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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Welcome to SASW!

If one looks at welcome messages, it seems that everybody offers the most rewarding student experience, conducts cutting edge research, has faculty known around the world, and works diligently on community outreach, while being passionate and professional in all endeavors. Of course you should not believe everything you read, so I invite you to visit us, collect empirical evidence, and decide it for yourself.

Social sciences have always had a reputation of asking the hard questions. Developing a genetically modified, drought-tolerant crop is a big achievement, but how does that affect the future of farming communities? Progress in the current epoch of globalization is usually hailed, but who decides which part of a culture should be preserved, altered or forgotten? And can (or should) social interaction be substituted by caretakers with artificial intelligence? Our programs offer the necessary critical perspective to address such questions as an informed individual. Why is that important? Informed people make informed decisions. Others simply want all boredom amused.

If you want to make a difference, we give you the tools. If you want to know more about the world around you, we help you find the answers and ask the right questions. Is two plus two always four? Yes, except when it was not the question one should have asked.

Think. And enjoy responsibly.

László Kulcsár
Professor and Department Head


News and Accomplishments

SASW in the news!


Internal Job Listing:

Review of Candidates' Applications Will Begin the End of the Month.

Department Head of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

Recent Accomplishments:

Don Kurtz and Cheryl Calhoun received a direct service training grant ($25,000) funded from the Kansas Department for Children and Families for a social worker simulated training lab.  They completed the first training on Caregiver Substance Abuse and Use on October 12th and will complete the second of four training entitled "Who Cares? The Practical and Ethical Considerations of Stress, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue for Professional Helpers" on December 7th, 2018.  

Dr. Alfonso-Durruty, in the Anthropology program, SASW Department, co-authored a paper in the journal Science entitled: Early Human Dispersal within the Americas. The publication was featured in the journals feed , the New York Times, and the Manhattan Mercury. 


 Read more about our recent accomplishments.


Scholarships and development

SASW has a long tradition of supporting the best and brightest students. Read more about the scholarships we offer.

At the same time, we also need your support. Visit our foundation and development connection page to see how you can contribute to our mission of educating the next generation of exceptional minds.