Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Office Assistant: Barbara Tortoso
Dr. Evan Cooper, Chairperson
Sociology and Anthropology
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the scientific study of human social interaction. Sociologists study society, social groups, social processes, institutions and social problems through systematic empirically grounded scientific methods. Our courses present the research and insights developed by sociologists—past and present—as they address important topics such as the complexities of intimate relationships and family life, the causes and contours of inequality, the workings of social institutions such as education, politics, religion, and the media, as well as understanding diversity, and the challenges we face as members of a complex and rapidly changing society.
Students who take our courses have an opportunity to explore their own life experiences in relation to broader social patterns. Our overriding goal is to develop what sociologist C. Wright Mills called the "sociological imagination," that is, to encourage students to understand their own personal lives and experiences in the context of larger social forces and processes, and to become more engaged and aware as citizens of the local and global community.
What is Anthropology?
Anthropology deals with human evolution, cultural history, language, and sociocultural similarities and differences. Anthropology courses provide knowledge about the history, diversity, and development of the world's human populations.
An anthropological perspective helps students appreciate and understand their position, and the position of others in our rapidly changing world.
Courses in sociology and anthropology are an excellent preparation for a variety of career fields involving undergraduate and graduate studies, including business, management, criminal justice, social work, healthcare, education and the technologies.