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Sociology and Anthropology

Students in the Sociology and Anthropology Department will learn about social problems, group dynamics, cultural diversity and the forces associated with social change in a global community. Students also will gain an understanding of cultural processes that shape individual and group behavior, and will acquire skills in conducting and evaluating social research.

Experience learning

If you would like to work with faculty on researching deviant behavior, conducting archaeological analysis of historical artifacts or studying how gender, race, ethnicity, and social class affect relationships, this is the program for you. We emphasize providing students with the experiences and skills necessary to apply knowledge in real-world contexts.

Career excellence

Students in our program develop marketable skills in research and in applying an understanding of how social systems operate. These skills are relevant to careers in criminal justice, health care, public administration, education, law, business and many more fields of interest. Our undergraduate program also prepares students for advanced study in graduate school.


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Students in the sociology and anthropology department have the opportunity to study with faculty. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/sociologyandsocialwork/faculty-and-staff">Learn more about faculty and staff from the department and their concentrations.</a>Archaeology students have numerous opportunities to engage in field work, gaining experience in excavating and cataloging artifacts. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/sociologyandsocialwork/anthropology">Learn more about the anthropology program.</a>

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

If you enjoy internships working in community organizations, conducting innovative research under the supervision of an expert, studying cultural landscapes in distant lands or doing archaeological research uncovering ancient ruins, you have found the right place. The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers exciting opportunities for students to collaborate with their professors and their peers in exploring the human condition. We encourage experiential learning opportunities that foster the development of knowledge and skills. Whatever path you choose, you will find mentors in our program who help you every step along the way.

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If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit