Aerial view of Murdock Hall

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

"Through close mentorship, critical sociological courses, and a brilliant and passionate faculty, MCLA's Sociology Department has helped shape me in ways I never would have imagined before starting college. Four years later, I have been able to participate in regional and national conferences, conduct my own research, and be accepted into the graduate program of my choice. The Sociology Department has truly helped me progress in my personal and professional life.  What I have acquired in the department will stay with me forever as I have learned how to apply knowledge gained in class to real life." - Jenna O'Connor '16, pursuing a Master's degree in Gender and Cultural Studies at Simmons College.

Our interdisciplinary department is committed to helping you develop an understanding of society, cultures around the world, human behavior in all its diversity, and the ways in which social groups respond to and are transformed by local and global forces. 

Why MCLA is Different

Josh Hunter speaking with a professor and another studentThrough the classroom experience, ethnographic fieldwork, internships, service learning, research, and independent study, you examine your values and begin to understand how you can bring about change in your local environment and throughout the world.

Our faculty members take pride in providing multiple learning opportunities whether you are interested in criminal justice, anthropology, social policy, sociological research, women's studies, child and family studies, gerontology, community organizing, counseling, social work, law, business, or government. We help you think critically, solve problems, speak and write well, and empathize with those who are different from you. 

Our program emphasizes both scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry and provides insight into peoples of the world, children, families, social classes, pregnant teens, the elderly, and many other groups. You are encouraged to integrate formal instruction with supervised activities such as internships in social agencies, research in the local community, service learning experiences, and attendance at professional meetings.