Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology! As social
scientists, we concern ourselves with the
systematic study of human social life and the application of knowledge
to solve human problems. We study
everything from pre-modern to modern societies and cultures. We have a general sociology major, but also
have various concentrations available- one in anthropology and another in criminology-
for those students who want to specialize.
We hope you will consider taking a class with us as our courses are widely considered some of the most innovative and interesting
on campus! Through our classes, you might participate in an archeological dig, present
your research at a regional conference, participate in a police ride-along, lead
a service project, or conduct a fun social experiment! Our award-winning
faculty are recognized as experts in their fields, love teaching, and truly enjoy
helping students develop their interests both inside and outside the
classroom. We do this by hosting various
social and cultural events for students, leading trips off campus, advising
student organizations, and involving students in faculty research.
One of our strengths as a department is our flexibility. A lot of students
don’t know that they love sociology, anthropology, or criminology until they
take a course in it, so we get a lot of majors transferring to us from other
disciplines. We make it easy for
students to double major, or come in late to the major and still finish on time
through our flexible course structure and online offerings.
We also focus on graduating students with skills that employers value. Our graduates not only have marketable
research skills, but also are practiced at writing and oral presentations, know
how to work in teams to solve problems, and respect and appreciate
diversity. They are encouraged to engage
in student research opportunities, study abroad, service learning, and internships to better prepare them for life beyond Winthrop. After taking a few classes with us, we feel
confident that you will come to love the study of human societies as much as we
If you are a prospective or current student, please check out our course
descriptions, our faculty, and the student resources available on our website.
If you have further questions, feel free to contact us.
Dr. Jeannie Haubert
Chair, Department Sociology and Anthropology