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Maxwell / Department of Anthropology

Social Activism and Social Movements

By organizing, strategizing, mobilizing, and educating, advocates and activists are currently helping to bring about important social, political, and cultural changes throughout the world. Our Department has a rich tradition of research and teaching on the social and cultural forces that generate, sustain, and weaken social movements, and on the impacts such movements have had historically and in the contemporary world. The Department also has a tradition of engagement with hands-on, participatory, activist, action-oriented and applied research projects that seek to work in conjunction with movements for social change.

At Syracuse, we offer coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on social movements, focusing on both theory and methods. Other related courses in political anthropology and specific world areas complement these. Students often supplement their anthropological work with minors such as Rhetoric and Public Advocacy or graduate certificates in interdisciplinary programs such as PARCC.

SocialMovements