See UD's plans for teaching, learning and research this fall with measures to promote safety and lessen the risk of COVID-19 spread. See UD case dashboard here.

Skip to main content

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Welcome

Sociology, cultural anthropology and social work involve the study of human behavior in groups and the adaptations necessary for life in today's world. At the University of Dayton, our majors and minors develop the skills necessary for a career, social service or for advanced study.
St Joe's Classroom

Academics

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, as well as minors in sociology, anthropology, and social work. The minors are designed to fit well with our major, and can also be combined with any other major at UD.

Academics

St Joe's Classroom

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, as well as minors in sociology, anthropology, and social work. The minors are designed to fit well with our major, and can also be combined with any other major at UD.

Who are we?

We are a faculty of twelve sociologists, two social workers, and three anthropologists who share a passion for teaching, research, and supporting student success. The department partners with local community agencies as a site for examining various issues and concepts studied in classes.

Meet Us
Opportunities for majors.

Students majoring in Sociology have the opportunity to conduct their own research as part of their Senior Project capstone experience, and many juniors and seniors are placed in local agencies and organizations for internships that provide useful, firsthand experiences.

More
Careers in sociology.

Our students study sociology because they want to help make the world a better place, and they want to better understand people.

More
Questions?

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about our programs.

More
How can we help?

Contact our office to get the information you need.

More

In the News

Simanti Dasgupta's recent article titled, "Of Raids and Returns: Sex work movement, police oppression, and the politics of the ordinary in Sonagachi, India" has been published in the current issue of Anti-Trafficking Review. This is a publication of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW). Watch the GAATW video below:

Faculty 06.16.20
University of Dayton anthropologist awarded Asian studies fellowship

The International Institute for Asian Studies awarded University of Dayton anthropologist Simanti Dasgupta a fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Dasgupta, associate professor of anthropology, plans to complete a book manuscript about the sex workers’ labor movement in Kolkata, India.

Read more
Research 01.27.20
Sociology major develops survey about the impact of photos on perception

University of Dayton junior Katie Gross was struck by an experience she had at an exhibit that featured stories from Dayton community members, along with their portraits. Influenced by not only their words, but also their images, she wondered if science could prove the impact of photographs on human perception. Working with a faculty mentor, she developed a study to determine whether including a photo with a narrative influences the way people see another person and process their story.

Read more