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.
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 […]
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 […]