Department Chair: Lafleur Small, Ph.D.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers two distinct but related majors, both of which examine how human beings behave as individuals and as members of groups. The Sociology courses study human social interactions, institutions, and problems. The Sociology professors have professional interests that include crime and delinquency, the social aspects of medicine, urban problems, immigration, ethnic and gender relations, the workplace, and the history of the discipline. The Anthropology courses cover the study of living human beings as members of and purveyors of cultures, of the biological basis for humanity and its evolutionary background, and the study of its archaeological past through the interpretation of the material traces left behind by human groups.