About the 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.
25 September 2015 | 6:30 pm
Dr. John Smelcer, Kirksville resident and scholar, will be giving a talk “Finding Thomas Merton” on Thursday, Oct 22nd at 7:30pm in MG2001. Thomas Merton (d. 1968), the author of of 65 books, is widely considered one of the most influential writers, Christian mystics, philosophers, and social rights activists of the 20th century. His The […]
24 September 2015 | 7:19 pm
History and Anthropology students enjoyed helping a crew from St. Louis using metal detectors in Kirksville’s Memorial Park to see if there were any artifacts remaining that can be connected to the Union Army that camped there before the Battle of Kirksville in 1862. Lots of small pieces were uncovered such as pieces of old […]