Our programs provide students with an understanding of theory and methodology, and offer opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to experiences in the field through work placement and internship opportunities. Each of our programs also stresses the importance of interdisciplinary education, so students graduate with a well-rounded background that provides a solid foundation for growth in their professional lives. Additionally, small class sizes allow students to build relationships with faculty and classmates that foster their development as students and professionals.
Our department offers course work in two distinct areas:
The largest major that we offer is in the social science discipline of sociology. In addition to preparing graduates to become social scientists who conduct research on social phenomena, the sociology program provides an excellent education for advanced professional education for careers in the public and private sectors. Although a relatively select group of students major in sociology, sociology courses are an excellent choice to fulfill liberal studies requirements and general electives.
We also offer an active and diverse program in anthropology, including a functioning forensic research outdoor station (FROST). The department currently has three faculty members in anthropology. We now offer an anthropology major, and within that, a number of concentration options to help guide students in their areas of interest and study. We also offer a minor and a variety of courses in all subfields of anthropology. The summer archaeology field school is offered every other summer and students usually get scholarships to help defray costs. Students have many opportunities to work closely with faculty on several on-going projects through volunteering or directed study courses. These experiential learning opportunities help students to prepare for graduate programs and employment in anthropology.