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Department of Sociology & Anthropology

About Us

Department Mission

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology seeks to provide its majors with the latest sociological tools (knowledge and research skills) which will enable them to positively change their environments, including their local communities, the nation, and the world.

Our graduates are able to assess the nature and significance of social stratification, focusing on variables such as social class, race, age, sexuality, and gender. In addition, they are able to analyze the nature and significance of social structure and social institutions, such as the family, education, economics and politics. Further, our graduates have acquired essential critical thinking, writing, and research skills. In particular, our graduates have learned to apply theory to everyday life, use and interpret statistics, and code, run, and interpret data in SPSS. In addition, our graduates are CITI certified in research protocols and have learned the conventions of poster and oral presentations

Additionally, the Department seeks to instill in its majors the importance of putting something back into the community so that they may be able to be of service to those who are less fortunate. The faculty, staff, and students foster a culture that values knowledge not merely for its functional significance (for example earning an income), but knowledge for its own sake, and they treat learning as a lifelong activity.

Sociology At A Glance

The Sociology Department is a dynamic, cutting-edge, center of intellectual life at Morgan.

We train leaders and thinkers!

The Sociology Department offers:

  • Certificates in Criminal Justice and Anthropology (for its majors)        
  • Minors in Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice (for non-majors)
  • The potential to Minor in one of the College of Liberal Arts' Interdisciplinary Minors, such as Legal Studies or Women's and Gender Studies.
  • A Masters of Arts/ Science degree program, which many of best our undergraduates choose to complete upon graduation
  • Tangible skills like social mapping and social statistics
  • An opportunity to work in the community, to do transdisciplinary research, to complete exciting internships, to present research at conferences, or to serve as a teaching or research assistant... all as part of a student's undergraduate coursework!
  • Required courses offered during both day and evening periods, offered online, offered during the summer, and offered during the winter, to faciliate matriculation for working students
  • Exciting courses in: social problems, marriage and the family, criminology, social demography, urban sociology, African American culture, archaeology, sociology of religion, cultural anthropology, forensic anthropology, linguistics, jails and prisons, juvenile justice, methods of social research, applied sociology, and much more!!!!

There are over 200 Sociology Majors at MSU!
Watch this video about our Transdisciplinary Work on the Hill Community Small Area Plan!