL-339T.4

Human Rights for the First Generation

3

SPA-437

Spanish Literature and Society (Narrative and/or Film)

3

SPA-438

Spanish Literature and Society (Poetry, Drama and/or Song)

3

Complete a Portfolio and Evaluation of Program**

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

Additionally, students completing the Latin American Studies Minor will:

  • Develop broad knowledge of the diverse cultures and history of Latin America
  • Explore contemporary and historical social, cultural, economic and political trends of Latin America
  • Familiarize themselves with basic anthropological and historical approaches and methods regarding the study of Latin America

*Note: At least 9 credits must be from Anthropology and/or History

** Six weeks before graduation, students will submit a portfolio of relevant work completed, such as exams and papers. In 1000 to 1500 words, students will complete an assessment of the most important academic lessons learned and skills acquired during their course of study. The evaluation must also provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the LAS PEAK. The portfolio will not be graded but it is required for completion of the minor.

The International Development minor is designed for students interested in development and related issues such as economic growth, poverty, globalization, culture change, and political order. Grounded in the discipline of Political Economy, this minor is an excellent field for students interested in how society organizes itself through government, the market, and non-governmental actors. As a minor program, it is a useful complement to other major and minors in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Professional Studies. Students with primary interests in this topic should consider the International Political Economy major. The minor consists of 16-17 credits, inclusive of a 1 credit Independent Study course in ATH-494 or POE-494 in which students

International Development Minor

16 - 17 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

POE-120

International Politics

3

POE-263 or
POE-299T

Introduction to Political Economy or
Poverty in Africa and Asia

4
3

POE-494 or
ATH-494

Independent Study

1

Complete 2 courses from the following:

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

POE-302

Economic Development

3

POE-351

Politics of Developing Countries

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

ATH-249

Natives of South America

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-360

Comparative Politics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

POE-376

International Economics

3

POE-380

International Political Economy

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Assist students to distinguish development from economic growth and to appreciate its conceptual and theoretical complexity. Assist students to understand the political-economic and cultural dimensions of development approaches and policies.
  • Assist students to understand development through cross-cultural comparison

NOTE: To complete the minor, students must also revise a paper written in one of the minor courses as a starred paper and submit it to all faculty members who service the minor. This non-credit requirement is to demonstrate satisfactory research and writing abilities within the minor.