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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Social Work

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Despite the university closure, faculty remain committed to our students and are available to meet in a variety of ways, including via email, phone, and virtual meeting. Please visit our Faculty/Office Hours page or email individual faculty.

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

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The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology and Social Work fully supports and advocates for an anti-racist department and campus. We commit to creating an anti-racist and inclusive space where our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students, faculty and staff can study and work without fear of racial discrimination or violence of any kind. We commit to actively engaging in sustained efforts to create a more equitable department and campus community.

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Department Chair
Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, PhD
Webb Hall, Rm. 424
(860) 465-0016
(860) 465-4610
bergstromlynchc@easternct.edu
Department Secretary
Marsha Cwikla
Webb Hall, Rm. 421
(860) 465-4550
(860) 465-4610
cwiklam@easternct.edu
Sociology
Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, PhD
(860) 465-0016
bergstromlynchc@easternct.edu
Anthropology
Ricardo Perez, PhD
(860) 465-0191
perezr@easternct.edu
Social Work
Eunice Matthews, PhD
(860) 465-0102
matthewse@easternct.edu
Criminology
Theresa Severance, PhD
(860) 465-4656
severancet@easternct.edu
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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 major offers two concentrations — in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology. The new Anthropology major also can be used as a second major for students majoring in History, Psychology, Political Science and Sociology.  Faculty teaching in the new major include experts in Latin American, Caribbean, Canadian and Native American studies. Applied learning opportunities are embedded in the programs’ required field courses, which can include internships at local museums, archaeological field work at sites in New England and the Midwest, with a focus on Indigenous projects, and study trips to other countries.

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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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  • Eastern's Social Work program is an accredited BSW program identified as one of the "Best BSW Programs in Connecticut" and one of the 101 "Most Affordable BSW Programs" in the nation. Under the program's "cohort" format, students progress through the major as a group, developing supportive relationships with their peers and faculty. Students also develop knowledge and skills through hands-on interventions designed to impact social policies and the lives of individuals and groups. Our faculty are practicing social work professionals who integrate their experiences into the classroom. 93% of students complete the major on time.

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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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