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The Millsaps Sociology/Anthropology Department has a great deal to offer its students ... and not just in the classroom! Students work on a daily basis with the very faculty who provide excellent research opportunities and study abroad programs at Millsaps College. Our faculty members actively involve students in their own research, offering hands-on training that is available at very few colleges and universities. 



What are sociology and anthropology?

In general, anthropologists and sociologists seek to explain and understand human behavior in a variety of situations and under varying circumstances. We examine the breadth of human lives, including topics like politics, economics, gender, and religion, in an attempt to make sense out of human history and human endeavors. Check out our informational brochure (PDF) for more information!

What makes sociology/anthropology at Millsaps College unique?
The faculty is strongly committed to each student as an individual and works to foster a relationship that provides each student with the best education possible. Not only do these relationships create an active and productive learning environment, but they also generate camaraderie between the students and faculty on a personal level that carries on well after graduation, as students pursue goals in various careers and fields.

Our field of study incorporates topics such as:

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Health
  • Globalization
  • Language
  • Environment

Where Can I Go?
Spending time abroad is a huge part of studying sociology and anthropology. As a student in our department, you'll have the chance to travel to Mexico, China, and Tanzania, as well as other places around the globe. Not only can you receive class credit - you also have the opportunity to work alone or beside your professors and peers as a part of real field research projects.

What Can I Do with a Degree in Sociology/Anthropology?
Our graduates go on to do many different things. Students find themselves well prepared for careers in just about anything. Many choose graduate programs in medicine, law, social work, and advanced study of sociology and anthropology. Recent graduates have attended some of the most prestigious graduate programs in their intended fields, including:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Georgetown University
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Duke University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Texas

... and many more. Our graduates do more than study the world - they take part in it.

What Our Majors Say
"Anthropology allows me the chance to travel, study, and understand lives different from my own."
- Jane Fuller, Class of 2010

"The professors are very accommodating and helpful."
- Lauren Cospelich, Class of 2011

"The different perspectives and analysis that anthropology forces me use have changed not only my approach to the world, but also who I am fundamentally as a person."
- Nadia Hashimi, Class of 2010

"Anthropology is helping me develop a sense of curiosity that drives me to learn all that I can, the ability to work with many diff erent types of people, and a more open mind."
- Ben McNair, Class of 2011