The Department of Sociology and Anthropology includes a multidisciplinary faculty from four academic traditions: sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and social work. There are unique facets to each of these disciplines, but they share a common interest in better understanding human behavior in social context and in developing ways to improve and enrich the quality of life. The department’s role in the university is central because we are situated squarely at the cross-roads of the natural and the behavioral sciences with concurrent emphases on rigorous empirical methods (e.g. statistical analysis, radiocarbon-dating, forensic analysis), and having knowledge of human systems development and performance across place, time and culture. The knowledge and skills associated with our behavioral science orientation is readily applicable in a variety of professional, organizational and research contexts.
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