Major in Sociology-Anthropology
An advantage to the combined major is that you will learn to understand both your own society and other cultures in a way that will prepare you to live and work in this country and abroad. The Sociology-Anthropology major emphasizes conceptual and applied approaches, preparing you for a variety of career opportunities.
From the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Penn Museum internship offers unique learning opportunity
Photographed, cataloged artifacts
Nicole Troy ’18, an anthropology and history major at Elizabethtown College, spent her Thursdays at an internship in Philadelphia. Her day started at 5 a.m., catching the train into the historic city and ending up at Penn Museum, one of the best in the mid-Atlantic. Troy was made aware of the internship opportunity—photographing artifacts of substantial age for inclusion in a digital catalog—thanks to the connections of Robert P. Wheelersburg, Elizabethtown College professor of anthropology and College Professor of International Studies.
“I’m getting the training now, so if I had that job offered to me…I would definitely go for it. It’s helped me quite a lot in not only knowing my own strength but pushing me out of my comfort zone.”
From the Department of Sociology-Anthropology
When disaster strikes
While becoming a professor of anthropology and international studies at Elizabethtown College, Robert Wheelersburg, was an Army Reservist providing disaster assistance to civilian authorities. Working in overseas operations as part of NATO in Iceland and Germany and, for five years, on domestic response with FEMA, he was on a response team that arrived while disasters were still active. Wheelersburg now teaches a course on Emergency Operations in Disaster Response, which helps conduct the College's Emergency Operations Group practice exercise.
“There are different response operations for various disasters, and disaster response differs in various parts of the world … a hurricane or earthquake that occurs quickly (matter of hours) has a shorter response time than wildfires or volcanoes that can last for days, weeks, even months.”
Life After E-town
Jasmine Gollup ’09
Jasmine uncovers the past in her position at Historic St. Mary's in Maryland.
Inspired by the experiences offered to her at Elizabethtown College, Jasmine Gollup is enjoying success as a field archaeologist in Lexington Park, Maryland. After graduating in 2009 with a double major in History and Sociology/Anthropology-Archaeology, Jasmine went on to earn her master's degree just a year later from Cornell (New York) University. At her current job in Historic St. Mary’s City, she spends her days outdoors doing the physical labor necessary to "uncover our past," as she phrases it. “I absolutely love my job and I love interacting with site visitors and school tours, explaining the significance of our past and the importance of preserving it,” she said.