Messiah College combines Sociology and Anthropology into one major.
This is a real advantage for students, because they get a richer
curriculum informed by both disciplines.
Sociology studies group processes and structure in the larger social
context. It looks at stratification, socialization, collective
behavior, social change, deviance and the influence of society on
Cultural Anthropology studies cultural diversity in the United States
and around the world. It looks at the way cultures construct meanings
and influence relationships. By looking at particular cultural groups,
students gain an appreciation for people who think in different ways and
skills to relate in cross cultural settings.
Together, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology develop understandings
of how race, ethnicity, gender and social class affect opportunities
for people and shape their experiences and how they think. They study
social institutions such as the family, formal organizations, religion,
politics, and the economy, both for understanding and also to learn
how to work for change, justice and equality in society. They study
social issues like poverty, crime, racism, and economic and social