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Shippensburg University
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Department Chair:
Dr.Barbara Denison 

Department Secretary:
Lisa M. Dubbs 

Internship Contact:
Dr. Chad Kimmel 

ODL Program Coordinator:
Dr. Barbara Denison 


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 Welcome to the Sociology/Anthropology Department

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The following information is for prospective and current students, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.

What Degrees Do We Offer?

Our department offers a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Anthropology and Sociology. We also are the primary home to the interdisciplinary Master's program in Organizational Development and Leadership.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction and social organization. Sociologists study social issues such as the changing family structure, racism and sexism, immigration, health care, crime and delinquency, and poverty. For example, we know that men make more money than women, that white Americans live longer than black Americans, and that poor people actually pay a greater portion of their income in taxes than wealthy people.  Sociological research has clarified these patterns and many others. Careers in sociology include, among others, conducting social research, developing and evaluating social policy, organizational consulting, and program development. Most people who pursue careers as "sociologists" have a Master's degree or Ph.D. Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in sociology use their skills in a range of jobs including in human and social service organizations, law enforcement, research organizations, businesses in sales and public relations, and in state and local government. 

Why study sociology at Shippensburg University?

The sociology program at Shippensburg University offers you an outstanding faculty. We have a large department of nine sociologists and three anthropologists. Our faculty are noted for receiving excellent teaching evaluations, and for being available to assist students. Further, we offer a high-quality program which facilitates both employment and admission to graduate programs. Recent job placements include the Office of Aging, the Office of Mental Health and Intellectual Disability, for South Mountain correctional facility, in a business as a  human resources assistant, in a non-profit organizing as a program manager for veteran services, and teaching. Students from our program have been accepted and successfully completed advanced degrees at institutions such as the University of Maryland, Florida State University, and the University of Virginia.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the holistic and cross-cultural study of humankind.  It is the broadest of the social sciences and includes four major fields: cultural anthropology, physical or biological anthropology, archeology, and anthropological linguistics.  Applied anthropology is a recent area of specialization that involves the use of anthropology in nonacademic settings such as schools and hospitals.


Why study anthropology at Shippensburg University?

Although the anthropology program at Shippensburg is small, we have an excellent record in student admission to graduate school and in job placement after graduation.  We offer courses in three of the major areas within anthropology and students have gone on to graduate school in archaeology (admission to the University of Pittsburgh, for example), physical anthropology (Ph.D. from Kent State University), and cultural anthropology (admission to the University of New Mexico, for example).  Shippensburg graduates with an anthropology minor also have found it to be a valuable qualification in the job market, whether they are business majors, psychology or counseling majors, or political science majors.  Cross-cultural interaction increasingly occurs in all professions and the American population continues to become more diverse.  Anthropology is a field that makes people better able to interact in culturally diverse settings and employers recognize this.


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