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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; racial dynamics in neighborhood listserves; and changes in university curricula linked to the new MCAT.
  • 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 8 years, our students have won a regional anthropology paper competition 2 times, a regional sociology paper competition 6 times, and placed in the top five in a national sociology paper competition 5 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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    Dr. Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology, and two sociology majors, Guillermo Alvarado (Dec. 2015) and Claire Blyth (May 2016), recently published a chapter titled, “I Kind of Found My People: Latino/a College Students’ Search for Social Integration On Campus” in the co-edited book, College Students’ Experiences of Power and Marginality (Routledge Press, 2015).  Such impressive work, Dr. Nenga, Guillermo, and Claire!!!
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    A heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Reggie Byron who received word on April 16th that he was granted tenure!  He is an exemplary teacher-scholar and university citizen and we are so glad to have him at Southwestern.  We are also very proud of him and his many outstanding accomplishments!  Way to go, Dr. Byron!
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    Julia Hollingsworth (Sociology and Business ’14) has been notified that her paper, “Being Upward Bound: A Qualitative Analysis of How the Upward Bound Program Fosters Academic Success Among First Generation Students,” has been accepted for publication in Sociological Insight, a peer-reviewed undergraduate  journal.  Her manuscript represents a revised version of her 2013 sociology capstone paper.  A heartfelt congratulations to Julia!!

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