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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology Fact Sheet

Sociology Fact Sheet

Contact Information:

Program Chair: Dr. Jack Bloom
Department Office: Lindenwood Hall, Room 210
Department Phone: (219) 980-6858
Fax: (219) 980-6972
E-Mail: socnw@iun.edu

Degree Option 1; Major in Sociology

Majors must complete 30 credit hours as follows:

Four basic courses in sociology: SOC S161, SOC S210, SOC S230, and SOC S250; One course in methods: SOC S251 (quantitative) or SOC S254 (qualitative)* One course in deviance or in inequality; choose from: SOC S310, SOC S317, SOC S320, SOC S325, SOC S328, SOC S331, SOC S335, SOC S337, or SOC S420; One course in organization or in communication, choose from SOC S309, SOC S311, SOC S313, SOC S314, SOC S315, SOC S316, SOC S410, SOC S416, SOC S418, SOC S419, SOC S431, or SOC S447; One course in theory (counts as capstone): SOC S340 or SOC S441**; Any two additional sociology courses, whether listed above or not; at least one of them must be at the 300 or 400 level.

*SOC S251 is recommended for students going on to graduate school in sociology and is required for admission to most Master of Social Work programs, including Indiana University Northwest's

**SOC S340 is a traditional survey of sociological theory course, while SOC S441 provides an interdisciplinary examination of both sociological and anthropological qualitative theories.

In addition to the requirement of 30 credit hours in the major, students must also take one course in cultural anthropology (ANTH A104 or ANTH A304) and one course in human origins (ANTH A103 or ANTH A105 or ANTH A303); these may be counted towards fulfilling Group III distribution requirements. Courses that count in the major cannot be used to satisfy Group III distribution.

Students must also complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Degree Option 2; Minor in Sociology:

Minors must complete 15 credit hours as follows:

SOC S161; one from SOC S163, SOC S164, or SOC S230; any two 300 or 400 level sociology courses; any other one additional sociology course.

Students pursuing a minor may wish to select courses that emphasize a theme such as:deviance or inequality (include two or three from (c) above); organization (include two or three from (d) above); medical sociology (include SOC S314 and SOC S331); gender (include two or three from SOC S164, SOC S310, SOC S337, or topics courses on gender); family studies(include two or three from SOC S164, SOC S316, SOC S416); social movements (include two or three from SOC S218, SOC S311, SOC S418, SOC S419).

Degree Option 3; Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in Sociology

Requirements are as follows:

(a) SOC S161, SOC S230, SOC S250, and (b) an elective of any two 100, 200, or 300 level courses. Students must also complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

What is Sociology?

That is a great question. This is not a subject that most people took in high school, so you are probably unfamiliar with the discipline. Sociology is most generally known as the study of human groups in interaction, but that does not tell us much. How about you? Well, we thought so... Sociology has a long history dating back to the French Revolution and the shift to the urban society which increased the magnitude and visibility of a wide spectrum of social problems. Early sociologists concerned themselves with ways to engineer a society that would be free from the social and environmental decay that the large European societies seemed to produce. As you will see below, we still have a course in sociology called Social Problems which examines challenges that we face at the dawn of the 21st Century as well as a variety of solutions, both practical and visionary.

Sociology has many theories, but the basic assumption is that humans are social beings rather than strictly biological organisms. Human behavior is created and sustained through social interaction in groups ranging from the dyad of two people (micro level) up to large scale organizations such as bureaucracies (macro level) that circle the globe. Think about it...Do you act the same way in every social situation you encounter throughout your day? Of course, not! You do not interact the same way with family members that you do with bosses at work. Well, you may be asking, "so what?" Our answer is that society is created through vast social processes which affect us as individuals in everything we do. If we are to change ourselves and society, we must first understand the social forces that shape us and the world that we live in. Sociology studies all aspects of social life and that is important! If you look under the course offerings you will see that we "leave no stones unturned." Join us in an adventure into the world in which you live and only thought that you understood. You will find that you did not have insight into the social forces which affect you. Looking through the "lens" of sociology will give you a new vision for yourself and the world.

Academic features:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers its Sociology curriculum to undergraduate students who want to pursue the systematic study of society from the microlevel (the individual in society) to the macrolevel (the study of institutions). Anthropology courses provide a global perspective on the nature and origins of human cultural and biological diversity; different anthropology courses can be used as natural science, social science, or humanities electives. At the junior/senior level some students may be eligible to enroll in independent study courses: (1) Individual Readings in Sociology and Anthropology (2) the Internship Program (where the student integrates a work experience with course work). Students graduating with a major in sociology may enter graduate programs in sociology, anthropology, and social science; enter professional schools, such as law and social work; or enter careers requiring a bachelor's degree in the liberal arts. Sociology majors are encouraged to draw upon the resources of other departments in social and behavioral sciences, as well as the humanities and physical/natural sciences. Counseling on programs and career choices is available within the department.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology maintains a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society (Iota of Indiana Chapter). Students are selected on the basis of excellence in research.

Program special features:

Dr. Kevin McElmurry, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is the academic advisor for IUN's Sociology Club. The purpose of the Sociology Club is to encourage informal interaction among faculty and students, provide opportunities for students interested in sociology to meet one another, and provide a forum for relevant activities. Members decide what they are interested in and field trips and informal lectures are organized. Membership is open to all IUN students who have social concerns and seek a broad understanding of contemporary domestic and global events. Members do not have to be sociology majors. All members receive a copy of Social Facts, the club newsletter. For more information on the Sociology Club, click on the "Sociology Club" link to your left.

Career Options:

Sociology graduates are well prepared for working in social agencies and social services. Some are caseworkers with programs in food stamps, child welfare, child abuse, juvenile services and adoption. Others are probation officers, employed as administrators in community development programs, family counseling agencies, outpatient clinics for mental hospitals, and neighborhood centers. Still others work in drug treatment centers and vocational rehabilitation facilities, or in education as teachers and school social workers. Internships in private or public sector are strongly encouraged.

Department Faculty:

Dr. Charles Gallmeier, Chancellor's Professor
Dr. Jack Bloom, Associate Professor and Department Chair
Dr. Tanice Foltz, Professor and Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Professor
Dr. Kevin McElmurry, Assistant Professor