Anthropology and Sociology Department: Academic Resources
Students in Anthropology and Sociology programs are preparing for a wide variety of academic and career goals: some students are seeking careers in teaching, social service, museums, historical societies, nonprofit organizational settings, or corporations, while others are preparing for admission to graduate and professional training programs. To make sure our students get what they need from their degree, a department faculty advisor is assigned to each student early in their departmental residence to help plan and assess the student's program of study, focusing on the student's specific academic and career goals.
All students must meet with their departmental advisor (in person or via phone or email) prior to registration. Contact your advisor one or two weeks before registration for an appointment. You cannot register for classes without the approval from your advisor. Arrive at your advising meeting with a suggested schedule in hand. Make sure to examine your online degree audit to ascertain what courses you need to graduate. An online list of available courses is posted about one month before registration, while the printed version comes out about a week before. After a meeting with an advisor, you will be released to register online. Seniors with at least 90 credit hours receive first priority, followed by juniors with at least 60 credit hours and then everyone else. Contact your advisor if you need to alter your schedule due to filled classes, etc.
Students who are considering attending a graduate program in the future should carefully consider what courses they take while at Webster. The Anthropology & Sociology Department offers a wide range of courses that will prepare students for a graduate career, and advisors will work with their advisees to help determine which courses will best suit a student's goals.
- Students should take General Education courses as early in career as possible. In addition, Anthro/Soc majors need a wide exposure to many disciplines and skill building courses (e.g., computer class, composition, mathematics).
- The transition from a community college to Webster University often requires some adjustment. Consequently, 2000 or lower 3000 level courses are most appropriate in this situation.
- Students should not take all of their courses in the behavioral and social sciences. Consider taking some skill building courses outside the discipline (e.g., writing, computers).
- Most courses in the Anthropology & Sociology Department (particularly 3000 and 4000 level courses) have a set of prerequisites. Make sure you have met these prerequisites prior to enrolling in upper division classes.
- You should be taking courses that are appropriate for your class standing. In other words, students in their first year should be taking introductory level courses and general education requirements. Second year students should be taking 2000 level courses. Juniors should be taking 3000s. Seniors should be taking upper level 3000s and 4000s.
For more information about academic advising at Webster, visit Academic Advising.
For detailed policies on course drops, withdrawals, and incompletes, visit Academic Advising: Policies & Forms.
For support with writing, tutoring, disability accommodations,counseling, and more, visit the Academic Resource Center.
Based on when certain courses tend to be offered, our faculty have designed suggested course selection sequences for many of our majors to help students get the courses they need to graduate and make the most out of their four years in our programs.
- Sociology degree plan (prior to Fall 2015)
- Criminology degree plan (on or after Fall 2015)
- Cultural Anthropology degree plan
- Multicultural Studies degree plan
- Women and Gender Studies degree plan
Individual departments and colleges/schools award departmental honors for excellence in the study in depth. In the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, full-time faculty nominate students for department honors to recognize outstanding work in the major. Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The department also considers service to the department and community. Department honors are not automatic for those who receive the university's academic honors.
Anthropology & Sociology students have a strong presence on campus, and welcome new members to the community.
The BASS Club exists to promote a meeting ground for all students interested in anthropology, psychology, and sociology to share ideas and information. The club typically hosts an event designed to stimulate thinking in the social sciences. For example, the BASS Club hosts a Faculty Forum geared towards answering questions about career opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences. Another popular aspect of the club's activities is the charity event held every semester. The club also hosts speakers each semester to discuss topics in the social sciences. Information on the BASS Club is posted outside Webster Hall room 319. Stop by the meetings and get involved!
In 1920, University of Southern California sociologist, Dr. Emory S. Bogardus, founded Alpha Kappa Delta for the purposes of stimulating scholarship and promoting the scientific study of society. Bogardus' impetus in establishing this organization was to provide a forum for student and faculty interchange. His endeavor paved the way for what has become an international organization dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and recognizing academic scholarship.
The purpose of the society shall be to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in Anthropology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty and other persons engaged in the study of Anthropology.
Students in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology have successfully achieved
their career goals after graduating from Webster. Alumni have been accepted into prestigious
graduate institutions, succeeded in competitive jobs, and -- more importantly -- fulfilled
Numerous resources are available for students seeking graduate school, internship, or employment opportunities after graduating from Webster University. However, students need to take advantage of these resources as soon as possible (e.g., sophomore year). Do not wait until you graduate to begin mapping out your post-graduate goals.
Webster University has an excellent career center. Make an appointment early in your academic career.
ANTHROPOLOGY-RELATED CAREER RESOURCES
- The American Anthropological Association's (AAA) career page.
- A video interview with an anthropologist discussing careers in the field.
- A Careers in Anthropology webpage from Northern Kentucky University.
- A Careers in Archeology webpage from the Illinois State Museum.
SOCIOLOGY-RELATED CAREER RESOURCES
- An article regarding job opportunities for sociologists from Inside Higher Education.
- A video interview with a sociologist discussing careers in the field.
ADDITIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCES CAREER RESOURCES
- Students interested in social work should examine government job descriptions for this field.
- The National Association of Social Workers has some information on career opportunities.
- Several department graduates have entered AmeriCorps.
- Student Perspectives & Featured Alumni
Women and Gender Studies
- International Women's Day -- International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
- Ms. Magazine -- A feminist magazine founded in 1972 by Gloria Steinem. Now woman-owned and operated by Liberty Media for Women, LLC.
- National Organization for Women -- The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.
- The National Women's Studies Association -- Established in 1977, NWSA is a professional organization dedicated to leading the field of women's studies and gender studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found.
- Women's Studies Online Resources -- Women's Studies Online Resources will help you find information-rich, high-quality web sites focusing on women's studies or women's issues; women- or gender-related e-mail lists; women's studies files from the WMST-L File Collection; links to women's studies programs around the world and to the Center for Women and Information Technology; financial aid for women; updates to Internet Resources on Women; and more.
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