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SoAn Recognition Toast

SoAn Recognition Toast

Graduating seniors, their families and loved ones are invited to an online toast, to honor and recognize their impressive accomplishments in our department. The recognition toast will be Saturday, May 14 at 11AM.

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SoAn Senior Research Symposium

SoAn Senior Research Symposium

Come peruse the excellent thesis research of our Sociology and Anthropology seniors, and join in the celebration of departmental awards and accomplishments at the Senior Research Symposium on 4/29/21

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New Anthropologist Joining Department

New Anthropologist Joining Department

Professor Yu Luo is a cultural anthropologist who will be joining SoAn and Asian Studies as the Barnett Chair in China Studies this coming fall. Watch her recent talk in which she discusses her background and the challenges of being a semi-native ethnographer.

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SoAn Spring Series

SoAn Spring Series

Drawing inspiration from our Fall, 2020 "Confronting Racism" discussion series, the Department of Sociology & Anthropology is launching a regular event and discussion series for spring, 2021, that will draw on disciplinary perspectives to interrogate current events, social movements, and constructions…




The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is committed to promoting the values of diversity, equity, and human rights and to confronting racism in our fields of research, our institution, and our classrooms. We have compiled a broad range of resources and recommendations reflecting the varied…


Department of Sociology & Anthropology

About the Department

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is intended for students who wish to rigorously analyze and understand our modern, complex society. The faculty in the department of Sociology and Anthropology train students in the theoretical and conceptual foundations of each discipline. Upper-level courses apply that fundamental training to the study of contemporary social issues including education, the health care system, the media, inequality, the family, deviance, and urban phenomena.

A Global Approach

A global approach allows students to investigate these phenomena not only in the U.S. but also in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Students are encouraged to complement their major or minor in Sociology and Anthropology with foreign language training and study abroad. Programs in Mexico and Southeast Asia are directed by faculty in the department of Sociology and Anthropology.

A Tool Kit of Social Research Methods

Faculty members representing both disciplines share a fundamental concern for engaging students in critical comparative study of social and cultural phenomena from a wide variety of ethnographic and historical contexts. The faculty attempt to expand students' intellectual horizons, challenge them to recognize the oftentimes ethnocentric limitations of personal experience and individual biography, and encourage them to become more conscious of the ways human beings come to take the "reasonableness" of their world for granted.

Sociology and Anthropology Students Learn

to take a multidisciplinary approach to problems to conduct independent research
to model phenomena with relevant theory and concepts to write clearly and persuasively
to shift between multiple levels of analysis to assess the quality of empirical data
to gather data via multiple methodological tools to make effective oral presentations


A major in Sociology and Anthropology develops knowledge and skills valued in a wide range of career possibilities in the private or public sectors. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in anthropology, sociology, social work, public health, law, criminology, counseling, or public policy. Furthermore, the major is a rewarding end in itself, providing students with valuable experiences for their intellectual growth.

Experiential Learning in SOAN

The SOAN curriculum fosters a truly immersive, experiential, and transformative education that links together the classroom, the community, and the world.

Check out the SOAN blog

On the blog we post updates from faculty, notes from students and alumni, as well as important announcements about upcoming events, and more. Follow the blog so you can keep up with the latest goings on in the department.

Thinking about teaching Social Studies?

One part of preparing to teach Social Studies is a strong preparation in the subject. Learn more about prerequisites for the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Puget Sound.

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Our Facebook page is a great way to keep up on our departmental blog, get to know other SOAN majors and alumni, and to stay current on departmental events and opportunities.