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Sociology and Anthropology


At full complement the Department of Sociology and Anthropology consists of 14 sociologists and 4 anthropologists. Apart from teaching, the faculty is involved in research in basic specialties of sociology and anthropology. Research interests of individual faculty members are available in the faculty listings.The department is best known for its research in the sociology and anthropology of health and illness and the sociology and anthropology of aging. Faculty members have published many books and articles on aspects of health, health care organization and delivery, women and aging, and care of the elderly. Other faculty members have published books and articles on terrorism, sociological theory, race and ethnic relations, gender studies, and other subjects. The department has obtained numerous grants and contracts in health, aging, and other areas and currently has over $1 million in funded research.

The undergraduate major in sociology and the undergraduate major in anthropology are designed to provide students with broad introductions to the fields, including both methodological and substantive areas. Minors are offered in both disciplines.

The department offers an Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology. This may be taken as a separate degree program or as a combined B.A./M.A. with several undergraduate majors.

The department participates in three UMBC doctoral programs, including Public Policy, Language, Literacy and Culture, and a program in Gerontology that is combined with the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.

Main Office: 226 Public Policy Building
Phone: 410-455-3365
Department Website:
Department Head: Dr. James E. Trela, Chair
Sample Resumés: Anthropology
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