Sociology & Anthropology

What will I learn?
What will I learn? You'll learn how society and culture interact with one another in ways you never imagined. You'll learn what micro- and macro-level groups and processes are and how to assess their important differences. You'll learn – through hands-on exercises – how to conduct various types of research, including data analysis, fieldwork/ethnography, documentary research and participatory/community-based research.

Will it be 100 percent class work?
No. At LaGrange College, we place a priority on hands-on research and application, so as a sociology and anthropology major you will learn about social and cultural phenomena both in the classroom and in the field.

We strongly encourage internships and do our best to help place students in situations that will offer them practical experience, situations in such diverse fields as:

• social services
• youth support organizations
• nonprofit and volunteer organizations
• poverty and minority advocacy groups
• government agencies
• shelters for women and families

Meet Sociology & Anthropology majors:

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

For Sarah Carter '13, life is all about helping others.

She says her time at LaGrange College helped her develop that passion and prepared her for a life of service.

"I started with the Servant Fellows program led by the Rev. Quincy Brown (Vice President for Spiritual Life and Church Relations) when I was a sophomore," she says. "His motto is 'See a need, fill a need.' We learned to lead by serving others."
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Hannah Williams
Hannah Williams Hannah, a junior sociology and Spanish major from Greenville, S.C., recently spent a year studying at the University of Valencia through a Rutgers University program.

"I had a month of orientation with a history and geography course of Spain that allowed us to travel to the major cities and see the main areas. We covered Spain from the 700s B.C. to present day. Then in September, we started classes at the university."

She took a social work course and did an internship with a school.

What do graduates do?

Sociology and anthropology majors are not limited to one occupation after graduation, but rather are prepared for a variety of career choices.
Many LaGrange students have gone on to postgraduate work in sociology, social work, social-science education and public administration. Others began working right away in such diverse fields as:

• consumer behavior research
• environmental advocacy
• human relations
• insurance
• juvenile services
• missions
• social services/social work
• urban planning