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. Explore the differences across cultures and within the United States in peoples’ experiences of such areas as family life, education, work, and religion.

About the Major

The SOAN Department focuses on the shared intellectual tradition and methods of sociology and cultural anthropology. As a major, you will follow a carefully designed curriculum that begins at the foundations of social science and branches into topics that are critical to understanding human behavior in society and across cultures in the contemporary era. Beyond foundational coursework in social thought and classes that reflect student interest, you will have many opportunities to apply sociological and anthropological knowledge and skill to prepare you for a vast array of career options. These experiences come in the form of service-based learning, research experiences, and the many opportunities for off-campus learning (domestic and international). Our graduates are well-prepared to use the explanatory power of the disciplines to enter a great diversity of careers upon graduation or continue to graduate school in either field. 

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Graduate Outcomes

Josh Epkins ’19

After graduating, Josh was accepted to Boston College and is pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. While at OWU, Josh participated in volunteer service opportunities with the Delaware County Juvenile Court and with the Columbus Initiative.


Department Contact Info


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

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Department Contact

Chair: Paul S. Dean
Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Justice
Elliott Hall 211

Academic Assistant: Deborah Lovell
Elliott Hall 110 & 205
740-368-3631 or 740-368-3906