Dr. Tracey Steele takes over as the Chair for the Department of Sociology/Anthropology effective August 15, 2014. Tracey is a graduate from the University of Texas with a Doctorate in Sociology. Her areas of specialization are Criminology (with an emphasis in penology), Gender, and Sexuality.
"Anthropology...is the study of the human species and its immediate ancestors. Anthropology is a uniquely comparative and holistic science...the study of the whole of the human condition: past, present and future; biology, society, language, and culture. ... It is a comparative field that examines all societies, ancient and modern, simple and complex .. [and] .. offers a unique crosss-cultural perspective by constantly comparing the customs of one society with those of others." C.P. Kottak, Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity (2011)
"Sociology is the scientific study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of gender, race, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport." American Sociological Association, 2002