Sociology and Cultural Anthropology Program (M., m.)
Department overview •
Community services (M.) •
Community services and
social work internships • Criminal
justice (M., m.) • Legal studies (m.) •
Social work (M.) • Sociology and
Cultural Anthropology (M., m.) • Women's
studies (M.) • Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
Saint Martin's offers a major and minor in sociology and cultural
anthropology within the Department of Society and Social Justice.
The program provides students with unique opportunities to
study contemporary American society and a broad range of
cultures in the classroom, in surrounding communities, and in
cooperation with campus study abroad programs around the world.
The program's coursework stresses engaging with anthropological
and sociological perspectives on contemporary issues at home and
abroad with a focus on student centered research projects.
Our faculty research areas include:
- The history of anthropology
- Cold War culture
- Legal anthropology
- Cross-cultural education programs
- Ethnography of the Middle East
- Anthropological and sociological theory
- Post settler colonial theory
- A broad range of topics relating to social
movements and social justice
Whether conducting archival research, taking fieldtrips to
museums or local research sites, learning interview or
participant observational techniques, or studying classics of
global ethnography, our students receive well-rounded
anthropological training preparing them for a broad range of
jobs or future graduate work.
Internship and directed study opportunities allow students wishing to
work in museums, public agencies, or non-profit organizations to gain on
the job experience and explore the workplace environments while pursuing
As part of the Department of Society and Social Justice, our students
and faculty have opportunities to take interdisciplinary classes in:
- Women's studies
- Social Work
- Criminal Justice
During the course of their senior year, all students design,
undertake, and write up an extensive sociological or anthropological
research project that becomes their Senior Thesis.
The projects span two semesters: designing the project during the
first term, then carrying out the qualitative fieldwork, completing the
research, and writing-up the thesis during the second term.
In small, discussion-driven seminars, students are given the
opportunity to work together, and to work closely with faculty members.
This environment allows students to develop the knowledge and critical
disposition required to either pursue future graduate work in the Social
Science, or to be successful in a career in a wide variety of fields in
a fundamentally multicultural labor market.
Graduates with a degree in anthropology and sociology are well-suited
for a career in any number of fields, including: education, health care,
museum curation, social work, international development, government,
organizational psychology, non-profit management, marketing, publishing,