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Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology study human social behavior, culture, and the nature of society. Their subject matter ranges from the intimate family to mob behavior; from crime to religion; from the divisions based on race, sex and social class to the shared beliefs and actions of an entire society; from the rituals of hunting and gathering peoples, to tailgating at sporting events.

Class ProjectorFew fields of study have such a broad scope and relevance to contemporary problems and issues. The Bachelor of Arts program at Winthrop stresses social theory and research methods/statistics. It focuses on criminology and deviant behavior, the urban community, racial/ethnic relations, population, and the sociology of aging.

Concentrations in Criminology and Anthropology are offered.

The department's goal is to provide a well-rounded liberal arts program, exposing students to a wide variety of topics and disciplines.

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News & Announcements

  • Dr. Chris Gillam recently traveled for his ongoing research on Ice Age cultures of northern Mongolia. Dr. Gillam and his international colleagues, has led to the discovery of 95 archaeological sites dating to the Upper Paleolithic Period, ca. 45,000-12,000 years old, along the tributaries of the Selenge River. 
  • Dr. Rick Chacon collecting ethnographic data on secret societies from a Haida leader named Christian White, at Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

          Dr. Chacon with Haida


  • Professor of Sociology, Dr. Maria Aysa-Lastra presented a paper on Remittances Use in Mexico at the 30th anniversary of the Mexican Migration Project

    Maria in Mexico

     (left to right): Dr. Aysa-Lastra, Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durand, and Nadia Flores

           Rick in Russia  Rick in Russia 2

  •  The Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology department has partnered with the Russian Academy of Sciences to focus on the rise of social inequality and the advent of social complexity.  Winthrop will host our first visiting Russian scholar, Dr. Dmitri Bondarenko, November 27, 2018. 
  •  In fall 2017, the students of Anthropology 345, Fieldwork in Archaeology with Archaeologist Chris Gillam, discovered the location of field slave quarters at Historic Brattonsville. This is a very exciting and exceptional contribution to the history of the site.
  • Fieldwork 2017
  • Dr. Chacon hosts VIPs, Dr. Lorenzo Cachon, and Mr. Wali Cathicart, at his home, where Dr. Chris Gillam shares his discovery of an 18th century slave cabin on the Brattonsville property.
  • The Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology department hosted a ceremony for our Spring 2018 graduates, as well as handing out a few awards and scholarships.
  •  Jack Tucker Award Amber Anderson Amber Anderson is the 2018 winner of the C. Jack Tucker Senior Researcher Award
  •  Joey Jennings  Nick Kent (Left: Joey Jennings and Right: Nicholas Kent) 2018 winners of the John Maiolo Student Travel Award
  • Socl Merit(1)  Mattin Avalon is the 2018 winner of our Sociology Merit Scholarship
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