See, analyze, and critique the often-hidden elements of society and culture.
Our interdisciplinary program gives critical attention to cultural processes, power relationships, patterns of social interaction, historical factors, and social structure.
Twelve full time faculty members offer interdisciplinary perspectives on critical issues in culture and society.
Our course offerings draw from classic and emergent areas of sociocultural study. Our students bring a diverse variety of interests and experiences, with many also majoring in other Arts and Sciences subjects and in the professional schools at Drake. Many students find that a second major in our department complements their first field.
In addition to offering a wide array of relevant social and cultural topics for study, you are introduced to research design. As an upper level student you can pursue independent research interests, social change work, and intellectual exploration through our senior capstone courses. You can investigate career options through internships in the local community. Many students study abroad, present research at conferences, and inform their studies through service learning.
Department faculty have received honors including national awards for their scholarship, outstanding teaching awards within the college, Fulbright scholarships to work internationally, and editorships of key journals in their disciplines.
Our students are diverse in their backgrounds, interests, and career goals. After graduation, they seek jobs in public service agencies, politics and government, and private business. Other students go on to graduate and professional study in a variety of fields.