College of Charleston Sociology and Anthropology

The Sociology & Anthropology departments at the College of Charleston

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This Women’s History Month we honor Jane Adams! She is known as the mother of social work.


This women’s history month we are honoring Harriet Martineau!! She is known for being the first woman sociologist!!


May recognize Margret Mead this Women’s history month! Her work had had a lasting impact on anthropology and beyond!


Happy Women’s history month! Throughout the month we will be highlighting a few famous female anthropologists and sociologists!


Happy Valentine’s Day from the Sociology & Anthropology Department!💘💕💖💓

Photos from College of Charleston Sociology and Anthropology's post 02/13/2024

Come see our very own professor; Dr Foley tomorrow to learn how fossils are used to understand human evolution!!


W.EB Du Bois is known as one of the founding fathers of sociology in the United States. He had spent his whole life advancing black freedom all over the world. He established himself as a leading thinker on race and the plight of Black Americans. His accomplishments today still a great impact on society today.


EXPO 2024: Celebrating research, scholarship, creative inquiry, and community service!
Abstract submission deadline: Feb 16th
EXPO on April 18th!


Happy Holidays!!!

A Profession Is Not a Personality 12/13/2023

A Profession Is Not a Personality Reducing yourself to any single characteristic, whether it be your title or your job performance, is a deeply damaging act.


Happy first day of finals from the Sociology and Anthropology department! Good luck to our students!


Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃❤️


Job Opportunity for our Majors!!!
Visit: http://the dart for more information!!


What an amazing time at the speaking about my new book (OUT IN THREE WEEKS 😝),my journey in journalism, facing sexism through out my career, overcoming mental health battles, and the power of female friendships and fans 🫶🏻🫶🏻
And the best part… meeting the amazing women in who showed up for me after.
I met women between the ages of 18 and 70 who were all fans of and it was just incredible ☀️☀️
Plus they got me two “ferns” at the request of 🤣🤣🤣
AND my husband surprised me with a few of my besties from KC 😭😭🩷🩷
I love you all so much.
Thank you for the support and encouragement as I begin this era of my life 🩷😭
And HUGE thanks to Heath Hoffman for hosting me. You were amazing.
Stay pesky ☀️☀️
Can’t wait to see y’all tonight at the 🦩🦩


Happy Birthday, Dr. George Dickinson!🎉🎂🎈


Ashley Cafasso ’14 will be honored with the Young Alumna Award during the 2023 Alumni Awards Gala on Saturday, Nov. 18, for her outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of medicine.

Ms. Cafasso is being recognized for her work as both a project lead and manager of business administration (Nursing) at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she developed corporate health programs for 26 Fortune 500 companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While at the College, Ms. Cafasso majored in anthropology and minored in linguistics and French and Francophone studies. She served in multiple leadership roles with her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and today works with Theta headquarters as a member of its National Risk Management Committee. Ms. Cafasso earned her Master of Public Health from Tulane University in 2015.

Outside of work, Ms. Cafasso gives back to her community by volunteering with several organizations, including iMentor, the Junior League of New York, and Radio Lollipop.


Check out this article on the faculty Success Program! It featured one of our sociology professors Julia M. Arroyo!


Come join us on October 26th for a conversation with Mandy Matney, host of the Murdaugh Murders Podcast (now titled True Sunlight). Please register to attend using the QR code on the flyer or by going directly to


Mandy Matney, host of Murdaugh Murders Podcast (now True Sunlight) will be coming to campus on October 26th at 4 pm. Seating is limited so faculty, staff and students are asked to register to attend. There will also be a live stream of the event available for those who cannot attend in person. Registration can be done using the QR code on the flyer or by going to


We had so much fun meeting everybody at the fair!! If you are interested in our program visit our website and email us with any of your unanswered questions!


Come see us at the majors and minors fair this Wednesday from 10-1!!!🤩🤩🤩

Photos from College of Charleston Sociology and Anthropology's post 09/12/2023

This week Professor Sarah Platt with the assistance of Anthropology and Archaeology student David Baskin and History and Archaeology student Nick Hobar conducted a preliminary X-ray study of corroded iron in close partnership with The Charleston Museum historical archaeology curator Martha Zierden. The metals were recovered from Museum-owned property the Heyward-Washington House, and reflect the occupation of the Milners, a gunsmithing family and the people they enslaved, who lived and labored on site prior to construction of the current house (circa 1730 to 1768). The X-ray, conducted and facilitated by the Warren Lasch Conservation Center allows the researchers to “peer through” the lumps of corrosion to see through the original object. The conservators at WLCC have already identified buckles, a file, a portion of a horse bit, a knife, and the pictured rings. Platt and Zierden look forward to using this methodology more to discover gun parts and gunsmithing tools hidden among the corroded iron.


Are you looking for a great way to have an impact and build career capital for a policy career? Apply for an internship with the US Congress on Capital Hill! It could be a way to help develop your professional attitude, strengthen personal character, and provide a greater door to opportunity!


Join us Thursday, Sept. 7, from 3-4:30pm on Cougar Mall in front of Maybank Hall! First-year students and sophomores, you’re invited to learn about our fantastic majors.✨ During the ice cream social, faculty and students will give you the inside “scoop” on our majors, minors, and student clubs! Delicious treats will be available from King of Pops and Wich Cream 😊
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Congratulations Dr. Christine Finnan, Dr. David Morris and Dr. Heath Hoffmann!

Congratulations to all of the wonderful and dedicated faculty who received State Service Awards this year! They have all made incredible contributions to the community and, most importantly, their students!
Many thanks to you all for your years of service so far and what we hope will be many years to come!! 👏👏👏
Pictured (l-r): Jason Coy (20 years), Christine Finnan (30 years), Dave Morris (10 years), Susan Farrell (30 years), Heath Hoffman (20 years), Matt Nowlin (10 years)
Not pictured:
30 years- Todd Grantham , Gouli Liu
20 Years-Jennifer Baker , Colleen Glenn
10 years- Alice Hamilton Integrated Studies Program, Gary Jackson , Phyllis Jestice , Gabrielle Principe


Dr. Sarah Platt and four anthropology and archaeology student volunteers (David Baskin, Sarah Byrd, Massey Jordan, and Jared Schiele) are participating in a preliminary test excavation as a part of Dr. Platt’s ongoing research partnership with and curator of historical archaeology Martha Zierden. They are working in the cellar of The Heyward-Washington House, a Museum owned historic property on Church Street in downtown Charleston. Be sure to follow The Charleston Museum on social media for updates!

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