Welcome to the website of Fordham University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
We comprise two distinct disciplines that share much in common. The special characteristics and intellectual foundations of each may be found in our mission statements, but speaking generally, majoring in either discipline will provide at least four advantages.
Both anthropology and sociology inspire a fascination with the human experience, whether it is in the world of here and now, or faraway places distant in space and time. You can learn about modern family dynamics, social movements, immigration, and criminal behavior, or you can discover the unfamiliar customs of non-Western cultures, the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, and the evolutionary significance of our pre-human ancestors scavenging on the savannas of Africa several million years ago.
Both disciplines also foster an understanding of diversity, why it exists, what processes sustain it, and the advantages of a plural society. Further, each discipline explores the meaning of social justice, exposing the roots of discrimination and bias cross-culturally in issues such as socioeconomic status, gender, and ethnicity in many social contexts. Finally, both anthropology and sociology encourage participation in social life. Every Fordham graduate should take part in the democratic process, not just those who assume future positions of leadership. The socio-cultural knowledge and understanding you derive from departmental major studies will help you make just and informed choices in both personal decisions and policy-making that are inclusive, fair, and supportive of all people around the world.
Dr. O. Hugo Benavides
Professor of Anthropology and Chair
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dealy Hall 402E
Bronx, NY 10458