Sociology / Anthropology

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is now taking place for the summer 2017 semester and the fall 2017 semester. If you have not already enrolled, be sure to get enrolled before classes fill up!

Summer Office Hours

The Sociology/Anthropology Department office will be on a summer hours schedule from June 1st through August 18th. The summer office hours are 7:00am to 4:00pm.

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Beyond Excavation: Digging into the Science

Conducting cutting-edge archaeological research includes microscopic and isotopic analyses – key components to rounding out Washburn anthropology majors’ education. The department currently has some equipment, but needs to purchase a drying oven, centrifuge, analytical balance, magnetic stirrer/hot plate and vortex mixer to process and analyze soil, flora and faunal remains and artifacts from archaeological sites. The equipment will be housed in the anthropology teaching lab in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center located on the Washburn campus and will be used by students for years to come. It is essential to enhancing hands-on, active learning in the classroom and lab for multiple archaeology classes as well as forensic anthropology classes.

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Please Consider Giving to SO/AN Department

Please Consider Giving to the Sociology/Anthropology Department at Washburn University - It’s Easy . . . Click on the link below and then follow these directions: Click on Ways to Give, Click on Areas to Give, See a list of all fund designations, Select either: Archaeology Program, Archaeology Program Scholarship Fund, Sociology/Anthropology Department, or Sociology/Anthropology Department Scholarship Fund OR Mail a check to: Washburn University Foundation 1729 SW MacVicar Avenue Topeka, KS 66604 Be sure to note one of the areas above in the memo line on the check. THANK YOU!

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SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY

Why major in Sociology and/or Anthropology at Washburn University?

We are a diverse and open-minded department with dedicated faculty who are young, but experienced, and very energetic. We are committed to one-on-one interaction with students and mentoring them toward graduate school and/or careers. We offer “active” learning opportunities for students with real-life application in numerous exciting courses of anthropological and sociological studies revolving around culture, society, and people.  We have a rigorous curriculum that is designed to prepare our students to successfully participate in a 21st century world. We are excited about the new forensic concentration in Anthropology, and the opportunities it will provide students. It is the first Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a forensic concentration in the State of Kansas. It was developed as part of the relationship with the new KBI Forensic Lab and internships will be available with the KBI. Our students also have opportunities for community-service experiences. We invite you to take some time learning about who we are and what our department can offer you!

Success of our majors

  •  About 1/3 of our graduating majors are now applying for graduate school, with an almost 100% acceptance rate.
  •  Majors who do apply for graduate school are being accepted by universities throughout the U.S. and the world. Recent graduates have studied (or are studying) at Queen's University Belfast, London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins University, UC-Berkeley, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Penn State University, and Clinton School of Public Service.
  •  Graduate school fields that our majors have studied (or are studying) include Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, City Planning, Museum Studies, Social Work, Health Administration, Biochemistry, Law, Medicine, Women Studies, and Library Science.
  •  Our graduates are also heavily involved in community service opportunities. 
  •  Our majors have gone on to jobs teaching ESL classes around the world, working with police departments, city planning, adventure tour guide, museum studies, state historical society, community organizer, data analyst for state agencies, and some have joined the Peace Corps.
Featured Student
Troy Russell

Troy Russell, senior sociology major, received $1000 Scholarly/Creative WTE grant and presented his co-authored paper at the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) meetings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Upcoming New Student Orientation

Wednesday, May 24, 2017; Thursday, May 25, 2017; Thursday, June 1, 2017; Friday, June 2, 2017; Wednesday, June 7, 2017; Tuesday, June 13, 2017; Friday, June 23, 2017; and Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Upcoming Transfer Student Orientation

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Upcoming International Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 15, 2017