About the Society & Environment Department

McClain HallSchool of Social & Cultural Studies: Society & Environment Department

The Society and Environment Department at Truman, which houses Sociology and Anthropology, 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.

Lauren Gieseking

Some majors teach how to be successful in a specific field, but sociology has taught me how to be a better member of society. My eyes were opened to different perspectives and beliefs, many of which I had no idea existed before my time here. The department has given me incredible knowledge and resources that have prepared me to take the next step in my personal and professional life, and I cannot wait to see where this path leads.

Lauren G., Sociology Major
Field School in IrelandField School in Ireland

October 27, 2017

Summer 2018 Truman Senior Sociology/Anthropology major Katie Maag attended a field school at a medieval settlement called “Caherconnell” in the middle of the Irish Burren. It was run by two professors from the University of Galway who have been excavating this site for more than seven years and have plans to continue excavation for at […]

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