Southwestern’s Sociology and Anthropology Department offerings encourage awareness and understanding of human diversity and cultural variation both locally and globally.
At the heart of Sociology and Anthropology lies an interest in understanding the ways in which group membership, cultural context, and social hierarchies affect people’s experiences and worldviews. The Department seeks to emphasize how the two disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology complement each other. We offer majors in both Sociology and Anthropology, a paired major in Sociology and Anthropology, as well as minors in both fields.
Our department understands diversity in the broadest sense. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive learning environment in all of our classrooms and social spaces. We welcome students and colleagues from all races and ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and social classes.
A heartfelt congrats to the 2013 Anthropology and Sociology Graduates: Alex Benitez, Andrew Cantu, Lorenza Cigarroa, Fehima Dawy, Anna Fetchick, Casey Hatfield, Charlotte Law, Kristi Lenderman, Marianne Lynch, Zoe Martin, MLe McWilliams, Chloe Morris, Victoria Phillips, Megan Robinson, Carlie Sulpzio, Laura Wooden, and Caroline Wright. All of the department faculty members wish you the very best in your future endeavors! Stay in touch.
Two graduating seniors, Anna Fetchick (Sociology) and Kristi Lenderman (Anthropology) were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, May 2013. Shown here with Dr. Edward Kain, a faculty member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Kristi Lenderman, Anthropology senior, won second place in the 2013 Southwestern Anthropological Association Student Paper Competition for her Spring 2013 capstone paper titled, “Chilean Intercultural Education and Contentious Identities: Constructions of Sexuality and Gender in the Mapuche Community” Kristi presented her paper at the annual meeting of the conference in San Jose, California on April 19 and was honored at the conference’s banquet that evening. She received a check for $100. Kristi wrote her paper in Dr. Melissa Johnson’s capstone course.