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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:

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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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.

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Department of Sociology

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