Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Eastern Illinois University.
The Department offers a major in sociology (Bachelor of Arts) and minors in anthropology, criminology, sociology, and environmental studies. Beyond those with explicit interest in sociology, students attending Eastern with particular interests in law enforcement, social work, gerontology, and the practice of law find the major to be very relevant. Through our web site, we hope to provide a sense of what the Department offers, the opportunities that are available, and answer any questions that you might have. However, if we have not, please feel free to contact me or any of the faculty.
Faculty in the EIU’s Department of Sociology & Anthropology practice high quality, personalized advising. Faculty members are personable and friendly and genuinely interested in our students graduating from the university and moving into challenging and rewarding occupations. Our advisors are well versed with respect to EIU’s general education requirements as well as the full range of sociology and anthropology courses – for majors and minors and for all students interested in the disciplines. In addition, our faculty provides students with a wealth of information regarding graduate programs/schools and offer keen insights into potential careers for which sociology is a superb background.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at EIU offers opportunities for undergraduate students to hone their methodological and statistical skills working with experienced and well-respected publishing scholars.
Dr. Donald Holly takes his students on archeological digs searching for clues of a distant past. Read more...
Faculty in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology have distinguished themselves in the three primary area of university life: teaching, research and service.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology provides an expanding arena of internship possibilities throughout the state and nation.
William Lovekamp’s work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is helping to preserve the heritage of Cades Cove. Read more...
EIU sociology graduates have a very high (80% or better) acceptance rate at high quality MSW programs (such as UIC, UIUC, St. Louis University, and Illinois State University). The rigor of our courses, our enthusiastic and engaged faculty, and the large number of resources (for example, computer labs, one-on-one mentoring, and honor student tutors) available to students all bode well for students interested in pursuing careers or graduate work in social work or the social services. In addition, three of our faculty have MSW degrees and are only too willing to provide advice and support to students interested in these fields.
Dr. Holly, associate professor of Anthropology, is one of two trained archaeologists at Eastern. Holly teaches classes such as Introduction to Anthropology, Archaeology of the Earliest Civilizations, Native American Cultures, Human Evolution, and Hunters and Gatherers.
Dr. Gillespie has the distinguished honor to teach the required applied statistics course in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. This course, for which students most often only enroll because it is a program requirement, is therefore met with much anxiety and skepticism by Sociology majors. However, integrating statistical literacy with a pirate, props, M&M chocolate candies, and real world applications, Dr. Gillespie develops for his students a critical eye toward social statistics that, in hopes, lives and breathes outside of the classroom.