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Department of Sociology Anthropology University of Illinois Springfield



Curriculum Overview


We welcome all students with an interest in  the interdisciplinary study of culture and society.

We recommend that transfer students have the following:

  • one or more lower division courses in sociology,
  • one or more lower division courses in anthropology,
  • a course in biology,
  • a college mathematics course including basic statistics,
  • basic personal computer skills, and
  • a GPA of 3.0 or better in recent lower division courses.

Students without some of these recommended qualifications may succeed in the major, but SOA courses are designed for students with qualifications at this level.


To accomplish a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology degree, all majors must complete the courses and requirements stipulated by both the department and UIS in general. Beyond these requirements, our curriculum has been designed to accommodate students’ varying interests with a wide selection of course topics.

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The Department of SOA also encourages majors to pursue electives outside sociology/anthropology as part of a broad liberal arts education. SOA majors may use general electives as the foundation for a minor in the program their choice.

Finally, internship placements allow students to integrate classroom learning and practical field experience, as well as to gain experiences that may be useful in later decisions about employment or continued education.


In addition to an interdisciplinary sociology/anthropology major, the Department of Sociology/Anthropology  at UIS offers a minor in anthropology and a minor in sociology. To accomplish a Sociology or Anthropology minor, you must complete the courses and requirements stipulated by both the department and UIS in general.

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Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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