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Two programs of study in sociology and anthropology focus on exploring critical social and cultural issues. Both areas of study offer a major and minor that include courses in human social life, including archeology, urban studies, race and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality, health, and environmental justice.
The major in sociology studies 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.
The major in anthropology studies humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws from and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences.
A minor in sociology or anthropology requires the completion of 18 semesters hours in the individual field of study, often in conjunction with other life science courses. Twelve hours of the minors must be upper division.
Sociology and anthropology majors engage in research projects, both on the individual level and in groups, throughout their time a Trinity University. Since the department works closely and in an interdisciplinary manner with several other departments, students have a wide array of research opportunities to pursue depending on their interests.
Established in the 1960's in response to civil unrest, the program explores the global phenomenon of urbanization - how the scale and consequences of urban life shape individuals and societies on every continent.
The environmental studies major provides an interdisciplinary study of Earth's environment and how human beings interact with it. Students examine environmental issues from natural science, social science and humanities perspectives.
International Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program that combines broad approaches to world affairs, foreign language learning, experience abroad, and specialized studies in one of the regional or functional concentrations.
Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) provides an avenue for students to develop their language skills in fields not normally covered in American university curricula.
All of the programs listed above are essential to understanding and exploring not only our own society and human interaction within it, but also allow students the opportunity to research and learn about societies around the world and how humans interact within them.