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.
Amber Johnson, professor of anthropology, has a new publication, with Truman alumni Jacob Freeman, Adolfo Gil and Gustavo Neme, in the newest issue of the Journal of Anthropological Anthropology, vol 38, pp. 52-58, titled “Hierarchical Method Using Ethnographic Data Sets to Guide Archaeological Research: Testing Models of Plant Intensification and Maize Use in Central Western […]
Senior Anthropology Major Ronnia Estes has just been accepted into the 2015 cohort of McNair Scholars. The purpose of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. The Program will achieve its mission by providing opportunities for high quality research. Nia’s research builds on preliminary […]