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Learning about sociology and anthropology doesn’t have to stop in the classroom or in the field.

The Saint Louis University Department of of Sociology and Anthropology offers opportunities for you to get involved on campus, meet classmates with similar interests and get a jump start on your professional aspirations. We also work to ensure that you perform up to your potential and stay on track for graduation. 

Anthropology Club

The Anthropology Club was established by a group of anthropology students and faculty interested in learning more about the application and potential careers in the field, as well as the relevance anthropology has in both our studies and our lives outside of the classroom.

To learn more, email

Forensic Science Club

We share a passion for crime scene investigation, evidence collection and analysis, fingerprinting, detective work, death investigation, pathology, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, and more. Our mission is to evoke interest in the field of forensic science, host activities that foster this knowledge, debunk misconceptions of forensic science seen in popular media, encourage the dissemination of information about the emerging field to the general population at SLU, provide resources and networking opportunities for students, and to assist in the growth and outreach of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The club is open to all SLU students. You're not required to be a forensic science major or minor to join.

Current president: Anna Tenuta

Anthropology Honor Society

Lambda Alpha is the international honor society for students of anthropology. The society was originally founded with the purpose of encouraging scholarship and research in Anthropology. SLU has had a chapter since 2013.

The national organization recognizes superiority, providing incentive for exceptional performance by granting certificates of accomplishment. Lambda Alpha also offers an annual scholarship of $5,000 to a deserving graduating senior from a chartered department majoring in anthropology. In addition, a graduate research grant is designed to encourage overseas thesis research. The award can range from $2,000 to $6,000.

Lambda Alpha also publishes the Lambda Alpha Journal, which reserves half of its
space for student publications that have passed a peer review process. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to have their own work published on a national level.


To join Lambda Alpha, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Declared anthropology major or demonstrate a serious interest in anthropology (anthropology minors are ineligible.)
  • 3.2 overall GPA or higher and a 3.6 GPA or higher in your anthropology courses.
  • Junior/third-year student.
  • Completion of at least four regular courses in anthropology at Saint Louis University prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

Sociology Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta is the international sociology honor society. The goals of the organization are to study humankind for the purpose of service, to promote human welfare and to develop scientific knowledge that may be applied to the solution of social problems. Started in 1920 at the University of Southern California, Alpha Kappa Delta currently has over 80,000 members in 490 recognized chapters chartered in the United States, China, Finland, Canada, the Philippines, Taiwan and Singapore.


To join Alpha Kappa Delta, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology (sociology minors are ineligible.)
  • 3.3 overall GPA or higher and a 3.4 GPA or higher in your sociology courses.
  • Junior/third-year student.
  • Completion of at least four regular courses in sociology at Saint Louis University prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

For more information, contact Elizabeth Chiarello at

Probation and Dismissal Policies

Earning a final grade of C- or lower in a course (excluding a “W") will trigger a review by the department. If you qualify for a review and are found to have a major GPA lower than a 2.0 in their major coursework, you will be placed on probation for the following semester.

You will remain on probation until your cumulative major GPA is at or above a 2.0. You will have two probationary semesters (P1 after the initial review and P2 after a second semester of falling below a 2.0) to correct your cumulative GPA. If you do not take a course in the major during a semester after being put on probation, the next evaluation period will occur only when you take the next course in your major area. Upon falling below the 2.0 GPA for a third semester (semesters do not need to consecutive), you will then qualify for program dismissal and will be removed from the program.