Sociology & Anthropology

Welcome to the Sociology & Anthropology Department

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.

Anthropology, through its global and comparative approach, explores human biological and cultural diversity both in the past and in the present; in a nutshell, it explores what made and makes us human. Anthropology is traditionally divided into four subdisciplines (biological anthropology, archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and cultural anthropology) through which it is linked to other social sciences, the natural sciences, and humanities.

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