What is the relationship of self to society? Who determines societal norms? What factors create cultural identity? Does human suffering have a purpose? Questions of sociology are as diverse as people and societies themselves.
The sociology degree program at Nazareth College is the study of human life, group behavior, and social systems. Marriage and family, racial, cultural, and gender issues, criminal justice, and media and popular culture are just part of the terrain we cover.
Service-learning projects and internships complement classroom learning. Our students have engaged in field experiences on Native American reservations, in the criminal justice system, and in soup kitchens. They also volunteer for the United Way and mentor disadvantaged children.
The sociology major also encourages self-reflection—helping students gain insight into the human condition and their own behavior in social situations. Graduates often say that the program has helped them be more open-minded, objective, and understanding of social and cultural differences.
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Washington University, 1998; M.A. Anthropology, Washington University, 1992; B.A. Anthropology, University of Nairobi, 1989
Teaching and Research Areas: Cultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, Physical Anthropology and Archaeology, Anthropological Approaches to Political Economy, Ethnobotany, Agrarian Transformations in Africa, Labor and Contracts, Ethnicity.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. McGann's current research investigates how college students use Facebook for school related purposes. This project involves working with undergraduate students enrolled in Introduction to Sociology courses who get hands on experience doing research. Students help design and distribute surveys, learn how to conduct interviews, and use statistical software to analyze both quantitative and qualitative data.