Sociology & Anthropology

Sociology & Anthropology

Getting Connected

Students in the Sociology and Anthropology Department are curious about human behavior, particularly in the context of present and past societies. They want to better understand how people and groups interact, how institutions function, how communities form and operate. This curiosity— along with the knowledge and skills the study of sociology and anthropology provide—helps our majors succeed in the workplace or graduate study.

The study of sociology and anthropology shapes students into articulate communicators, critical thinkers and vanguards for social justice. NJCU’s urban setting is the ideal place to study the diversity of cultures and their commonalities. Our coursework covers socially relevant topics that spark lively discussions and deep reflection: juvenile delinquency, death and dying, health, social change, politics, racial identity, and more.

Sociology and anthropology students have a breadth of careers open to them, but many work in education, public service, criminal justice, law and the nonprofit sector.

Our faculty members are a diverse group with a range of interests and specialties. They create an inclusive, welcoming learning environment for both traditional and non-traditional students and they are happy to talk to you about how a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology can help you reach your career goals.

A sociology or anthropology minor is an excellent supplement to any degree program. It is however, particularly relevant for students interested in people-focused careers. Majors in psychology, business, health sciences, nursing, professional security or education may find a deeper understanding of human social lives beneficial to their educational pursuits and careers.


Click the button below for suggested courses to follow and complete, term-by-term, to make it easier to understand how to graduate in four years within your major. Degree Maps are used to assist you and your advisor with planning your academic path to graduation. Use this guide to discuss your academic plan and course selections with your advisor.

It is important to note that each student's specific program of study could, and likely will, look different. At NJCU, our goal is to customize the Degree Map to fit your situation. Consult with your advisor for the path that is best for you.



Fred Andes (, Chair
Rossey Hall, Room 539

Esther Gibson (, Department Administrator
Rossey Hall, Room 539