Anthropology and Sociology

AnSo Department News

Decolonization is a Medical Necessity

Associate Professor of Anthropology Adriana Garriga-Lopez Adriana Garriga-Lopez, associate professor of anthropology, attended the 20th United States [...]

SIPs Go Pro

SIPs Go Pro Four senior anthropology and sociology majors presented their Senior Individualized research [...]

Building A Community Course

Eight Kalamazoo College representatives The seniors taking the class, “Engaged Community Membership” (see photo), can [...]

Program Information

Professors: Garriga-López (Chair), Baptiste, Cunningham, Luthra, Thomann, 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 analysis of the interactions among societies and the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of power embodied in structures of class, gender, ethnicity, and race operating 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 and national community, as well as through participation in international programs and projects— is 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 for such related fields as human services, journalism, law, medicine, public health, urban affairs, international development, government, business, and education.