Mrs. Patti Hite, Department Secretary
102 Old Library Building
West Chester, PA 19383
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology believes that anthropology and sociology are closely related social sciences. Both are oriented toward the systematic study of beliefs and practices of diverse peoples and groups, though sociologists traditionally study people in contemporary, proximate society and anthropologists traditionally study people faraway in space or time (from modern-day Africa to pre-Columbian America). Both fields nevertheless share the desire to understand the meanings of social behaviors and cultural products, both material and nonmaterial, that emerge from and influence these behaviors.
Department faculty study a wide range of topics, from the archaeology of the Mid-Atlantic region to the effects of globalization on people in such countries as India and Peru; from the experiences of Americans at work today to the experiences and effects of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class in a wide range of sites; from the cultural practices of African immigrants to the U.S. to the effects of digital technologies on contemporary societies; from the study of the cultural meanings of hats worn by Bolivians to the study of social movements (protest movements and the like).
Department curricula teach the foundations of anthropology and sociology in the classroom, and the department seeks to enhance the education of its students through a number of applied or "hands-on" experiences. Students are encouraged to become involved in specialized projects, such as local archaeological excavations and community organizing internships. The department also encourages students to develop an interest in international concerns. Toward that end, students are periodically offered the opportunity to participate in overseas trips under the guidance of department members.
SOC 245 - Mon & Wed: 3-4:15pm
Sociology of Gender
SOC 346 - Tues & Thurs: 12:30-1:45pm
Instructor: Dr. Wiest
Self & Society
SOC 333 - Tues & Thurs: 2:00-3:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Wiest
Culture and Politics of Illicit Drugs
ANT 405 - Tues & Thurs: 2:00-3:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Arredondo
Globalization Across Societies & Cultures
SOC 372 - MWF: 1:00-1:50pm
Instructor: Dr. Valerian DeSousa
Sociology of Education
SOC 345 - Tues & Thurs: 4:25-5:40pm
Instructor: Dr. Sebastian Guzman
• SOC elective
• YES elective
American Indian Today
ANT 321 - MW 1:00-2:15pm
Students in this course:
• Actively delve into discussions on widely held stereotypes regarding American Indians
• Learn how American Indians utilize social media and a digital presence to empower their current identities
• Come to understand the policies, practices and attitudes that have produced the structural inequalities that American Indian groups face today
• Explore how American Indian groups assert sovereignty and practice cultural resilience in today's world
Archaeological Field School
May 14 - June 13
ANT 368/568 (3.0 credits)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Archaeology
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of an archaeology expedition?
Have you already done an archaeological field school but want to hone your field methodology?
Be part of a vibrant student research team while learning new skills
Immerse yourself in fieldwork
In the unique serpentine barrens of Chester County and along the scenic Delaware Bay