New courses:

The Department of Sociology & Anthropolgy is pleased to offer the following two new courses for the Spring 2019 semester:

ATH 283 Anthropology of Palestine

This course examines the culture and social worlds of Palestine, as well as the political, geography and social history of the region. It explores the complex interplay of state, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class at both local and global levels in constructing what Palestine is and who Palestinians are. The course covers a diverse selection of materials (graphic novels to archaeological sites, news reporting to documentary film), to ask how Palestine is created and recreated. Additionally, students will gain a familiarity with anthropological writing about and methodological approaches to Palestine. They will become familiar with aspects of the social organization, historical developments, and political events that have shaped the region over the last century.

ATH 387 Queer China

This course explores the emergence and expression of queer identities, cultures, and communities in modern and contemporary mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diasporta through the critical reading and analysis of texts from the disciplines of cultural anthropology and literature/film studies. Major themes include shifts in popular and official attitudes toward queer sexualities during the late traditional, early modern, and contemporary periods; “hooligan” and other unruly sexualities under Maoism; the explosion of Chinese gay and queer literature and film in the 1990s and 2000s, and contemporary queer cultures and communities in China and the Chinese diaspora. (Meets general academic requirement DE and IL.)


Recent Events:

MILA–Cuba Information Session

November 5, 2018 5:00–7:00 p.m.
GQ Annex

 Graduate School Information Session

October 11, 2018 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Sociology/Anthropology House - 025

Fall Welcome Back Event

September 13, 2018 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Sociology/Anthropology House - Lobby


 Read Our Fall 2018 Newsletter!


 The Sociology and Anthropology Department’s mission is fourfold:

  1. To teach students discipline specific history, knowledge and methods,
  2. To help students develop critical thinking skills in order to produce reflective, logical, independent theses,
  3. To support the liberal arts mission of the college, and
  4. To add to the body of sociological and anthropological knowledge by conducting and disseminating research.

We are committed to excellence in our teaching and research programs. Read more about the Department's mission.



Hetaher Lash - '18 was accepted into the graduate program in archaeology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she has a Graduate Assistantship in Collections Management.

Malcolm McClain - '17 was accepted into the Master's Program in Sociology at Lehigh University where he was selected to receive a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

Andrea Freed - ’16 is completing her student teaching in the Boston Public Schools system, and starting in the fall as a special educator in Boston.

Marc Jablonski - '15 is currently a Manager of Insights and Strategy for AKA NYC, a Broadway advertising and marketing agency

Miachaune McJunkins - '15 was accepted into the Master's Program in the Sociology Department at Lehigh University where she was selected to receive a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

Rocio Vidal Ronchas - '15 has graduated with an MPhil in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Cambridge and is now working as an Editorial Coordinator at the National Academy of Science.

Nicki McVinua - '13 has recently graduated from Columbia School of Social Work, earning a M.S.W with a focus on Policy Practice. She is now working in NYC with a nonprofit supportive housing provider, Urban Pathways, as a policy analyst.


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Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Sociology/Anthropology House
2230 Chew Street (at the end of Leh Street by the Tennis Courts)
Allentown PA, 18104
Phone: 484-664-3873     Fax: 484-664-3718

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