Sociology and Anthropology

What We Do

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology educates students about social and cultural structures and practices that influence human behavior. We provide you with the sociological and anthropological skills to research individuals’ interactions in small groups, organizations, and communities, paying particular attention to structural inequalities along class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, both within and across geographical borders, as well as historical and contemporary collective movements organized to provoke social change. An educational background in Sociology and Anthropology will prepare you to lead as a researcher, consultant, professor, or practitioner in both private and public work settings.  

You can complete a major or a minor in Sociology and Anthropology, a minor in Social Work, or combine your B.A. with an M.A. in Sociology or Criminology and Justice. These graduate-level studies allow you to further develop specialized knowledge for your career, or prepare for advanced study in related doctoral programs.

We offer coursework in the areas of Sociological Theory, Research Methodologies, Statistics, Social Inequalities (Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Class), Social Movements, and Crime. Our faculty is devoted to students and maintains active research agendas.

Department Contact

Michael L. Indergaard, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
St. John Hall, Room 444D
[email protected]

Sociology and Anthropology Minors

The Anthropology minor requires the completion of 15 credits, including the following:

  • ANT 1010 Introduction to Anthropology: Cultural / ANT 1020 Introduction to Anthropology: Physical
  • 12 elective credits in Anthropology

The Sociology minor requires the completion of 15 credits, including SOC 1000C Introduction to Sociology and 12 elective credits in Sociology.

The Social Work minor requires the completion of 15 credits, including the following:

  • SOC 1030 The Social Welfare System
  • SOC 1090 Introduction to Social Work
  • SOC 4530 Social Work Internship
  • 6 elective credits in Sociology

Under advisement, Human Services courses may apply to the Social Work minor. However, all Human Services students must take SOC 1030.