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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:

Trevor J. Durbinprofessor of anthropology, was given the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Arts and Sciences for 2018-2019.

Matthew R. Sanderson, Randall C. Hill distinguished professor of sociology, anthropology, and social work and professor of sociology, provided testimony on demographic trends in rural Kansas to the new House Committee on Rural Revitalization in a public session on Thursday, Jan. 17. See the link below for the full article.


L. Sue Williams, professor of sociology and criminology, in collaboration with Greg Paul, write University awarded $521,800 to build community capacity and collaboration for juvenile justice initiatives. See the link below for the full article.


Trevor J. Durbin, professor of anthropology, publishes the following two articles in January of 2019.

Trevor J. Durbin, Casper G. Bendixsen, Danielle Jensen-Ryan, Abigaile Molzer & Sarah Strauss (2019) "The Dangerous Middle: Situational Awareness and Worker Perception of Beetle Kill." Journal of Agromedicine. 

Trevor J. Durbin (2018) “‘What now, Fishgate?’: Scandal, Marae Moana, and Nation Making in the Cook Islands.” The Contemporary Pacific, 30:1.

 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.