Sociology and Anthropology
|Amy Foerster, PhD
Sociology and Anthropology
Welcome to the Sociology and Anthropology department on Pace University’s New York City campus! Our department was founded in 2006 and offers a combined bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Sociology/Anthropology, as well as a minor.
The disciplines of sociology and anthropology have many commonalities: both investigate the social world that we inhabit, both examine and explain how human behaviors relate to cultural context and social environment, and both study the social interactions of people, groups and entire societies. While traditionally anthropologists researched non-industrial societies and small communities using participant observation, the field has expanded its scope and now studies a variety of communities, including brokers on Wall Street, ethnic groups in the United States, factory workers in Europe, indigenous groups in South America and tribal communities in the Sahara desert. Sociologists often utilize different methods (conducting large-scale interview and survey studies, for example, as well as historical/archival research, content and conversation analysis, laboratory experiments, as well as field research and participant observation) to study both large and small-scale social processes. Contemporary sociological research, for example, has shed light on racial bias in mortgage lending, the mating and dating habits of city residents, how the industrial food system developed globally, and how and why revolutions occur.
Our courses at Pace reflect this broad focus and methodological diversity: you can choose from a large number of classes, including: consumer behavior in American society, the sociology of torture, ethnography in the city, forensic anthropology, magic, witchcraft and religion, and communes and utopias in American society. Additionally, the methodological training you receive will be determined, in large part, by your own interests. Students in urban planning courses, for example, have practiced interviewing techniques by questioning local business owners about the impact of 9/11 on the local economy. Students in urban sociology utilize Census data—as well as their own photographs—to complete neighborhood reports which document demographic and economic trends in the area, as well as the visual landscape of an urban environment. Anthropology students observe and document religious and secular rituals in introductory classes, and gain field experience in more advanced classes, typically by conducting participant observations in locations of their choosing. Our advanced-level classes offer the option of learning about quantitative techniques and statistical modeling, as well as innovative approaches in participatory action research and feminist methodology.
When combined with the numerous internship and independent study opportunities we offer our students, our curriculum and departmental program will prepare you both for a broad range of employment possibilities and for engaged and thoughtful global citizenship. We invite you to examine our course offerings and departmental activities through this website, and to contact Chair Amy Foerster or Administrative Assistant Joy Nelson for more information. Or, please feel free to drop by our offices — we are located on the 7th floor of 41 Park Row, New York City.
For more information contact:
Amy Foerster, PhD
Sociology and Anthropology Department Chair
New York City Campus