The Sociology and Anthropology Department encompasses four graduate programs, two majors, and five minors. There are also advisors available for students in any part of the department.
The Illinois State University sociology program is dedicated to providing students with a first class educational experience aimed at preparing them to be engaged, informed participants in a global society. Students enjoy the resources of a large university with the feeling of a small community.
Sociology students explore a diverse range of topics and learn to think critically about the social world. Our distinguished faculty members are committed to helping students develop the analytical skills they need to gain a deeper understanding of the world in which we live.
Anthropology is a discipline concerned with people in their entirety: our evolution and physical variation, the remnants of our prehistoric past, the cultural and linguistic diversity of human societies past and present. We are a marketable degree based on marketing data and Department of Labor statistics.
Anthropology has four sub-fields: archaeology, anthropological linguistics,cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. An anthropological education begins with taking courses representative of all four subfields.
Anthropology is a discipline concerned with people in their entirety: our evolution and physical variation, the remnants of our prehistoric past, and the cultural and linguistic diversity of human societies past and present.
The sociology minor is popular with students in a range of majors, including psychology, communication, history, and business. Sociological knowledge and skills are relevant to many careers, are sought after by employers, and can add depth and diversity to most majors.
The interdisciplinary gerontology minor provides students with a background in theoretical as well as empirical research and also applied/professional knowledge relevant to an aging society. Although issues and problems of later life are a prominent focus in the minor, social gerontologists view aging as a life-long process which is shaped by social, historical economic, political, cultural, and even organizational factors.
The field of Gender studies aims to study gender identity and gender representation, considering social, cultural, psychological, and biological factors.
The field of Latin American studies observes the history, culture, and politics of both Latin America and Latin Americans across the globe.
The Master's in Anthropology program will expand in the Fall of 2014. In addition to a focus on historic archaeology, prehistoric archaeology and bioarchaeology, the program will offer foci in cultural anthropology, Japanese Studies, and paleoanthropology.
The Sociology Master’s Degree Program provides opportunities for advanced study in a variety of substantive areas of sociology, combined with a personalized research experience through a required thesis project. Our diverse faculty provides individualized attention to each student, allowing them to pursue a research project that is clearly aligned with their personal goals and interests. Our graduate program facilitates development of advanced social scientific research skills and problem-solving abilities utilizing a sociological perspective.
The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Illinois State University participates in three master's level graduate programs through the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development. The Applied Community and Economic Development Fellows program enables those with at least one year of full-time experience in community development or social services to build their credentials as community development specialists. The Peace Corps Fellows/USA program is designed for returned Peace Corps Volunteers who also wish to prepare themselves for jobs related to community development. The Peace Corps Master's International program prepares students to do overseas community development work in the Peace Corps.
Students interested in professional development in gerontology may earn a Graduate Certificate in the Social Aspects of Aging. This multidisciplinary certificate program is offered jointly by the Departments of Sociology & Anthropology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Psychology, Health Sciences, Speech Pathology & Audiology, and the School of Social Work. This certificate program is designed to provide academically and professionally oriented graduate experiences in the social aspects of aging.