Anthropology and Sociology

AnSo Department News

K Honors 10 Faculty Members as Endowed Chairs

Regina Stevens-Truss teaching 2 K has appointed 10 faculty members as endowed chairs. These positions are funded through the [...]

School Psychologists Group Honors K Alumna

School Psychologists Honor Zoe Barnes Zoe Barnes '18, inspired by her experiences in diversity at K, has earned a special honor from [...]

K Ranks Highly Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges

Upjohn Library Commons in Winter for Top Liberal Arts Institutions AcademicInfluence.com is endorsing Kalamazoo College as one of the top four-year schools in [...]

Program Information

Professors: Cunningham (Chair), Baptiste, Garriga-López 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.