Whether by immersing ourselves in another culture, or by turning a critical eye on our own, anthropologists and sociologists seek to denaturalize the social forces that shape our individual lives.
In-depth study in a particular discipline is a key component of a liberal education. The mission of our department is to provide students with an opportunity for in-depth study in the disciplines of anthropology and sociology. Drawing on the American Sociological Association’s most recent report on liberal learning, we define in-depth study as “a process of intellectual development where students become increasingly independent participants in the discourse of the sociological [or anthropological] community.” In keeping with this definition, our aim is to produce graduates who are capable not just of learning existing knowledge but of producing new knowledge, too. It is with this goal in mind that we have designed our curriculum. With its focus on sequential learning opportunities that, at each step of the way, encourage students to integrate empirical research with theoretical reflection, our curriculum is designed to produce students who are capable of doing, not just learning, anthropology and sociology.