Culture and Deviance Studies (BA)

The major in Culture and Deviance Studies is designed to provide students with a basic interdisciplinary understanding of deviance as a concept of difference and diversity within the framework of cross-cultural research, and how deviance has been related to important social problems and institutional responses to treat and control them. This foundation is enhanced by a comprehensive and critical understanding of cultural variation and macro- and micro-social and historical contexts as these apply to human conflict. This major also teaches students the ethnographic and ethnological perspectives and skills used in professional field research, while maintaining strong interdisciplinary content. The Culture and Deviance Studies major prepares students to be professionally effective in diverse and challenging fields, including social services, protective and corrective services, probation, parole, community reintegration and treatment. The research, writing, and interdisciplinary theoretical training provide majors with the background necessary for graduate programs in social work, law, or the social sciences. The core requirements pertain to theory, ethnographic methods, cross-cultural research and analysis, while electives demonstrate applications of both theory and method to particular problems.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

• Understand and appreciate culture and diversity in all their dynamic complexity, exploring the subject at the level of the individual and at the level of whole societies.
• Understand social science conceptions of deviance including how the study of deviance has shifted with theoretical and political developments.
• Develop and refine communication skills, including writing, oral presentation, and data presentation in various formats.
• Demonstrate experience in carrying out a research project (fieldwork-based, or library-based) that includes: formulating and justifying a research question, collecting and analyzing data, and articulating conclusions.
• Be prepared to work in fields that require: a nuanced perception of cultural difference; the ability to analyze and interpret culture; and the ability to integrate multiple threads of inquiry into a comprehensive whole

Credits required: 33                            Four Year Academic Plan

Prerequisites: ANT 101 and SOC 101. These courses fulfill the College's general education requirements in the Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues and Flexible Core: Individual & Society areas respectively.

Coordinator: Professor Edward Snajdr , Department of Anthropology (212.237.8262,

Additional Information: Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2010 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin, available at  

PART ONE. ANTHROPOLOGY CORE Subtotal: 15 credits


ANT 208 Urban Anthropology
ANT 210/PSY 210/SOC 210 Sex and Culture
ANT 330 American Cultural Pluralism and the Law
ANT 340 Anthropology and the Abnormal
ANT 450/PSY 450/SOC 450 Major Works in Deviance and Social Control



STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics

Select one

PSY 221 Social Psychology
SOC 314 Theories of Social Order


Select four of the following courses. Only two may be at the 100-level. (Note: Students are encouraged, but not required, to take at least two courses in one of the clusters below.)

The Culture and Deviance Studies major enables students to select thematic clusters both across disciplines and within disciplines. Thus students are advised to consult the College Bulletin course descriptions for specific prerequisite information for particular courses. For example, all GOV, POL, PSC, PSY and SOC courses require a 101 prerequisite in their respective disciplines. Students are advised to plan their cluster course selections with this in mind.

Likewise, some 200-, 300- and 400-level courses are sequence-based, meaning that the topic and theme is continued at the upper-level, should students wish to pursue further study of a topic or subject. Students wishing to concentrate their courses beyond the anthropology core in psychology should be aware that, for example, PSY 331 requires PSY 266 and PSY 268 as prerequisites. PSY 350 requires PSY 266PSY 268 as well as PSY 331 as prerequisites. Please note that some concentration courses do not require specific prerequisites beyond the 101-level but do require sophomore or junior standing or permission of the instructor.

A. Abuse, Interpersonal Relationships and Human Services

ANT 110SOC 110 Drug Use and Abuse
ANT 224/PHI 224/PSY 224/SOC 224 Death, Dying and Society: A Life Crises Management Issue
LLS 265/HIS 265 Class, Race and Family in Latin American History 
PSY 234 Psychology of Human Sexuality
PSY 255 Group Dynamics in Chemical Dependency Counseling
PSY 266 Psychology of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
PSY 268 Therapeutic Interventions in Chemical Dependency
PSY 331/CSL 331 Assessment and Clinical Evaluation in Chemical Dependency Counseling 
PSY 332 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
PSY 342/CSL 342 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
PSY 350/CSL 350 Advanced Topics in Chemical Dependency Counseling
PSY 375 Family Conflict and Family Court
PSY 480 Ethical and Professional Issues in Chemical Dependency Counseling
SOC 160 Social Aspects of Alcohol Abuse
SOC 161 Chemical Dependency and the Dysfunctional Family
SOC 380 Laboratory in Dispute Resolution Skill Building
SOC 435 Current Controversies in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

B. Crime, Deviance, Institutions and Culture

AFR 210 Drugs and Crime in Africa
AFR 232/LLS 232 Comparative Perspectives on Crime in the Caribbean
ANT 230 Culture and Crime
ANT 315 Systems of Law
ANT 328/ENG 328 Forensic Linguistics: Language as Evidence in the Courts
ANT 345/PSY 345 Culture, Psychopathology and Healing
COR 101 Institutional Treatment of the Offender
COR 201The Law and Institutional Treatment
COR 202 The Administration of Correctional Programs for Juveniles
COR 250 Rehabilitation of the Offender
ECO 170 Crime, Class, Capitalism: The Economics of Justice
ECO 215 Economics of Regulation and the Law
ECO 315/PSC 315 An Economic Analysis of Crime
HIS 224 History of Crime in New York City
HIS 320 Topics in the History of Crime and Punishment in the United States
POL 250 International Law and justice 
POL 375 Law, Order, Justice and Society
PSC 101 Introduction to Police Studies
PSC 201 Police Organization and Administration
PSC 235 Women in Policing
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 370/Law 370 Psychology and the Law
PSY 372 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSY 373 Correctional Psychology
SOC 203 Criminology
SOC 216 Probation and Parole: Principles and Practices
SOC 240 Social Deviance
SOC 301 Penology
SOC 308 Sociology of Violence

C. Individual and Group Identities and Inequalities

AFR 220 Law and Justice in Africa
AFR 237 Institutional Racism
AFR 250 Political Economy of Racism
ANT 212 Applied Anthropology
HIS 214 Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States
LAW 313/POL 313 The Law and Politics of Race Relations
LLS 220 Human Rights and Law in Latin America
LLS 241 Latina/os and the City
LLS 250 Drugs, Crime and Law in Latin America
LLS 255 The Latin American Woman in Global Society
LLS 261/HIS 261 Revolution and Social Change in Contemporary Latin America
LLS 267/AFR 267/HIS 267 History of Caribbean Migrations to the United States
LLS 321 Puerto Rican/Latinao Community Fieldwork
LLS 322 Latino/a Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice
LLS 325 The Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice
POL 320 International Human Rights
PSY 333 Psychology of Gender
SOC 215 Social Control and Gender: Women in American Society
SOC 309 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 351 Crime and Delinquency on Asia
SOC 420/CRJ 420 Women and Crime

Total: 33 credits