The Social Scientist – Fall 2021 Newsletter


Message from the Chair

Welcome to The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University. Let me take a minute to introduce you to our department and programs.

We are a combined department of the allied social sciences of anthropology and sociology that each and together provide a 21st Century education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Our programs tackle the big questions facing complex, modern social systems, while also supplying our students with an array of practical skills that can be applied to a wide-ranging set of work-places.

Our accomplished faculty are well known for having a student-centered focus and our ability to work closely with students in achieving their academic goals. The curriculum is designed to provide our students with a wide range of options in pursuit of their academic and professional goals and interests, while also providing solid training in core foundations of the two disciplines. Students learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods and are exposed to a variety of subfields and theoretical perspectives. Faculty in the department are dedicated to providing the highest quality education to both our undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty core strengths include: social movements and social change, language, gender, race, inequality, stratification, deviance, cultural diversity, social interaction and group processes, migration, globalization, environmental health, social institutions (religion, family, work and occupations, sports and leisure, health care, politics and the economy), criminology, gerontology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and advanced statistical analysis. Thank you for your interest in our programs, and I hope you enjoy exploring what our department and Marshall University have to offer. If you wish to learn more about the department, I encourage you to contact us and set up a visit.

Kristi M. Fondren

Professor and Chair

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