Culture and Deviance Studies (BA)

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.

  • 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.

Culture and Deviance Studies Major (or more depending on math placement)


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree


Prerequisites. ANT 101 and SOC 101. These courses fulfill the College’s general education requirements in the Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues and Flexible Core: Individual and Society areas respectively. Depending on math placement, students may need to take MAT 105 and/or MAT 108 (or MAT 141) as prerequisites for the required statistics course, STA 250.

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

Advising resources.  Sample Four-year Plan of Study

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2015 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 2014–2015 Undergraduate Bulletin.

PART ONE. ANTHROPOLOGY CORE                                                           Subtotal: 15 credits

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

PART TWO. INTERDISCIPLINARY CORE                                               Subtotal: 6 credits

STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics
ANT 325 Ethnographic Research Methods in Anthropology


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 266, PSY 268 as well as PSY 331 as prerequisites. Please note that some concentration courses do not require specific prerequisites beyond the basic 101-level but do require sophomore or junior standing or permission of the instructor.

A. Abuse, Interpersonal Relationships and Human Services
ANT 110 Drug Use and Abuse 
ANT 224/PHI 224/PSY 224/SOC 224 Death, Dying and Society: A Life Crises Management Issue
ANT 319 Anthropology and Global Health
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 Understanding Addiction through Research
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 the 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 Sociology 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 317 Anthropology of Development
ANT 328/ENG 328 Forensic Linguistics: Language as Evidence in the Courts
ANT 345/PSY 345 Culture, Psychopathology and Healing
ANT 347 Structural Violence and Social Suffering
COR 101 Introduction to Corrections
COR 201 The 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 A History of Crime in New York City
HIS 320 Topics in the History of Crime and Punishment in the U.S.
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: Theoretical and Practical Approaches
SOC 240 Social Deviance
SOC 301 Penology
SOC 308 The 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
ANT 220 Language and Culture
​ANT 324 Anthropology of Work
ANT 332 Class, Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
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/Latina/o Community Fieldwork
LLS 322 Latina/o Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice
LLS 325 Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice
POL 320 International Human Rights
PSY 333 Psychology of Gender
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
SOC 215 Social Control and Gender: Women in American Society
SOC 309 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 314 Theories of Social Order
SOC 351 Crime and Delinquency in Asia
SOC 420/CRJ 420 Women and Crime


                                                                                                                           Total Credit Hours: 33

                                                                                                                                  Last Updated: 01/30/18