Sociology and Anthropology

Click here to declare a Sociology or Anthropology major or minor!

For more information about becoming a Sociology or Anthropology major, please contact department chair Jay VanderVeen

What is Sociology?
Sociology is the systematic study of society and social behavior, including the behavior of individuals, groups, organizations, and whole societies as they are influenced by social processes, social structures, and culture.

What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the interdisciplinary study of humankind, in all forms, from our beginnings to the present. It promotes a critical perspective about ourselves, our societies, and our relationship with other societies within the broader global framework. Through its emphasis on cultural relativity and context, anthropology supports the holistic exploration of the human condition by observing cultures in the present, investigating materials made in the past, examining key biological characteristics, and documenting the variety of languages used by people.

Our Mission:
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Indiana University South Bend is dedicated to fostering a critical understanding of social and cultural diversity and of the social bases of the human condition. As a faculty we are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and service. With a strong liberal arts education, our students are prepared to be active contributors to their communities and to live fruitful lives as informed citizens of a global society. Through their training in theoretical analysis and research methods, our students have a solid basis for pursuing careers in law, social work, business, public administration, public health, cultural resources, library science, and many other human services professions. They also are well equipped to pursue graduate study in sociology and anthropology in order to go on to careers in teaching, administration, and research.

Real World Experience!

Get outside of the classroom 
Study Abroad in Mexico or Costa Rica
Complete an Internship with Local Agencies
Conduct Research 


 Students at a conference with Drs Gail McGuire and David Blouin