Frequently Asked Questions

​​​​​​This FAQ page offers you the most common questions in the most expedient fashion. 

Please read them carefully before approaching a Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies faculty. The questions are divided into five groups: general questions about Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies; questions addressing the four specialties in our department: Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies; and questions about the Human Right and Transitional Justice minor.

General FAQ:


Q: Should candidates for an MA in sociology or anthropology submit GRE scores when they apply?
A: No. Applicants to SOAN graduate programs are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test nor to submit the test scores along with the application form.
 
Q: How do I get my pin to register?
A: Every student has to check with his/her advisor. The faculty advisor must check the student’s file before helping the student in his/her course selection. No pin will be given without meeting with the advisor. 
 
Q: Can a student open capacity to SOAN courses offered? 
A: In general no, but some exceptions include opening the capacity for core courses to students working on a major or a minor in SOAN. Contact the SBS chairperson and explain to him/her why you need to open capacity to a course.

 
Anthropology FAQ:
 
Q: What courses does a minor in anthropology require? 
A: For a minor in anthropology the requirements are SOAN 203 or SOAN 212, SOAN 222 or SOAN 225, and SOAN 221 or SOAN 227, plus two electives from SOAN 212, SOAN 214, SOAN 220–227, SOAN 232, SOAN 240–245 and 250-252.
 
Q: What courses should a candidate for the MA degree in anthropology complete? 
A: He/She is required to complete 21 graduate credit hours in addition to a thesis. Anthropology students must complete SOAN 300 and SOAN 310. The remainder of the requirements may be selected from other offerings in the department or in the FAS and other schools and faculties, according to the student’s interest and with the consent of the adviser.

 
Human Rights and Transitional Justice FAQ
 
Q: What courses does a minor in human rights and transitional justice require?
A: The SOAN program, in collaboration with the departments of Philosophy and PSPA, offers a minor in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. For this minor, the requirements are: SOAN 245, SOAN 240 or PSPA 235, and three electives from the following: SOAN 221, SOAN 230, SOAN 231, SOAN 232, PSYC 211, PHIL 216, PHIL 252, PSPA 232.
 
Q: If I am an undergraduate student who wants to graduate with a minor in human rights and transitional justice and didn’t find any elective course offered, what shall I do? 
A:  You can always submit a petition for a course similar to what is assigned as an elective course.


Sociology FAQ
 
Q: What courses does a minor in sociology require? 
A: For a minor in sociology the requirements are SOAN 101 or SOAN 201, SOAN 213, and SOAN 214, plus two electives from the following: SOAN 210, SOAN 220, SOAN 222, SOAN 223, SOAN 224, SOAN 225, SOAN 232, and SOAN 240–242. Students who wish to undertake a master’s degree in sociology are strongly advised to take SOAN 210 as an elective in their minor.
 
Q: What does a candidate for the MA degree in sociology required to complete? 
A: A candidate for the MA degree in sociology is required to complete 21 graduate credit hours in addition to a thesis. Sociology students must complete SOAN 300 and SOAN 312. Sociology students choosing a concentration in communication are also required to complete SOAN 313. The remainder of the requirements may be selected from other offerings in the department or in the FAS and other schools and faculties on campus, with the consent of the adviser and according to the interest of the graduate student.