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Anthropology and Sociology

Program Information

Professors: Baptiste (Chair), Cunningham, Garriga-Lopez, Hatsumi, Kokushkin, Lane

The related disciplines of anthropology and sociology seek to understand the nature of communities, organizations, institutions, the systems of cultural meanings that form and inform them, and the interplay between individuals' lives and the societies in which they live. Such understanding requires critical understanding of the interactions among societies and especially the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of power embodied in structures of class, gender, ethnicity, and race that operate on both a local and global level.

Our goal is to provide courses that integrate the two disciplines into a common curriculum from which students derive the multiple perspectives, patterns of evidence, and methodological skills that will engender a broad yet nuanced understanding of the local and global dimensions of contemporary issues. This awareness, gained through reading, discussion, and active engagement both in the local community and through international programs and projects— is remarkably consistent with and thus directly serves the overall mission of the college: "to better understand, live successfully within, and provided enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world."

Students graduating with a major in Anthropology and Sociology will find this major relevant for careers not only in anthropology and sociology but also in such related fields as human services, journalism, law, urban affairs, international development, government, business, and education.