Department Information

Chair:
Dr. Herbert Haines
Moffett Center, Room 2120
Phone: 607-753-2726
Fax: 607-753-5973
Email:
amanda.halliwell@cortland.edu
Hours:
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
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Majors/Minors

Anthropology [ANT]

The anthropology major provides students the opportunity to undertake a broad based study of the anthropological approaches to understanding past and present human cultural structures. This major is particularly suitable for those interested in teaching professions, continued graduate study or international aid agencies.

Career Potential

  • Corporate positions in culture management
  • International aid agency positions (e.g., U.S.A.I.D)
  • U.S. government/State Department positions
  • Education/teaching including Native American schools (with certification)
  • C.A.R.E. posts
  • Primate rehabilitation centers, zoos, (e.g., World/National Wildlife Federation)

Program Details for Anthropology [ANT]

Anthropology Minor [ANT]

Sociology/Anthropology Department

Moffett Center, Room 2120
607-753-2726

Program Details for Anthropology Minor [ANT]

Anthropology: Concentration in Americas Archaeology [ANT/AARC] or World Archaeology [ANT/WARC]

Students with an archaeology concentration acquire field experience and gain an understanding of the theoretical issues related to both general anthropology and archaeology, including management of cultural resources. Projects can be tailored to student interests and include working with the department’s ethnographic and archaeological collections. For more information about this program, contact the Sociology/Anthropology Department.

Career Potential

  • Teaching (all levels and Native American centers)
  • Museum curator and collection management positions
  • State and federal advisory positions
    (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency)
  • National/state/local historical agencies
  • National and state park service positions
  • Contract archeology positions (cultural resource management)

Total credit hours required for the major: 33

Choose either concentration:

Program Details for Anthropology: Concentration in Americas Archaeology [ANT/AARC] or World Archaeology [ANT/WARC]

Anthropology: Concentration in Applied Anthropology [ANT/APPL]

Students with an applied concentration gain an understanding of fields such as development, medical, and legal anthropology, enabling them to address problems of health, education, cultural and linguistic preservation, human rights violations, and poverty in global contexts. For more information about this program, contact the Sociology/Anthropology Department.

Career Potential

  • World Bank positions
  • OXFAM positions
  • International aid agency positions (e.g., U.S.A.I.D.)
  • Africare posts
  • Save The Children posts
  • C.A.R.E. posts

Total credit hours required for the major: 33

Program Details for Anthropology: Concentration in Applied Anthropology [ANT/APPL]

Anthropology: Concentration in Ethnic Studies [ANT/ETHS]

Students with a concentration in ethnic studies take courses that focus on cultural and power differences and similarities among groups in global contexts. Students undertake comprehensive analyses of ethnic identity, prejudice and discrimination, and social problems related to poverty and inequality. For more information about this program, contact the Sociology/Anthropology Department.

Career Potential

  • Corporate positions in culture management
  • International aid agency positions, such as U.S.A.I.D.
  • U.S. government/State Department positions
  • Development consulting

Total credit hours required for the major: 33

Program Details for Anthropology: Concentration in Ethnic Studies [ANT/ETHS]

Archaeology Minor [ARC]

Sociology/Anthropology Department

Moffett Center, Room 2120
607-753-2726

This minor is open to students in any major other than anthropology. Majors in anthropology can declare a concentration in Americas or world archaeology.

Program Details for Archaeology Minor [ARC]

Archaeology: Concentration in Americas Archaeology [ARC_AARC] or World Archaeology [ARC_WARC]

The Sociology/Anthropology Department offers the major in Archaeology which is the discipline within anthropology that studies prehistoric and historic societies in worldwide contexts. The archaeological discipline offers a balance between the scientific investigation and culture-based understanding of past societies through their material remains and their environmental settings.

Archaeology majors may choose between the Americas or World Archaeology concentrations, both of which are seated solidly in an anthropological archaeology paradigm, in which students gain a firm cultural anthropological basis for exploring ancestral and prehistoric cultures of these geographical regions. Students also acquire basic knowledge of the scientific and laboratory-based methods employed in the discipline.

There is also a minor in archaeology which is particularly suitable for those interested in the teaching professions who must be prepared to teach about global cultures both past and present.

Career Potential

  • Teaching (all levels at elementary and secondary schools)
  • State and Federal advisory positions (e.g. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Cultural Resource/Land Management/Environmental Agencies
  • National and State Park Service
  • Public Archaeology Facilities
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • College Professor
  • Museum Curator
  • Laboratory (archaeobotanical/archaeozoological/archaeometric) consultant/technician

Program Details for Archaeology: Concentration in Americas Archaeology [ARC_AARC] or World Archaeology [ARC_WARC]

Criminology [CRIM]

The Sociology/Anthropology Department offers the major in criminology which focuses on the nature and causes of crime, as well as on the analysis of crime control policy. The B.A. in criminology allows students to pursue focused study in criminology within the context of a broad liberal arts education. It offers the dual options of preparation for immediate entry into employment in the criminal justice area or pursuit of advanced studies in criminology and related fields at the graduate level. With appropriate guidance from advisors, students can combine the criminology major with course work in other areas that will prepare them for graduate-level studies in specialty areas such as forensics, computer crime investigation, law, counseling and social work.

Career Potential

  • Law enforcement
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Corrections
  • Criminal investigation
  • Probation
  • Social work
  • Youth counseling
  • Human services

Program Details for Criminology [CRIM]

Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Anthropology (7-12) [SST and ANT]

This program in the Sociology/Anthropology Department allows students who major in anthropology to qualify for certification to teach adolescence education in social studies (grades 7-12). It combines a major in anthropology with additional course work and professional teacher preparation.

Career Potential

  • Junior high and high school teacher
  • Teaching adolescence social studies
  • Professional schools such as law or social work
  • Business
  • Government and non-profit agencies and organizations

Program Details for Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Anthropology (7-12) [SST and ANT]

Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Sociology (7-12) [SST and SOC]

This program in the Sociology/Anthropology Department allows students who major in sociology to qualify for certification to teach adolescence education in social studies (grades 7-12). It combines a major in sociology with additional course work and professional teacher preparation.

Career Potential

  • Teaching adolescence social studies
  • Professional schools such as law or social work
  • Business
  • Government and non-profit agencies and organizations

Program Details for Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and Sociology (7-12) [SST and SOC]

Social Gerontology Minor [SGRT]

Sociology/Anthropology Department
Moffett Center, Room 2120
607-753-2726

This minor is open to students in any major other than sociology. Majors in sociology can declare a concentration in social gerontology.

Program Details for Social Gerontology Minor [SGRT]

Sociology [SOC]

This major in the Sociology/Anthropology Department provides students with a broad degree of flexibility in choosing a career after graduation, the opportunity to explore careers in the human services, public administration and management, and a general background for graduate work in the social sciences, public policy, law and social work. In a rapidly changing world, students who major in sociology obtain a solid liberal arts education that fosters versatility in the world of work and good citizenship.

Career Potential

  • Social work
  • Consulting
  • Health care
  • Government agencies
  • Human services
  • Counseling
  • International relations
  • Business
  • Public service 

Program Details for Sociology [SOC]