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.

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.


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.

Spring 2016 Events

Department Colloquium Series:

Monday, February 8  "How Did I Get Here? An Anthropologist Among Historians" by Angie Glasker '05 (Assistant Curator, Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison, WI)  4 p.m.  in CLA 205.

AKD Sociology Honor Society Lecture & Induction Ceremony, Sunday, February 28

Monday, March 28  “Migration and Gendered Webs of Obligation: Caring for my Elderly Puerto Rican Mother in a Transnational Context” by Maura Toro-Morn (Professor of Sociology, ISU)  4 p.m.  in State Farm Hall 202.

Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society Lecture & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, April 3, 4:00 p.m.  CLA 205
"There Are Neandertals among Us!  New Perspectives on the Aboriginal Europeans" by Fred Smith (Professor of Anthropology, ISU)  4 p.m.  in CLA 205.

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 Kira Miller 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.