American University of Beirut

Sociology-Anthropology Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies
  • The mission of the SOAN degrees offered by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies is to make students aware of the different contributions of anthropology and sociology to an understanding of the worlds we live in. The aim is to train students in the conceptual, research, and applied tools of these two compon​ents. Through independent, critical, and advocacy fieldwork, attention is given to the historical and cross-cultural heritage of Arab society and its relation to the rest of the world.

    This combined BA degree is designed for students with interests in both sociology and anthropology. It offers a multi-disciplinary curriculum based in the social sciences and the humanities. It prepares students to understand and engage with the social and cultural worlds we inhabit. The joint specialization in Anthropology and Sociology allows students to observe and investigate life in diverse societies while acquiring training in social and cultural theories and methods. It explores what it means to be a person in the Arab region and around the world by examining the ways people organize activities, social structures, institutions and belief systems. Courses will develop students' critical perspective on religion, family, class, medicine, art, displacement, war, social movements, human rights, gender, media, sexuality and colonialism. The BA prepares students to work in such areas as non-governmental and governmental organizations, think tanks, development agencies, research institutes and businesses and to pursue graduate work or teach in the social sciences and humanities.​


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