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Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies

From studying human societies of the ancient past and present to learning how to take action in your community, explore the history and enduring patterns of our social and political structures in the University of Central Missouri’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies. 

No matter which degree program you pursue at UCM, our Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies will empower you to understand and address our society’s most critical issues. 

Explore culture and community in these areas of study

  • Anthropology: From excavations and lab work to ethnographic interviews and beyond, studying anthropology will teach you to think critically, analyze data and write effectively, preparing you for jobs in nearly any career field.
  • Social Science: Examine social studies as an academic field and practice — and gain instructional strategies to teach it. These courses are particularly beneficial if you wish to work in a school classroom.
  • Sociology: Delve into how our social environment influences our attitudes and behaviors. Your studies will include a wide range of topics, such as socialization, deviance and social change, and allow you to satisfy an interest in research, theory or the application of knowledge in people’s lives.

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Nationally recognized for social studies

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Flexible online class options

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Renowned faculty

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Small class sizes, big opportunities

Find your Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies future at UCM

At the University of Central Missouri, our Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies strives to empower students like you to understand the intricacies of our most pressing challenges — and to help you prepare to tackle them: 

  • Hands-on learning opportunities: You’ll find a variety of exciting experiential learning opportunities at UCM. You may conduct research in our state-of-the-art facilities, join a variety of campus organizations to expand your knowledge and make friends, land internships to gain real-world work experience or study abroad to explore other countries and gain new perspectives on what you learn in the classroom.
  • Personalized guidance from expert faculty: At UCM, your Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies instructors will introduce you to an exciting range of topics as they guide you through your academic experience. Their help and support extend outside of the classroom, should you need help preparing for graduate school or lining up a job.
  • Flexible class schedule: Through our Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies, you can take classes on campus, online or through a hybrid combination of the two to help you juggle your other responsibilities.


What can you do with a degree in one of UCM’s Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies programs?

Graduates from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Studies hold invaluable, in-demand skills — research, data analysis, critical thinking and communication, among others — they can apply to nearly any career field. These have enabled them to begin careers in diverse settings such as fulfilling refugee resettlement services, serving Freedom of Information Act requests in federal offices and supporting sustainable development in non-governmental organizations. A degree or minor from one of our Sociology, Anthropology or Social Studies programs offers an advantage for any number of careers in: 

  • Community outreach
  • Education 
  • Fundraising
  • Local, state or federal government
  • Public relations
  • Social agencies and services 

You’ll also be well-poised to pursue graduate studies before entering the workforce, if that’s the path you choose. Our alumni have found success through master’s programs at many prestigious universities.




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