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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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    Congratulations to Daniel Ross (Anthropology 2016) whose capstone paper titled, “Black Country, White Wilderness: Conservation, Colonialism, and Conflict in Tasmania,” has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Undergraduate Ethnography.
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    Congratulations to our 2017 graduating seniors Catie Pullig (Sociology), Sarah Surgeoner (Sociology), Melanie Theriault (Sociology), and Ilka Vega (Anthropology) who have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences. Here, they are pictured with 26 of the 2017 Southwestern University Phi Beta Kappa initiates.
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    Congratulations to our fifteen fall 2016 and spring 2017 graduating seniors in Anthropology and Sociology: Anna Beaver, Taylor Braselton, Jennifer Breaux, David Castellano, Noah Clark, Lara Herreid, Sam Greenberg, Kelly McKeon, Holly O’Hara, Denise Ovalle, Cadie Pullig, Sarah Surgeoner, Margaret Taylor, Melanie Theriault, and Ilka Vega (not all graduating seniors are included in this graduation day photo).


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