The basic challenge in sociology and anthropology is to understand ourselves and others more fully. Both disciplines ask us to probe beneath the surface and to question why people behave as they do, especially in group situations. The sociological perspective asks us to question the taken-for-granted, to ask why our society operates as it does and how our social arrangements could be different. Similarly, anthropologists hope that by understanding other cultures, we can come to a better understanding of our own culture and, eventually, of ourselves.
The Sociology/Anthropology program at Wooster stresses, above all, the value of learning how to deal with contemporary social issues and how to develop problem-solving and research skills, including the use of computers.
Patricia Clough, professor of sociology, women's studies, and intercultural studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York, presented "The New Aesthetic: Autobiography and Sociality" on Thursday, April 26, at The College of Wooster's annual Stieglitz Memorial Lecture. Learn More »
Preparing for natural disasters was not at the top of Gus Fuguitt’s priority list, but as a participant in a sociology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of South Florida (USF) this past summer, he learned a great deal about how individuals and communities prepare for, experience, and recover from such calamities as Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina.
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