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Program overview

Majors: Sociology, Sociology and Anthropology
Minors: Sociology, Anthropology

The department of sociology and anthropology combines two distinct yet related disciplines. Our mission is to foster a critical consciousness concerning how different cultures and societies organize, make sense of, and change their worlds. We provide a challenging yet supportive learning environment in which students develop an awareness of their social location, respect for diverse experiences and cultures, and commitment to social justice. 


Thinking anthropologically allows us to explore the rich diversity in human life and encourages respect for individuals and for other cultures.  Anthropology  is built upon extended observation of people in the places where they reside, while participating directly in activities whenever possible.


Thinking sociologically is like “entering a new and unfamiliar society—one in which things are no longer what they seem.”  Sociology encourages us to look at society with a fresh perspective, to question our taken-for-granted assumptions, to investigate people's actions, and to explore the organization of society.  Our courses provide a basis for thinking about social alternatives, imagining possibilities for social justice, and being engaged citizens.

Pre-professional paths of study

We also offer students interested in criminal justice, global studies, health, human/social services, public policy, urban studies, and/or graduate studies in sociology, anthropology, or law a recommended course of study which will provide a stronger pre-professional foundation.