Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology
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Welcome to SAC! The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, or "SAC" as it is mostly called, takes pride in being an integral part of Eastern Michigan University's undergraduate experience and providing excellent programs at the graduate level. SAC is the vibrant environment for more than twenty full-time tenure-line faculty, a large number of experienced part-time lecturers, its administration and the more than 800 students who have chosen one of our undergraduate majors or graduate programs:

Anthropology BA
Criminology BA
Sociology BS
MA in Criminology
MA in Sociology
Schools, Society and Violence; interdisciplinary MA program
Cultural Museum Studies; interdisciplinary graduate certificate

Besides the growing number of students focusing on one of SAC's programs, thousands of EMU undergraduate students sign up for SAC classes every year to earn credits for the university's undergraduate General Education program.

SAC's undergraduate programs provide a solid liberal arts educational background. With a combination of larger introductory courses, small upper-level seminars, internships and other hands-on learning experiences, our undergraduate majors become well prepared for a professional career in the private sector, government, and non-profit organizations. Our students also find themselves ready to apply to graduate schools across the country for further studies in sociology, anthropology, and criminology, or for professional training in law, medicine, business, education and social work. Students with a graduate degree from SAC are well suited for professional careers demanding a broad understanding of social issues in combination with expertise in qualitative as well as quantitative research methods. Some of SAC's graduate students subsequently pursue PhD programs.

Our full-time tenure-line faculty all have PhDs and are active researchers in their field. Many of SAC's faculty have excellent records of obtaining internal and external funding for their research and of involving undergraduate and graduate students in their research endeavors.

Whether students meet SAC's instructors in a small seminar with a dozen students or in a General Education class with a hundred, we will provide them with excellent instruction. I invite you to explore SAC's programs and instructors on this website. If you have any questions about our undergraduate programs, I encourage you to contact one of our program advisors. If you are considering our graduate program offerings, I encourage you to contact the graduate coordinator in question. We will be happy to answer your questions.

Julian Murchison
Department Head