Sociology and Anthropology

Our students start out by peering into the gorilla cage and digging in the dirt. And by the end of four years, they’re uniquely prepared for a wide range of professions from market research to policy to international development and more. 

Sociology and anthropology (SOAN) students explore similarities and contrasts in human social behavior. And they work directly with outstanding professors:

  • Sociologist Todd Beer takes students to New York and Paris to observe climate-change demonstrations first hand.
  • Sociologist David Boden teaches science fiction and public policy. He has published a study on the sociology of male erotic dancing.
  • Anthropologist Rebecca Graff leads urban archaeological excavations in Chicago and finds a treasure-trove of evidence digging through 19th and 20th century sites.
  • Sociologist Ahmad Sadri teaches courses on terrorism and is an expert on Iran. He’s a regular commentator for National Public Radio. 
  • Anthropologist Holly Swyers studies American adulthood. 

 

Department News

  • October 28 
    Students Anne Marie Brugioni ’16 and Xhris Fitzgerald ’17 present preliminary findings at the Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More »
  • January 13 
    WBEZ-FM interviewed Professor Ahmad Sadri on the growing diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia for its Worldview program. More »
  • December 9 
    Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Beer has been conducting research for the last week at the UNFCCC COP21 meeting in Paris, where nations are negotiating a new climate change agreement to reduce fossil fuel emissions and address the consequences of global warming. More »
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