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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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    Congratulations to our fall 2015 and spring 2016 graduating seniors in Anthropology and Sociology!  

    We are so proud of you!  Stay in touch and remember to continue to encourage contributions towards the well-being of humanity!

    Graduating seniors in Anthropology:

    Emily Grover

    Drew Kotlarczyk 

    Jen O’Neil

    Adriana Romero

    Daniel Ross

    Rhiana Stevens

    Caroline Young


    Graduating seniors in Sociology:

    Guillermo Alvarado (Dec 2015)

    Shelby Alvarez (Dec 2015)

    Claire Blyth

    Daryan Green (Dec 2015)

    Lucas Grisham

    Bethany Lewis

    Monica Miller

    Mitch Petersen

    Marta Selby

    John Semlitsch

    Forrest Stanley-Stevens (Dec 2015)

    Sophie Strang

    Kaitlin Vincent

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    The line-up for the spring 2016 anthropology capstone presentations
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    The line-up for the fall 2015 sociology capstone presentations

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