The Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Program (PPGSA) is linked to the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences (IFCH) at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and was approved by CAPES in 2002, still under the name of Social Sciences Graduate Program. It started its activities in the first semester of 2003, with the first Doctorate class. Currently, the Program also offers an Academic Master's degree.
The objective is to train professionals of high scientific level in Social Sciences, in the area of concentration of Anthropology and Sociology, thus expanding the opportunities for reproduction of qualified researchers in this area. The Program also seeks to generate new knowledge, primarily on the Amazonian social reality, as well as contributing to the formation of a conceptual framework for proposing social and cultural programs and policies within the Northern region of Brazil.
The Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Program is a reference in studies on riverside, peasant, extractivist, quilombola and city populations, as well as in studies on indigenous peoples. Research and teaching and extension actions carried out within the scope of the Program are recognized as relevant in socio-anthropological analysis of the Amazonian realities.
The program has a staff of 22 professors from the Faculty of Social Sciences of this Institute and from the Faculty of the Institute of Biological Sciences (ICB). It also has professors / researchers from the Department of Human Sciences (HSD) of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG).