Sociology / 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 our department chair David Schalliol or administrative assistant Emma Fradgley.

Department offices, located in newly renovated Holland fourth and fifth floor.

Check out blog posts about SOAN made by majors and alumni applying their learning all over the world and right here on the Hill.

What does a SOAN major do?
There’s qualitative and quantitative research done at the institution and plenty of dense theories to unpack! A SOAN major takes on race, class, and gender in a multicultural platform and studies human society in all of its complexities.