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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Students in Halie Cole's course, Culture, Race, and Reproductive Health
Students in Professor Cole's class, “Culture, Race and Reproductive Health”

The Reason Is Racism

Black women are four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as white women. Students learn why in a popular class on reproductive health, taught by anthropologist Haile Eshe Cole.

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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.