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Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology


Studying Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology uniquely prepares you for life in the 21st Century. A degree in Anthropology, Sociology, or Criminology will teach you the latest research methods to address today’s social problems in this increasingly multicultural and digitized era. We offer professional training in analytical software such SPSS and GIS. We also provide multiple hands-on research opportunities such as archaeological digs, focus group research in the community, applied sociological research projects, GIS mapping projects, forensics, and other community-based experiential projects.

Our numerous course offerings within the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology are taught at the Troy home campus, the Troy Dothan campus, the Troy Montgomery Campus, and the Troy Online campus. We also offer a world-class Masters in Sociology and Criminology.

For information on the various undergraduate programs and the graduate program offered within the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology, please feel free to contact us at 

2022 Robert Ezra Park Award 

Dr. Sharon Everhardt

Dr. Sharon Everhardt is the  2022 recipient of the Robert Ezra Park Award for Sociological Practice issued by the  Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.  This award is for her research contributions involving the  Troy-Tutwiler Garden of Perseverance and its Contribution to Social Transformation and Research. 

Troy University’s International Arts Center displays artwork of Tutwiler inmates in the Garden of Perseverance.

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TROY professor, students make discoveries at Italian excavation sites

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Dr. Carmody site

Dr. Stephen Carmody and students make key discoveries while partnering with Italy’s University of Pisa. See the above links for more information.

Statewide iCare Campaign 

Statewide iCare

The Advanced Victimology class and Mrs. Jessica Childs participated in the statewide iCare campaign that Family Sunshine center is doing for Domestic violence awareness month today. They wore black eye stickers and buttons to raise awareness for Domestic Violence. 

Sociology of Sport 

Sociology of Sport

Troy Women’s Basketball coach Dr. Chanda Rigby stopped by Dr. Tatch’s Sociology of Sport class October 29, 2021 to serve as a guest lecturer. Dr. Rigby spoke in depth about her role as a change agent, the importance of developing leadership skills, setting high goals, and instilling hope in those around you. Connecting her personal story of developing winning programs at numerous stops throughout her career, Dr. Rigby encouraged the class to take risks and be willing and ready to come back stronger from setbacks. In addition, as this week’s content pertained to intercollegiate athletics, Dr. Rigby spoke on women’s representation in sport, gender disparities in intercollegiate sports, and women’s professional basketball overseas. We were so excited to have Dr. Rigby join us, and will gladly welcome her back anytime!

Honors Convocation

Honors 2021

 The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner Oshea Beckford

Honors Convocation

Honors 2021

Alpha Phi Sigma Distinguished Honors Graduate Prize winner Emily Johnson

 Troy University student Kristen Bird and Italian colleague excavating human remains at the Vada Volaterrana site.

Troy University Student Kristen Bird and Italian Colleague Excavating Human Remains at the Vada Volaterrana Site.

 Students and Faculty Present Their Research in Philadelphia

Jasmine Daughtry, 2019 Sociology Graduate and USDA Grant Coordinator for Tutweiler Garden Project 2018-2019 Year



Troy University Students and Our Italian Colleagues Learning Human Remains Together

Spring Trojan Day

Students and Professor Present Sociological Papers in Montgomery

Masters of Social Science students featured left to right (Jessica Nash, Krystal Colon, Brennan Gonzalez, Charles Stringer, and Derrick Black) and Dr. Jeneve Brooks, Assoc. Prof. of Sociology present at the 51st Annual meeting of the Alabama Mississippi Sociological Association conference in Montgomery on February 28, 2020.  

Troy University students excavating at the Vada Volaterrana site in Italy.

Troy University Students Excavating at the Vada Volaterrana Site in Italy

Social Justice Club Equal Justice Initiative Outing

Dr. Sharon Everhardt Teaching Tutweiler Prison Garden Project Participants about Communication


 Anthropology Students Visit Cathedral Caverns

Anthropology Students Visit Cathedral Caverns

 Archaeological students were able to study the cave formations at Cathedral Caverns State Park during a contracted archaeological survey conducted for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Lands Division of State Parks.

 Social Justice Club 2018 Montgomery Campus Voter Registration Drive

2018 Montgomery Campus Voter Registration Drive

Brandon Guy, Vice President of the Social Justice Club (left) and Chante' Pearson, President of the Social Justice Club (right) help to register students during the 2018 Montgomery Campus Voter Registration Drive

Students Present Their Research In New Mexico

Students Present Their Research in New Mexico

Troy University anthropology undergraduate students Jennifer Simpson (left) and Kaitlyn Weis (right) present a research poster entitled New Investigations at Russell Cave, Alabama at the 84th Annual Society of American Archaeology meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 Sociology Students Work With Valiant Cross Academy

Sociology Students Work with Valiant Cross Academy

Sociology students Jasmine Denson Daughtry (left) and Sandy Simons (right) working on the Valiant Cross Academy Farm Stand to promote food security in Montgomery. The Social Sciences includes several disciplines that analyze society and the world around us. At Troy University, there are several core disciplines within the Division of Social Sciences. These include Accelerated Law, Anthropology, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Science Education, and Sociology.

MidSouth Sociological Association 2021-Charlotte, NC

MidSouth Sociological Association 2021-Charlotte, NC

From left to right: Ryan Howard, Justin McPherson, Dr. Tatch and Dr. Sabri


MidSouth Sociological Association Student Presentations in Charlotte, NC

MidSouth Sociological Association Student Presentations in Charlotte, NC

From left to right: Justin McPherson, Senior in Social Science Education and Justin Howard, Junior in Sociology



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