It is a good time to study anthropology and sociology. There are very few jobs or experiences where you do not need to understand yourself and the people around you.  In a society of rapid change, it is vital to consider how humans have solved problems in the past and how those solutions are relevant to the present. Anthropologists and sociologists can be found working in a wide variety of careers.  We will help you develop your own unique set of skills and experiences.

We have a variety of programs available for students. At the undergraduate level, we offer the BA in Anthropology and the BA or BS in Sociology as well as minors in Anthropology, Sociology, and Nonprofit Studies.  At the graduate level, we offer the master’s degree in Anthropology and the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies.

Please take the time to read through our website and learn more about who we are, what we do, and the resources available to students. As a department, 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. 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!

Ann Marie Kinnell
Associate Professor and Chair


  • “Particularly in upper-level courses, the individualized attention and guidance I received from professors that genuinely cared really fostered the type of student-professor relationships and learning environment that allowed me to flourish, not just as a student, but as a young person discovering and engaging the world around me.” (2005 graduate)
  • “The anthropology and sociology classes I took trained me to look at issues from every angle that I possibly could and also to recognize patterns in behavior where someone not trained in a social science might not see them.” (2008 graduate)
  • “I absolutely loved the research that I was able to do…The fact that I was given the opportunity to learn in the classroom as well as in the real world made all the difference. I was given the chance to take what I read in a book and apply it to situations in other aspects of my life.” (2013 graduate)
  • “If you would like to gain a better understanding of who you are, why you are the way you are, why society is the way it is, or any other questions, choose anthropology [or] sociology.” (2014 graduate)