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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. 

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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.)

Earl Wright II. 1994. B.A., University of Memphis; 1997. M.A., University of Memphis; 2000 PhD., University of Nebraska. (Historical sociology, qualitative research methods, race and ethnicity, and urban sociology.

Associate Professor

Jeanne Lopiparo. 2009. B.A., Harvard University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. (Mesoamerican archaeology, material culture, social identity, complex societies.)

Evelyn Perry. Chair. 2010. B.A., Colorado College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University. (Urban and community sociology, culture, inequality, race, class, gender ethnography.)

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.)

Hadi Khoshneviss. 2020. B.A., School of Journalism, Tehran, Iran; M.A. University of Tehran, Iran; M.A. University College London; London, England; Ph.D. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. (Race and ethnicity, immigration, movement and mobility, nationalism, social theory, decolonial theory.)


Anjeanette Johnson-Tiamiyu. Departmental Assistant

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Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology/Sociology

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

  1. Anthropology/Sociology 103 and 105.
  2. One of the following courses: Anthropology/Sociology 380 or another theoretically intensive course. Each semester, we offer at least one elective that counts as a theoretically intensive course for minors. Consult with the chair. 
  3. Three additional courses (12 credits) in Anthropology/Sociology.

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Requirements for a Major in Anthropology/Sociology

A total of 48 credits as follows:

  1. Anthropology/Sociology 103 and 105
  2. Anthropology/Sociology 351 (to be taken fall of junior year)
  3. One of the following methods courses: Anthropology/Sociology 352, Anthropology/Sociology 254, Archaeology 120, Archaeology 450, Interdisciplinary Studies 225, Urban Studies 220, or other methodologically intensive course by petition (ideally taken junior year)
  4. Anthropology/Sociology 380 (to be taken fall of junior year)
  5. Anthropology/Sociology 485 (to be taken fall of senior year)
  6. Anthropology/Sociology 486 (to be taken spring of senior year)
  7. Five additional courses (20 credits) in Anthropology/Sociology

The five elective courses are chosen in conference with departmental faculty members and should reflect the student’s specific interests and needs. In addition to Anthropology and Sociology courses, 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).

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Honors in Anthropology/Sociology

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  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.

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