Sociology & Anthropology Department

Ask Tough Questions

The Sociology & Anthropology department is home to students interested in studying the behavior of individuals within societal systems and understanding the roles of family, work, and government in our communities and lives.

As a Sociology & Anthropology student, you will cultivate your intellectual curiosity, develop your research skills, and experience learning beyond the traditional classroom setting through our planned trips to correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and refugee centers. By asking challenging questions about the world around you, you will cultivate a heart for social and biblical justice and a curiosity for complex social issues.

Undivided Attention

One of the most unique aspects of our department is the one-on-one attention you will receive from our faculty. Our department’s small size allows the development of mentorship relationships between our faculty and students. Understanding your personal passions and goals helps faculty to direct and individualize your experience and education. Whether you are in the classroom researching and defending your thoughts and ideas or off campus gaining real-life experience, we are here to help you formulate a biblical view of the social systems around you.

Listen to This

Dr. Michael Jessup, Professor of Sociology, discusses the department’s approach to answering the world’s tough questions.

What’s Next?
Grad Programs

Some of our graduates have gone on to study further at the following schools’ graduate programs:

  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Loyola University
  • Marquette University
  • Notre Dame University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
Career Opportunities

Whether you want to work with individuals in need or as a researcher in academics, we will prepare you for whatever path you choose. Our students often continue their education in graduate schools, work in ministry settings, or join social service agencies. The Sociology & Anthropology program also offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration.

The Sociology & Anthropology department has a placement rate of 100%. Every student who has gone through our program in the last four years has started a job, internship, or graduate program within six months of graduation.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Social Science philosophy.

Department Head

Michael Jessup

Chair and Professor of Sociology


Steve Bird

Professor of Sociology

Robert J. Priest

Professor of Anthropology


Greta Kiers

Social Work, Sociology, & Anthropology Program Assistant