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Clemson University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice includes a multidisciplinary faculty from four academic traditions: sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and social work. There are unique facets to each of these disciplines, but they share a common interest in better understanding human behavior in social context and in developing ways to improve and enrich the quality of life.

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The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice includes a multidisciplinary faculty from four academic traditions: sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and social work. There are unique facets to each of these disciplines, but they share a common interest in better understanding human behavior in social context and in developing ways to improve and enrich the quality of life.

The department’s role in the University is central because we are situated squarely at the crossroads of the natural, social and behavioral sciences with concurrent emphases on rigorous empirical methods (e.g., survey design, statistical analysis, qualitative research, radiocarbon-dating, forensic analysis), and utilize our knowledge of human systems development and performance across place, time and cultures to benefit communities and societies at large. The knowledge and skills associated with our behavioral and social science orientation is readily applicable in a variety of professional, organizational and research contexts.

  • About the Department of SACJ

    We offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in sociology, anthropology and criminal justice, a Master of Science in social science, and undergraduate minors in sociology and anthropology. Our department supports approximately 400 majors, a dozen graduate students, and additional students seeking minors from all seven colleges within the University.

    Students may elect to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts degree (which requires foreign language proficiency and advanced humanities) or a Bachelor of Science degree (with special requirements in the areas of math and science in either sociology, anthropology or criminal justice). Sociology majors further select from one of our three concentration areas: general sociology, community studies, and social services. The specific courses that comprise each of these curricula are summarized in the department’s curriculum tracking forms. All students majoring in sociology, anthropology and criminal justice are required to have a minor. Available minors are listed in each edition of Undergraduate Announcements, which is available both in hard copy and online.

    The Master of Science degree in social science at Clemson University emphasizes practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas of sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice, and focuses on the acquisition of social science research skills, theory application and field experience. The program prepares students to conduct theoretically sound, empirically sophisticated research projects, as well as evaluation studies of organizational programs and policies.

    Graduates from our department pursue careers in a variety of different areas. Many also go on to professional and graduate school in a variety of areas including law; sociology, a number of counseling programs; seminary and divinity school, and careers in sociology, anthropology, social work, and criminal justice. We survey our former students one to three years after graduation. Generally, they report feeling very well prepared for both entry-level career positions and graduate and professional studies. 

    Other important opportunities and resources available to you within the department and College include:

    • Fort Hill Field School
    • The internship program directed by Catherine Mobley, Ph.D.
    • The Washington internship program directed by the SPDP office
    • Study abroad opportunities, including in Hungary with Katy Weisensee, Ph.D. (biological anthropology)
    • The U.S. Marshals Co-Op program directed by Marjie Britz, Ph.D.
    • The Sociology Club
    • The Anthropology Club
    • The Criminal Justice Club
    • Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honor Society
    • Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the National Criminal Justice Society
    • Alpha Kappa Delta, the National Sociology Honor Society
    • As we get to know you, we will help match your interests to the many opportunities available to you within the department, the College and the University.
  • Degrees & Certificates

    Anthropology B.A./B.S./Minor

    Anthropology is the discipline that examines all human behavior, from human origins to the diversity of contemporary cultures. Anthropology also examines the impact of global changes, from the origins of agriculture to current world issues such as third-world inequality and the impact of globalization. Explore more about the Anthropology B.A./B.S./Minor program.

    Sociology B.A./B.S./Minor

    The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in four concentration areas: general sociology, community studies, criminal justice, and social services. All majors take an introductory course in sociology, as well as a two-semester sequence in research methods, a sociological theory course, and two social stratification classes. The curriculum for BS students includes additional introductory and advanced courses in math and science, while BA students complete a four-semester sequence in a modern language and additional humanities courses. Our four concentration areas also allow students an opportunity to align their coursework more closely with their career goals. Regardless of the specific degree path chosen, a sociology major provides students with the tools to understand the social causes and consequences of interpersonal and group behavior and to prepare for a variety of professional paths. Read more about the Anthropology B.A./B.S./Minor program.

    Criminal Justice B.A./B.S./Minor

    Criminal justice is a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of the causes, consequences, and prevention of crime. Clemson’s program provides students with the opportunity to study a variety of timely and captivating topics such as organized crime, computer crime, criminal evidence, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, criminology, and justice administration. It combines this traditional criminal justice curriculum with additional courses in topics such as race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class and poverty, globalization, and social policy in order to address the increasingly complicated ethical and social issues facing criminal justice organizations today. Explore more about the Criminal Justice B.A./B.S./Minor program.

    Social Science, M.S.

    The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice offers an M.S. in Social Science degree. This outstanding graduate program provides a solid foundation in social science research methods. It emphasizes practical and theoretical knowledge in the areas of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice, and focuses on the acquisition of social science research skills, theory application and field experience. The program prepares students to conduct theoretically sound, empirically sophisticated research projects, as well as evaluation studies of organizational programs and policies. Read more about earning a M.S. in Social Sciences.

    Business Anthropology & Human Behavior Certificate

    Regardless of your major or minor, you can also complete the business anthropology certificate. This program combines cross-cultural anthropological knowledge and qualitative methods with foundational business concepts to produce globally-informed business leaders and cultural researchers. Students from any discipline benefit from an opportunity to gain a global perspective and understand how social science research techniques can greatly enhance strategic decision-making. Additionally, social science students can benefit from exposure to business concepts and instruction concerning how to operationalize their skills for today’s global job market. This program brings together the best of both domains (business and anthropology) in a manner that facilitates preparation for the real world of global business. Read More about our certificate program.

  • Department Directory
    Name Title Phone/Email
    Agrawal, Shubham Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    agrawa3@clemson.edu
    Britz, Marjie Professor 864-656-3238
    MBRITZ@clemson.edu
    Coffman, C. Candace Lecturer (864) 656-2418
    CCCOFFM@clemson.edu
    Coggeshall, John Professor of Anthropology 656-3822
    RAUCUS@clemson.edu
    Costello, Matthew Assistant Professor 864-656-4210
    MJCOSTE@clemson.edu
    Dorn, Shelagh Instructor 417.3327
    SHELAGD@clemson.edu
    Gaines, Sheila Staff (864) 656-3238
    sfgaine@clemson.edu
    Grayden, Rosa Adminstrative Assistant 864 656 3239
    GROSA@clemson.edu
    Haller, William Associate Professor 864-656-3814
    WHALLER@clemson.edu
    Hensman Kettrey, Heather Assistant Professor 864-656-1107
    HKETTRE@clemson.edu
    Hester, Rhys 864.656.3816
    RHYSH@clemson.edu
    Holland, Jennifer Senior Lecturer (864) 656-2018
    HOLLAN2@clemson.edu
    Hossfeld, Leslie Dean 864-656-7640
    LHOSSFE@clemson.edu
    Li, Miao Assistant Professor 864-656-3819
    MIAOL@clemson.edu
    Luo, Ye Professor 656-4209
    YEL@clemson.edu
    Maher, Thomas Assistant Professor (864) 656-4210
    tvmaher@clemson.edu
    Mannheimer, Andrew Lecturer 864-656-3238
    AMANNHE@clemson.edu
    Markus, David
    DMARKUS@clemson.edu
    McDonough, Shannon
    SMCDON4@clemson.edu
    McLean, Kyle Assistant Professor (864) 656-3238
    kdmclea@clemson.edu
    Miller, Bryan Lee Associate Professor (864) 656-3818
    BLM2@clemson.edu
    Mobley, Catherine Professor of Sociology 864-656-3815
    CAMOBLE@clemson.edu
    Pocratsky, Briana Lecturer
    bpocrat@clemson.edu
    Rapaport, Lisa Lecturer
    lrapapo@clemson.edu
    Robinson, Kenneth Associate Professor (864) 656-1449
    KRBNSN@clemson.edu
    Roland, L. Kaifa Associate Professor 864/656-3153
    lroland@clemson.edu
    Sianko, Natallia Assistant Professor 864-656-0683
    NATALLS@clemson.edu
    Starks, Chad Research Assistant Professor
    bcstark@clemson.edu
    Sturkie, Kinly Emeritus Faculty
    DKSTR@clemson.edu
    Tica, Cristina Post-Doctoral Fellow 864-656-3238
    ctica@clemson.edu
    Tremblay, Suzanna Lecturer
    setremb@clemson.edu
    Vander Mey, Brenda Emeritus Faculty 864.656.3821
    VANMEY@clemson.edu
    Vogel, Melissa Emeritus Faculty 864-656-0837
    MVOGEL@clemson.edu
    Weisensee, Katherine Chair & Associate Professor (864) 656-3238
    KWEISEN@clemson.edu
    Wentworth, William Emeritus Faculty 656-3811
    WENTWOR@clemson.edu
    Winslow, Sarah Professor, Senior Associate Director, Honors Colle 864-656-5443
    SWINSLO@clemson.edu
    Wu, Yi Associate Professor of Anthropology (864) 656-3823
    YWU5@clemson.edu
  • Contact Us

    Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
    Clemson University
    132 Brackett Hall
    Clemson, SC 29634-1356
    Phone: (864) 656-3238
    Fax: (864) 656-1252

    Department Chair
    Katherine Weisensee
    Brackett 132
    (864) 656-3238
    kweisen@clemson.edu

    Undergraduate Advisor
    Jennifer Holland (undergraduates)
    (864) 656-2018

    Graduate Advisor
    Bryan Miller (M.S. degree in social science)
    (864) 656-3818

    Academic Advising
    Kaela Gardner
    (864) 656-8960

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