GIS is a valuable research technology skill for students studying anthropology and sociology. Through GIS, students, researchers and professionals take spatial information from an area to create a map. For instance, sociologists use regional data to create maps outlining the distribution of housing, businesses, immigrants and poverty, among other social processes.
In the GIS lab, students learn the skills of GIS in order to produce descriptive, analytic information for use in decision-making on social and cultural issues and topics. These skills are essential for professional sociologists and anthropologists.
Learn more about the GIS Lab at the Center for Environmental Sciences website.
The minor in Geographic Information Systems is offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in collaboration with the Department of Biology and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The GIS minor is open to SLU graduate students, including those enrolled in the Master's Degree programs in Sociology.
To earn the minor, students must complete 15 hours of GIS coursework. For more information about the GIS minor, please contact Dr. J. S. Onesimo Sandoval.