Sociologists and anthropologists separate themselves from other social scientists through their concern with the totality of human social life.  We investigate social phenomena: family, law, art, religion, language, politics, health, social movements, gender relations and just about anything that affects groups of people. Sociologists traditionally have tended to examine large-scale, industrial, Western societies, while anthropologists historically concentrated on small-scale, non-Western, traditional societies, although in practice there is often much overlap between the two disciplines. Our students examine the theories and research methods of both disciplines and apply them to a wide range of social issues. A major in sociology and anthropology is not only a fascinating course of study, but in a globalized world, an increasingly practical major as societies and cultures interconnect as never before.

Our Department is particularly strong in the geographic, cultural, and national diversity of the research experience of the faculty. The Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and North America are foci of research for different members of the Department, creating a global orientation in the context of an increasingly interdependent world.