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EIU Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology

About the Program

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, as a department of social sciences, is with the College of Sciences.  The Department offers majors in Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice and minors in Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology.   Ten faculty members (8 Sociologists and 2 anthropologists) provide a wide range of courses within both the Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice programs that offer our majors personal attention and frequent opportunities for faculty-student interaction.  Many of the faculty also have active research agendas that afford interested and qualified students the opportunity to gain research experience.  Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology students have the opportunity to participate in a number of departmental, extracurricular activities.  The Sociology-Anthropology Club and Criminal Justice Club are open to all students and the departmental chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society, is open to qualified students.

Departmental Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology is to provide comprehensive, undergraduate majors in sociology and criminology and criminal justice while also constituting a substantial presence in the university’s general education curriculum, thus preparing students to contribute to the benefit of community and society and to continue life-long learning in a changing and diverse world. The Department places priority on excellence in teaching, enhanced by student mentoring, and furthered by the intellectual inquiry of research and service to the University, community, and the profession.

Departmental Objectives

  • Provide students with an understanding of the organization, structure and change of society and the dynamic interplay of these phenomena and human behavior.
  • Teach students the analytical skills (theories, research methods, critical thought) necessary to comprehend human relationships and the influences of social forces on them.
  • Inform students of opportunities in graduate school and in the employment market.

What is Sociology?

Sociology, a social science concerned with the systematic study of human society and based on the scientific method of the natural sciences, emerged in the nineteenth century. Sociology has since become a respected disciplinary presence in the academy and one of humankind’s major sources of self-awareness in the twenty-first century.

As Sociology developed, specialized subdisciplines emerged, and there are now sociologies of science, crime and deviance, politics, education, aging, sport, family, work and occupations, medicine, organizations, collective behavior, environment and numerous other subfields. Beyond the academy, Sociology finds application in areas such as minority relations, city planning, policy development, industrial relations, personnel relations, client/customer relations and advocacy.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology, as a sister discipline to sociology, is also a social science concerned with the systematic study of human society and it, too, emerged in the nineteenth century. Historically, Anthropology’s focus was on non-Western or traditional society (sometimes erroneously referred to as exotic or primitive society). Like sociology, Anthropology is a major source of humankind’s self-awareness in the twenty-first century.

As Anthropology developed, the discipline became segmented into four major areas: Cultural Anthropology (most similar to sociology); Archaeology; Physical Anthropology; Linguistics. Each subfield may constitute a distinct and discrete area of study.

What is Criminology?

Criminology, like Sociology and Anthropology, is also a social science.  However, Criminology is focused specifically on studying crime as a social phenomenon, which includes a focus on the causes, extent, types, and control of crime.

Contemporary criminology focuses on a range of topics including: crime measurement/statistics, theoretical explanations of crime, understanding and describing major forms of crime (e.g. violent crime, white-collar crime), victimology, and controlling and preventing crime.  An analysis of the aforementioned topics contribute to a holistic understanding of crime and criminal behavior.     

   

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Contact Information

Eastern Illinois University
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Blair 3170
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3123
soc1@eiu.edu


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