Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
We’re on the 4th Floor Monroe Hall–stop by and check us out!
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology includes six faculty members in sociology and three in anthropology. Information about our faculty and about student contributions to the department can be found on the About the Department page.
Students in the department can earn either a B.A. in Anthropology with a major in Anthropology or a B.A. in Sociology with a major in Sociology. We also offer an interdisciplinary minor in Social Justice. The two majors are described in detail on the Anthropology Program and Sociology Program pages.
Sociology and anthropology both provide excellent tools for understanding human society on any level, from global networks to an elementary-school classroom. Students majoring in sociology examine the structures and processes that shape life in the U.S., in other regions, and globally. Moreover, they learn to apply the variety of theories and methods sociologists use in their research. Students majoring is anthropology study the practices and beliefs of Non-Western and Western societies as well as global processes such as colonialism and neo-colonialism, with the goal of understanding what it means to be human in the broadest sense. Both programs emphasize and encourage student research. The Sociology Curriculum and Anthropology Curriculum pages describe program requirements and course offerings.
Various scholarships are available to students in anthropology and sociology. In particular, the Bill Hanson Memorial Scholarship was established to celebrate the life of a social activist and beloved member of the sociology faculty.
The Resources section has more information about the Career Counseling Center at Mary Washington and about careers in sociology and in anthropology. You will also find information about our internship programs, as well as research programs in the department and at other schools.
Students in the department has information about student aides in the department, student representatives to the department, and the Sociology and Anthropology club (SoAn), organized and run by sociology and anthropology students.