Learning to think sociologically requires more than just the acquisition of knowledge—it demands that we break free from the immediacy of personal circumstances and experiences. The sociology major offers students the opportunity to engage their sociological imaginations so that they might stand outside their experiences—and the experiences of others—and consider them anew.
Anthropology, the study of human cultural diversity, involves four distinct sub-fields: cultural anthropology, archeology, physical anthropology, and socio-linguistics. All four sub-fields explore how culture shapes the human experience, the forces and processes that have shaped human biology and society over time, and the ways in which human societies are similar to and different from each other. Cultural anthropology, the sub-field which is emphasized at Austin College, investigates human experience within different cultural settings by actually entering into those cultures and studying those groups from their own perspectives.