The Society and Environment Department at Truman, which houses Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography, offers academic programs that introduce students to perspectives for understanding human behavior and human conditions at levels that range from individuals in society to variability in social and cultural patterns and the organization of larger social structures.
Our distinguished faculty pursue excellence in teaching and compelling scholarship—guiding, mentoring, and challenging students to discover new ways of thinking about the world. Students are the top priority with faculty eagerly sharing their knowledge and experience.
Faculty are professionally active at the local, state, national and international levels serving as officers and members of organizations including the American Anthropological Association, American Sociological Association, Association of American Geographers, Midwest Sociological Association, Missouri Sociological Society, and The Society for American Archaeology.
Society & Environment Academic Programs
Society & Environment Curriculum
Our curriculum provides a solid disciplinary foundation with integrated development of knowledge and skills feeding into a method and theory core and a chance to explore a wide range of special topics in upper level courses.
Our largest courses have about 40 students, and most of our courses have between 25-30 students per class.
Sociology MFT scores put us in top 5-10% of programs nationwide.
Senior Sociology major Aaron Albrecht presented, “Armed Drones in the Global War on Terrorism: A Quantitative Analysis of Attitude Change among Truman State University Students,”(mentor: Dr.Elaine McDuff) at the 18th Annual McNair Heartland Research Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on September 19-21. McNair Scholars have conducted independent research, have been mentored by faculty, and plan […]
Elizabeth Ward, Sarah Westfall, and Emma Shirey, senior Sociology majors, presented research projects at the Undergraduate Poster Session at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting in Omaha, Neb., April 4. All three students completed their research as part of the two-course methods sequence in Sociology/Anthropology, SOAN 380-Research Design and SOAN 381-Data Analysis. Ward presented “Do […]