Experience Learning

If you would like to work with faculty on researching deviant behavior, conducting archaeological analysis of historical artifacts or studying how gender, race, ethnicity, and social class affect relationships, this is the program for you. We emphasize providing students with the experiences and skills necessary to apply knowledge in real-world contexts.

Career Excellence

Students in our program develop marketable skills in research and in applying an understanding of how social systems operate. These skills are relevant to careers in criminal justice, health care, public administration, education, law, business and many more fields of interest. Our undergraduate program also prepares students for advanced study in graduate school.

Research with Faculty Members

Students in the sociology and anthropology department have the opportunity to study with faculty. Archaeology students have numerous opportunities to engage in field work, gaining experience in excavating and cataloging artifacts. 




The NMU Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST) is an outdoor research facility that facilitates research and education intended to advance knowledge and understanding of forensic taphonomy, anthropology, decomposition and other forensic sciences, especially as they are affected by considerable snow accumulation and repeated freezing and thawing in a high-latitude climate.

Degrees Offered


Students in FROST Lab NMU

What You Will Do at NMU

Students in the Sociology and Anthropology Department learn about social problems, group dynamics, cultural diversity and the forces associated with social change in a global community. Students also gain an understanding of cultural processes that shape individual and group behavior, and will acquire skills in conducting and evaluating social research.

If you enjoy internships working in community organizations, conducting innovative research under the supervision of an expert, studying cultural landscapes in distant lands or doing archaeological research uncovering ancient ruins, you have found the right place.

The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers exciting opportunities for students to collaborate with their professors and their peers in exploring the human condition. We encourage experiential learning opportunities that foster the development of knowledge and skills. Whatever path you choose, you will find mentors in our program who help you every step along the way.

Contact Information

Campus Location

The Sociology and Anthropology Department is located at 2400 Jamrich Hall, which is connected to the Lydia Olsen Library through an indoor walkway (see campus map).

Mailing Address

Sociology and Anthropology Department
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

906-227-2706 Office