Sociology & Anthropology
The faculty of the WIU Department of Sociology and Anthropology has been recognized at the local, state, and national level for their outstanding performance as research and teaching professionals.
During the 1990s, more than two million dollars in research grants were awarded to WIU sociologists and anthropologists from federal, state, and private agencies such as;
- The National Science Foundation
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Fulbright Foundation
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- The National Fire Academy
- The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, together with the Department of Political Science and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, operates the Western Survey Research Center (WSRC). The WSRC is a service outreach of the College of Arts and Sciences and engages in survey, public policy, and opinion research for the University, the Macomb community, and the region. The WSRC provides Sociology students with an opportunity to develop their research skills through hands-on experiences.
The ongoing programs of applied and basic research, combined with a commitment to teaching excellence, provide the opportunity for Sociology students to work side-by-side with award winning faculty in an environment which reinforces the philosophy of “learning by doing.”