Faces of SASW

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Bear(ing) our Banners Far and Wide!

Welcome to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. Our three programs prepare students to be responsible citizens and effective communicators in a global society, armed with the knowledge and skills to interpret, understand, and improve the human condition. Sociology includes all aspects of people's social behavior in many different types of settings. Its goal is to advance our understanding of the interrelations of culture, community, organizational and socioeconomic structures, personal relations, and individual identities in our rapidly changing and increasingly globalized social world. Anthropology studies all aspects of culture across time and space, taking an integrated view of humanity from its deep past to diverse modernity. It is committed to investigating and explaining the diversity of ancient and modern human cultures and societies. Social Work is dedicated to partnering with people to create change. It trains its students to use self-awareness and sensitivity to the plight of humankind to promote social justice within our interdependent global community.

SASW is Building Innovation in the College of Arts and Sciences

Our faculty in our three programs research a wide range of topics, and many of our faculty involve undergraduates and graduate students in their research. As part of an initiative at the college level, our faculty research is featured on KTXT promotional spots.

Dr. Koch is featured discussing his team's tattoo study.

Dr. Houk is featured discussing archaeological research in Belize.



Interpreting, Understanding, and Improving the Human Condition

Our department offers Master of Arts (MA) degrees in sociology and anthropology and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. At the undergraduate level, we offer Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in all three programs. Sociology BA students have the option of concentrating in criminology, and anthropology BA students can choose a concentration in forensic anthropology. We also have minors in all three programs.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our degree programs, our faculty, our research, and the opportunities we offer students at home and abroad.

Download the SASW Strategic Plan here.

Current Events

Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands

SASW congratulates Dr. Brett A. Houk on the publication of his book, Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands!



Brett A. Houk

Associate Chair

Jerry Koch

Administrative Business Assistant

Athena Baumann

Senior Advisor for Anthropology and Sociology

Brenda Amin