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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

"My experience in the Sociology Department at MCLA has been amazing. There is such family environment when it comes to relationships you make with the professors and students. There are so many classes to choose from, whether you are interested in Sociology, Anthropology or Social Work. With small class sizes, my learning needs and preferences were met. The department offers internships which created hands on learning and real-world experience in the field. The department has dedicated professors who want their students to succeed by making each class challenging, engaging and fun. Declaring Sociology as my major was the best decision I made in my four years at MCLA and it is a decision I would make over and over again. My four years in the department have prepared me for life after college. I know I have the skills and knowledge to be successful thanks to my professors and every one involved. — Zachary Neary'18

sociology anthropology social work mclaOur interdisciplinary department is committed to helping you develop an understanding of society, cultures around the world, human behavior in all its diversity, and the ways in which social groups respond to and are transformed by local and global forces. 

Why MCLA is Different

Through the classroom experience, ethnographic fieldwork, internships, service learning, research, and independent study, you examine your values and begin to understand how you can bring about change in your local environment and throughout the world.

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Our faculty members take pride in providing multiple learning opportunities whether you are interested in criminal justice, anthropology, social policy, sociological research, women's studies, child and family studies, gerontology, community organizing, counseling, social work, law, business, or government. We help you think critically, solve problems, speak and write well, and empathize with those who are different from you. 

Our program emphasizes both scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry and provides insight into peoples of the world, children, families, social classes, pregnant teens, the elderly, and many other groups. You are encouraged to integrate formal instruction with supervised activities such as internships in social agencies, research in the local community, service learning experiences, and attendance at professional meetings.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Degrees

Details on course requirements for these academic programs can be found by following the links below.


Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work in the News

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This academic year, MCLA students are interacting with and contributing to a Berkshire Cultural Resource Center exhibit that sheds light on U.S. border policy and the casualties to which it contributes.

Anna Jaysane-Darr and her children

Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr will head back to Cape Town to conduct ethnographic fieldwork as she studies what’s being done by therapists, educators, and clinicians who work those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. “I am interested in the ways in which societies conceptualize what is considered ‘normal,’ and how they understand and deal with neurodiversity.”

Queer San Francisco faculty and students

Led by anthropology professor Dr. Sumi Colligan, MCLA students had a unique opportunity last year to explore queer history in that city. As a result of the success of that first trip, Colligan returned this past spring with nine more students who were eager to learn more of San Francisco’s rich LGBT history.

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Harvard. NYU. Rutgers. Smith. UMass-Amherst. What do these have in common? MCLA Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work alumni attended grad programs at all of them.

For more information please contact Dr. Ingrid Castro, Department Chair or Maria LaValley, Administrative Assistant