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Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Our Mission

The Department of Cultural and Social Studies houses eight academic programs: Criminal JusticeCultural Anthropology, Global Health Equity, Health Administration and PolicyJustice and SocietyMedical Anthropology, Public Health, Social Work and SociologyStudentsfaculty and staff in these programs strive to achieve the unique goals and objectives for each program’s areas of study while also recognizing the synergy among them and reflecting the Creighton's Jesuit Catholic mission in their teaching/learning, research, and service. The programs’ special contribution to student learning is increasing their awareness of society and culture as contexts that shape the quality of life. All of the programs aim to mentor students to become agents of social change and prepare them for a wide range of careers.

Our Programs

Criminal Justice

Major in Criminal Justice.

Cultural Anthropology

The cultural anthropology major and minor offer a holistic understanding of human diversity.

Global Health Equity

This minor provides a biosocial framework for the study of Global Health.

Health Administration and Policy

The Creighton undergraduate HAP program exists to enable graduates to promote healthcare organizations that are just and that put patients first.

Justice and Peace Studies

This interdisciplinary program uniquely helps students develop and live a strong “faith that does justice” in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition.

Medical Anthropology

If you are passionate about health, illness, and healthcare in a culturally diverse and ever-dynamic world, Medical Anthropology is a great fit for you.

Public Health

Public Health familiarizes students with the science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting healthy life styles both in this country and abroad.

Social Work

Our Social Work Program trains students to be professionals in the field and live out the Jesuit mission in action every day.


Whatever you want to become, think about how crucial it is for you to understand how individuals interact, how groups like family and school affect our lives, and how social systems help or hinder us.

Lab News

Our Social Science Data Lab (SSDL) is a teaching and outreach space to connect with the local community and provide consulting. The Biological Anthropology Lab (BIOL) is a research space for analyzing human remains to better understand health, disease, diet, and social class differences.

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