Anthropology is the holistic, cross-cultural study of humanity that explores the multiple ways that humans create meaning in the world. Studying anthropology provides students with an understanding of the varied nature of past and present cultures, as well as a deeper awareness and appreciation of the world in which they live.
Anthropology at Northeastern University specializes in cultural anthropology and social anthropology—the relationship of culture to the institutions, interpersonal relations, and practices that make up their social structure. Our program specifically focuses on how culture interacts with structures of inequality such as race, class, gender, and ethnicity, as well as with contemporary global issues such as poverty, illness, environmental degradation, and economic development. Our courses complement a wide range of interdisciplinary programs at Northeastern including, environmental studies, international affairs, African American studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies.
A major in anthropology prepares students for occupations in government, business, and community organizations, in fields as wide ranging as international affairs, medicine, environmental protection, social services, education, historic preservation, law, and business. In addition, the major serves as excellent preparation for advanced academic and professional study in the social sciences.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS)
Professor Steve Vallas, Undergraduate Program Director, 617.373.3882
Associate Professor Doreen Lee, Anthropology Undergraduate Program Director, 617.373.8218
Ariana Roche, Academic Advisor, 617.373.3980.
Cooperative Education Coordinator:
Lisa Worsh, 617.373.4773, 210J RP
For more information, please call 617.373.2686.
Sociology is the scientific study of society; it begins with the premise that individuals are affected by the social structures, institutions, and cultural milieus surrounding them. Sociology provides students with the conceptual tools to understand how various features of society affect its members as well as how people create and maintain those same features.
The undergraduate sociology program at Northeastern University prepares students to rigorously analyze the social, political, and economic spheres of society at the local and global levels. Given the varied interests and areas of specialization among Northeastern’s sociology faculty, our program affords students the opportunity to acquire a multicultural and comparative perspective on social life. Our undergraduate offerings cover everything from gender and family violence, to law and criminality, human services, race and ethnicity, social movements, and urban social problems.
Although many of our majors go on to law or professional school, sociology also prepares students for occupations in human services and related health careers; business (sales, marketing, management); criminal justice; the non-profit and government sectors; lobbying, consulting, and citizen advocacy; and education.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts (BA). Students wishing to obtain a BA degree in sociology are required to take fourteen courses in the department, including six required sociology courses, three sociology electives at the 1200-level, three sociology electives at the 2000/3000 level, one sociology elective at the 4000-level, and an experiential education course or internship. BA in sociology students must also fulfill the university’s core curriculum requirements, including a foreign language.
Bachelor of Science (BS). Students wishing to obtain a BS degree in sociology are required to take seventeen courses in the department, including six required sociology courses, four sociology electives at the 1000-level, four sociology electives at the 2000/3000-level, two sociology electives at the 4000-level, and an experiential education course or internship. BS in sociology students must also fulfill the university’s core curriculum requirement.
Cooperative Education Advisor:
Lisa Worsh, 617.373.4773, 210J RP