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

Honors Society

Sociology and Anthropology now share their honors society induction ceremony.


Keynote Address

Keynote 2018 Ceremony

Sociology anthropology


Fall 2017 Events

  • Anthropology Colloquium:  October 23 .  "Singing Knowledge: Music,Dance, and Culture in Skyros, Greece," with Professor Angela Glaros, Eastern Illinois University
  • Sociology Colloquium:  November 28 .  "The Rise and the Decline of the Tahrir Paradigm: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Contemporary Egypt," with Professor  Atef  Said, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Spring 2018 Events

  • Sociology & Anthropology Honors Society Inductions:  March 4
  • Sociology Colloquium: March 21. "Negotiating Parenthood in Chinese Lesbian and Gay Households: The Impact of Family-Centered Cultural Legacy," with Professor Wei Wei, East China Normal University in Shanghai, China
  • April 21: John Wesley Powell Undergraduate Research Conference

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, October 26 at 12pm  in the Titan Room, brown bag lunch with Professor Tuwana Wingfield, to learn more about the MSW degree at ISU.  
  • Tuesday, November 28 at 4pm  Dr. Atef Said, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago will present the Sociology Fall Research Colloquium, giving a talk titled "The Rise and the Decline of the Tahir Paradigm: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Contemporary Egypt."  This talk is co-sponsored by the Political Science Department with generous grants provided by the Betty Ritchie Birrer '47 and the Ivan Birrer PhD Endowment Fund.

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.