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 2016 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.

Fall 2017 Anthropology Research Colloquium: Eastern Illinois University Professor  Angela Glaros presents " Singing Knowledge: Music, Dance, and Culture in Skyros, Greece".   4pm  on  Monday, October 23  in CLA 205, with free pizza to follow.

Thursday, November 3. "Reinventing a Kenyan Heroine: Mekatilili and Resistance Today" by Dr. Celia Nyamweru (Anthropology, St. Lawrence University). 4-5 p.m. in the Minor Myers Welcome Center Auditorium.

Monday, November 7. "Protecting Our Sacred Waters: A Message from Standing Rock" by Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin. 6:30-8:00 p.m. in CNS C101 and CNS Atrium.

Monday, November 28.  " DREAMing and Designing Spaces of Hope: Black Women Transcending Neighborhoods with High Levels of Violence" by Dr. Ruby Mendenhall. 4 p.m. in SFH 202, with pizza to follow.

Spring 2017 Events

Department Colloquium Series:

Tuesday, March 7 , “Women, Motherhood, and Power:
What It Takes to Empower the World’s Mothers” by
Dr. Alma Gottlieb (Anthropology Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) at  7:00 p.m. , State Farm Hall 202

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. 

Please contact Jordan Prats 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.