Sociology & Anthropology | Majors & Minors
Office of Sociology and Anthropology
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212-7200
Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Our two programs of study focus on exploring critical social and cultural issues at the local, national, and international levels. Students learn how individuals are shaped by the social contexts in which they live and how individual actions can change those contexts. Leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, both areas of study offer a major and/or minor that encompass a broad range of courses about human social life, including offerings in archeology, urban studies, race and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality, health, and environmental justice.
What is sociology? The American Sociological Association explains the nature of the discipline as follows:
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.
And what is anthropology? The American Anthropological Association has this to say:
Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.
Students in the Sociology and Anthropology programs are trained in a variety of social research techniques in the classroom, the lab, and applied settings. In the community, our students work among the homeless, on water policy issues, and study local school redistricting. Moreover, most of our students gain international experience by enrolling in one of the many semester-long study abroad programs outside the United States with which Trinity is affiliated.
In addition to providing leadership, support, and guidance to our students, professors in the department maintain their own active program of scholarly inquiry and frequently enlist students to collaborate with them on research projects.
Majoring in Sociology or Anthropology prepares students for careers that make a difference both to themselves and others. Our graduates gain knowledge of how social organizations work and how various cultures function, allowing them to bring valued expertise to a broad spectrum of business, science, government, academic, and social service employers. Department alumni have earned advanced degrees in sociology or anthropology at prominent universities and others have received graduate degrees in law, divinity, market research and social work.