Augustana offers a major and minor in sociology/anthropology, as well as a pre-master of social. (The pre-MSW is not a graduation major, so a major in another field must be completed.)
A liberal arts background is ideal for this area of study, which is the scientific study of human interaction, society and culture.
More than 100 years old, the department’s size and range reflect its long history at Augustana. Students can customize the major in many ways, depending on interests, and faculty help to align these choices with specific career paths . Students also have opportunities to collaborate with their faculty on research. Each year, majors showcase their research at state, regional and/or national conferences.
Anthropology courses focus on ethnographic methods, current theoretical models, and the application of anthropological perspectives. Courses offer study of cultures around the world, with topics ranging from medical anthropology to popular culture, and from globalization to tourism.
Students at Augustana have conducted original ethnographic research in diverse settings such as Bermuda, Ireland, Israel, west Africa, with Native American communities, and with refugees in the Quad Cities, just to mention a few examples.
Students may participate in the student-run Sociology & Anthropology club and the college’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, an international honor society.
Students undertake a Senior Inquiry project within their major program, working with a faculty mentor.
The Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought is a senior member of the department and directs the Center for the Study of Pluralism and the Civil Sphere at Augustana, which brings well known sociologists and other scholars to speak on campus.