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Applied Social and Cultural Studies

A U N E volunteer brushes a young girl's teeth during a medical mission to PeruOur major in Applied Social and Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary program that enables you to apply the knowledge you gain in sociology to the work being done in disciplines like anthropology, political science, psychology, and communications. As an Applied Social and Cultural Studies major, you choose a concentration in one of three content areas:

Health, Medicine, and Society

You examine health, illness, disability and mental health issues, as well as the organizations that deliver health care, the production of medical knowledge, and alternative health systems. This is an ideal concentration if you want to pursue a career in public health, health administration, or mental health.

We also offer a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. To learn more, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Society, Community, and Human Services

You study the communities, institutions and constituents involved in community service and development. This concentration prepares you for a career in business, social work, social policy, human services administration, community development or education.  

Law, Crime, and Society

You consider how society defines and responds to crime, exploring the relevance of class, race, gender and age to someone’s interactions with the criminal justice system. This is a useful concentration if you envision an eventual career in law or criminology.

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.