Anthropology & Sociology
West Chester University
An undergraduate degree in anthropology or sociology provides students with significant skills and knowledge about social organization, social interactions, and symbolic systems. Students also develop skills and knowledge about the interactions of members of diverse groups, both nationally and internationally. This provides our graduates with valuable tools that can be applied in a wide range of professions, such as community development, market research, advertising, communication and social media management, law, criminal justice, social work, counseling and the mental health professions, urban planning, public health and the allied fields, as well as entry-level research positions at firms or within organizations. In an increasingly interconnected global world, the skills and knowledge acquired in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology could also be quite useful to any number of newly developing careers in the international arena.
In addition, the department prepares students for graduate education in sociology, anthropology, and other fields. Students graduating with a major in anthropology or sociology from West Chester have gone on to graduate schools at a number of prominent universities.
There is also a less practical and more romantic answer to the question, "what can I do with a degree in anthropology or sociology?" The value of a major in anthropology or sociology may lie as much in its contribution to the moral development of the student as it does in the development of practical skills and knowledge. As part of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum, the programs in anthropology and sociology seek to instill in students a desire to better themselves and to better their worlds through the use of rational inquiry. The programs seek to instill in students an awareness of their responsibilities to themselves and to their communities as well as a desire to act upon this awareness in ways that contribute to the betterment of themselves and their communities.