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Sociology & Anthropology

The Department of Sociology/Anthropology is firmly committed to the principles of a liberal education. Our task is to provide students with the most rigorous and comprehensive approaches to knowledge and analysis appropriate within a fully merged undergraduate program in Sociology and Anthropology.
Our commitment to teaching also defines for us the importance of active scholarship through which we may practice our disciplines and encourage similar pursuits among our students. Since our graduates enter into a wide range of professional, administrative, policy-oriented and other occupations, our goal is to transmit, foster, and produce knowledge and practice that involve students in their own learning experience. In this respect we want to encourage students to take their education into their own hands, by helping them to engage personally in research, analysis, and writing about diverse human societies.

We have therefore sought to create a learning environment within which students may critically examine social life, its organization, and its meaning. We believe that the development of a perspective that examines the human condition in empirical, analytical, comparative, historical, and holistic terms makes a significant contribution to intellectual development. In pursuing such a goal, we assist students to develop, integrate, and utilize knowledge. To this end our mission is to produce knowledgeable learners and social agents who have a self-reflective sense of their potential contributions to the enhancement of the human condition.

Off Campus Study

Our majors and minors are encouraged to study off-campus, especially in programs that have independent research components. We strongly encourage our students to prepare in advance for off-campus study; we advise students to enroll in at least one course addressing some aspect of the region or culture in which they anticipate doing off-campus study. The Office of Off-Campus Study assists students in locating and coordinating off-campus placement.

Many, though not all, off-campus study venues allow or require students to be practicing professionals. Within the US, the Great Lakes Colleges Association programs in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, DC all require students to work as virtually full-time interns in a wide variety of arts, governmental and other professional settings. Abroad, the School for International Training - which a good number of our students attend - asks students to either do a research project in the community and/or to actively participate in development and other projects. Thus, we have had students teaching disabled students in Ecuador or working with businesses in Spain and Italy.

When planning to study off-campus, you must plan your course schedule so that you are off-campus during spring of your junior year. This planning is necessary so that you can be assured of completing all courses required for the major/minor.

WHAT DO Sociology & Anthropology MAJORS DO AFTER DENISON?

For information regarding careers in Sociology and Anthropology please access Careers in Sociology American Sociological Association and Careers in Anthropology American Anthropological Association. Students who graduate from Denison with a Sociology/Anthropology major become teachers, lawyers, urban planners, investment bankers, public health specialists and psychiatric and substance abuse counselors. Some work with public agencies or private companies while others go on to graduate programs in sociology, anthropology, social work, law and business administration.