The Sociology and Anthropology Program offers students an opportunity to study the diversity of human experience in all its depth and breadth. Students develop perspectives and skills for understanding social life, drawing on the interrelated fields of sociology and anthropology to analyze the relationship of individual lives to the local and global circulation of beliefs, ideas and practices. Apart from learning the essential techniques of sociological and anthropological research, students have an opportunity to use them in practice in a variety of projects and study abroad experiences. The program prepares students to live, work and interact across many different boundaries they will cross in the global world.
Our graduates work in schools, social service and community development organizations, public health initiatives, government agencies, human rights organizations, and computer firms. Many of our majors choose to pursue professional degrees, and recent graduates have entered graduate programs in law, public health, human services, public policy, museum studies, education, health professions, criminal justice, information sciences, archeology and landscape architecture.
Earlhamites in Sociology and Anthropology
Engaging with Culture
Emily Lynch ’03 knew as an Earlham Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN) major that she enjoyed being with people and exploring social dynamics in everyday life.More
"Honestly, I didn't think I would play in college. I was just tired of all the team politics", says Lauren Berry '11. "But when I came to visit Earlham and met the players, I realized that soccer would be different here".More
Taking Teaching Outside
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Deborah Jackson takes her teaching way outside the traditional classroom to environmental "hot spots." More