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Welcome new Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration & Policy students!

We are excited that you are considering attending UMBC in the fall and have an interest in one of our programs.

If you are an undergraduate student and haven’t yet contacted the Admissions Office to sign up for a new student orientation session, please go to the following website for more information:

All new students will be attending a virtual new student orientation where you will meet with an Advisor for fall advising and registration. You will need to complete the online orientation modules and the advising google form before you will be given a link to sign up with an orientation Academic Advisor.

For more information on any of our programs, feel free to explore our website. We are excited to share our broad range of programs and opportunities within our department, as well as introduce you to our faculty and staff. We are a dynamic, interdisciplinary department with a focus in health, aging, diversity, gender, inequality, and culture.

Our faculty and staff, as well as representatives from all other aspects of campus, are all working remotely to make your university experience as great as possible. We hope to see you in the fall!


The members of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health at UMBC stand in solidarity with those who are grieving the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Freddie Gray, and the too-long list of African Americans who have been killed by the police. We grieve the countless lives that have been cut short and minimized by structural racism and white supremacy. The incidents surrounding these recent murders and the disproportionate impact of the current pandemic on people of color highlight the violence, racism, and inequality that are entrenched in this society.

We stand with those harmed: they are our sisters, our brothers, our mothers, our fathers, our husbands, our wives, our sons, our daughters, our friends, our lovers, our teachers, our colleagues, our students, and people we have never met. To be silent as they are taken from us would support the violence and the systems of which it is part. We cannot and will not be silent.

We recommit ourselves to developing and sharing the intellectual and methodological tools needed to dismantle systems of inequality, to finding new ways to support each other, and to helping create the kind of change we want to see. We recommit ourselves to doing this in our classrooms through improved, compassionate, critical pedagogy (c.f. Freire 1970) and in our research as we engage with partners in disenfranchised communities here and around the world. We commit ourselves to working with students, colleagues, and community members to apply social science methods and results to address these pressing social problems.

We are also committed to supporting organizations that work for social justice in our personal lives. Together, we are making a donation to the Baltimore Action Legal Team (BALT), which “provides legal support to Baltimore communities as they exercise their civil liberties protesting against injustices rooted in structural racism and economic inequality” (, one of the many organizations working to make a difference in our community. And, as individuals, we are supporting other organizations that work for social justice as well.

If you, too, are looking for ways to make a difference, seek out local organizations that have been involved in this struggle for a long time and see how you can help. Utilize opportunities to enrich and grow your educational and lived experience. Learn and listen and read about white privilege and white supremacy, alternatives to policing, and #citeblackwomen. Explore models for how to create social change and engage in productive conversations with people who are different from you. Seek out Black-owned businesses to patronize. Support each other, and take care of yourself. And please reach out to us if there is anything you want to talk about or any way we can support you.

We stand together in this fight against injustice.

Marina Adler

Anushka Aqil

Katie Birger

Emily Byrne

Jennifer Callaghan-Koru

Bambi Chapin

Sarah Chard  

Meryl Cozart

Kevin Eckert

Ann Christine Frankowski

Kate Hemmis

Loren Henderson

Aubrey Jackson Soller

Andrea Kalfoglou

Maggie Knisley

Camee Maddox-Wingfield

Christine Mair

Dann Malihom

Mike Nolan

Julie Rosenthal

John Schumacher

Dena Smith

Brian Soller

Jamie Trevitt

Brandy Wallace

Nick Welcome

Michele Wolff

Takashi Yamashita


**To see what others in our UMBC community are saying about this, see UMBC Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, “For Black Mothers” (, as well as UMBC’s message supporting USM’s Statement on Injustice (, which includes links to campus resources.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health’s statement on diversity and social justice:
The UMBC community includes people who come from all walks of life, people of different races and ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, (dis)abilities, social classes, cultures, histories, and life journeys. This strengthens us as a community. It allows us to learn from each other and to grow. We stand together to embrace all of our diversity and identities.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health is home to undergraduate programs in Sociology (SOCY), Anthropology (ANTH) and Health Administration and Policy (HAPP). We offer minors in Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy, a Master’s in Applied Sociology, as well as Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in the Nonprofit Sector, and Social Dimensions of Health. An Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s is available, as well as special options for double majors in Sociology and Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, and Health Administration and Policy and Social Work. The department collaborates with three outstanding Ph.D. programs, including Gerontology (GERO), Public Policy (PUBL) and Language, Literacy & Culture (LLC) and hosts the Center for Aging Studies (CAS), a research center that conducts large scale, federally-funded research.

Throughout these programs, the department emphasizes three core areas: health & aging in society; diversity, gender & culture; and applied social science research. Consistent with UMBC’s goals, the department focuses its core strengths to:

  • Provide a distinctive undergrad experience
  • Support the development of graduate education
  • Conduct faculty research that contributes to both undergraduate & graduate education

Feel free to read more about us, our programs, faculty, staff & students around the site, or contact our main office at 410-455-3979 for more information.