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Anthropology & Sociology Major/Minor

Shifting Your Point of View

Anthropology and sociology are rapidly expanding fields that provide a unique lens with which to understand the world. Combining an understanding of cultural development (anthropology) with social factors, forces, and issues (sociology) results in a broad education that propels students toward action that promotes global responsibility, fosters healing, restores human dignity, and appreciates human diversity—and you can be a part of this in the Anthropology & Sociology major.

This combined Anthropology and Sociology degree is excellent preparation for future graduate work. You could use this program to become a researcher, an applied anthropologist or sociologist, or a professor. Additionally, the liberal arts curriculum in this program also opens doors to careers in business, law, medicine, social services, archaeology, community development, human rights advocacy, missions, etc.

Beyond-the-Books Knowledge

By integrating an Anthropology major with a Sociology major, Taylor’s Anthropology & Sociology program can offer an engaging, research-based curriculum that will allow you to put theory to the test and build a holistic understanding of how social hierarchy and social location influence thoughts, motivations, behaviors, and opportunities.

Starting with introductory anthropology and sociology courses, the Anthropology & Sociology major will build a firm, theory-based foundation that will be essential for applied social courses and future studies and careers.

You will take research, methods, and analysis classes with experts in the field, where you will learn valuable research principles and theories, the value of societal research, and the discoveries of prominent sociologists and anthropologists.

All Anthropology & Sociology majors will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects with topics ranging from how Scripture influences social and personal behavior to how refugees experience immigration. You will learn to conduct national surveys, phone interviews, and face-to-face interviews; gather information from colleges and organizations; summarize results and reports; and construct research-grounded theories.

A World of Possibilities

You will also have numerous opportunities for global engagement, with sponsored trips to Chile, South Korea, Japan, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and Uganda. Each trip teaches students how to think, function, and promote change in a diverse and complex global setting.

Through these abroad opportunities, you will gain hands-on experience planning and co-leading workshops, exploring effective delivery models, crafting participant materials, and collecting and analyzing real-world data. You could have the opportunity to serve as a mentor, coach, facilitator, counselor, model, and friend.

Explore some of our recent global engagement opportunities:

  • Trauma Counseling Workshops: Students focused on empowering caregivers to provide psychological support after genocide trauma. Honing in on the cultural value of storytelling and writing, students encouraged community members to heal by sharing experiences.
  • Microfinance Workshops: Students worked with female entrepreneurs, who serve the local communities, to organize a workshop where they could share marketing and business ideas.
  • Racial Reconciliation Workshops: Students hosted a workshop where community leaders—who wrestle with tribalism and ethnocentrism—focused on conflict resolution, forgiveness, meditation, leadership development, and trauma counseling.
  • Documentary Filmmaking: Students interviewed high school students, teachers, ambassadors to the US, and pastors to create a documentary about the educational and political forces shaping their country. The short documentary “We are Rwandans” won several awards in regional and national film competitions.

Anthropology Minor

Apply your knowledge of the sciences and humanities to help solve current societal problems as you learn about the complexity of culture throughout history. Taylor’s Anthropology minor fits well with majors in Public Health, Exercise Science, and History.

Sociology Minor

Dig into contemporary social and complex cultural issues that affect society. Sociology minors will explore social thought, learn how sociologists can find solutions to societal issues through research and analysis, and have the opportunity to take the Sociology electives of their choice. This minor pairs well with Public Health, Exercise Science, and International Studies majors.

Anthropology & Sociology Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Sociology & Anthropology Department

Michael Jessup, Department Chair & Professor of Sociology
765-998-5542
mcjessup@taylor.edu

Greta Kiers, Sociology & Anthropology Program Assistant
765-998-5102
greta_kiers@taylor.edu

Special Programs
Sociology & Anthropology Department
Ask Tough Questions

The Sociology & Anthropology department is home to students interested in studying the behavior of individuals within societal systems and understanding the roles of family, work, and government in our communities and lives.

As a Sociology & Anthropology student, you will cultivate your intellectual curiosity, develop your research skills, and experience learning beyond the traditional classroom setting through our planned trips to correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and refugee centers. By asking challenging questions about the world around you, you will cultivate a heart for social and biblical justice and a curiosity for complex social issues.

Undivided Attention

One of the most unique aspects of our department is the one-on-one attention you will receive from our faculty. Our department’s small size allows the development of mentorship relationships between our faculty and students. Understanding your personal passions and goals helps faculty to direct and individualize your experience and education. Whether you are in the classroom researching and defending your thoughts and ideas or off-campus gaining real-life experience, we are here to help you formulate a biblical view of the social systems around you.

Listen to This

Dr. Michael Jessup, Professor of Sociology, discusses the department’s approach to answering the world’s tough questions.

What’s Next?
Grad Programs

Some of our graduates have gone on to study further at the following schools’ graduate programs:

  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Loyola University
  • Marquette University
  • Notre Dame University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
Career Opportunities

Whether you want to work with individuals in need or as a researcher in academics, we will prepare you for whatever path you choose. Our students often continue their education in graduate schools, work in ministry settings, or join social service agencies. The Sociology & Anthropology program also offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration.

The Sociology & Anthropology department has a placement rate of 100%. Every student who has gone through our program in the last four years has started a job, internship, or graduate program within six months of graduation.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Social Science philosophy.

Programs Offered
Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Michael Jessup

Chair and Professor of Sociology

mcjessup@taylor.edu

Faculty
Staff

Greta Kiers

Social Work, Sociology, & Anthropology Program Assistant

greta_kiers@taylor.edu