Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology and Sociology offers students an opportunity to learn how to interpret and explain the structural and environmental forces that influence human action, and that have resulted in myriad cultural forms. 

Anthropology/Sociology: Faculty and Staff


Susan M. Kus. 1984. B.A., University of Michigan; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan. (Archaeology, state formation, symbolic anthropology, ethno-archaeology, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.)

Associate Professor

Jeanne Lopiparo. 2009. Chair. B.A., Harvard University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. (Archaeology of Mexico and Central America, social archaeology, material culture, household archaeology.)
Thomas G. McGowan. 1988. B.A., M.S.S.R., Hunter College, City University of New York; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire. (Interpretive sociology, medical sociology, community-integrative education, evaluation research.) 
Evelyn Perry. 2010. B.A., Colorado College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University. (Community and urban sociology, culture, inequality, race and ethnic relations, social theory.)

Assistant Professors

Kimberly C. Kasper. 2011. B.A., Fordham University; M.Sc. Florida State University; M.Sc, Sheffield University; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (Human-environmental interactions, paleoethnobotany, spatial analysis, North American archaeology, ethics.)
Zandria F. Robinson. 2015. B.A. and M.A., University of Memphis; Ph.D., Northwestern University. (Race, class, gender, popular culture and sociology of culture, feminist theory, urban sociology.)


Sean Hardwick. Departmental Assistant

Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology/Sociology

A total of twenty-four (24) credits as follows:

  1. Anthropology/Sociology 103 and 105.
  2. One of the following courses: Anthropology/Sociology 380, Anthropology/Sociology 391, Anthropology/Sociology 392,  Anthropology/Sociology 393, or other theoretically intensive course by petition.
    (To be taken junior or senior year)
  3. Three additional courses (12 credits) in Anthropology/Sociology.

Requirements for a Major in Anthropology/Sociology

A total of fifty (50) credits as follows:

  1. Anthropology/Sociology 103 and 105.
  2. Anthropology/Sociology 351.
    (To be taken junior year)
  3. One of the following methods courses: Anthropology/Sociology 352, Anthropology/Sociology 254, Interdisciplinary Studies 225, or other methodologically intensive course by petition.
    (Ideally taken junior year)
  4. Anthropology/Sociology 380.
    (To be taken junior year)
  5. Anthropology/Sociology 485 and 486.
    (To be taken senior year)
  6. Six additional courses (24 credits) in Anthropology/Sociology.

The six elective courses are chosen in conference with departmental faculty members and should reflect the student’s specific interests and needs. Students may count the following courses as electives towards the major: Field Research in Environmental Archaeology (ARCE 120), Learning From Things: Material Culture Studies (ARCE 210), Archaeological Methods (ARCE 220), Archaeological Field School (ARCE 450), Geographic Information Systems (INTD 225).

Honors in Anthropology/Sociology

  1. Completion of all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology, as well as a minimum overall grade point average of 3.50 and a minimum anthropology and sociology grade point average of 3.50.
  2. Completion of Anthropology/Sociology 495 - 496
  3. Completion of a substantial research project and paper in an area of special interest to the candidate.