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Sociology, anthropology and social welfare

Sociology, anthropology and social welfare


Fall term, my freshman year I had my first
Anthropology 100 course, and I just remember the first day of class being like this is so cool,
have to keep studying this. So, they hooked me right away We have 3 majors, which is exciting. our students do Sociology, Sociology with
concentration social welfare, or Anthropology and we offer all three within the department. Our majors take courses in all three, so you would
declare a sociology major in Sociology with concentration on social welfare or an
anthropology major, focus on that as your core major and then take supporting courses
throughout. My first major that I wanted to go into was Psychology and then I took a Psychology
course and I found that it wasn’t for me and so then I started to look at my other options and
then I came upon the Soc department and I took Intro to Sociology with
Professor Kroll and then I knew that sociology was what I wanted to study. In terms of out of the classroom, a lot of our classes have built in experiential learning,
internships, different service learnings. Taking courses with Vicki Sommer, you get to go in and out of the community I think about two
or three different times and we’ve been able to visit a residential treatment
facility for adolescent youth, and thats Arrowhead Ranch and we’ve also got to take a trip to Chicago
and go see a historic museum, which is actually now a college so we really got to go inside there and study
all the history. Every one of our majors does a senior capstone they spent 2 of their 3 terms in their junior or senior year or more depending on their project working with faculty 1-on-1, developing a senior inquiry project, and in both anthropology and sociology they pick a topic of interest
and then we supervise them and guide them as they go out and do this project. I just did my own independent field research, on the antique trade in the Quad Cities, so this summer I
got to interview antique dealers and collectors and kind of learn more about what it’s like to to collect antiques here. I’m going to graduate
school at the University of Delaware. Im going to be studying american material culture. We have majors who have
successfully placed in graduate programs and we have majors who have successfully
placed in careers were they’re using what they learned in their major to be successful in their
jobs and career as well.

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