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Sociology & Anthropology

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About Sociology & Anthropology at Linfield

Do the social lives of human beings fascinate you? Are you interested in understanding the complexity of human cultures across human history or around the world? Do you yearn for a better understanding of the complex causes and consequences of human behavior? Do you want to gain the skills needed in a 21st-century labor market that is fast-changing and increasingly global?

If so, then a major in sociology or anthropology is for you!

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Why Linfield?

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology (SOAN) offers a rigorous interdisciplinary sociology-anthropology curriculum with breadth across the sociology-anthropology core and depth in each major. The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Linfield offers majors in both disciplines, yet combines several core courses so that students gain a broader perspective and understanding of human behavior.

In addition, the Department of Sociology & Anthropology offers students opportunities to engage in the types of activities and to develop the types of skills that today’s employers believe will help to prepare college students for successful careers.

While studying sociology or anthropology at Linfield, you will also experience:

  • Close student-faculty relations and collaboration in research and social practice.
  • Invaluable opportunities to study abroad while pursuing your degree. Departmental faculty and students are especially active with Linfield’s strong International Studies program. Faculty members have offered courses in locations such as Guatemala, Ecuador, India, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, New Orleans, and Scandinavia.
  • Small class sizes that allow personalized attention.
  • Opportunities and encouragement for interdisciplinary study. Sociology and Anthropology faculty and students actively participate in Linfield’s international studies, gender studies, environmental studies, and Latin American studies programs.

Explore the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Linfield University and discover what committed professors and an exciting program can do to help you to realize your potential.