Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
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Departmental mission statement
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work seeks to equip students with conceptual tools to enhance their social and cultural awareness and with methodological tools to obtain empirical knowledge to empower them to engage in improvement of social conditions. Acknowledging the inextricable link between teaching and scholarly research, we strive for excellence in both areas to unite students and faculty in a common experience of learning and discovery through pure and applied research to prepare students for service through careers and civic engagement.
Sociology is the scientific study of social behavior and social phenomena. Our program seeks to provide students with knowledge and insight about why groups, institutions, organizations, and societies (and the people in them) behave in the ways they do. Popular courses within the program address such diverse social phenomena as Drug Use, Marriage and Family, Culture, Religion, Crime and Deviance, Medicine, Disasters, Race, Gender, and Aging. We also focus on equipping students with the tools of social research methods and statistics - two very highly-sought-after skills in today's labor market.
Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: archaeology, biological/physical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their professional lives.
Social work is a social science and a profession devoted to helping people solve problems and issues in their lives. Social workers, help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to achieve an effective level of psychosocial functioning and seek social reform to improve societal well-being, with an emphasis upon marginalized and oppressed communities. Social work is founded upon the ethical principles of service; social and economic justice; personal dignity and worth; the importance of human relationships; integrity; and competence.
All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.
- SY 382 will fulfill the technology proficiency requirement for Social Work majors.
- SY 409 will fulfill the technology proficiency requirement for Sociology majors.
- AN 454 will fulfill the technology proficiency requirement for Anthropology majors.
The Department also offers an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree in sociology. For general information see the Graduate School, Admission Requirements and Procedures, Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program
Degrees, Minors, or Certificates
|Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Faculty|
|Bryan, Valerie L.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Associate Professor||BA, University of Kentucky
MSW, University of Kentucky
PHD, University of Kentucky
|Carr, Nicole T.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Professor||BA, College of William and Mary
MA, College of William and Mary
PHD, Louisiana State University
|Carr, Philip J.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Professor||BA, University of Louisville
MA, University of Tennessee-Knox
PHD, University of Tennessee-Knox
|Freed, Christopher R.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Associate Professor||BA, Union College
MA, Cuny Queens College
PHD, Cuny Graduate School And U Ctr
|Gregoricka, Lesley A.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Associate Professor||BA, University of Notre Dame
MA, Ohio State U-Main Campus
PHD, Ohio State U-Main Campus
|Haas, Laurie F.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Instructor||BA, Huntingdon College
MSW, Tulane University
|Hanks, Roma||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Professor||BA, David Lipscomb University
MA, Vanderbilt University
PHD, University of Delaware
|Hudson, Charles K.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Associate Professor||BA, University of Mobile
MS, University of Louisville
MA, University of Louisville
PHD, University of NC- Chapel Hill
|Marshall, Douglas A.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Professor||BS, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
MA, University of NC- Chapel Hill
PHD, University of Virginia
|Min, Hosik||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Associate Professor||BA, Korea University
MA, Korea University
PHD, Texas A & M University
|Moberg, Mark A.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Professor||BA, University of Iowa
MA, University of CA-Los Ang
PHD, University of CA-Los Ang
|Mundy, Leonard A.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Assistant Professor||BS, Indiana U of Pennsylvania
MA, Temple University
PHD, Temple University
|Nelson, Erin L.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Assistant Professor||BA, University of Missouri-Columb
MA, University of Mississippi
PHD, University of NC- Chapel Hill
|Pettway, Kimberly M.||Socio, Anthro, and Social Work||Instructor||BS, University of Montevallo
MS, University of Alabama
MSW, University of Alabama