Sociology examines human behavior in different social and cultural contexts.

Are you curious about why people act the way they do?  Do you want to be a leader in your community? Do your career goals include an understanding of group processes, social trends and cultural diversity here and abroad?  Then you need to study sociology!

Students attracted to sociology share concerns about social justice, yet they need skills necessary to critically analyze social problems and contribute to sustainable projects and diverse communities. Sociology gives them those skills.

A sociology major combines research skills, critical thinking, and effective communication useful to many graduate programs and a number of different career paths.

Internships, an important part of the sociology program, enable our students to find placements in many government, business, and human service organizations. Through an internship, majors receive practical work experience and insight leading to numerous career choices, while earning college credit.

Sociology Mission

Sociology Student Learning Goals

The senior Sociology major upon graduation should demonstrate an understanding of:

I. The role of evidence using qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology

            A. In the Methods of Social Research (Soc 327), majors should be able to:

                        1. Identify basic methodological approaches and describe the general role of methods in building                                 sociological knowledge.

                        2. Compare and contrast the basic methodological approaches for gathering data.

                        3. Use computer software for data analysis.

                        4. Critically assess the methods used in a sociological research report.

            B. In the Senior Seminar (Soc 492), senior majors should be able to:

                        1. Apply the principles of ethical practice as a sociologist.

                        2. Complete an original research paper from conceptualization to analysis and reporting.

II. The role of theory in sociology, and be able to:

            A. Define theory and describe its role in building sociological knowledge.

            B. Compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations.

            C. Show how theories reflect the historical context of times and cultures in which they were developed.

            D. Describe and apply some basic theories or theoretical orientations in multiple areas of social reality.

Sociology and Anthropology Department

Rebecca Gearhart, Chair
Illinois Wesleyan University
PO Box 2900
Bloomington IL 61702-2900

Phone: (309) 556-3193
Fax: (309) 556-3719

rgearhar@iwu.edu