Sociology / Anthropology

BA in Sociology

Sociology is the “study of social life, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior” (www.asanet.org). Sociologists study topics from welfare to health care reform, from organized religion to cults, from poverty to concentrations of wealth, from war to natural disasters, from aging to population change, from social media to music and film, from deviance to social order, from law to crime, from divisions of race/class/gender to shared cultural meanings. Students may go on to careers in areas such as social services (juvenile justice system, battered women shelters, disaster planning/relief), administrative support (information technology, human resources, employee training), social science researcher and/or analyst, law, education (graduate school, professor), marketing (copy writing, technology or software), and law enforcement.

Degree Requirements for Majors 

Requirement Checklist

Course Schedule

Fall 2014


Washburn Catalog 2014-2015

Student Learning Outcomes

Sociology majors at Washburn University, upon graduation, should be able to:

  • Critically analyze the role of culture and social structure in shaping the lives of members of society;
  • Identify, describe, and apply core sociological theories/perspectives to social phenomena at the micro and/or macro levels;
  • Explain the effects of race, class, gender, and other forms of diversity on life chances at the individual, institutional, and/or societal levels;
  • Frame sociological questions of significance, outline processes by which they might be empirically answered, and evaluate the major ethical issues involved; and
  • Demonstrate analytical reasoning skills by interpreting numerical, textual, and ethnographic information.

Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers students the opportunity to deepen and broaden their knowledge of humankind and themselves. We provide a broad understanding of cultural, social, and physical diversity in the world - past, present, and future. Students enrolled in sociology and anthropology classes will learn to critically examine social life, its organization, and its meaning. Through engaged pedagogy, we contribute to the intellectual development of our students who acquire the skills needed to examine cultures and societies through empirical, analytical, comparative, and historical methods. We believe that a firm grounding in sociological and anthropological knowledge will enrich the lives of our students and prepare them to be active citizens of their local communities and our global society.