SOAN Curriculum

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.

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Lauren Gieseking

Some majors teach how to be successful in a specific field, but sociology has taught me how to be a better member of society. My eyes were opened to different perspectives and beliefs, many of which I had no idea existed before my time here. The department has given me incredible knowledge and resources that have prepared me to take the next step in my personal and professional life, and I cannot wait to see where this path leads.

Lauren G., Sociology Major