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Sociology & Anthropology

About the Department

At the heart of Sociology and Anthropology lies an interest in understanding the ways in which group membership, cultural context, and social hierarchies affect people’s experiences and worldviews. 


The Department seeks to emphasize how the two disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology complement each other. We offer majors in both Sociology and Anthropology, a paired major in Sociology and Anthropology, as well as minors in both fields.

Our department understands diversity in the broadest sense.  We are dedicated to creating an inclusive learning environment in all of our classrooms and social spaces.  We welcome students and colleagues from all races and ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and social classes.

Faculty members of our Department continually work on building a program that:

1. emphasizes excellent teaching and quality student learning;
2. offers students tools to be positive and engaged participants in their communities;
3. fosters collegiality and an intellectual community;
4. subscribes to a teacher-scholar model that promotes and celebrates active faculty research;
5. provides a research-based curriculum; and,
6. encourages students to apply social justice perspectives to social issues.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Southwestern University has five full-time faculty members, three in sociology and two in anthropology.  Each year, we typically graduate 8-14 sociology majors and 4-10 anthropology majors. In addition, we usually have a large number of sociology and anthropology minors.

We encourage students to be involved in research. In the past few years, our students have presented research at anthropology and sociology conferences, participated in the American Sociological Association’s Undergraduate Honors Program, and in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.  Over the past ten years, our students have regularly won awards for their capstone papers and honors theses at the Southwestern Anthropological Association, the Southern Sociological Association, the Southern Anthropological Society, and the Alpha Kappa Delta paper competition at the American Sociological Association meetings. 

Our students have also completed internships and independent studies with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Georgetown Animal Outreach, Texas Department of Family and Child Protective Services, the Salvation Army and PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources).

As a department, we aim to create a climate that encourages and fosters diverse perspectives. Faculty work one-on-one with students to help them determine which combination of courses best suits their career goals. 

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