students at a dig

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. 

Explore the artifacts recovered and analyzed by our students from the Charnley-Persky House Archaeological Project.

Play the choose-your-own-adventure game, Death in Chicago, developed by students in Medical Anthropology.

Read the Adulting Manual, a collaborative project between students in Qualitative Methods, alumni, and friends of the College.

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 researches U.S. culture, ranging from the 21st century phenomenon of “adulting” to contemporary efforts to maintain communities. She regularly involves student researchers in fieldwork.
Popular Courses

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Archaeology of the Contemporary
  • Sociology of Extremism: White Supremacy, Aggressive Masculinity and Conquest
  • Queer Theory
  • Society, Climate Change, and the Environment
Field Research
  • Urban archaeology in Chicago
  • Social protest in the U.S. and Europe
  • Persian culture
  • American rituals
  • Adulting in the U.S.
Top Careers
  • Counseling
  • Market research 
  • Search engine optimization
  • International development 
  • Contract archaeology
  • Museum administration
  • Public relations
  • Social work 
  • Journalism 
  • Education 
  • Criminal justice 
  • Public administration
It was a great experience for us, as undergraduates, to participate in a professional academic conference.
Xhris Fitzgerald ’17

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Contact Us

Todd Beer
Associate Professor of Sociology
Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
Hotchkiss Hall 209

Katie Lenzi
Department Assistant
Hotchkiss Hall 206