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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Opportunities and Activities

Listed below are just some of the curricular and extra-curricular activities offered at the University of Dayton that are of particular interest to our majors and minors. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, taught by Social Work faculty Dr. Molly Malany Sayre, is offered in the Spring semesters. Anthropology offers a one week international immersion trip during the January intercession break. Alpha Kappa Delta is the national honor society for sociology majors and minors. Many students take advantage of internship opportunities in the local community. Senior sociology majors present their capstone research project at the Social Science Symposium or Stander Symposium. Several of the activities listed are open to students of any major with an interest in sociology, anthropology or social work.


The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program brings together "outside" students from universities and "inside" students from correctional institutions. 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. "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 applications, interview, and background check. For more information, contact the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work   Read more about this program>>

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. Hallett, the Center for Social Concern, and CRISPAZ, an NGO in San Salvador. In Fall 2018, students enrolled in ANT 315 Language and Culture will participate in a trip to Mexico with Dr. Litka and the Center for International Programs. Tentative plans for Fall 2019 include an Global Encounter to India with Dr. Dasgupta. Contact an anthropology faculty member for more information.


Department of Sociology

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