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Why Study Sociology/Anthropology at Goucher?
The program develops students' writing, speaking, thinking, and research skills as they delve into understanding the cultural diversity of human behavior and social organization. Concentrations in interdisciplinary programs such as women's studies, peace studies, and international and intercultural-related fields at Goucher provide for even deeper learning and questioning.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
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 perspective in their study of life in contemporary societies. In their search for understanding, sociologists and anthropologists examine a variety of areas, from family life to globalization and political change. Learn More
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Students gain 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.
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 study abroad for a semester or three-week intensive program in 65+ locations around the world.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Sociology/Anthropology major and minor: Carolyn Schwarz
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Jamie Mullaney, Professor of Sociology: Culture and cognition, qualitative methods, gender, time, identity, emotions
Carolyn Schwarz, Associate Professor of Anthropology: health and well-being, health care delivery, morality, global Christianity, ethnographic methods
Janet Shope, Professor of Sociology: Sociology of medicine, inequality, gender, and research methods
Daniel Swann, Assistant Professor of Sociology: race, atheism, CRT, social psychology, religion, rhetoric and public discourse, methods, political sociology
Rory Turner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology: Intangible cultural heritage/folklore, cultural sustainability, anthropological theory, african expressive culture, ethnography, ritual and 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 perspectives 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 Global Education 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 program 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.
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.
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