These compelling programs will show you how to explore humanity

If you want to learn about the human experience, then you’ve come to the right place. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at MSU Denver examines the social behavior and the biological evolution that make us human. 

Students walking outsideSociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from organized crime to religious traditions, from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. 

Hominin skull casts

A degree in anthropology opens your world to many fascinating areas of exploration. It provides a cultural basis to explore contemporary problems of human diversity, an archaeological foundation to explore the totality of human experience from its beginnings to the present, and biological anthropology to delve into the study of humans as biological organisms. The Bachelor of Arts degree will prepare you to collect and analyze data, material and cultural, to assist you in basic scientific problem-solving. You’ll learn through hands-on work in the field and in the classroom.

If you’re interested in social science, possess analytical and problem-solving skills and like to be challenged, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology will serve you well.

Dr. Sanaa Riaz teaching

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In the News

Historic artifacts excavated on the Auraria Campus.

Archaeological Dig Reveals Truth About Residents Displaced by Auraria Campus Construction

Artifacts from an archaeological dig in Denver’s oldest neighborhood reveal the history of those who were displaced from the Auraria Campus.

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Anthropology faculty and students setting up Auraria archaeology display in the Auraria Library.

Artifacts Tell the True Story of Displaced Aurarians

Politicians and planners once depicted the neighborhood as 'poor and deteriorating.' A recent archaeological dig reveals otherwise. The 44-piece collection is now on display in the Auraria Library.

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Archaeological Field School on Auraria Campus

Archaeological Dig to Uncover Legacy of Displaced Aurarians - 9News

Auraria Campus students and faculty members spent the Fall 2022 semester unearthing artifacts beneath the Ninth Street Historic Park. Check out the Denver 9News coverage!

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Dr. Michael Kolb at Auraria Excavation

Archaeological Dig to Help Uncover Legacy of Displaced Aurarians

MSU Denver Anthropology Students and Faculty spent Fall 2022 unearthing artifacts beneath the Ninth Street Historic Park on the Auraria Campus.

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Excavators on site at the Loretto Heights excavation site.

Operation Sacred Rescue: Exhumation of Buried Loretto Sisters

MSU Denver Anthropology Faculty and Students exhumed 62 nuns in Denver's Loretto Heights for reinternment at a new location.

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Congratulations to Anthropology Professor Dr. Michael Kolb for receiving an MSU Denver SOAR Award at The Roadrunners Who Soar Awards Ceremony on April 6, 2023! The Soar Award is the University’s pinnacle individual award and celebrates employees who, among other things, positively impact student and/or employee success, are high performers who have a significant impact on the success of their teams, offices and departments, and are excellent ambassadors for MSU Denver.

Dr. Michael Kolb receiving an MSU Denver SOAR Award.

Career Paths

  • Education
  • Government
  • Market Research
  • Human Resources
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Museum Curation
  • Archiving
  • Conservation

Charles W. Fisher Award

The Charles W. Fisher Award is given to exceptional graduating seniors in Sociology and Anthropology. Learn more by clicking below!

Charles W. Fisher Award Info & Recipients
Two students sit on the grass while discussing and holding a laptop and a notebook.

The Auraria Campus was bustling with students the first week of classes starting Aug. 23, 2021.

Giving to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Campus Location:
Central Classroom 106

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Campus Box 28, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, Colorado 80217-3362


E-mail (Program Coordinator, Vonda Knox):
[email protected]