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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Community Engagement, Unique Courses and Other Opportunities

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work offers a variety of exciting curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students, including unique courses that engage with local and global communities and opportunities for students to develop and showcase their research skills. We have a number of unique courses, including courses taught within The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and anthropology courses that are accompanied by a one week international immersion trip during the January intercession.

Students also have opportunities to participate in community engaged learning through many of our regularly-offered courses, including:

  • SWK 401 Community Field Experience
  • SWK 331 Death and Dying
  • SOC 351 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 339 Social Inequality
Transformative Learning Experiences

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program brings together "outside" students from universities and "inside" students from correctional institutions for a semester-long course held at a prison, jail, or other correctional facility. Founded in 1997 at Temple University in Pennsylvania, the program has expanded to more than 150 colleges. Faculty in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at the University of Dayton began offering an Inside-Out class in Spring 2016 at Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio. "Transformational" and "life changing" are commonly used to describe the program. The class is offered to a limited number of students in the Spring semesters; informational sessions take place in the Fall semesters. Students are required to complete an application, interview, and background check. 

UD News Story about Inside-Out
Global Encounters

Fostering and facilitating immersive global learning experiences is a distinctive and core feature of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at UD. As a department committed to social justice, our primary interest lies in teaching students to understand, through direct and personal encounters, those in the global margins, ranging from the urban poor in India struggling for water in the era of water privatization, youth in El Salvador facing police brutality to indigenous peoples in the Yucatan peninsula displaced by tourism. We offer a transformative experiential learning opportunity by enhancing specific Fall semester courses with a short term global immersive travel during the January intercession break. In Fall 2017, students enrolled in ANT 325 Anthropology of Human Rights completed an immersion trip to El Salvador, facilitated jointly by Dr. MIranda Hallett, the Center for Social Concern, and CRISPAZ, an NGO in San Salvador. In Fall 2018, students enrolled in ANT 315 Language and Culture participated in a trip to Mexico with Dr. Stephanie Litka and the Center for International Programs.


Department of Sociology

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