The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Williams aims to help students achieve an integrated understanding of biography, history, culture, and social structure. Both disciplines introduce students to classical and contemporary theories that illuminate the contours and contradictions of social experience.
Sociology studies the social and institutional intricacies of modern industrial and post-industrial societies and the social psychological dilemmas facing the individual in our epoch. Sociology courses introduce students to classical and contemporary social thought, to the systematic analysis of social institutions and social interaction, and to the social analysis of modern culture. The Sociology major at Williams emphasizes the humanistic tradition of sociology, stressing qualitative approaches. More information can be found on the Anthropology and Sociology site.