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.
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,
Through our curricula:
We offer diverse courses, many without formal prerequisites, that make sociology and
anthropology accessible, interesting, and useful to IWU students at all levels.
We 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.
We involve students in their own education by encouraging them to engage personally
in research, analysis, writing, and experiential learning.
We 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.
Sociology and Anthropology share their honor society induction ceremony.
The 2019 inductees for Lambda Alpha were Kathryn Jefferson and Kayla Ranta.
The ceremony for 2020 was originally scheduled for late March, but was canceled due
to safety measures for COVID-19.
As our campus community works together to lessen the spread of COVID-19, event occurrences have
been reduced for the semester. However, we are still working to challenge and involve
students as they pursue their studies in Sociology and Anthropology.
Virtual Sociology Grad School Alumni Panel September 16, 2020
Information Literacy & Research in Sociology & Anthropology (Fact or Fiction series)
Adulting 101: Skills for Success Monday, September 30 at noon in SFH 201
"Rock and Rolls: Exploring Body Positivity at Girls Rock Camp" Monday October 28 at 4:00 p.m. in SFH 202
The Sociology Research Colloquium hosted Trisha Lanae Crawshaw, Ph.D. Candidate at
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale to give a talk titled "Rock and Rolls: Exploring
Body Positivity at Girls Rock Camp."
Writing in Sociology & Anthropology November
Sociology and Anthropology Clubs
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.
The Anthropology Club meets regularly in the Underground at the Dugout, Memorial Center.
The Anthropology Club sponsors excursions to local restaurants that feature menus
from other parts of the world.