The Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies Department places an emphasize on helping students develop innovative and creative critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while building strong writing and presentation skills.

The Sociology/Anthropology Program offers courses and programs that examine human behavior and conditions at levels that range from individuals in society to larger social structures and cultural patterns.

The Criminal Justice Studies Program provides a strong foundation for students interested in careers or further education in criminal justice, including law school and professional fields such as juvenile justice, probation or parole, social work, or law enforcement.


Programs of Study



Multidimensional Opportunities


Research Experience

Students can participate in research focused on their area of interest and present their work at the Student Research Conference held on campus. They can also apply for a travel scholarship to present their research results at professional meetings and conferences.



Internships for sociology/anthropology students provide experience in areas of social work, counseling, advising, conservation, and more. Criminal justice studies students have participated in internships working with the county prosecutor's office, Illinois State Police, Missouri Highway Department, and other locations.


Archaeology Field Schools

Field schools are a great option for sociology/anthropology students to work with excavation and preservation. Students can choose from schools in the Grand Canyon, Utah, Oregon, and Cahokia Mounds to gain experience with site mapping, recording, digging methods, and geological identification.


Student Organizations

Students wishing to develop their passions and contribute to a larger cause can get involved with campus groups — Anthropology Club, Students for Social Change, Cultural and Societal Honor Society, Truman's Forensics, Debate, Mock Trial teams, and many other student organizations.


Study Abroad

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies students travel to countries all around the world to study international law, global ethics, human rights, political philosophy, and more.

Student Union Building

Campus Events

Truman helps host the annual Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri on campus giving students an opportunity to gain important insights into the legal profession.