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Anthropology & Sociology


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Anthropology & Sociology

Mrs. Patti Hite, Department Secretary
102 Old Library Building
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2556

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.

Upcoming Courses

  • Environmental Sociology

    Fall 2018

    Environmental Sociology

    SOC 245 - Mon & Wed: 3-4:15pm

  • Sociology of Gender

    Fall 2018

    Sociology of Gender

    SOC 346 - Tues & Thurs: 12:30-1:45pm

    Instructor: Dr. Wiest

  • Self & Society

    Fall 2018

    Self & Society

    SOC 333 - Tues & Thurs: 2:00-3:15pm

    Instructor: Dr. Wiest

  • Culture and Politics of Illicit Drugs

    Fall 2018

    Culture and Politics of Illicit Drugs

    ANT 405 - Tues & Thurs: 2:00-3:15pm

    Instructor: Dr. Arredondo

  • Globalization Across Societies & Cultures

    Fall 2018

    Globalization Across Societies & Cultures

    SOC 372 - MWF: 1:00-1:50pm

    Instructor: Dr. Valerian DeSousa

  • Sociology of Education

    Fall 2018

    Sociology of Education

    SOC 345 - Tues & Thurs: 4:25-5:40pm

    Instructor: Dr. Sebastian Guzman

    • SOC elective
    • YES elective

  • American Indian Today

    Fall 2018

    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