Anthropology and sociology help us understand cultural patterns, social processes, and human behavior. Anthropology challenges us to engage cultural difference and reflect on human variation across the globe, learning to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange. Sociology challenges us to connect individual and personal concerns to broader, collective issues by understanding complex norms and varied social structures. Join us in the critical study of human culture and society and build a greater understanding of the beliefs, constructs, and worldviews that shape diverse cultures and institutions.
Courses in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology examine a wide variety of fields and topics, including inequality, education, development, health and healthcare, media and technology, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, kinship and families, deviance, labor and work, and urban phenomena. A global approach allows students to investigate these topics not only in the U.S. but also in Europe, East, Southeast, and South Asia, Latin America, and the Arab world.
Our faculty take an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to studying the social world, emphasizing a range of theoretical perspectives and a toolkit of qualitative and quantitative methods that allow students to critically explore their own interests.
Students pursuing a degree in SoAn receive in-depth, experiential, and immersive exposure to many facets of human culture and society, while developing an array of social research skills that contribute to success in a broad range of careers.