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Sociology & Anthropology
Anders Nelson '14

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Anders Nelson '14

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Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology offer students the opportunity to examine the social and cultural dimensions of the contemporary world.

These closely-related disciplines address a variety of intellectual as well as policy-related topics and concerns such as the dynamics of interpersonal relations; social organization across cultures; the family, politics, criminal behavior and the justice system; the nature of the state; social institutions (such as education and medicine); the structure of social and global inequality; and much more.

Monmouth College’s Sociology and Anthropology program emphasizes the development of a student’s ability to think critically, analyze and synthesize diverse social data and concepts, and conduct research independently, as well as part of a team. The program also emphasizes a student’s ability to convey that research through sound and effective written and oral communication.

Sociology/Anthropology students engage in research on campus and through off-campus programs offered by Monmouth-area institutions. In addition, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) provides research opportunities in Chicago and numerous locations throughout the world.

Human Services Concentration

The human services concentration within the Sociology-Anthropology major combines liberal arts study in the Sociology-Anthropology major with a curricular focus on social problems and social policy for students planning careers in human and helping services. Students will learn, through both intellectual engagement and field experience, to understand and effectively interact with individuals, communities, and public and private agencies confronting social challenges such as poverty, displacement, discrimination, crime, disability, interpersonal violence, and substance abuse.

The human services concentration prepares students for employment and graduate study opportunities in a variety of human services occupations, such as: social work; elder care; guidance and school counseling; marriage and family counseling; child protective services; elder protective services; services to developmentally disabled persons; domestic violence and sexual assault victim services; the criminal justice system, including law enforcement; public policy analysis; and community activism and development.

Department Facilities and Equipment

The Sociology and Anthropology Department is housed in Wallace Hall. The college's centerpiece facility also houses the offices of the president and academic dean, general classrooms, grants office, the Trotter Computerized Classroom, a multimedia production lab, and faculty offices for history, government, classics, education and communication.

Graduate School Opportunities

Because we live in a world of diminishing economic, cultural, and national barriers, a major in Sociology and Anthropology can lead to a variety of fulfilling careers, such as social research, social work, education, communications, business management, and health care, to name a few. The program also prepares students for post-graduate study in a variety of fields.

Career Opportunities

  • Case Management
  • Community Relations
  • Development/Fund Raising
  • Law Enforcement
  • Policy Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Human Resources
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Excavation

Recent Sociology/Anthropology Graduates

Ian Higbee ’05
Claims Representative
Peoria, IL

Evy Lipecka ’06
Manager Annual Giving and Database Operations
Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Emily Dawiec ‘13
Mental Health Professional
Rosecrance Health Network

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