It is a good time to study anthropology and sociology. The rapidly changing world we now live in makes it hard to keep up with and understand all we see and hear on a daily basis. We are overwhelmed with images and information, ideas and arguments, rumors and fears. What we need in a world like this is a set of tools for sorting out information, asking the right questions, and communicating effectively with others. We also need a global perspective that takes into account several things: the nature of human diversity, the variation in social organization, and the processes of social change. In the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, our mission is not only to conduct research into these aspects of the human experience but also to provide our students with precisely the tools they need for success in college and beyond. 

Please take the time to read through our website and learn more about what we do. As you will see our faculty members are active and engaged in many ways, as are our students. If you look at the specific faculty profiles you will read more details about both current research and recent publications. Looking around the website more, you will see that we also teach a wide range of courses, work with student organizations, and mentor our students, both graduates and undergraduates. 

In the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, we strive to create a supportive learning environment where student success matters. Talk to our students: They will tell you that they are not strangers to our faculty and that our department is one in which student advising and mentoring is a priority. We are very proud of our current students, and our alumni. 

Stop by the department sometime to talk to us more about what we do and the role we play at Southern Miss. If you are a student, ask whether we think a degree in anthropology or sociology is right for you. We are here to help you succeed, in and out of the classroom.

Thanks for visiting our site, and we look forward to seeing you in person!


H.Edwin Jackson, Ph.D.
  Professor and Chair