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EIU Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology at Eastern Illinois University.

The Department offers a major in Sociology (B.A.), a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice (B.A.), and minors in Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology, and Environmental Studies. For those interested in Sociology we offer a well-rounded curriculum that exposes students to the central areas of study in the discipline and challenges students to think critically about society and social behavior. Similarly, for those interested in Criminology, our undergraduate major in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides a student-centered curriculum that enables students to think critically about the causes and consequences of crime and criminal behavior. Through our website, we hope to provide a sense of with the Department offers, the opportunities that are available, and answer any questions you might have. However, if you have specific questions or require additional information please feel free to contact us at:

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Why Choose EIU for Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology

High Quality Advising

Faculty in the EIU’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology 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.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology 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

Dr. Donald Holly takes his students on archeological digs searching for clues of a distant past. Read more...

Enthusiastic, Personable and Engaging Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology have distinguished themselves in the three primary area of university life: teaching, research and service.

Expanding Internship Program

The Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology provides an expanding arena of internship possibilities throughout the state and nation.

William Lovekamp

William Lovekamp’s work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is helping to preserve the heritage of Cades Cove. Read more...

Achieve Your Goals

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.

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Contact Information

Eastern Illinois University
Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology

Blair 3170
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3123

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