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Program requirements

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Faculty

David Price
Teresa Winstead


Contact information

David Price
360-438-4295
dprice@stmartin.edu

Sociology and Cultural Anthropology Program (M., m.)


Department overview Community services (M.)Community services and social work internshipsCriminal justice (M., m.)Legal studies (m.) Social work (M.)Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)Women's studies (M.)Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series


Saint Martin's offers a major and minor in sociology and cultural anthropology within the Department of Society and Social Justice.

The program provides students with unique opportunities to study contemporary American society and a broad range of cultures in the classroom, in surrounding communities, and in cooperation with campus study abroad programs around the world. The program's coursework stresses engaging with anthropological and sociological perspectives on contemporary issues at home and abroad with a focus on student centered research projects.

Our faculty research areas include:

  • The history of anthropology
  • Cold War culture
  • Legal anthropology
  • Cross-cultural education programs
  • Ethnography of the Middle East
  • Anthropological and sociological theory
  • Post settler colonial theory
  • A broad range of topics relating to social movements and social justice

Whether conducting archival research, taking fieldtrips to museums or local research sites, learning interview or participant observational techniques, or studying classics of global ethnography, our students receive well-rounded anthropological training preparing them for a broad range of jobs or future graduate work.

Special opportunities

Internships

Internship and directed study opportunities allow students wishing to work in museums, public agencies, or non-profit organizations to gain on the job experience and explore the workplace environments while pursuing their degrees.

Interdisciplinary studies

As part of the Department of Society and Social Justice, our students and faculty have opportunities to take interdisciplinary classes in:

  • Communications
  • Women's studies
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice

Senior thesis

During the course of their senior year, all students design, undertake, and write up an extensive sociological or anthropological research project that becomes their Senior Thesis.

The projects span two semesters: designing the project during the first term, then carrying out the qualitative fieldwork, completing the research, and writing-up the thesis during the second term.

Future goals

In small, discussion-driven seminars, students are given the opportunity to work together, and to work closely with faculty members. This environment allows students to develop the knowledge and critical disposition required to either pursue future graduate work in the Social Science, or to be successful in a career in a wide variety of fields in a fundamentally multicultural labor market.

Graduates with a degree in anthropology and sociology are well-suited for a career in any number of fields, including: education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government, organizational psychology, non-profit management, marketing, publishing, and forensics.