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Sociology & Anthropology

Southwestern’s Sociology and Anthropology Department offerings encourage awareness and understanding of human diversity and cultural variation both locally and globally.

Why study with us?

  • A Diverse Faculty and Curriculum.  Our sociology and anthropology professors have diverse personal backgrounds and interests.  Our teaching and research interests include:  the experiences of African Americans and pregnant women in the workplace; anthropology of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands; educational experiences of first-generation Latina/os; environment, nature and race in Belize; and the use of social media to monitor neighborhoods.
  • Develop Research Skills.  Our students learn research skills that employers value by working on research projects in classes, collaborating on research with faculty, working on summer research projects and developing their own original research projects.  Students have the opportunity to learn ethnographic methods, survey methods, in-depth interview techniques, content analysis and quantitative analysis of existing data.  A growing number of students publish their original research and co-author scholarly articles with faculty members.
  • Award-Winning Student Research.    In the past 10 years, our students have won a regional anthropology paper competition 4 times, a regional sociology paper competition 7 times, and placed in the top three in a national sociology paper competition 7 times (see a list of award winners here).  No other US liberal arts university can match this record.
  • Position Yourself for Post-Graduate and Professional School.  Sociology and anthropology majors  develop competitive applications and are admitted to prestigious graduate programs in anthropology, sociology, law, medicine, social work, urban planning, nonprofit administration, and justice studies.
  • Prepare for a Wide Variety of Careers.  After graduation, sociology and anthropology graduates become writers, teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, lawyers, medical doctors, ministers, CEOs, photographers, and curators.  You can see a partial list here.
Check out what our Faculty, Students, and Alums are doing.

Department News

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    Dr. Brenda Sendejo and Tori Vasquez (2015) recently published an article titled “Unboxing the Buried Seeds of My Belonging” in Anthropology News where they discuss their multi-year Latina History Project funded by the Sommerlee Foundation.
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    Brianna Billingsley’s (Soc ’14) article, “Racialized and Classed Contexts:  Shifting Audiences and Changes in Emotional Labor Among Restaurant Servers,” has been published in the peer-reviewed sociology journal, Sociological Inquiry. This article was initially developed in the 2013 fall sociology capstone course and was the first place winner in the 2014 national Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Undergraduate Paper Competition.
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    Dr. Lowe’s co-authored article titled, “Who Looks Suspicious?  Heightened Surveillance of Black Men on a Predominantly White Neighborhood Listserv” with Angela Stroud (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Northland College, SU Soc/FST 2003) and Alice Nguyen (2014, Accounting) has been published in Social Currents.  DOI: 10.1177/2329496516651638.  More information about the article can be found here.


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