The Department of Sociology & Anthropology offers two advanced laboratories for the enhancement of student learning:
- the Anthropology/Archeology/Forensic Science (AAFS) Laboratory
- the Geographic Informations Systems (GIS) Laboratory
These two facilities contribute to our students' experiential learning. As each student learns in unique ways, labwork in these facilities not only develops news skills in students but also provides a new way of seeing and applying lessons from the classroom.
Lab exercises cultivate liberal arts cores of analytic thinking and fact-based decision making. Our Department utilizes a natural science model in our study of social sciences and the humanities. And students begin benefiting early in their education, entering the labs as freshmen and sophomores.
The AAFS Lab is located in Beracha Hall. Students of anthropology, archeology and forensic science use the facility, all in ways unique to their major but with the shared purpose of reinforcing classroom lectures and developing the skills students will need in their professional careers. Projects in the AAFS Lab offer many exciting projects, including:
- crime scene analysis - examining fingerprints, DNA samples, fire arms, etc.
- entymology (time of death, body decomposition) and bioterrorism examination
- post-excavation analysis and interpretation of bones and artifacts
The GIS Lab is located on the 3rd floor of Macelwane Hall. Students of sociology and anthropology strengthen their education and professional skills in the GIS Lab as they learn new research technology skills of geographic mapping for enhanced understanding of social phenomena.
Students majoring in criminal justice and sociology develop advanced technological skills while working in the GIS Lab.
- criminal justice: real-time crime mapping, mapping of crime, criminals and places of origin
- sociology: mapping of distributions of a variety of variables, including housing, businesses, immigrants, poverty
The Department also offers a certificate in GIS to graduate students in conjunction with the Department of Biology and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.