Department of Sociology & Anthropology

SH 405, (501) 569-3173, (501) 569-8458 (fax), Sociology Website, Anthropology Website

Chairperson:
Lewis, Krista, Associate Professor


Professors:
Briscoe, David L.
Estes, Sarah Beth
Flinn, Juliana
Ito, Kinko
Sanderson, Robert E.


Associate Professor:
López-Ramírez, Adriana
Hawkins, Simon

Assistant Professor:
King, Kathryn
Shafeek Amin, Neveen

Emeritus Professor:
Richard, Terry

General Information

weedingdevilsgrassfromnarcissostraditionalmayamaizefieldThe department offers courses and programs designed to teach students to analyze and understand basic socio-cultural processes, statuses, and roles; to this end, we conduct a yearly assessment to determine how well we have achieved these objectives. The department also prepares students for careers and graduate study in sociology, anthropology, health services administration, public administration, and social work; contributes to the liberal arts training and knowledge of all undergraduates; and provides intellectual skills for students considering careers in these professions and in business.

Awards and Scholarships

Katherine J. Hardie Award in Anthropology

This award is given to the outstanding graduating senior in anthropology each year. The recipient’s name will be engraved on the Hardie Memorial Plaque displayed in the department office. In addition, the recipient will receive an individual plaque.

Outstanding Graduate Award in Sociology

This award honors the graduating senior sociology major who has the highest grade point average.

Mark Hartmann Anthropology Student Fellowship

The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to students for participation in anthropological field work or field school concurrently with their studies in pursuit or enrichment of a degree in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Expenses covered by this award may include, but are not limited to, tuition and related travel expenses.

Beth and Earl Richard Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full or part-time UA Little Rock student major in  Sociology or Anthropology.  Selection is based on academic accomplishment with financial need as a secondary consideration.


Student Organizations

The department seeks to promote a sense of collegiality among students. This is reflected in the student-governed Anthropology Club (Juliana Flinn, faculty sponsor) and Sociology Club (Neveen Shafeek Amin, faculty sponsor). Students new to the department should check with the faculty sponsor for meeting times and activities.

In addition, the honors sociology organization, Alpha Kappa Delta, and the honors anthropology organization, Lambda Alpha, provide majors with a 3.00 grade point average or above access to professional and social activities.


Field Experience

Field experience opportunities (internships)  are available and highly recommended for all majors. Placements are offered in nearly 50 public and private agencies and organizations throughout central Arkansas. Students interested in field experience should talk to their advisor or the department chair.


Prerequisites

The department requires that prerequisites be met for all classes. Students wishing to enroll in a course without the specified prerequisite courses must petition the department for permission to enroll.


Minors Available

Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology requires 18 credit hours of sociology, including SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology and either SOCI 3383 Classical Sociological Theory or SOCI 3384 Contemporary Sociological Theory.

Minor in Anthropology

A minor in anthropology requires 18 credit hours of anthropology, including ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology and ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology.

Minor in Gender Studies

The Gender Studies program is an 18-hour interdisciplinary minor. The minor is designed to help students understand and define the changing roles of women and men brought about by social, economic, political, legal and other changes in society.

Requirements for the minor include an introductory course, 2300; a senior-level seminar, GNST 4300; and 12 hours chosen in consultation with the gender studies coordinator from GNST 3315, 3333, 3340, 3346, 3350,3366, 3388, 4190, 4195, 4290, 4295, 4371, 4372, 4390, and 4395. Other courses may be accepted with the consent of the coordinator. For more information, contact the department at (501)-569-3173.


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

Core (35 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

Second Language Proficiency (0-6 hours)

The foreign language program requirement is 6 hours of the same second language (Elementary I and II) or a minimum language competency equivalent to the Elementary II level.

Major (30 hours)

SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 3381 Social Statistics
SOCI 3383 Classical Sociological Theory
or SOCI 3384 Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOCI 3385 Research Methods
SOCI 4387 Senior Capstone Seminar
15 upper level credit hours of SOCI courses

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.
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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

Core (35 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

The foreign language program requirement is 6 hours of the same second language (Elementary I and II) or a minimum language competency equivalent to the Elementary II level.

Major (32 hours)
Anthropology Foundation Courses (19 hours)

ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology (also counts toward the core)
ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology (also counts toward the core)
ANTH 3313 Archaeology
or ANTH 3320 Buried Cities, Ancient Lives
ANTH 4382 Anthropological Theory
ANTH 4316 Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 4395 Senior Seminar in Holism

Electives (13 hours)
      One or more of the following methods-intense courses are strongly recommended as part of the electives for the Anthropology major:

ANTH 3381 Social Statistics
ANTH 4440 Applied Anthropology
ANTH 4355 Forensic Anthropology
and corequisite ANTH 4155 Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
ANTH 4467 Primatology
ANTH 4485 Ethnographic Methods
ANTH 4487 Archaeological Investigation
ANTH 4600 Archaeological Field Research

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.
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Courses in Sociology, Anthropology, and Gender Studies

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