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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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    Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology, had a teaching exercise titled “Teaching the Sociological Imagination with SAT Data” published in TRAILS, The American Sociological Association’s Teaching Resources And Innovations Library for Sociology and had a co-authored methodological paper titled “Patterns of Local Segregation: Do They Matter for Crime?” accepted for publication at the journal Social Science Research. Additionally, Reggie has been invited to serve on the editorial boards for the journals Work and Occupations (a leading international sociological journal) and Social Currents (a new journal affiliated with the Southern Sociological Society).
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    A heartfelt congratulations to Jessica Jones (Soc 2015) for winning the 2015 Shearn Writing Award in the Social Sciences Area for her capstone paper titled, ‘This School Just Isn’t Set Up For Me’:  The Experiences of Transfer Students From Community Colleges at Southwestern University”! Super congrats to Jessica!
  • Are you interested in finding out more about Southwestern’s Sociology and Anthropology Department and how we are able to get students so engaged in research?  If so, check out this video clip of our department chair, Dr. Sandi Nenga.

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