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About the Department

Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy Missions

The mission of the sociology program is to provide undergraduate students with the conceptual and applied skills to understand society and how social interactions and human activities are organized and structured. Sociology offers a perspective and set of skills that develop and enhance students' abilities to observe and think critically about their own and other societies, to become more sensitive to behavioral and value differences among peoples, and to succeed in an information and knowledge economy. Sociology is also a discipline that welcomes and draws upon insights from any discipline. The sociology program mentors students to think of college as a time for engaging in experiences and developing skills that position them for success in an ever-changing labor market and career possibilities.

The mission of the anthropology program is to provide a high quality educational experience designed to promote an understanding of past and present human diversity and to foster global awareness.  Anthropology majors are expected to become well grounded in the basic knowledge and skills of the subfields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology), so that upon graduation they can apply anthropology in a career of their choice or further study in graduate school.  They are mentored to develop resume-worthy skills through courses in anthropology and related fields.  

The NKU philosophy program serves the university and its students with programs, courses, and extracurricular activities that provide high quality educational experiences designed to promote critical and creative thinking, effective written and oral communication, principled ethical evaluation, a respectful understanding of diverse perspectives, and an ability to analyze and solve complex real-world problems, helping students deepen their understanding of themselves and society as well as widen their perspective on the beliefs and values of others.