Department Mission

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.

Our curricula:

*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

Fall 2014 Events

Department Colloquium Series: Professional anthropologists and sociologists present new research and share insights on the theories and methods of the disciplines. Two scholars each semester on select Mondays at 4:00 p.m. TBA

"Sociology Matters: Q & A about the Major & Minor with Students & Professors" Pizza Party, TBA

Saturday, October 18
Homecoming Reception
CLA Second Floor Lounge, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

"Life After IWU" with Sociology & Anthropology Professors, TBA

Spring 2015 Events

Department Colloquium Series: TBA

Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society Lecture & Induction Ceremony, TBA

AKD Sociology Honor Society Lecture & Induction Ceremony, TBA

Anthropology Club:

Regular Meetings:

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

Please contact Kira Miller or KiriLi Stauch for more information. 

Sociology Club:

Regular Meetings:

The Sociology Club meets regularly in the reading area on the second floor of CLA (outside of faculty offices). Contact Meghan Burke for more information.