Sociologist Ira Silver '91 To Speak on “Urban Crises” at Amherst College Dec. 8

November 28, 2005 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417

Anthropologist Wade Davis Speaks at Amherst College April 18

March 30, 2007Director of Media Relations413/542-8417

Majoring in Anthropology or Sociology

History of the Department

Anthropology was introduced to the Amherst College curriculum in 1964. Donald S. Pitkin's (Harvard Ph.D. Anthropology 1954) appointment to the faculty reflected a need for a comparative approach to bear upon a curriculum largely Euro-centric in orientation. The promise of a conjunction between anthropology and its sister discipline sociology was realized in 1968 with the appointment of Norman Birnbaum (Harvard Ph.D Sociology 1958) to the faculty. Birnbaum brought an urbane intellect and a critical sociological analysis to the new joint program.


Donald S. Pitkin Prize The Donald S. Pitkin Prize in Anthropology-Sociology, established in honor of the founder of the department on the occasion of his retirement, is given to that student whose honors thesis best exemplifies the humane values to which Professor Pitkin committed his research and teaching.

Anthropology and Sociology

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Welcome to the Anthropology and Sociology Department.  Our joint program teaches students to analyze systematically culture and social life.  Faculty, all active researchers and committed teachers, work in a range of ethnographic areas from various theoretical perspectives.