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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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Athens, OH 45701

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Students who study sociology are generally interested in human behavior, the human condition, and social justice. Sociologists study cultural dynamics, institutions, norms, organizations, roles, structures, values, and other social forces that define societies. They are curious about how societies work—and importantly, why they often do not.

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.

Special Features

 The SOC 495 internship experience is designed to provide sociology, soc-crim, and sociology-prelaw students with an opportunity to engage in applied sociology—to take what is learned in the classroom and use it in the real world—to see and understand the myriad connections between individuals and the social institutions within which they function.  In short, an internship offers the opportunity to learn and grow personally, academically, and professionally.  Moreover, internships can provide opportunities for students gain valuable work experience, develop professional contacts, and to use their skills to contribute to the local community.  

Students who are accepted into the SOC 495 program will have a chance to earn 5-10 credits while completing an internship in a field relating to their career interests.  Students may complete internships during the fall, winter, spring, and summer terms.  Possible internships include working with criminal justice agencies (e.g., police, courts, and corrections), law firms, rehabilitation programs, mediation clinics, human resource agencies, children’s services units, hospice programs, elder care facilities, child mentoring projects, and educational programs.

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.