The mission of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Winthrop University draws on and is linked to characteristics found in the statement on the Nature and Character of Winthrop University.
As a unit of the larger university community, we have achieved and will continue to achieve national recognition for the quality of our academic programs, our commitment to student engagement, and our professional scholarship. We are a community of learners, committed to the liberal arts traditions, to excellence in education, and to the development of leadership and civic responsibility. We nurture collective and individual growth, enlightenment, and transformation. We value the attempt to understand social phenomena through reasoned and disciplined inquiry, rigorous scholarship, innovation, and free expression. We actively encourage a diversity of people and perspectives in our classrooms, department, and university.
Specifically, our vision for the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Winthrop is, first and foremost, that students will be significantly changed by the teaching and mentoring they experience, the literature they read, the writing and thinking they do and the diverse social worlds they encounter in research activities, internships, and civic service.
Students will develop insights from the perspective that underlie Sociology and Anthropology, including awareness of roles of structural and cultural patterns on everyday life, understanding of the interplay between individual choice an social influence, interpretation of events from multiple perspectives, and critical examination of existing social arrangements.
Our commitment to teaching is inextricably tied to our commitment to active scholarship, through which we practice our disciplines, add to the collective body of knowledge about the social world, and encourage similar pursuits among our students. Our objectives are that students gain familiarity with continuing research and theoretical analysis of the social world, develop skills leading to successful careers, and become active citizen:
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