Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Sociology and Anthropology department at Pace University! Our department offers a combined bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Sociology/Anthropology in New York City, as well as a minor in both Pleasantville and New York.

The disciplines of sociology and anthropology have many commonalities: both investigate the social world we inhabit, both examine and explain how human behaviors relate to cultural context and social environment, and both study the social interactions of people, groups and entire societies. While traditionally anthropologists researched non-industrial societies and small communities using participant observation, the field has expanded its scope and now studies a variety of communities, including brokers on Wall Street, factory workers in Europe, indigenous groups in South America and tribal communities in the Sahara desert. Sociologists often utilize different methods (conducting large-scale interview and survey studies, for example, as well as historical/archival research, content and conversation analysis, laboratory experiments, and field research and participant observation) to study both large and small-scale social processes. Contemporary sociological research has shed light on racial bias in mortgage lending, the mating and dating habits of city residents, how the industrial food system developed globally, and how and why revolutions occur.

Our courses at Pace reflect this broad focus and methodological diversity, and, when combined with the numerous internship and independent study opportunities, our curriculum and departmental program will prepare you both for a broad range of employment possibilities and for engaged and thoughtful global citizenship. We invite you to examine our course offerings and departmental activities through this website, and to contact Chair Ida Dupont or Administrative Assistant Cecilia Davis for more information. Or, please feel free to drop by our offices — we are located on the 7th floor of 41 Park Row, New York City.

For more information contact:

Ida Dupont, PhD
Sociology and Anthropology Department Chair
New York City Campus
(212) 346-1389