Sociology/Anthropology Club

Goucher's Sociology/Anthropology Club draws together students from all class years interested in either of these two fields. Recent activities and projects include a career night for majors, a wiffle ball game and picnic, several on-campus movies, a departmental newsletter, and the sponsorship of various speakers. Students need not be majors or minors to participate; the club is open to all. For more information, email the club co-sponsor, Dr. Carolyn Schwarz, or write to

Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society

Junior and senior majors who have achieved the requisite grade point average of 3.5 in a minimum of four sociology courses are inducted as members in Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honorary society. It is the tradition of the department to cover the costs of induction into AKD for students so that cost does not prohibit anyone deserving of this honor from receiving it.

Internship Program

Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the sociology and anthropology faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in sociology and anthropology. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers credit for separate anthropology and sociology internships, as well as a specialized internship in social work. The Internship in Social Work (SOC 293) is designed for students to develop a knowledgeable base and beginning skills in the use of one-to-one relationship in a structured, well-defined social-agency setting. The internship includes seminars, readings, and weekly field assignments.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in sociology and anthropology should contact their individual academic advisors.

Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning, or service learning, is a way for students to actively connect their academic work with direct experience in the community. By combining hands-on work in the community with the academic framework provided by course work across the curriculum, students gain a rich experience of social issues. Students learn about the workings of community, encounter differences related to race, class and privilege, gain a deeper understanding about social justice, and are able to do work that is beneficial to others. They also gain a greater understanding of themselves. Community-based learning emphasizes academic rigor, reflection, and developing ongoing community partnerships. Community-based learning can be part of any discipline and any academic division: humanities, social sciences, sciences and the arts.

At Goucher, community-based learning is part of a growing number of academic courses. Many but not all of our programs are connected to central Baltimore, the historic home of Goucher College, and new partnerships are being created locally in Baltimore County.