Sociology & Anthropology
Sociology and Anthropology examine how society and culture shape human beings in powerful ways. While these are two distinct disciplines, at St. Olaf they combine to form one major. Both seek to explain the relationships among individuals, groups, institutions, and culture, such as family and kinship, inequality and power, religion and values, economy and technology, cultural and social change.
Where should I begin the major path?
Potential majors are invited to either begin with an introductory class to sociology or anthropology, or try one of our 200-level courses.Learn More
What careers are available?
SOAN majors go on to careers in many different fields, from social service work, public policy and law, and health care, to business and education. The aim of the major is to help students think like anthropologists and sociologists, so that they can better analyze taken-for-granted social dynamics.Find Your Path
How can I leverage the skills from my SOAN Major?
Sociology/anthropology majors are highly encouraged to apply and test their skills by studying off-campus, doing an independent study or research project, or completing an internship as part of their career exploration.Explore Now
What major courses do I need?
Those interested in exploring further should take one of the two required theory courses in anthropology or sociology to see if the major is a good fit. If the answer is yes, they would do well to consult with one of the faculty members in the department. Aside from the four elective courses SOAN majors take, junior and seniors complete the two required research methods courses that include hands-on projects. The SOAN Senior Seminar explores ethical issues in sociological and anthropological work and serves as the capstone of the major.Download the Major Checklist