Sociology and Anthropology


Sociology has been termed the search for “public issues” that underlie “private troubles”. Anthropology is the study of how culture influences every aspect of human life and society.  Though Sociology and Anthropology are two distinct fields of research, they are brought together under one major at St. Olaf College.  Combining Sociology and Anthropology allows students a unique opportunity to explore the world and see it in a fresh, more complex way.  Through courses that combine sociological and anthropological thinking, students will examine topics such as social movements, health and healing, religion, family, and social justice.  For more on the major or the department, contact department chair Chris Chiappari or administrative assistant Lori Middeldorp.  Stop by the department’s offices in Holland Hall 426, read the department’s blog, or learn more about our program here.