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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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Athens, OH 45701

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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a diverse department that combines two distinct academic disciplines, as well as different programs within each major. We have a long distinguished record as one of the oldest departments of sociology in the U.S., dating back to the early years of the twentieth century. Anthropology joined us in 1970, giving the department three undergraduate majors–Anthropology, Sociology, and Sociology-Criminology–as well as an M.A. program in Sociology.

Both sociology and anthropology study human behavior, social interaction, and social organization. Both are concerned with how societies are organized and why people act as they do, but they approach these issues from different perspectives and traditions. Anthropology takes a holistic and comparative approach that focuses on humanity as both biological and cultural beings. Courses explore the similarities and differences in the ways through which humans organize their lives. Anthropologists in the Department examine human origins and evolution, the prehistoric past, recent and contemporary forms of human culture and society, patterns of communication, and forensics in a variety of places spanning the globe.

Career Opportunities

The Ohio University anthropology faculty takes pride in the preparation that it gives to its undergraduate majors. Many of those students go into high-quality graduate anthropology programs. Others pursue careers medicine, law, social services, government, and business.


Special Features

Ohio University’s Field School of Archaeology gives students the chance to receive hands-on experience in current archaeological techniques and laboratory analysis of archaeological material in a field school taught by Ohio University anthropology faculty. The Field School teaches students all stages of archaeological research, including research design, survey, mapping, excavation techniques, and laboratory methods.

The Anthropology Internship Program enables students to explore various career options by working with sponsoring organizations to apply their anthropology training in real-world professional situations. The internship experience will vary according to the interests of students and the needs of the sponsoring organization. Anthropology internships may focus on any of the three fields represented by departmental faculty: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

All Anthropology majors of senior rank are eligible to write a Senior Honors Thesis. In addition to rank, the student must have a 3.5 GPA overall and in Anthropology, must have a research topic of sincere anthropological interest, and must have a faculty sponsor. The student who succeeds receives a diploma which recognizes the “Honors” status in Anthropology upon graduation.

Anthropology students who qualify can become life-long members of the Delta Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Honor Society for Anthropology. Members join with thousands of others who identify nationally as successful Anthropology students.
The Anthropology Program offers an Honors Tutorial degree through Ohio University’s nationally unique Honors Tutorial College. It extends an Oxford-style education to gifted students, in which many courses in that student’s area of specialization are taught in a tutorial fashion. The Honors Tutorial College requires entering students to be in the upper 10% of their high school class, and have a combined SAT score of at least 1200 or an ACT of 27. Students interested should contact the Honors Tutorial College  directly for additional information.

Our Faculty

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.