Anthropology+Sociology majors have many opportunities to conduct and present research on culture and society. Seniors design and conduct an in-depth thesis project that results in written and oral presentations. Students regularly present their work at regional and national conferences, and are also encouraged to seek venues for publishing their written work. Faculty members actively mentor students and aid them in finding additional support to expand their research, from on-campus funding to prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright. Individual faculty members also involve talented Anth+Soc student researchers in their own ongoing research, on topics ranging from conservation dilemmas in Brazil to U.S. immigration policy and the social dynamics of physical activity among American youth.
The Department of Anthropology+Sociology hosts the Journal of Undergraduate Ethnography, an online interdisciplinary journal of qualitative research conducted by advanced undergraduates. The journal seeks contributions from across the English-speaking world, and RWU students on the editorial board work on every step of the journal production process, from manuscript selection and peer review to online publication. Dr. Jason Patch is the founder and editor-in-chief of JUE.
While an internship is not a requirement for the major, students studying Anthropology+Sociology have dozens of opportunities to intern or otherwise acquire real world experience to complement their studies. Course credit can be earned for internships and community-engaged experiences, either through the RWU Internships Program or via independent studies with faculty sponsors. Recent internship placements include: East Bay Community Action Program, Save the Bay, and Rhode Island Housing Works.
An officially-sanctioned student group, the RWU A+S Club pursues a variety of activities to bring their studies of sociocultural diversity to life. The club has sponsored film series, multicultural cuisine feasts, and a variety of charitable ventures. In 2012, the club raised over $1,000 to aid in the reconstruction of a Kamayurá village in Brazil that had been destroyed by fires set by encroaching ranchers.