The Department of Sociology and Anthropology strongly encourages all majors to consider learning abroad. Studying abroad for a semester or an academic year, participating in short programs over J-term, or pursuing summer research projects or internships abroad provide opportunities for students to greatly expand on their academic program in both majors. This is true not only by taking courses in these disciplines at universities abroad, but also through living abroad, immersion in another culture, and engaging with unfamiliar perspectives. In the past, students have also used their time abroad to begin work on senior research projects and to lay the foundation for their careers after Mount Holyoke.
Both the Sociology and Anthropology curricula require students to take alternative perspectives on the social, and learning abroad consistently forces students to do this in ways impossible to replicate on campus. Study abroad also allows our majors to bring an international perspective to their work in the future, something increasingly necessary today.
-- Matthew McKeever
Where to Study:
Anthropology and Sociology majors are encouraged to study abroad or in a foreign environment. Studying abroad provides you with the opportunity to experience another culture, improve foreign language skills, and participate in activities and coursework not found at Mount Holyoke. The study abroad process can be made easier by talking with your academic advisor, your department chair, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives about your plans. This will help you decide which programs are the most relevant, affordable, and beneficial for your educational needs. Also, don’t forget to talk with other students who have studied abroad! They have firsthand experience, and are often happy to chat with other students about the ups and downs of studying in another part of the world.
For a list of where past and present anthropology and sociology majors have studied and a summary of the courses that they took abroad, check this searchable database. Note that this is not a definitive list of what is possible and should serve only as a useful guide and planning resource.
When to Study:
It is of vital importance that students keep departmental requirements in mind when planning to study abroad. Almost no planning hurdle is insurmountable, as long as students consult with their advisor and, where necessary the department chair, to address these issues ahead of time.
Summer Internships and Research Abroad
An international summer internship or research project is a good way for anthropology and sociology majors to apply and develop their skills and explore possible career paths while engaging with cultures and perspectives outside the United States. Those majors involved in significant research collaborations with faculty may find a summer internship to be the best fit with their plans for their time at the college.
Students have the option of developing their own summer internship or research project. Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Universal Application Form (UAF), which offers students access to funding from a variety of College fellowship sources to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the project. Students with a family contribution of less than $5000 may also receive a $500 grant to apply towards their summer earnings contribution. Both the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and the Career Development Center have student evaluations of past international internships on file.