Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

BA in Sociology-Anthropology


Sociology-Anthropology Major

This combined BA degree is designed for those students who are interested in both Sociology and Anthropology. It focuses on those areas of the two disciplines where there is convergence in theory and methods. Through this major, students are introduced to major substantive areas in both disciplines. The major allows enough choice in electives that students may focus on a broader perspective in social science than is available in either the single Sociology major or the single Anthropology major. This major is particularly recommended for those who may seek jobs teaching in the social sciences in secondary schools or in community colleges.
Students who major in Sociology and Anthropology are required to take 13 courses in the department, totaling 39 credit hours. These are as follows: on introductory course viewing humans as part of the natural environment (either Anthropology 211, 212, 213, 214, 216 or 218); two or three electives chosen from Anthropology offerings at the 200 or 300 level; two or three electives chosen from Sociology offerings at the 200 or 300 level; a theory and methods seminar for seniors (Sociology 365). Students interested in pursuing the joint Sociology-Anthropology major should consult the Departmental Chairperson or advisor. Sociology-Anthropology Checklist

  • Transfer Credits: In completing major requirements, no more than five courses (15 semester hours) will be accepted in transfer from other colleges and universities. These courses must carry grades of "C" or better. The required methods and theory courses must be taken within the department at Loyola.
  • Certification Requirements for Teaching Sociology in High School: A Department coordinator, working in cooperation with the School of Education, will assist Sociology majors seeking certification for teaching in secondary schools. An individualized program of instruction that meets Illinois state requirements as well as the requirements of the Education Department will be developed for each student. For more information on teacher certification requirements, consult the undergraduate catalogue. Sociology majors interested in certification should also see the Chairperson of the Sociology Department.
  • Five-Year BA/MA Program in Sociology: This program provides specially selected Sociology majors with an opportunity to earn both a BA and MA degree in five years, which is approximately one year less than normally required to earn both degrees. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to enter the labor force, a professional school or pursue a PhD.