The Department of Sociology & Anthropology
In the Spring of each academic year, the department's graduating seniors present the results of research that they conducted over the course of the capstone Senior Seminar in Sociology & Anthropology at the annual Senior Symposium. It is the culminating experience of two years' work that begins with students drafting their proposals in Research Design (SOC 311 / ATH 311) in the Fall of their junior year. The proposal is developed further in the second semester, as students continue their study of methodology (SOC 312 / ATH 313 or ATH 314). They then carry out the research in the Spring of their senior year in the capstone seminar, a research practicum in which students develop their projects in a collaborative environment and in close consultation with the instructor/advisor for the seminar.
The Senior Symposium, held every May, provides those students with a professional opportunity to gain experience in presenting data to an academic community, a skill that is highly valued in graduate programs of study.