Students enrolled in one of the graduate programs offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology will learn the distinct theories and skills necessary to succeed in their field(s) of choice. Yet students of either Sociology or Anthropology may find that these two fields overlap in such critical ways that together they can enhance our understandings of human social activity. Many topical issues are common to both fields of the department, from transnationalism and globalization, to conflict and violence, and questions of ethnicities and identities.
The Graduate Program in Sociology focuses on linking public sociology and applied research. Public and applied sociology represents a rapidly growing emphasis within the discipline of sociology. It calls for sociologists to bring the distinct skills of the discipline to bear on matters of great public concern within academic, policy, and applied research settings. The intent is to complement academic professional sociology, thus strengthening the field’s ability to address pressing social concerns, communicate its perspective and findings to audiences beyond its disciplinary boundaries, and foster the creation and performance of new public social formations. Our faculty’s research agendas and curriculum emphasize public sociology as the creating and evaluating of fields and networks of individual well-being, community empowerment, creative social agency, transnational collaboration, and democratic and sustainable institutional innovation.
Graduate students may focus on cultural anthropology and bioarchaeology. Coursework in related fields, like Sociology, Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and History for instance, can be used to enhance the student’s program of study. Areas of emphasis are advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health, and bioethics; and transnationalism and globalization. Advanced graduate courses focus either on regional studies (i.e., the Middle East, Latin America, India) or special topics that build upon faculty interests and expertise. Graduates of the Anthropology MA program will be prepared to address theoretical and applied questions in health, human rights, education, policy, conflict analysis, and additional areas on national and international levels.