Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Discover Social Sciences at UM-Flint

Students who choose to major in one of the social sciences tend to have at least one trait in common: curiosity. Whether they are researching the origins of life, comparing our justice system to those in other countries, or proposing solutions to our society's social problems, our students have an insatiable appetite for knowledge and most have the desire to use what they learn to positively influence our modern world.

Three majors, endless possibilities.

Students majoring in anthropology and sociology are introduced to alternative perspectives of their world. Whether through a reexamination of their own society or other cultures throughout the world, our students will develop their abilities for critical and analytical thinking.

Students majoring in the criminal justice program will learn how to apply critical thinking, social justice, and civic responsibility to their decision-making process as they pursue professional careers and encounter life situations. In addition to developing valuable skills, students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the structure and operation of the American criminal justice system and how it relates to other social institutions.


The number of UM-Flint courses designed to connect academic expertise to community concerns keeps growing. The number of civic engagement classes at the University of Michigan-Flint has reached a record high this semester.

On April 16, 2015, the Regents of the University of Michigan adopted the following memorial statement for Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Ph.D.

The Regents of the University of Michigan acknowledge with profound sadness the death of Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, program director, and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Michigan-Flint. Professor Aiyer died on March 20, 2015.

Professor Aiyer received his B.A. degree from St. Xavier’s College in 1989, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Temple University in 1993 and 2004, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan-Flint faculty as a lecturer in 2000, and was promoted to assistant professor in 2004, and associate professor in 2008.

An inspiring and accomplished teacher, Professor Aiyer researched the international political economy; Latin America; South Asia; crime, corruption, and capitalism; resources and environmental politics; and cultural studies. He edited, with his undergraduate students, the notable book Telling Our Stories: Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Flint published in 2007. Professor Aiyer authored a number of influential journal articles in the leading scholarly publications and was a frequent invited speaker at national and international symposia. He was a valued student advisor, respected leader in his department, and served many years a chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and director of the International and Global Studies Program. Professor Aiyer expanded course offerings in the anthropology program, developed interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and attracted new student majors. He designed and taught numerous courses including Cultures of South Asia, Third World Cultures Through Film, Terror and Violence, and Seminar on Contemporary Global Issues.

As we mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Jennifer and his many loving relatives and friends.

A fund has been established in Dr. Aiyer's memory. Please contact the deaprtment office for more information.