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For several summers, Hendrix students have participated in an archaeological field school run by Dr. Brett Hill in Mule Creek, New Mexico.
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Elizabeth Reiter joined the Teach for America program when she graduated and is teaching in a bilingual classroom in Rio Grande City, Texas.
The department is committed to a joint program in sociology and anthropology, two fields with common areas of interest but also distinct disciplinary differences. Today both fields use similar ethnographic and quantitative methods in the investigation of the human condition through space and time in a global context. The joint program aims to recognize these shared disciplinary goals, and the specific emphases honor the uniqueness of each discipline. Students who declare an emphasis in either sociology or anthropology are required to take at least two courses in the other discipline.
Scholarly Activities

Many Sociology/Anthropology majors participate in an internship program, which enables them to apply what they have learned while exploring career options.

Recent student experiences include: 

  • Last summer, a group of students traveled with Dr. Anne Goldberg and Maxine Payne (of the Hendrix art department) to the United States-Mexico border to document the lives of rural women on both sides of the international boundary
  • Elsa Carlson, Elizabeth Morgan, and Bea Roger: Won the undergraduate student competition and the People’s Choice Award for their Visual Sociology project, “The Emerging Master Status: An Examination of Role Conflict and Strain in the Life of a College Student,” at the Southwestern Social Science Association’s annual conference in Denver
  • Stephen Dyle: Traveled to Belize to investigate ancient Mayan civilization, and spent a separate summer searching for Neanderthal occupation in a Spanish cave
  • Lara Morrow: Researched matriarchy in Juchitán, Mexico, for an independent project before joining Dr. Anne Goldberg in Costa Rica to interview rural women in the country’s cloud forest
  • Grace Yokem: Traveled to the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Conference in British Columbia to provide student input during the redesign of Dr. Stella Capek’s "Exploring Nature Writing" course, which is cross listed in English and sociology
  • Corissa Wittholt: Studied mortuary remains to investigate social class and its effect on nutrition at the MOCHE-UNC Archaeological Field School in Peru

Recent student internships have included working with such organizations as:

  • Conway Community Garden
  • Heifer Project International Ranch
  • Arkansas Department of Health
  • Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas
  • Juvenile Office of the Faulkner County Courts system
  • Conway Police Department

Majors also participate in undergraduate research, working one-on-one with a faculty member. They are encouraged to present their research before their peers at the annual Arkansas Undergraduate Sociology and Anthropology Symposium.

Seniors participate in a "capstone" course where they are directly involved in investigating some aspect of society while integrating information from the entire sociology/anthropology curriculum. Original research projects have examined issues such as the medicalization of childbirth, uses of forensic anthropology, representations of femininity and masculinity in romance novels, domestic violence, gendered and sexual meanings of the Barbie doll, and a photography project documenting paper production from an environmental sociological perspective.

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