Introduction to the Department

In the disciplines of sociology and anthropology, you examine social and cultural diversity, social inequalities, and contemporary, often controversial, social issues such as poverty and homelessness, crime and social deviance, globalization and international conflict, race and ethnic relations, physical and mental health, and the changing roles of women and men in the U.S. and abroad.

You explore the differences across cultures and countries, as well as within the United States, in peoples’ experiences of such areas as family life, education, work, and religion. Courses in five world regions further develop an appreciation for social and cultural variations, helping you understand the nature and impact of globalization.

Department Features

  • The SOAN department offers both theoretical and applied approaches to these issues through our courses, independent studies, and internships.
  • Our students often undertake internships and service-learning opportunities in and around central Ohio, as well as more widely within the United States and internationally.
  • Our students are highly represented among campus leaders and activists who seek greater social justice and understanding of difference in this world. Our graduates carry these concerns with them as they find their own place in the wider society and world.
  • The faculty regularly offers travel learning courses, most recently taking students to England, Argentina, and Portugal. In recent years students and faculty have travelled to Bolivia and Micronesia as part of OWU’s Theory-to-Practice Grants.


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Available Minors

Features & Opportunities

Department Contact Info


Elliott Hall 211
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3835
F 740-368-3644

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Department Chair

Paul S. Dean
Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Justice

Elliott Hall 211