Anthropology and Sociology

AnSo Department News

Decolonization is a Medical Necessity

GarrigaLopezThumb Adriana Garriga-Lopez, associate professor of anthropology, attended the 20th United States Conference on AIDS where she was interviewed by MD Magazine on the response to HIV/AIDS in Puerto Rico. That response has long been the focus of her research. Specifically … Continue reading

SIPs Go Pro

NSOThumb Four senior anthropology and sociology majors presented their Senior Individualized research at the annual conference of the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) in Kansas City. Aaron Schoenfeldt, Mariah Hennen, Krystal Wilson, and Callie Daniels-Howell shared their work on sports and identity, … Continue reading

Building A Community Course

Creators and members of the capstone course "Engaged Community Membership" included (l-r): front row--Dan Kilburn and Alex Armstrong; back row--Jensen Sprowl, Marissa Rossman, Kiran Cunningham, Sara Haverkamp, Kami Cross, and Nicole Allman. Not pictured are Chris Cain and Ellen Conner. Cunningham is a member of the Class of 1983. Everyone else is a member of the Class of 2013. The seniors taking the class, “Engaged Community Membership” (see photo), can build more than a good retaining wall in the College’s Grove area. They also can build a valuable course. And they did–their own capstone course. In the winter quarter … Continue reading

Program Information

Professors: Baptiste (Chair), Cunningham, Garriga-Lopez, Luthra, Villegas

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.