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.
Check out our departmental advising guide for more information.
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
- Criminology degree plan
- 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 BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE CLUB (BASS)
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.
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.