Academic Programs





Positions our graduates have held:

  • Archaeologist
  • Social worker
  • Regional manager for private sector housing
  • Urban planner for a low income housing program
  • Activities director for a senior citizens' housing development
  • Planner and developer for state government
  • Patient advocate
  • ESL program coordinator
  • Planning and evaluation analyst for an economic development corporation
  • County administrator for a juvenile justice system
  • Director of a juvenile treatment program
  • College professor
  • Employee of Federal Bureau of Prisons

Where our graduates study:

  • Michigan State University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vanderbilt University

Program Overview

Students interested in anthropology and sociology pursue a variety of graduate and professional school opportunities and enter a broad range of occupations that involve understanding and working with people. Majors and minors in these disciplines have a solid foundation for work and further training in such areas as sociology, social psychology, anthropology, archaeology, government, and human services. In the last decade, for example, the number of sociologists in business has doubled and the percentage of anthropologists working outside the universities has increased sixfold.

Transylvania offers majors in anthropology, sociology, and sociology/anthropology, as well as minors in anthropology and sociology. Collectively, these disciplines focus on the systematic study of human behavior, both of individuals and groups. Topics of study include human origins, the family, race and ethnicity, health care systems, gender, inequality, social and cultural change, religion, deviance, and crime. Sociology and anthropology courses are particularly helpful for a variety of service careers or for entering professional training in law, business, and economic development overseas. All students take a common core of theory and methods courses in addition to a senior seminar/capstone course.

In order to broaden their knowledge and experience, our students are encouraged to participate in the many available internship, voluntary service, and summer employment opportunities.

Transylvania Edge

Sociology/Anthropology students at Transylvania benefit from the college’s location in metropolitan Lexington, Ky., a city of 300,000 that is home to a wide variety of businesses, government agencies, healthcare centers, educational institutions, and non-profit agencies that offer numerous internship opportunities. Transylvania students have interned at Blackburn Correctional Complex, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Police Department, the Center for Women, Children, and Families, and the Lexington Rape Crisis Center, among other places.

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