Department of Sociology & Anthropology
The Sociology and Anthropology Department supports the University's goals of providing a liberal arts education for our students. We emphasize in our programs the ability to examine and understand an increasingly complex, diverse, and ever-changing world. We actively work with our students to apply sociological and anthropological perspectives towards the improvement of the human condition.
We are committed to:
*assisting students in crafting a personal academic plan towards the fulfillment of their intellectual and career goals.
*preparing students for post-graduation learning and work experiences through our teaching, via departmental projects and programs, and by providing students with individual support and mentoring.
*engaging in active scholarship through which we may practice and model our disciplines.
*maintaining a welcoming environment for all faculty members, staff, students, alumni, and friends.
*offer diverse courses, many without formal prerequisites, that make sociology and anthropology accessible, interesting, and useful to IWU students at all levels of the curriculum.
*challenge students to critically examine what it means to be prepared for democratic citizenship and life in a global society, and the ideals for which they stand.
*involve students in their own education by encouraging them to engage personally in research, analysis, writing, and experiential learning.
*provide the guidance and resources for students to undertake internships or volunteer work in the community, conduct independent research, work on honors projects, and present their work in professional settings
Spring 2014 Events
Department Colloquium Series:
Monday, February 24
Monday, March 31 "Global Mental Health and Local Constructions of Depression in Chile" by
Thursday April 3
Saturday, January 25 "Winter Gathering" at Dickson Mounds Museum
Friday, February 7 "Sweat lodge (inipi) Traditions" at Seven Circles Heritage Center. See a photo of the participants.
Monday, Jan. 20 MLK Teach-In on "Healthcare Inequality at Home & Abroad" 1-4 p.m. Hansen Student Center
Thursday, Sept. 12 Graduate School Information Session for Anthropology and Sociology Students: 6:00 p.m. CLA 105
Saturday, Sept. 21 Field trip to the Seven Circles Annual Pow Wow. See photos from the trip
The Anthropology Club meets regularly in the Underground at the Dugout, Memorial Center. TBA
The Anthropology Club sponsors excursions to local restaurants that feature menus from other parts of the world. And check out our blog at blogs.iwu.edu/anthropologyclub/
Please contact Nora Peterson for more information.
The Sociology Club meets regularly in the reading area on the second floor of CLA (outside of faculty offices). Contact Katie Bregman for more information.