The Department curriculum, like other undergraduate sociology and anthropology curricula at other universities, is designed in a way that addresses two fundamental questions: What do we teach to our students? Why we teach what we teach? We assure the relevance and vibrancy of our curriculum by making sure that our faculty demonstrate a collective sense of what is very important about earning sociology and anthropology degrees, particularly in light of the knowledge and practical skills sociology and anthropology students should acquire for responsible citizenship, career opportunities, and advanced studies. We believe the fields of sociology and anthropology should provide an education necessary for life and employment opportunities for our students.
Henceforth, the curriculum of the Department is updated from time to time with due consideration given to the holistic development needs of students regarding contemporary social, national, and global issues. The sociocultural structure of Liberia as well as those of other African countries is considered and included in introductory courses, which often deal with general ideas in sociology and anthropology. We offer courses in hierarchical, not rigid and tightly sequential order.
Over the years, the curriculum has undergone periodic reviews and will continue to be updated from time to time to reflect national and global social issues, trends, and challenges in an ever-changing world. Of the major changes that have been included in the curriculum over the years, a few worth mentioning are listed as follows:
- The credit hours needed for graduation from the Department and the College as a whole shall be 124.
- The required credit hours for sociology courses shall be increased from 33 to 36.
- The required credit hours in minor areas or courses shall be raised from 15 to 18.
- The required credit hours for electives shall be reduced from 12 to 6.