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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology are related social science disciplines looking at human social and cultural behavior, and human biological and cultural diversity. The Department has a diverse faculty offering expertise in most of the major specialties in both fields. Students who complete the Sociology and/or Anthropology programs take advantage of opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty in independent studies, to complete internships or to work alongside faculty on research and fieldwork.

Message from the Chair

Spotlight Portrait - Heath Hoffmann Tracy Burkett
Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Charleston. Sociology and Anthropology are two dynamic and exciting disciplines that will engage you in an examination of human societies from the past to present. Our faculty members’ research and teaching interests reflect the diverse specialty areas of our respective programs. In this diversity of coverage, you are sure to find something that interests them.
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Summer Archaeological Field School 2017

Instrested in participating in the Summer Archaeological Field School this summer? Find out more information at the information session on Monday, March 13, at 12pm in ECTR 107. 

Field school is an intensive 7-week course that takes you into the field to learn the skills and techniques that will prepare you for work as a contract archaeologist after graduation. Field school begins May 15, 2017 and ends June 30, 2017.

Calendar of Events

  • Monday, October 17, at 7:00pm, Gary Paul Nabhan will speak on Ethnobiology For the Future. The event will be held at The Beatty Center of the School of Business Room 115. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00pm, CofC historian and Fulbright Fellow Cara Delay and CofC anthropologist Moore Quinn will discuss"'Being so Clever as That': The Power and Agency of Women during The Great Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór)" and their new, collaborative research. The event will be held at the Addlestone Library, room 227. This event if free and open to the public.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology News

Meet Katie Forrest, Sociology Major
Posted on 21 April 2016 | 9:46 am
Why did you choose to attend the College of Charleston? I chose the College of Charleston because of a previous interest in astrophysics. The College of Charleston is one of a select few colleges that offers a major in astrophysics rather than a minor. After visiting a couple of schools in the southeast, I decided […]
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Meet Heath Hoffmann, Sociology Professor
Posted on 12 April 2016 | 9:16 am
How long have you been teaching at CofC? I started teaching at the College in the fall of 2003, so I am just finishing my 13th academic year here. It’s gone by incredibly fast! What were you doing before coming to CofC? I received my Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2002 and taught […]
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Meet Shannon Wischusen, Sociology Major
Posted on 22 March 2016 | 7:43 am
Why did you choose to attend the College of Charleston? Originally, I was running away from the New Jersey winters, but I fell in love with CofC immediately. I always tell people that coming to this school is the best decision that I have ever made in my life. What made you decide to be […]
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Meet Dave Morris, Sociology Professor
Posted on 17 March 2016 | 8:47 am
How long have you been teaching at CofC? This is my third year teaching at the College. What were you doing before coming to CofC? I was at the University of Virginia (UVA) as a graduate student before coming to the College. And before that I was a middle school teacher in Cincinnati. Where did […]
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