College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology and Sociology

We have two degrees in our department that will prepare you to pursue your career and intellectual goals, whether that is to join the Peace Corp, work in law enforcement, become a civil servant, be a field archeologist, go to law or medical school, teach, work in corporate research and marketing, or any number of options if you are motivated, focused, and directed.

Our faculty are experts in their specialties and have a wealth of experience in the classroom and the field. They teach a variety of courses that will introduce you to sociology and the four fields of anthropology. We have an anthropology lab with human osteological and forensic resources, as well as one of the most extensive human fossil cast collections in the entire Midwest. Additionally, our students have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on a variety of research projects. Our students have gone to archeological field schools in Peru, conducted original research in Japan, have traveled with faculty to shadow the G20 Summit in Argentina, and presented their work at international conferences. A number of our students have gone on to pursue their own research at top PhD programs in the US.

We have advisors in anthropology and sociology dedicated to ensuring that you start off on the right track. We encourage you to reach out to us before the semester begins to schedule a meeting to sit down in person with one of our advisors to develop your course plan for the next four years and to be sure to start you on the career and education path you desire.

Finally, we have two active student organizations that provide further opportunities: the Anthropology Club and the Sociology Student Association. The Anthropology Club hosts weekly talks where faculty, students, and guest speakers discuss their research, community engagement, and scholarship. Be sure to ask about the two clubs when you meet with our advisors.

We look forward to getting to know you and involving you in all the opportunities Purdue Fort Wayne has to offer. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us or stop by the Liberal Arts Building, room 241.