Anthropology and Sociology

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 [and anthropological] communit[ies].” In keeping with this definition, we aim to produce graduates who are capable not just of learning existing knowledge but of producing new knowledge, too.

Anthropology and Sociology News

Rising Son

Your time at Ursinus can transform you. That was the case for Alex Peay ’09, who originally thought he’d go to law school, but early into his education, he found an alternative path focused on underserved communities. As the founder of Ones Up in Philadelphia, Peay has provided more than 160 young adults with job training and career exposure through projects serving over 3,500 community members.
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