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Message from the Department Chairman

Do you think about the impact of society on your life? Or how you could change society? Do you wonder about the influence of race, gender or social class on your community, or on life’s opportunities? Have you ever thought about America’s problems – from the instability of family life to racism, sexism, heterosexism, poverty, the decline of the middle class, and social deviance – and their social causes? Or about globalization’s impact on American culture and our way of life? Have you contemplated the process of human evolution? Or thought about the varieties of human cultures that exist today? If you have thought about any of the above, or find them interesting, then sociology and anthropology are of interest to you.

As chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, I am pleased to introduce our department’s programs to you and to invite you to enroll in our courses, whether or not you choose a major or minor in one of our exciting and challenging programs. Sociology and Anthropology give students an understanding of how the social world works and how that affects each one of us. Our faculty, in their professional roles as researchers and teachers, are dedicated to exploring that social world with our students in classes that prepare students for the challenges awaiting them as America changes within an increasingly complex global environment.

Our sociologists specialize in the study of class, gender and race while our anthropologist focuses on physical, cultural and forensic anthropology. As social scientists our research explores social relationships that impact all of us and our teaching connects the student to the most recent sociological and anthropological research. Most importantly, knowledge of sociology and anthropology empowers the student to understand and thrive in an increasingly complex social world. I invite all students to explore that world with us. Should you wish additional information, please feel free to contact me by e-mail and to make an appointment to speak with me about the exciting opportunities offered by our department.

Eric Lichten, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Professor of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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