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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Welcome to the Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

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.

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.

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.

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:

Human Rights 01.28.19
Moral Courage Project: El Paso

University of Dayton students traveled to El Paso, Texas, in May 2018 to interview and photograph human rights advocates, community leaders and faith leaders about their commitment to immigration rights work at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Humanities and Social Sciences 06.07.18
Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences

The University of Dayton has appointed sociology professor Leslie Picca as the Raymond A. Roesch, S.M., Chair in the Social Sciences. Currently, Picca is chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. She joined the University faculty in 2005.

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Department of Sociology

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1442