Sociology

Departmental Website

http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/

Overview

Sociology, concerned with the systematic study of society and modeled after the natural sciences, has become one of humankind's major sources of self-awareness in the 21st century. Sociology majors at Eastern have exposure to the fundamental research methods, theories, and concepts of the discipline and the opportunity to take elective coursework in substantive areas that compliment their professional and academic interests. In addition, field trips, conferences and internship experiences extend education beyond the classroom. Students may also participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Sociology Club and Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honorary society.

Faculty are widely published in national and international journals and welcome the participation of students interested in research. Sociology provides a liberal arts education which develops an ability to think critically and analytically - abilities highly desirable to employers and widely marketable. Most graduates find careers in law enforcement, case and social service work, personnel relations, advocacy work and other public and private career settings. Sociology is also relevant for students planning to pursue graduate degrees in law, social work, counseling, criminal justice, business, public administration, sociology and other social sciences.

Departmental Honors Program

Yes

Four Year Degree Plan

http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/Forms.php

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Majoring in Sociology prepares students for graduate pursuits in Counseling, Criminology, Social Work, Sociology, and Political Science.

Course Catalog Listing

http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=24&poid=3537

Typical Starting Positions

Law Enforcement, Social Services, Case Workers, Human Resources

Study Abroad Opportunities

http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/studyabroad.php

Research Opportunities

http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/research.php or contact Dr. Bill Lovekamp
217-581-6217, welovekamp@eiu.edu

Student Professional Orginizations

Alpha Kappa Delta (honorary society) http://www.alpha-kappa-delta.org
Sociology Club http://castle.eiu.edu/socclub
Criminal Justice Club http://castle.eiu.edu/cjs_club/index.php

Professional Development Opportunities

Students are encouraged to consider an internship as part of their coursework at Eastern. Please see our SOC 4275 at http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/jobopportunities.php

Scholarships

Scholarship information: http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/scholarshipinfo.php

Scholarship Listing

Annie E. Weller Undergraduate or Graduate Scholar Award
Brian & Trina Myerscough - Chad Pfeffinger Outstanding Sigma Pi Service Award
Carol Specht Memorial Scholarship
College of Sciences Advisory Board Endowed Fund
College of Sciences Student Advisory Board Student Assistance Award
Elisha Baumgartner Scholarship
Eunice W. Dougherty Scholarship
Frank McCormick Phi Beta Kappa Study Abroad Scholarship
Gerardo J. Solis Latino Latina Scholarship
Leona Stanford Vollintine Charitable Trust Scholarship Fund
Richard & Kathy Hummel Sociology Anthropology Scholarship
Robert L. & Luz M. Whittenbarger Sociology Scholarship
Scholars in Undergraduate Research at Eastern (SURE Awards)
Social Science Writing Award
Sociology Anthropology Alumni Scholarship
Stan, Dee and Meagan Braden Scholarship

To search for scholarship opportunities please visit http://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/

Faculty Listing

http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/faculty.php

Department of Sociology, Blair Hall 3170
Contact Name: Dr. Craig M. Eckert
Contact Email: cmeckert@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/sociology/