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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Social Work

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The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Social Work supports four academic disciplines, with three majors and three minors (in addition to a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies), while contributing to several inter-disciplinary programs.

Department Chair:
Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, PhD
Webb Hall, Rm. 424
(860) 465-0016
(860) 465-4610
Department Secretary:
Marsha Cwikla
Webb Hall, Rm. 421
(860) 465-4550
(860) 465-4610
Sociology:
Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, PhD
(860) 465-0016
Anthropology:
Mary Kenny, PhD
(860) 465-0192
Social Work:
Eunice Matthews, PhD
(860) 465-0102
Criminology:
Theresa Severance, PhD
(860) 465-4656
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Programs of Study

  • Practicum and internship courses complement classroom instruction in the Sociology major and give students an opportunity to gain experience in one or more field placement settings. Sociology majors graduate ready for employment in community, business and organizational settings or for graduate level study in sociology, social work, law and other career fields. A Sociology minor is also available to other majors.

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  • The Social Work major prepares social work professionals to advance social justice and human rights effectively. Students graduate ready to serve diverse client populations, especially those most vulnerable and oppressed. More than 50 percent of Eastern social work graduates go directly into MSW programs and most pursue graduate education within five years of completing their BSW degree.

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  • The Criminology major examines the nature of criminal law, the causes of criminal behavior, and societal responses to crime and offenders. The program approaches the study of crime and crime problems primarily from a sociological perspective, with an emphasis on social inequality and diversity. Students who earn the degree enter the field with greater understanding of social and cultural differences, and how these impact experiences and attitudes about crime, offenders and the criminal justice system. The Criminology minor is also available to other majors.

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  • In the Anthropology minor, students learn about culture, prehistory, evolution and linguistics. Anthropology is an excellent background for careers in policy, development, teaching or other professions.

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  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary minor specializing in the histories, cultures and social structures of these regions.

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