Majors & Minors

Sociology is the study of society including the complex relationships between individuals, social institutions, culture and social structure. The major is designed to equip students with a sociological perspective with which they may examine a wide variety of social issues. The major equips students with the theoretical and investigative tools necessary to examine a wide variety of social issues. Electives are offered in four broad areas: inequality, power and justice; groups and social institutions; culture and meaning; and global complexity and change. Cultural anthropology is one of the most international of all the social sciences. A diverse but comprehensive discipline, anthropology investigates the social and cultural life of human beings in all times and all places. A concentration in anthropology provides students with an appreciation of other ways of life, different systems of belief and knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, a better understanding of the world in which they live. Students majoring in sociology are prepared for careers in social work, criminal justice, non-profit agencies, business and government as well as graduate study in sociology, anthropology, criminology, social work, law and various other fields.

Concentrations & Minors

Students can choose from the following concentrations and minors:

  • General Sociology
  • Sociology with Teacher Licensure
  • General Anthropology
  • Anthropology with Teacher Licensure
  • Sociology Minor
  • Anthropology Minor

Declaration of Major in Sociology

To declare a major in Sociology, a student must:

  • Successfully complete LANG 120.
  • Complete SOC 100 with a grade of C or better, and have at least 8 hours of course work in Sociology, with at least 4 of the hours completed at UNC Asheville.
  • Complete an online declaration of major form through the Registrar's website.

Declaration of Major in Anthropology

To declare a major in Anthropology, a student must:

  • Successfully complete LANG 120.
  • Complete ANTH 100 with a grade of C or better, and have at least 8 hours of course work in Anthropology, with at least 4 of the hours completed at UNC Asheville.
  • Complete an online declaration of major form through the Registrar's website.

Minor in Sociology or Anthropology

Sociology Minor

20 hours in Sociology, including SOC 100, SOC 225, and 12 hours of sociology electives with at least 8 hours at the 300-400 level are required for the sociology minor.

Anthropology courses may not be used toward a minor in sociology. Students majoring in anthropology who also want to minor in sociology must complete 16 hours of courses for the minor that are not used to complete major requirements.

To declare the sociology minor, students must complete the Declaration of Minor form that must be signed by the department chair.

Anthropology Minor

20 hours in Anthropology, including ANTH 100, ANTH 225, and 12 hours of Anthropology electives with at least 8 hours at the 300-400 level are required for the anthropology minor.

Note: Sociology courses may not be used toward a minor in Anthropology. Students majoring in sociology who also want to minor in Anthropology must complete 16 hours of courses for the minor that are not used to complete major requirements.

To declare the anthropology minor, students must complete the online Declaration of Minor form through the Registrar's website.

Course Descriptions & Major/Minor Requirements

Review the course descriptions and requirements for the sociology and anthropology majors and minors in the UNC Asheville Course Catalog.