The Anthropology / Sociology Department offers a program that provides a broad base of knowledge in both sociology and anthropology. The two fields share a philosophical and historical heritage as well as a common concern for the social and cultural conditions of the human life, with sociology concentrating on the study of modern society and anthropology on cultural diversity and small-scale societies.
In the world today, recognition of the interdependence of small scale and industrial societies brings a fusion of anthropology and sociology. The Department thus offers a combined major, which allows students the choice of a variety of courses according to their interests. The major provides an excellent framework for liberal arts education, while preparing students for the growing number of local and international opportunities in human services, development, education, business, and government.