Professors C. Kreykes Brandsen, M. Loyd-Paige, M. Mulder (chair, spring), T. Vanden Berg (chair, fall), K. Ver Beek
Associate Professors K. Alford, J. Hill, E. Marr, R. Venema (director of social work)
Assistant Professors J. Kuilema, R. Williams
The department offers courses in sociology, social work, and anthropology. Sociology is the study of the principles of group relationships, social institutions, and the influence of groups on individuals. Urban, cross-cultural, criminology, and/or family studies are some possible groupings within sociology that majors might want to pursue. Social work is a professional program, the study of the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social work practice. Anthropology is the study of the cultural values of peoples around the world and how these values become expressed in specific behavioral patterns. Programs in the department lead to a departmental major in sociology, a minor in sociology, a major in social work leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, and a minor in social work.
SOC 151 , SOC 130 , SOC 303 , SOC 255 , SOC 395 and SOWK 250 , SOWK 255 , SOWK 260 , and SOWK 381 satisfy requirements for the general college core as well as for major or minor programs of study in sociology and social work.
Students who spend a semester at the Chicago Semester or in Washington, DC, may apply some of that work to a departmental major or minor.
For admission to the major program, a student must complete SOC 151 with a minimum grade of C (2.0).
Students wishing to graduate with honors in sociology must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must complete at least six honors courses (18 semester hours minimum). Three of these courses must be in sociology and three must be from outside of the major. Students must complete an honors thesis in sociology 395, including a public presentation of results whenever appropriate. Honors students are encouraged to participate in department seminars and colloquia when appropriate. Students must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their major. The advisor for the sociology honors program is T. Vanden Berg.
Sociology majors who have demonstrated ability in their sociology courses are invited to apply for an internship placement during their senior year. SOC 380 offers a three-semester-hour credit experience in a professional setting delivering applied sociology or research services. Professional settings include agencies in the fields of criminal justice, cross-cultural development, family service, gerontology, mental health, and urban planning. Internships can provide important background for later employment and graduate school. Interested students should contact M. Mulder.