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Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) Curriculum
Sociology and anthropology majors are introduced to perspectives for understanding human behavior and human conditions at levels that range from individuals in society to variability in social and cultural patterns and the organization of larger social structures. While sociology focuses more on large-scale, industrialized societies like the one we live in, anthropology also emphasizes smaller-scale societies and long-term patterns of biological and cultural change.
Anthropology embraces four broad fields: cultural anthropology, linguistics, physical anthropology and archaeology. The Anthropology Track at Truman encompasses all four. Anthropology is the study of human behavior, an exploration of what it means to be human that ranges from the study of culture and social relations, to human biology and evolution, to languages, to music, art and architecture, and to vestiges of human habitation.
Geography is concerned with the interaction of natural and cultural processes on the earth's surface, the influence of the natural environment on human activities and how humans have altered the natural environment, and the way in which various combinations of physical and cultural phenomena give a unique character to particular places. Geography has spatial emphasis, that is, a concern with arrangements, flows, distance, and direction.
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– Anh Duc Mai, Mathematics & Economics, Vietnam