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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
06.07.22

Nine University of Dayton students and recent graduates won competitive national fellowships to pursue advanced degrees, study internationally or teach abroad during the 2022-23 academic year.

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Diversity and Inclusion 02.15.22

A number of University of Dayton faculty, staff and students are taking part in a series of events this year that explore the impact of redlining on the Dayton region.

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Experiential Learning 11.16.21

By taking a familiar egg drop activity in which students design a “nest” to protect a raw egg from a high fall and adding several class-conscious twists, a sociology professor illustrates the relationships to introduce students to the topic of social inequality and vulnerability.

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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: