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“Doing Well by Doing Good”

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.

Prospective Students!!

Join us for a virtual information session with the academic advisor for Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice majors. Learn more about each major, ways to get involved, research opportunities, study abroad, and more.

  • Friday, March 5 at 3:00 PM
  • Friday, April 9 at 3:00 PM

NOTE: These events are intended for prospective, non-admitted students interested in Clemson University. If you have been admitted to Clemson, congratulations! You can find a schedule of events reserved for you through your admitted student portal. Refer to your admitted student information provided by the Admissions office for additional details.

Prospective students can register for an upcoming information session through the link below:

Clemson archaeology students return to the earth to reveal the stories of those enslaved on University property

Clemson archaeology students return to the earth to reveal the stories of those enslaved on University propertyArchaeology students and faculty have returned to Fort Hill this summer to carefully brush away layers of dirt in hopes of revealing some of the long-buried stories of Clemson’s complicated past. Students have been meticulously digging into the lush green lawn between the “Shoebox” dorms and the historic Fort Hill property—which was home to South Carolina statesman John C. Calhoun and later, University namesake Thomas Green Clemson and their families—in the hopes of uncovering the footprints and remnants of domestic slave quarters and outbuildings such as the laundry, storage rooms and smokehouse that once stood next to the main house.  › Read More

Upcoming Events


General Education Program Retreat - 3rd annual

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Watt Family Innovation Center


College of Agriculture, Forestry and LIfe Sciences Virtual Career...

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

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