ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Sociology/Anthropology at Goucher?
The program’s curriculum provides students with analytical skills and research techniques forunderstanding the cultural diversity of human behavior and social organization. Sociologists and anthropologists study the ways in which individuals, through their collective actions, create and change patterns of social relations. Both disciplines emphasize a critical, historical, and comparative perspectivein their study of the way of life in contemporary societies. In their search for understanding, sociologistsand anthropologists examine a variety of substantive areas, from family life to globalization and politicalchange.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
Course offerings are designed to provide: (1) a central component in a general liberal arts education; (2) a sound foundation for graduate study in sociology, anthropology, law, social work, criminal justice, public health, management, or any other profession requiring a sophisticated understanding of social processes and structures; (3) the development of writing, speaking, thinking, and research skills; and (4) courses for students who seek a concentration in such interdisciplinary programs as international and intercultural studies, women's studies, cognitive studies, and peace studies.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
No matter what you want to do with your major in sociology or anthropology, you’re going to need an international perspective to thrive in the 21st century. Goucher sociology/anthropology students participate in study abroad programs such as the 15-week study abroad program Global-Local Challenges to Sustainability in Costa Rica, as well as at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. Many students also opt to participate in three-week intensive courses abroad.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Sociology/Anthropology major and minor: Jamie Mullaney
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Jamie Mullaney, Professor of Sociology: Culture and cognition, qualitative methods, gender, time, identity, emotions
Marko Salvaggio, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies: Environmental sociology, urban and community sociology, cultural studies, mobilities, social research methods
Carolyn Schwarz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology: Cultural anthropology, global Christianity, health and wellbeing, healthcare delivery, food, Aboriginal Australia; anthropology of the United States
Janet Shope, Professor of Sociology: Sociology of medicine, inequality, gender, and research methods
Rory Turner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology: Cultural anthropology, Africa, ritual and symbol, folklore, cultural sustainability, performance
Mark Ingram, Professor of French: Cultural anthropology, public art and urban studies, place and space, performing arts, anthropology of Europe (France, especially)
Goucher College Sociology/Anthropology majors and minors use study abroad as an integral component of their studies. Some choose to pursue semester long programs that afford them the opportunity for fieldwork and research on topics of their interest such as migration, ecotourism, genocide, sustainable development and health care provision. Others study with eminent scholars at international universities who offer diverse and comparative perpectives on abiding disciplinary issues in the classroom. Many students work with research and ideas generated by their study abroad in subsequent study in Baltimore, in internships, and in their Capstone projects
Many students also participate in Goucher College Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) courses, sometimes in addition to semester long study. Regardless of the type of program, study abroad is powerfully educational with the deep lessons it offers on cultural relativism and the value of the anthropological and sociological imagination for better understanding our globally connected world.
Program faculty lead several ICAs. These SOA 272 courses provide rich opportunities for extended and deep work with faculty engaging in vibrant research settings such as Bali, Costa Rica, and South Africa.
Please visit the Office of International Studies to learn more about study abroad at Goucher.
Opportunities & Internships
Alpha Kappa Delta & Lambda Alpha Honor Societies
Junior and senior majors who have achieved the requisite grade point average of 3.5 in a minimum of four sociology/anthropology courses are invited to become members of Alpha Kappa Delta or Lambda Alpha, the honorary societies in sociology and anthropology. It is the tradition of the department to help cover the costs of induction into AKD for students so that cost does not prohibit anyone deserving of this honor from receiving it.
Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the sociology/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/anthropology. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
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/anthropology should contact their individual academic advisors.
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.