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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; racial dynamics in neighborhood listserves; and changes in university curricula linked to the new MCAT.
  • 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 8 years, our students have won a regional anthropology paper competition 2 times, a regional sociology paper competition 6 times, and placed in the top five in a national sociology paper competition 5 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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    Congratulations to three sociology majors who graduated in December 2014. They are Joanna Hawkins (right), Tara LeDay (left), and Taylor Moore (center). The Departmental faculty wish each of you the very best in all of your future endeavors!
  • Dr. Lowe and Dr. Byron’s co-authored article (with Susan Mennicke of Franklin and Marshall University) titled “The Racialized Impact of Study Abroad on U.S. Students’ Subsequent Interracial Interactions” has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Education Research International.  The article can be viewed here.  This project was carried out with funds from an Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Mellon Grant awarded to Lowe, Byron and Mennicke.

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    Congratulations to Dr. Johnson for her promotion to full professor!  As of August 2014, she is now Dr. Melissa Johnson, Professor of Anthropology!

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