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The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology (SSWA) is complying with guidance provided by President Noelle Cockett to practice social distancing in order to arrest the spread of COVID-19. Consequently, faculty, staff and students are working remotely as we continue to carry out USU’s mission which is to be one of the nation's premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant universities.
Although the COVID-19 crisis has forced us to adapt how we as a department carry out this mission, we, nevertheless, resolutely continue forward On Mission! 
We continue to teach and advise our students using USU’s world-class online resources. We continue to conduct research within the safety guidelines provided by USU administration. We continue to serve our communities and professions In meaningful ways. And, we continue to engage in Extension initiatives throughout the state that bring USU’s critical expertise to bear on the problems of our day. 
Do not hesitate to reach out to me if there is any way SSWA can assist you. 
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Derrik Tollefson, SSWA Department Head
Office Phone: (435) 797-9296


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Sociology is the study of the human individual and human groups. It offers a broad foundation for understanding human behavior and encourages the development of critical thinking. Sociologists often collect survey information and perform research for lawmakers, administrators, and educators, to provide advice on drug treatment programs, demographics, zoning changes, and aid to the poor.
The growing awareness of the value of sociological perspectives for problem-solving continues to provide an increasing range of opportunities for employment in a variety of work settings.  

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Social Work

Social work is a career for individuals who desire to improve lives and the world we live in. The program seeks to instill in its graduates a deep commitment to the profession’s traditional concerns with social justice and social welfare. It recognizes the historic importance of social welfare in re-balancing the country’s economic and social structure. The program is committed to the resolution of contemporary human social problems, such as poverty, racism, discrimination, and economic injustice. Our faculty members contribute to the betterment of society through their teaching, research, service and practice activities. 

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Anthropology is the study of all cultures across time and space. Through comparative studies, anthropologists determine how people of the world are similar and different. They explore issues such as health care, human rights, law, industry, development, global population and more. The possibilities for those with a degree in Anthropology are almost endless, and our Anthropology Program offers three ways to study cultural variation among humans through Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology. 

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SSWA in the News

Utah Wellbeing Project on Fox 13 News

Utah Wellbeing Project on Fox 13 News


Be sure to catch the Utah Wellbeing Project (led by USU Sociology professor Courtney Flint) on Fox 13 afternoon news Friday, February 5, 2021.

Francois Dengah and the cover of his new book: Systematic Methods for Analyzing Cuture: A Practical Guide. H.J. Francois Dengah the second, Jeffrey G. Snodgrass, Evan R. Polzer and William Cody Nixon

Systematic Methods for Analyzing Culture: A Practical Guide – New Book by François Dengah


USU Anthropology and SSWA for happy to announce a new book published by one of our very own anthropology faculty members, François Dengah, titled Systematic Methods for Analyzing Culture: A Practical Guide.

Eric Reither and Sojung Lim

New Publication: Black-White Disparities in 2009 H1N1 Vaccination among Adults in the United States: A Cautionary Tale for the COVID-19 Pandemic


A new publication from USU Sociology's Dr. Eric Reither and Dr. Sojung Lim highlights black-white disparities for the vaccine during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and what that means for the COVID-19 pandemic.



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