Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work (SASW) is an interdisciplinary department that studies the various ways human societies live and change under different social, cultural and institutional conditions. Integrating closely related social science disciplines, SASW trains students to build a systematic understanding of human behavior, social interactions, cultural practices, and institutional structures in all their diversity.
SASW’s three core areas complement each other, enabling students to develop a holistic, critical, and cross-cultural perspective, as well as equipping them with social science research methods training and applied skills.
Built on classical and contemporary social theories and driven by empirical scholarship, the department’s core mission is centered on social justice. As such, emphasis on the multifaceted dimensions of power and inequality, in local and global contexts, remains central to our teaching and training.
SASW’s key aim is to foster in the next generation of highly competent, knowledge-driven, and ethical citizenry.
What SASW gives its students:
Close faculty-student engagement
Flexibility for students to double major and/or complete multiple minors
Training in research methods
Access to SASW’s Social Science Research Lab
Details on course requirements for these academic programs can be found by following the links below.
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.
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.”
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.
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.