Sociology / Anthropology

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Based on a true story, the film Pride depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British Miners Strike of 1984. At first the Mineworkers were reluctant to accept the group’s support due to cultural and political fears about being openly associated with a gay group. Nonetheless, an alliance (and a lasting friendship) was formed between the two communities. Come see this powerful and uplifting film that chronicles social movement action, gay rights, and union and labor activism. A mediated discussion held by SO/AN faculty members will follow the movie. Wednesday, August 26th 3:00pm – 5:00pm Henderson Room 204 This event is FREE and open to all Washburn University students. Presented by the Sociology/Anthropology Club.

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Why major in Sociology and/or Anthropology at Washburn University?

We are a diverse and open-minded department with dedicated faculty who are young, but experienced, and very energetic. We are committed to one-on-one interaction with students and mentoring them toward graduate school and/or careers. We offer “active” learning opportunities for students with real-life application in numerous exciting courses of anthropological and sociological studies revolving around culture, society, and people.  We have a rigorous curriculum that is designed to prepare our students to successfully participate in a 21st century world. We are excited about the new forensic concentration in Anthropology, and the opportunities it will provide students. It is the first Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a forensic concentartion in the State of Kansas. It was developed as part of the relationship with the new KBI Forensic Lab and internships will be available with the KBI. Our students also have opportunities for community-service experiences. We invite you to take some time learning about who we are and what our department can offer you!

Success of our majors?

  •  About 1/3 of our graduating majors are now applying for graduate school, with an almost 100% acceptance rate.
  •  Majors who do apply for graduate school are being accepted by universities throught the U.S. and the world. Recent graduates have studied (or are studying) at Queen's University Belfast, London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins University, UC-Berkeley, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Penn State University, and Clinton School of Public Service.
  •  Graduate school fields that our majors have studied (or are studying) include Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, City Planning, Museum Studies, Social Work, Health Administration, Biochemistry, Law, Medicine, Women Studies, and Library Science.
  •  Our graduates are also heavily involved in community service opportunities. 
  •  Our majors have gone on to jobs teaching ESL classes around the world, social work, working with police departments, city planning, adventure tour guide, musuem studies, state historical society, community organizer, data analyst for state agencies, and some have joined the Peace Corps.

“The relationship that I had with the department was so special for me because of the relationship with specific professors. There were countless professors that I had who were great at Washburn. But in that department, they were the greatest that I had. I can say that with certainty and that I repeated classes with people again and again.” “For the first time, I had teachers that were able to actually challenge me. And that was because they were willing to look at what I could do and hold me accountable for doing what they knew I could do.” “I got to be great friends with the people in the department. And that was a big difference because then you’re excited to go back to work or back to research, or you’re ready to become like they are--to have people to look up to and say ‘this is what I want to do!”

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Student Learning Outcomes

BA in SociologyBA in Anthropology