Will most of my classes be lectures or discussions?

We encourage learning by doing as a way to convey concepts in the classroom and as the means for developing competencies in field research and other approaches to data collection.

What does it mean?

  • OLOGY: a science or other branch of knowledge
  • SOCIOLOGY: offers integrative views of social life, techniques to research its patterns in understandable forms, and just as many critical stances from which to judge the fairness of social orderings.
  • ANTHROPOLOGY: explores the diversity and integrity of other cultures, and shows the value of other ways of life.

Two distinct disciplines that share a common goal: A deeper understanding of human culture and behavior.

Students who major in sociology or anthropology explore the factors that influence societies around the world —  from remote developing communities to urban centers of commerce and power. The possibilities for study vary as widely as humans themselves.

Did You Know?

We are committed to diversity and intellectual pluralism in our ways of teaching and our modes of scholarship.

Our central intellectual objective is to teach and communicate the sociological and anthropological ways of viewing the world. Our distinctive perspectives represent ways of viewing the world and living. We are not just communicating disciplinary orientations or traditions.

Our teaching mission is closely tied to the idea of teaching the liberal arts. As a consequence, we have a responsibility to teach all Bucknell students and not just our majors.

Our curriculum reflects the long-standing interest of our disciplines in examining the human condition and applying anthropology and sociology to its improvement.

We are committed to teaching our disciplines in depth, treating them as professional communities of inquiry.

We support an open access pattern in our curriculum and make many of our courses, including upper-level specialized courses, available to inquiring students without formal prerequisites.

We prepare students for successful lives after Bucknell: for graduate education, for applied professional fields, and for the worlds of work.


Sociology & Anthropology

322 Academic West Bldg.




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