Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Our interdisciplinary program offers a critical introduction to both disciplines, putting particular emphasis on how each uniquely addresses race, gender, sexuality, economy and environment.

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Anthropology and Sociology is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a critical introduction to both disciplines.  We place particular emphasis both on the intersection of our disciplines as well as how each uniquely addresses lived experiences, understood cross-culturally, and exploring race, gender, sexuality, economy (social class), national identity, and other intersectional identities.  In addition, through indigenous and disciplinary lens we engage issues of environmental justice and the societal causes of climate change.

The anthropology and sociology faculty, our students, and our community partners form a learning community which is holistic in nature, inclusive, accountable, and oriented to finding humane solutions to our pressing social problems, locally and globally.  We aspire to be a learning community that supports the decolonization of our disciplines and re-indigenization.  We embrace equitable, and transformative ways of being, exploring together possible futures that embody these values. 

Students develop a wide array of research skills and learn how to make use of them and the two disciplinary perspectives in ways that foster justice and recognize and honor commitments to communities. Applied and community-engaged learning are encouraged and supported with appropriate training. 

Anthropology and Sociology, BA

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Jasmine Waland

“My advice to SU students is to seek out research projects with the opportunity to build alongside community and uplift voices that may otherwise be unheard. From this experience, I honored people’s stories, listened to the changes they wanted to see, and was able to tell those stories in a research paper distributed to food banks across the nation to help make that change. All research should reposition power from the interviewer to the interviewee.”

Sociology & Teaching for Humanities, minor, Psychology, '19

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