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We offer B.A. and M.A. degree programs in both Sociology and Anthropology taught by a dynamic and involved faculty who will prepare you to engage in the systematic study of the social world.

We offer:

Cutting-edge scholarship and 
teaching with a friendly face.

Our faculty have active research programs that keep their classes up-to-date and relevant to your lives. Broadly speaking, our faculty specialize in the study of research methods, culture, and inequality in places ranging from the United States, Central and South America (Belize, Honduras, Ecuador), Europe (Turkey, Netherlands, Germany), and east Asia (South Korea). We’re also a hub for interdisciplinary work. We have joint appointments and affiliations with African American Studies, Croft Institute for International Studies, Gender Studies, and Southern Studies.

Undergrad degrees with broad 
appeal among employers.

What is a BA in Sociology or Anthropology all about? Want to know what bones and pottery tell us about past cultures, how development aid can help us measure globalization, what Southeastern Indians can tell us about the history of our nation, how the media portrays global warming or disasters like Katrina?, Why the catfish industry and Straight Edge a clean-living punk subculture can both tell us something about gender, how remote satellite imagery can help archaeologists identify graves and communities from the past? How we can use anthropology to better understand the relationship between religion and politics? If so, then you should consider becoming a major or a minor in anthropology or sociology. We offer core classes and exciting upper division electives (some are study abroad!) that develop the critical thinking, writing and research skills sought after by a broad range of employers in career fields ranging from academia to business to governmental and non-governmental organizations. Check out what our recent graduates are doing now.]

Quality graduate training, up close 
and personal.

MA programs in Sociology and in Anthropology offer opportunities for specialized training in theory and research methods as well as the opportunity for hands on field work and research experience. Unlike larger programs, we offer one-on-one mentorship and training at the start of your professional career. In addition to the core courses, our programs offer professional development opportunities including specially designed professional development seminars, teaching opportunities as TAs or Instructors, research assistantships, and support for those who present at regional academic conferences.

Active research centers and
 “hands-on” experience.

Our various research centers offer students the opportunity to conduct research in conjunction with leading scholars in the field. Read about our research centers.

Diverse classroom experiences with 
students who are really going places

Our MA graduates have gone on to PhD programs and have landed jobs in a diverse range of professions. Check out what they’re doing now.

Join Drs Skipper and Freiwald: Excavate!!

 Come join us in Holly Springs! Excavate at the Hugh Craft House, with the Behind the Big House tour,… [more]

Join Drs Skipper and Freiwald: Excavate!! Join Drs Skipper and Freiwald: Excavate!!

Jodi Skipper awarded Award of Merit

Congratulations to Jodi Skipper, awarded the Award of Merit to Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs,… [more]

Jodi Skipper awarded Award of Merit Jodi Skipper awarded Award of Merit

Sexual-Harrassment Survey

The SEAC Sexual Harassment survey was created by the Southeastern Archaeological Conference Sexual Harassment… [more]

Sexual-Harrassment Survey Sexual-Harrassment Survey

Dr. John Green Named Affiliated Faculty in The Law School

Law School’s Affiliated Faculty Program Brings Innovative Approach to Scholarship, Teaching Posted… [more]

Dr. John Green Named Affiliated Faculty in The Law School Dr. John Green Named Affiliated Faculty in The Law School

Funds for The Advancement of The Discipline Award!

James Thomas wins wins the ASA/NSF Funds for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for research on… [more]

Funds for The Advancement of The Discipline Award! Funds for The Advancement of The Discipline Award!

We’ve Moved to Lamar Hall!

We've moved to Lamar Hall.

We’ve Moved to Lamar Hall! We've Moved to Lamar Hall!

Meet Jay Johnson, John Green, and Albert Nylander…Change Agents in Sociology and Anthropology

Read more at this link:    … [more]

Meet Jay Johnson, John Green, and Albert Nylander…Change Agents in Sociology and Anthropology Meet Jay Johnson, John Green, and Albert Nylander...Change Agents in Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology Spring 2015 Lecture Series

  All are Welcome!!! Friday, February 20th Lamar 555, Noon. Molly Zuckerman, Assistant… [more]

Sociology and Anthropology Spring 2015 Lecture Series Sociology and Anthropology Spring 2015 Lecture Series

Welcome New Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to welcome our newest faculty members! Fall… [more]

Welcome New Faculty Welcome New Faculty

Archaeological Perspectives of the Southern Appalachian: A Multiscalar Approach Gougeon, Ramie, and Maureen Meyers, eds.  University of Tennessee Press ABSTRACT: In the last four decades, southeastern archaeology has increasingly developed a processual method of looking at archaeological data through varying levels of scale. By adjusting the scale, archaeologists can further define societal interactions and exchanges, which… [Continue Reading]


Robbie Ethridge’s books From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World 1540-1715  and Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trace and REgional Instability in the American South (with Shuck-Hall) were recently featured in a review of books in The William and Mary Quarterly (October 2014), the leading journal… [Continue Reading]


Working to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American Stand-Up Comedy Venues By James M. Thomas Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 For decades, stand-up comedy has been central to the imbrication of popular culture and political discourse, reshaping the margins of political critique, and often within the contexts of urban nightlife entertainment. In Working to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American… [Continue Reading]


Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics: Problems and alternatives By Shine Choi   The global consensus in academic, specialist and public realms is that North Korea is a problem: its nuclear ambitions pose a threat to international security, its levels of poverty indicate a humanitarian crisis and its political repression signals a failed state. This book examines… [Continue Reading]


Jodi Skipper, “Sustaining Visibility? The Quandary of St. Paul and Archaeology in the Long Run,” Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, Vol. 1, No. 3 (2014):210-227.   Abstract: In summer 2002, archaeologists from the University of Texas at Austin excavated a shotgun house site adjacent to the historic St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, once… [Continue Reading]

Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage

McDowell, Amy. 2014. “Warriors and Terrorists: Antagonism as Strategy in Christian Hardcore and Muslim ‘Taqwacore’ Punk Rock.” Qualitative Sociology. 37: 255-276. (Lead Article). A photograph from McDowell’s research is featured as the cover of this issue of Qualitative Sociology. ABSTRACT: This article contributes to new scholarship in the sociological study of religion, which looks at… [Continue Reading]


New Publication!! Green, John J. 2014. “The Status of African Americans in the Rural United States.” In Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Edited by Conner Bailey, Leif Jensen, and Elizabeth Ransom. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia Press. SUMMARY:  This fourth Rural Sociological Society decennial volume provides advanced policy scholarship on rural North… [Continue Reading]

Rural America Book Cover

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to congratulate Ross Haenfler, Associate Professor of Sociology,  on the release of his recent book, Subcultures: The Basics.   A book description from the publisher is found below. Subcultures: The Basics is an accessible, engaging introduction to youth cultures in a global context. Blending theory and practice to examine… [Continue Reading]

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  Dr. Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology has been appointed Journal Editor for Ethnohistory (North American Editor).  Dr. John Green serves as Editor-in-Chief of Community Development, the official journal of the Community Development Society. Ethnohistory, published by Duke University Press, is the flagship journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE). The ASE is the preeminent… [Continue Reading]

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New Publication! Thomas, James M. and David L. Brunsma (2014) “Oh, You’re Racist? I’ve Got a Cure for That!,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 37 (9): 1467-1485. (Lead Article) ABSTRACT: It has recently been discovered that the beta blocker drug, propranolol, can potentially reduce implicit racial bias among its users. By acting upon the affective conditions associated with… [Continue Reading]