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Sociology / Anthropology

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

The B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology (SOA) is designed to foster intellectual understanding and insight into the issues and problems of today’s world, with special emphasis on the experiences and perspectives of women and people from other cultures. Students develop skills and knowledge in critical reading and writing, research methodology, evaluation of competing theories, prehistory and human evolution, actual and potential uses of work in sociology and anthropology, and ethics of professional inquiry and reporting.

Students take a core of courses that offers a perspective common to the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. In addition, they are given the opportunity to pursue individual interests in either sociology or anthropology.

Entrance Requirements
The SOA Department has no specific entrance requirements beyond admission to UIS.

Advising
Campus policy requires each student to have an advisor. Students declaring the SOA major are assigned an initial faculty advisor by the department. Students are expected to consult with their advisors before beginning the major concerning department requirements and individual goals. Department faculty assist students in designing strong, individualized academic programs.

Communication Skills and Assessment
The department faculty will assess a student’s acquisition of discipline knowledge during the course of study through review of a paper written for SOA 410 Senior Seminar, taken during the student’s final year.

Because the department values communication skills so highly and views them as necessary components of a college education, faculty work diligently with students to ensure they effectively possess these skills at graduation.

Major Requirements
Both sociological and anthropological perspectives contribute significantly, yet differently, to the study of human behavior. While individual students may choose to concentrate electives in either discipline, all SOA majors are required to be familiar with the basic approaches and insights of both disciplines. Further, all students become familiar with the basic theoretical issues surrounding the study of social life and acquire the skills necessary to carry out small-scale research.

To earn a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, which includes five core courses, one course in the diversity/inequalities category, and a minimum of two elective courses. Students are expected to meet with an SOA advisor before beginning the major.

Required Core Courses (19 credit hours):

SOA 302 Understanding Other Cultures 4 Hrs.
SOA 304 Human Evolution: Biological and Cultural 4 Hrs.
SOA 405 Sociocultural Theories 4 Hrs.
SOA 410 Senior Seminar 3 Hrs.
SOA 411 Social Research Methods 4 Hrs.

Diversity/Inequalities Requirement (3-4 credit hours).
Select 1 course from the following:

SOA 231 ECCE: Cultural Diversity in the U.S. 3 Hrs.
SOA 441 ECCE: Social Stratification 4 Hrs.
SOA 301 ECCE: Women, Gender and Society 4 Hrs.

Electives (7-8 credit hours, for a total of at least 30 credits in SOA): Students are required to take at least two elective courses in SOA. At least one must be 400-level.

ANTHROPOLOGY MINOR

No prerequisites are required, but the department recommends that students have completed an introductory course in sociology or anthropology at the lower-division level.

Core courses (16 Hrs.)
SOA 302 Understanding Other Cultures 4 Hrs.
SOA 304 Human Evolution: Biological and Cultural 4 Hrs.
Anthropology content electives 8 Hrs.

Students should consult with an advisor to identify anthropology content electives appropriate to the minor. At least one elective must be at the 400-level.

Lower-division course work may be used in lieu of SOA 302 and/or SOA 304 with the approval of the advisor and department chair, but the hours must be replaced with upper-division elective courses.

Classes used to complete the minor in Anthropology cannot also be used to satisfy degree requirements in the student’s major.

SOCIOLOGY MINOR

No prerequisites are required, but the department recommends that students have completed an introductory course in sociology or anthropology at the lower-division level.

Core courses (16 Hrs.)
SOA 405 Sociocultural Theories 4 Hrs.
SOA 411 Social Research Methods 4 Hrs.
Sociology content electives 8 Hrs.

Students should consult with an advisor to identify sociology content electives appropriate to the minor. At least one elective must be at the 400-level.

Classes used to complete the minor in Sociology cannot also be used to satisfy degree requirements in the student’s major.


DEGREES:

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Minor, Anthropology Minor

FACULTY

Lynn Fisher, Sharon Graf, Jonathan Isler, Shoon Lio, Jennifer Manthei, Hinda Seif
Associated Faculty: Heather Dell, Ryan Williams
Emeritus Faculty: Proshanta K. Nandi, Michael D. Quam, Regan Smith, James W. Stuart
Associated Emeritus Faculty: Rosamond Robbert
Adjunct Faculty: Terrance Martin, Mohammed Shahidullah

CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 217/206-6790
Email: soa@uis.edu
Website: www.uis.edu/sociologyanthropology

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