Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a unit of the School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. It was founded in 1960 by a Jesuit anthropologist, Fr. Frank X. Lynch, S.J. The other early members of the faculty were Fr. John F. Doherty, S.J., who became Chairperson, Mary Racelis, and Fr. John J. Carroll, S.J., Most of the Department’s present senior faculty were former students of these founders. In turn, several members of the junior faculty were former students or research associates of these senior faculty members.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology trains its students to use sociological and anthropological perspectives in the analysis and interpretation of contemporary issues, the pressing ones being the tension between globalization and national integration, the inequalities in access to power and resources among different groups, and the consequences of these structural forces on cultures and identities.

In this training aim, the Department expects its students to acquire a critical sense of the social world. Students, in turn, can use this ability to examine phenomena with social rigor, to assess contending ideologies of social change, to offer alternative narratives on tradition, modernity and social change, and to make workable recommendations for plans and policies that enhance people’s welfare.