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Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

“My experience in the Sociology Department at MCLA has been amazing. There is such family environment when it comes to relationships you make with the professors and students. There are so many classes to choose from, whether you are interested in Sociology, Anthropology or Social Work. With small class sizes, my learning needs and preferences were met. The department offers internships which created hands on learning and real-world experience in the field. The department has dedicated professors who want their students to succeed by making each class challenging, engaging and fun. Declaring Sociology as my major was the best decision I made in my four years at MCLA and it is a decision I would make over and over again. My four years in the department have prepared me for life after college. I know I have the skills and knowledge to be successful thanks to my professors and every one involved.
—Zachary Neary'18

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

Through 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.

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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.