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Sociology and Anthropology

We are here to help you have a smooth, seamless semester.  The Sociology/Anthropology Department is available for live chats with our staff on:

  • Thurs. 9-12
  • Fri. 9-12pm

Soc/Anth Hours 

Our department chair Rafael de la Dehesa will also be holding hybrid office hours on Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00. You can find him in our main office in 4S-223 or virtually using this link 
Meeting ID: 824 3230 9586 Passcode: 944023

You can also write him at with questions or to make an appointment.

Please contact for all holiday/break schedules” Prof. de la Dehesa will resume regular advising hours after January 18,2024.

Sociology and Anthropology Department Overview

If you're looking for a future with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, consider Sociology and Anthropology. The SA Department offers the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology. We also offer a minor in Sociology. We also participate in the interdisciplinary majors/minors and programs: Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Master of Arts in Liberal Studies; Science, Letters and Society; and, Women and Gender Studies.

We invite you to explore our website and contact us if we can provide more information. A degree in Sociology/Anthropology provides a foundation for active engagement in cultural, political and social life. Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology can pursue employment in a wide range of areas, such as: social and community services; college settings; healthcare; public relations; government services; and teaching.

What are some obtainable jobs with Sociology/Anthropology degrees?

  • Social Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Census Interviewer
  • Demographer
  • Social Work Path
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Careers in Law
  • Careers in Public Health
  • Community Organizer
  • School Counselor
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Community Organizer

The Sociology & Anthropology Internship program helps students earn academic credit through a structured-work experience in the community.

Internships can help students:

  • Apply academic knowledge in a work setting
  • Develop new knowledge and skills
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses

Internship settings include labor and community organizing groups, government organizations, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions, business, treatment facilities and research groups. Factors to consider when choosing an internship, include learning goals and availability of field supervision.


  • The internship program is open to Sociology & Anthropology majors in their junior or senior years. In addition, a student must have completed three of the core courses of Soc 201, Soc 200, Ant 200, and Soc/Ant 203, and at least one 300 level course in Sociology or Anthropology, before beginning the internship.  
  • Students must have a minimum grade point average in the major of 3.0 or have a written letter of recommendation from a Department of Sociology & Anthropology faculty member justifying a waiver.
  • Internships are available for 4 credits for one semester. A 4-credit course requires an average of 8 hours per week over 14 weeks. Students are allowed to count either an independent study or an internship, but not both, as part of the five electives required for the major.
  • If a student is interested in doing an internship they must set up a meeting at least one semester before the internship with the Program Director, Professor Arena. He can be reached at:
  • The department has developed a file of placements, but students can also propose a possible place to intern.

Tips for Preparation

  • For best results, apply at least two semesters before you intern.
  • Discuss possible placements with faculty members.
  • Become familiar with the areas in which you want to work or pursue graduate study. It is preferable to have classes, interests and experience in those areas.
  • Factor in scheduling conflicts and transportation issues when exploring placements. A motor vehicle is sometimes necessary.
  • When interviewing internship prospects, consider special skills you have, such as research or a second language.

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport; and all the way up to globalization and the world system
(American Sociological Association, 2002, pg.1).

According to the American Anthropological Association, “Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.” The department at CSI has a particular strength in Sociocultural Anthropology.


This course will provide students entering the major with a grounding in the history of the two disciplines.


The program provides students who have attained the bachelor’s degree the opportunity to study modern society and culture. View the MA in Liberal Studies in the  College Catalog

Sociology and Anthropology Faculty & Staff

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is very proud to celebrate the recognition of the work of Professor Grace Cho, whose book, Tastes Like War (Feminist Press, 2021), has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Book Award!

The full-time faculty in the Sociology/Anthropology program are world-class scholars and educators. They come from around the globe (for example, Canada, Brazil, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey, Puerto Rico, United States) and were trained at many universities (Boston University, CUNY, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Tulane, UConn, UMass, University of California, and University of Texas). All of our faculty are actively engaged in research in their area of expertise, which provides real world examples of the many fascinating topics we teach.

Psychology / Sociology and Anthropology Building
Building 4S, Room 223
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contact

Rafael de la Dehesa

Chairperson and Associate Professor

Email Rafael de la Dehesa

Christina Toti

Administrative Assistant

Email Christina Toti

Lily-Ann Meyer

College Assistant

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