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.
21 June 2016 | 10:00 pm
For her first large-scale research project, Truman student Allison Kelly aimed high. She chose to study linguistic relativity – or the cognitive impact of language structure on society. “By understanding how language relates to worldview, one can better understand people and can better relate to them,” said Kelly. Kelly, a junior anthropology and justice systems […]
5 February 2016 | 5:07 pm
A new book on Hopi history, “Moquis and Kastiilam: Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History, Volume I, 1540–1679,” co-edited by Anton Daughters and six other scholars, is in print! This volume, the first in a two-part series published by The University of Arizona Press, covers the history and culture of the Hopi from 1540 […]