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FAQs

  • How do I get a faculty advisor assigned to me?

    You first have to have declared either anthropology or sociology to be your major. When the department receives word you have done so, and that you meet or exceed the required 2.0 GPA qualification, the department’s administrative specialist will assign you a faculty member from the relevant discipline as your advisor. You may also request that a certain faculty member be assigned to you.

  • What courses should I take as Related Electives?

    The sociology major requires that you take three upper division courses in a single social science discipline; these are NOT additional sociology courses. You can select from anthropology, social work, geography, urban affairs, political science, psychology, and economics.

    The anthropology major requires that you take two upper division courses in subjects considered to be related to the three subfields of anthropology. You should check with your faculty advisor about whether a particular course will satisfy the requirement.

  • I am a sociology major; does taking SOC 3400 or 3410 to satisfy the College Quantitative Thinking requirement mean that, to complete the major, I need to replace those credit hours with another course in sociology?

    No, when you take either (or both) of those courses, they count as courses in the major AND  automatically satisfy the Quantitative Thinking requirement of the College of Liberal Arts.

  • What foreign language is best for either anthropology or sociology?

    No particular language can be specified as being the best for you to take. You should consider what courses in a language you had in high school, and whether you might wish to build on that to complete the language requirement at Wright State. You should also consider what kind of career you envision, and whether any particular language might help your advancement. Ultimately, the decision is up to you.

  • I had a good background in a foreign language in high school. Do I need to start at the 1010 level and take four courses in it at Wright State?

    No, you only need to complete, or test out of, the fourth course (2020 level) in the language at Wright State. You should check with the Department of Modern Languages for information about testing out of a language.

  • I am an anthropology major. I see that the three introductory courses to the subfields of anthropology are all required courses for the major but are taken as part of the Wright State Core. Before I decided to major in anthropology, I had already taken two courses in Element 3. Do I still need to take CST 2410 (Comparative Nonwestern Cultures)?

    Yes. CST 2410 is the introductory course in cultural anthropology, and is a required course for anthropology majors. Similarly, ATH 2200 (Introduction to Archaeology) is required and satisfies one of the Core Element 5 courses you need to take, and ATH 2100 (Introduction to Biological Anthropology) is required and satisfies one of the Core Element 6 courses you need to take. One exception should be noted: if you were in nursing before switching your major to anthropology you may have taken ATH 2500, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology for Health Care Professionals. That course would satisfy the CST 2410 requirement.

  • What are the admission requriements for Alpha Kappa Delta?

    The Alpha Kappa Delta Constitution (Article III, Section 3) states that undergraduates must meet the following minimum criteria(chapters may increase these standards):

    • Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution
      • Sociology minors are eligible
      • Other majors are eligible so long as they have taken at least four SOC classes and meet all other requirements
    • Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution
    • Shall rank in the top 35% of their graduating class in general scholarship
      • If class rank is not readily available to a chapter representative, in lieu of class rank, students shall have accumulated the equivalent of an overall grade point average of at least 3.3 by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0
    • Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation
    • Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology at the host institution prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail)

    You can find the memebership form here.