Society, Culture, and Language

Society, Culture, and Language
College of Arts & Sciences
USF St. Petersburg Dav 100
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
(727) 873-4156

Last updated 11/14/13





The Department of Society, Culture, and Language is home to four College of Arts and Sciences Programs: Anthropology, Criminology, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and World Languages.

The Mission of our Department is to educate students in the disciplines of Anthropology and Criminology, to provide a broad grounding in the social sciences for students majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences by creating opportunities for students to explore selected disciplines in more depth, and to make students proficient in World Languages by offering language courses that satisfy the university language requirement and minors in Spanish and French. The department promotes collaborative research and civic engagement projects that engage local and global communities, through which we challenge students to explore and reach deeper understandings of human diversity and experiences. Students majoring in anthropology focus on the global, comparative study of human biological variation and cultural systems over all periods, from the prehistoric to the present. Students majoring in criminology develop a specialized understanding of the criminal justice system and criminal behavior, particularly the ability to explain, predict and prevent crime and victimization. Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences gain a strong foundation in the social sciences while exploring specific disciplines in depth through selected cognate courses. The program emphasizes critical analysis of social issues from within a variety of  theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, and the development of effective writing, research and communication skills.  Students Students minoring in French and in Spanish gain proficiency in the five language skills (speaking, writing, listening , grammar, and culture) while developing a broad and refined understanding of the Spanish and French-speaking worlds through their language, literature, history, and culture. Student studying world languages will conduct research, scholarship and creative work in modern languages and literatures.

Department Documents

Department Chair

Dr. Susan Allen

Davis 262, 873-4969,


Program Associate Chairs and Student Advisor:

Anthropology Program Associate Chair

Dr. Jay Sokolovsky


Davis 283, 873-4514,

Criminology Program Associate Chair

Dr. Dawn K. Cecil


Davis 284, 873-4618,

ISS Program Associate Chair

Dr. Rebecca Johns

Rebecca Johns

Davis 269, 873-4556,

World Languages Program Associate Chairs

Dr. Narciso Hidalgo (starting Fall 13)

Narciso Hidalgo picture

Davis 254, 873-4060,

Dr. Frederic Leveziel (Fall 2013 only)

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