Department of Sociology Anthropology

Sociologists and anthropologists are interested in how people live together in this world, in our neighborhoods, across the country, and around the globe.

We study people now and in the past, how they relate to each other, and all that they think, do, and make — food, music, families, nations, tools, houses, institutions. . . We are particularly interested in the way race, class, gender, sexuality, and other elements of identity affect people’s experiences and opportunities, and what can be done to promote greater social justice.

Core courses in the SOA major cover both disciplines, and students are free to specialize in either anthropology or sociology through electives or through a minor.

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SOA Highlight

Professor Saunders was recognized as Star Staff/Faculty at the 2018 Good as Gold awards.
Professor Saunders — Star Staff / Good as Gold Award 2018

SOA faculty member Prof. Tiffani Saunders recognized as Star Staff/Faculty at the Good as Gold 10th Annual Springfield Volunteer Awards. See “Faculty Focus” to read more.