Anthropology & Sociology

Anthropology and Sociology students at Amherst learn to analyze systematically culture and social life.

Our courses foster the kind of critical thinking that enables students to meet the challenges of global citizenship in the 21st century. Students learn to question conventional wisdom, wherever they find it.

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Professor Chris Dole and an exterior view of First Church in Amherst, MA
Chris Dole (l) and the exterior of the First Church in Amherst (r) that one of his students wrote about.

Adapting Pedagogies to the Pandemic

Featured Faculty: Chris Dole

Experiments in ethnographic writing and developing student-facilitated asynchronous discussions in an Anthropology course, "Contemporary Topics in Anthropology."

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Anthropology & Sociology Prizes and awards

Prizes & Awards

The Bonnie B. Emory Fund supports senior thesis research; the Donald S. Pitkin Prize honors the best completed thesis work in anthropology and sociology.