Uniting the social and cultural 

Linking two fields together, the Anthropology and Sociology program seeks to study the ways in which people live and interact together under various social and cultural conditions. By understanding the multifaceted dimensions of human societies, the disciplines seek to understand human behavior, social interactions and institutional structures in all their diversity.

Student SpotlightBode Lonergan '26

Major: Anthropology and Sociology, Economics 
Minor: international relations, Italian Studies  

"In my 'Sociology of Business/Management' class, we had weekly interviews with incredible alumni and business professionals to whom our professor was personally connected. It was incredible to ask questions related to our coursework to people who were actually doing the jobs I was interested in. While this was a great learning environment, it also connected me to possible jobs or internships for the future." 

Experiential EducationAn Actionable Scale

Engage in community-based research in the City of Geneva or attend a discussion-inducing lecture at the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice.

Because learning goes beyond textbooks or classrooms and into the community, you’ll get to explore the world’s most pressing issues while building the skills and insights you need to play a role in making its better future.



No Borders:Global Education

Most Anthropology and Sociology majors engage in an experience abroad. Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.



The departments of Anthropology and Sociology work together to provide an interdisciplinary experience to students in the program. Choose between a variety of courses in the individual Anthropology and Sociology departments to complete your major.

Alum Impact


J.D. Candidate at Northeastern University Law School 

An introductory course in sociology, a Witness to Innocence event on campus and involvement with the Centennial Center’s LEADS program inspired Allison to find solutions to the inequalities that exist in the world.

“The skills I have developed at Hobart and William Smith will allow me to engage with the community I am working with in meaningful ways. I am excited to apply them through my journey as an AmeriCorps member and beyond.”

companies that employ our graduates 

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • IBM
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Microsoft
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • National Park Service
  • New York Magazine
  • Yale University

Universities where our graduates are studying

  • Boston College of Social Work
  • Case Western University School of Law
  • Columbia University
  • Northeastern University Law School 
  • Pace University Law School
  • Rutgers University
  • Simmons College
  • Syracuse University
  • University College Lond 
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Utah Law School