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Sociology and Anthropology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at ISU. Our faculty members provide both undergraduate and graduate students with a broad array of perspectives on the human condition - ranging from social movements, personal relationships, and the organization of cultures and societies throughout the world, to the archaeology of historic and prehistoric North America. We share a commitment to providing students with a first-class educational experience.

That experience is grounded in challenging courses and extensive opportunities for collaborative learning and out-of-class learning activities. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known for their research, but they are equally well-known on campus for their quality teaching and student mentoring. This balance of excellence in research and teaching, along with the truly outstanding people who have created it, makes the Department of Sociology and Anthropology a special place.


The Sociology Anthropology Fund: This is our Excellence Fund and is used to support a wide variety of activities associated with our educational mission.  The Sociology Anthropology Fund allows the Department to assist student research and internships beyond campus; fund field trips; support other co-curricular activities that provide our students with vital perspectives and experiences beyond the classroom; and support bringing speakers to campus who contribute to making the Department a vibrant intellectual community. 


Sociology and Anthropology Student Travel: This award is available to both Sociology and Anthropology majors who have been accepted for a study abroad program. The minimum award is $500 and we have a goal to award 10 of these scholarships every year to help promote global experiences and perspectives. 


General Fund in support of the Edward Jelks Student Travel Award: 

Dr. Jelks was the first anthropologist hired at Illinois State University. He is a historical archaeologist and a founding member of the Society for Historical Archaeology. He is a prolific and award-winning scholar; in 2010 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Illinois Archaeological Survey. Ed Jelks envisioned a four-field anthropology program at Illinois State and helped to bring faculty to ISU who would make that vision a reality.

Alumni and faculty would like to honor his legacy through the creation of a named endowment to support student travel to professional conferences, trips for gathering data, field schools, and other experiential learning activities. The fund currently has $10,000 but needs an additional $15,000 before it can be formally named and utilized to benefit our students.

Record-Breaker Challenge
This just in, Craig Reeser '75 wants to issue one final challenge. We will unlock a $250,000 planned commitment when we surpass 2,500 gifts before midnight tonight! Let’s do this 'Birds!
479 / 479 Gifts
Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 500 donors who unlocked $25,000 to kick off Birds Give Back! Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they match your gift!
500 / 500 Gifts
Momentum Challenge
Thank you to the 1000 donors who unlocked $25,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
College of Arts and Sciences Challenge
An anonymous alumna wants us to show our support for the College of Arts and Sciences. She will unlock $25,000 for student scholarships when we receive 150 gifts to the College or its departments today during Birds Give Back.
150 / 150 Gifts
Participation by area
Which participating group will receive the most gifts during Birds Give Back? Support your passion and help your area climb the leaderboard!
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 Multicultural Center 390
2 Athletics 355
3 LGBTQ+ Student Support 284
4 Communication 215
5 Redbird Esports 117
6 Accounting 79
7 Student Engagement 77
8 WGLT 73
9 Student Affairs Scholarships 72
10 Center for Civic Engagement 66
11 Support MCN priorities 60
12 Family and Consumer Sciences 59
13 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 59
14 School of Teaching and Learning 59
15 U-High 52
16 Student Scholarships 51
17 Alumni Association Scholarship 50
18 ISUPD Community Engagement Unit 50
19 College of Business Excellence Fund 47
20 Special Education 47
21 Ewing Cultural Center 44
22 School of Music 42
23 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 39
24 Gamma Phi Circus 38
25 School of Theatre and Dance 38
26 Kinesiology and Recreation 35
27 CAST Student Persistence Fund 34
28 Vidette Digitization Project 34
29 Chemistry 32
30 Criminal Justice Sciences 30
31 Politics and Government 28
32 Finance, Insurance, and Law 28
33 Horticulture Center 27
34 Agriculture 25
35 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 25
36 Metcalf 24
37 Friends of the Arts 24
38 Educational Administration & Foundations 23
39 Technology 22
40 Information Technology 22
41 Marketing 21
42 Health Sciences 21
43 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
44 Biological Sciences 19
45 Wonsook Kim School of Art 18
46 Military Science - ROTC 18
47 International House 18
48 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 17
49 History 17
50 More ways to support Milner Library 17
51 College of Education Persistence Awards 16
52 Creative Technologies Program 16
53 Mathematics 14
54 Sociology and Anthropology 13
55 CAST additional priorities 12
56 Communication Sciences and Disorders 12
57 Geography, Geology and the Environment 11
58 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 11
59 Physics 9
60 Social Work 9
61 Psychology 9
62 Management and Quantitative Methods 9
63 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 8
64 English 8
65 The Graduate School 8
66 University Galleries 6
67 Economics 4
68 International Business 3
69 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2
70 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 1
71 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 0
72 Philosophy 0
Campus Community Challenge
Thanks to 250 faculty, staff, retiree donors for unlocking $10,000 during Birds Give Back!
250 / 250 Donors
Redbird Romance Challenge
Rod Sargeant '65, '67 wants to celebrate his Redbird romance and challenge us to reach our goal of 2,021 gifts to show Redbirds we’ve got their backs in 2021. He will unlock $25,000 to establish a scholarship in memory of his wife, Darlene Ann Sargeant '66 when we reach our goal today. Rod encourages you to make your gift in honor of, or in memory of, a Redbird you love.
521 / 521 Gifts
Football Alumni Challenge
Redbird football alumni Hank (’70, ’71) and Joan Guenther '69 will add $5,000 to support our strength and conditioning project when 5 other football alumni give $1,000 each to the effort today during Birds Give Back.
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