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History of the Sociology & Anthropology Department

Founded in 1920, the Sociology & Anthropology Department is one of the oldest in the country and has carried out this mission for Ohio University for almost a century. The Master of Arts in Sociology dates from 1932, and the B.A. in Sociology-Criminology was established in 1980. The B.A. in Anthropology was established in 1967.

The department has long enjoyed a strong commitment to excellence in both teaching and research.

"We see ourselves fitting nicely with the overall mission of both the college and the university," says retired Department Chair Dr. Christine Mattley, "Our commitment to superior teaching is evidenced by our many award-winning teachers. However, we also have the strong commitment to research and scholarly activity that one would expect at a Research 2 university."