The mission of the anthropology
and sociology program is to teach students, within the larger
context of the liberal arts, to find answers to the following
what shapes us as humans? How does human evolution intersect with
culture? How are we similar to and different from other species?
Just what is the range of human cultural and biological diversity, and
why is that important? Can we make value distinctions between
societies, and how can we understand and assess our own?
Sociology asks, how
do social structure, social institutions, and social control shape human
behavior and culture? What is the relationship between nature and
nurture in the patterns of social interaction? How can individuals
live meaningful lives within an overarching order?
Both disciplines ask, in
various ways, what it means to be human. Anthropology and
sociology bridge the gap between the life sciences and the humanities,
revealing the bio-cultural and socio-cultural nature of so much of human
experience. They provide a unifying framework for understanding
the totality of the human condition.