- Degrees Available:
- Major: Yes
- Minor: Yes
- Graduate Degree: Yes
- Campus: Macomb
- Study Opportunities:
Undergraduate Majors, Minors & Programs of Study
Sociology is the study of human societies, their structure, and the ways individuals and groups relate to one another. Knowledge gained through study of sociology helps to understand contemporary issues such as poverty, crime, delinquency, deviance, urban growth and decay, and marriage and family life.
WIU's Sociology curriculum emphasizes everyday issues and the workings of society in general, the sociology degree is useful in a great variety of occupational fields. Sociology majors find work in personnel, industry, hospitals or health care, survey research, public-opinion polling, marketing and advertising research, and in government or nonprofit agencies. Students are also prepared for advanced graduate study.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, the full-time faculty members are actively involved in their respective disciplines. Each year they publish numerous articles and books, present papers at state, regional and national meetings and secure research grants from private, state and federal sources to advance knowledge in their disciplines.
All teaching faculty of the department possess first-hand research experience in their specialties. From their first introductory courses to graduate level seminars, students will be taught by Ph.D. sociologists and anthropologists who have established national--and in some cases international--reputations in their field.
- Alpha Kappa Delta
- The international sociology honor society was founded in 1920 and is dedicated to promoting "an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition."
- American Anthropological Association
- The American Anthropological Association (AAA), the primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States since its founding in 1902, is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology.
- American Sociological Association
- The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.
- Midwest Sociology Society
- The Midwest Sociological Society, founded in 1936, is a professional organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline.
- Graduate Sociology Organization
- For information, please contact Dr. Richard Gee, the Graduate Student Organization advisor.
- Western Anthropology and Sociology Club
- The WASC of Western Illinois University is comprised of numerous students enrolled in the program and holds regular meetings.