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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Building relationships with our students and our community.

Sociology, cultural anthropology and social work study human behavior, focusing in particular on culture, institutions and inequality. Our department is committed to excellence in teaching and research and to building relationships with and between our students and community.

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Academics

Our undergraduate programs include a B.A. in sociology as well as minors in sociology, anthropology, social work and family development. All programs are designed with flexibility in mind to encourage students to build paths of study that suit their interests and future goals.

Academics

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Our undergraduate programs include a B.A. in sociology as well as minors in sociology, anthropology, social work and family development. All programs are designed with flexibility in mind to encourage students to build paths of study that suit their interests and future goals.

Program Offerings
Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of how social forces influence human behavior and social outcomes, and how human interaction shapes institutions, organizations and society more broadly. We offer two paths of study in Sociology: a bachelor of arts and a minor.

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Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic and comparative study of people around the world, including the role of culture in human adaptations to economic, social, political and environmental conditions. We offer a 15 semester hour minor in anthropology.

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Social Work

The study of social work provides the knowledge, values and skills needed to support people who are vulnerable because of need, crisis, health status, structural violence or other factors. We offer a 15 semester hour minor in social work.

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Family Development

The minor in family development increases understanding of the meaning and dynamics of marriage and parenthood in contemporary society and examines contemporary issues across various stages of family life.

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Community engagement, unique courses and other opportunities

Experiential learning is at the core of all of our programs. Opportunities to engage with the Dayton community are available in many of our classes and we offer a variety of unique course offerings that expand student knowledge beyond the classroom.

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In the News
Humanities and Social Sciences 11.17.20
University of Dayton sociologist awarded Science & Technology Policy fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

A University of Dayton sociologist is working to reduce gender-based violence around the world through a competitive fellowship program that places scientists in U.S. federal government policy positions.

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Diversity and Inclusion 10.14.20
Virtual series to examine history of racism, segregation in Dayton area

Three University of Dayton faculty and staff are partnering with the mayor’s office to host a three-part series examining the region’s history of racism, segregation and systemic bias.  

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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.

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Recent Faculty Research

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: