Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is hosted at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU). In general sociology is about people and how they live together in social groups. The programs on offer grant to our students an opportunity to look in depth at issues in the contemporary world and to learn skills and tools of analysis vital to working in the developing and developed societies. For instance Bachelor of Arts in Social Work students develop research skills along with a general intellectual preparation, which stands them in good stead for graduate work in the disciplines and/or for a broad range of professions such as law, medicine, social work or journalism. In addition to the courses offered, the Department also offers seminars on special topics of both social and anthropological interests to current societal needs. Such issues are related to Poverty, Child Abuse; Technology and Society, amongst others. Skills to be Nurtured When our students graduate they are expected to be involved in a variety of settings, and with a variety of people. Engagement with the society requires the graduates to be emotionally mature, objective, and sensitive to people and their problems. In this regard, they should be self motivating agents of social change. They must be able to handle responsibility, work independently, and maintain good working relationships with clients and co-workers. Volunteer or paid jobs as a social work aide can help people test their interest in this field. A social worker should be able to: Understand the range of issues which make up the social welfare field. Direct intervention with individuals, families, groups or community services. Supervision, management and administrative skills. Legislative and policy analysis and development. Advocacy on behalf of individuals, families or the larger community VISION To be the lead department in the development of self motivated agents of social change.MISSIONTo train and impart necessary knowledge and skills that will contribute to the improvement and development of a sustainable human society.


The programs are set to:

(i) Provide practical working skills in Applied Sociology and Anthropology.

(ii) Provide professionals with a firm theoretical and practical background in Sociology and Anthropology.

(iii) Train highly specialized graduates to undertake postgraduate studies in social anthropological issues affecting society. Opportunities exist in all aspects of social development across the globe.


To achieve its objectives, the department is currently offering various Diploma and Degree programs namely:

1. BA. Social Work

2. Dip. in Social Work and Social Development


3.BA. Criminology and Criminal Justice

4. BA. Sociology5. Dip. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

6. MA in Rural Sociology and Community Organization


We view sociology and anthropology as disciplines engaged in a common intellectual task. Sociology and anthropology analyze individual experiences and connect them to larger social issues. The disciplines illustrate how matters that are often perceived as “personal problems” are actually consequences of social structures-including the gender, ethnic, or racial dynamics of society. The goal of sociology and anthropology is not merely to acquire knowledge about different societies, but also to critically engage with the complexities of social life.

What unites the two disciplines in South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU) is that Sociology and Anthropology provide an academic training which is rigorous, local and global in scope. Students develop research skills along with a general intellectual preparation, which stands them in good stead for graduate work in the disciplines and/or for a broad range of professions such as law, medicine, social work or journalism. Understanding the dynamics of society is also one of the first steps toward social change. Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers assist people by helping them cope with and solve issues in their everyday lives, such as family and personal problems and dealing with relationships. Some social workers help clients who face a disability, life-threatening disease, social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse. Additionally, they may conduct research, advocate for improved services, or become involved in planning or policy development. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting.


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