UM-Flint Mourns the Loss of Associate Professor Ananth Aiyer

Dr. Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences, passed away on March 20th after a brief illness. A fund has been established in his memory. For more inforamation, contact the department office.

Dept. Grad Heading to Princeton University for PhD in Anthropology

Gracey Carey, 2014 graduate of Anthroplogy, Sociology, and International & Global Studies, is starting an Anthropology PhD program at Princeton University in September of 2015. Her research focuses on political religious movements in the United States. She says of her time at UM-Flint, "interaction with the community and with the discipline of anthropology itself opened my eyes and left me insatiably curious to continue my anthropological pursuits." Good luck, Grace!


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.


UM-Flint Associate Professor of Sociology Heather Laube’s American Studies Award entails a four-month fellowship for teaching at the University of Graz in Austria in 2015.

She will bring her expertise on gender, higher education, and social movements as she teaches two graduate classes: one modeled after her Gender & Society course here and the other called Feminism, Gender, and Change in Academia. Laube is happy to be landing at an institution that is in the midst of change and focusing on the place of women in higher education—a topic central to Laube’s studies and interests.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Discover the 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.


Dr. Wilfred G. Marston Civic Engagement Award

Dr. Wilfred G. Marston (1936-2008) was professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan-Flint. He came to the University in 1970 with the mandate to establish a new Department of Sociology and served several terms as its chair. During his 29-years at UM-Flint, Dr. Marston established a distinguished career as a stellar scholar, outstanding teacher and mentor, and visionary leader. As a scholar of urban studies and residential segregation, he was a dedicated champion and booster of the City of Flint. Through his vibrant lectures, experiential learning techniques, and field trips to major cities, he taught students to be actively engaged in improving the community.

This $1000 award is made possible through the generosity of Rebecca and David Pettengill. It is available to a student who exemplifies Dr. Marston’s spirit and undertakes a civic engagement project that will help the City of Flint “Move Forward” by improving conditions for those who live, work, learn, play or rely on the services that are available here.

The award is open to UM-Flint full-time students at all levels (any major) in good academic standing. The selection/evaluation committee will be comprised of faculty from the department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice.

To apply, submit a cover sheet, project outline, and budget (Downloadable forms) no later than April 1, 2015 to Ms. Lynne McTiernan, 522 French Hall.

Proposals should answer the following questions:

  • Briefly, what do you propose to do?
  • What methods/tools/skills/supplies will you need to complete the project?
  • Do you need support/approval of a community organization (social service agency, charity, government agency, etc) to carry out your project? If yes, will you be able to obtain the needed support/approval? Explain.
  • Will others be involved in the project? If yes, who will contribute and how?
  • What are your estimated start and completion dates?
  • What is the project budget and timeline?
  • How you will keep your faculty advisor informed about your progress? How will the community benefit from your project?


Projects must be completed within a year. At the end of the award period, the student will have an opportunity to publicly present the results.

Please direct questions and comments to: Ms. Lynne McTiernan (762-3340)