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Sociology, B.A.

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Charleston, IL, United States
The mission of the Sociology program from Eastern Illinois University is to provide a comprehensive undergraduate major in sociology while also constituting a substantial presence in the university’s general education curriculum, thus preparing students to contribute to the benefit of community and society and to continue life-long learning in a changing and diverse world.


Why study the Sociology program from Eastern Illinois University

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, as a department of social sciences, is with the College of Sciences. The Department offers majors in Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice and minors in Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology. Ten faculty members (8 Sociologists and 2 anthropologists) provide a wide range of courses within both the Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice programs that offer our majors personal attention and frequent opportunities for faculty-student interaction. Many of the faculty also have active research agendas that afford interested and qualified students the opportunity to gain research experience.  Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology students have the opportunity to participate in a number of departmental, extracurricular activities. The Sociology-Anthropology Club and Criminal Justice Club are open to all students and the departmental chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society, is open to qualified students.

Departmental Objectives

  • Provide students with an understanding of the organization, structure and change of society and the dynamic interplay of these phenomena and human behavior.
  • Teach students the analytical skills (theories, research methods, critical thought) necessary to comprehend human relationships and the influences of social forces on them.
  • Inform students of opportunities in graduate school and in the employment market.

What is Sociology?

Sociology, a social science concerned with the systematic study of human society and based on the scientific method of the natural sciences, emerged in the nineteenth century. Sociology has since become a respected disciplinary presence in the academy and one of humankind’s major sources of self-awareness in the twenty-first century.

As Sociology developed, specialized subdisciplines emerged, and there are now sociologies of science, crime and deviance, politics, education, aging, sport, family, work and occupations, medicine, organizations, collective behavior, environment and numerous other subfields. Beyond the academy, Sociology finds application in areas such as minority relations, city planning, policy development, industrial relations, personnel relations, client/customer relations and advocacy.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology, as a sister discipline to sociology, is also a social science concerned with the systematic study of human society and it, too, emerged in the nineteenth century. Historically, Anthropology’s focus was on non-Western or traditional society (sometimes erroneously referred to as exotic or primitive society). Like sociology, Anthropology is a major source of humankind’s self-awareness in the twenty-first century.

As Anthropology developed, the discipline became segmented into four major areas: Cultural Anthropology (most similar to sociology); Archaeology; Physical Anthropology; Linguistics. Each subfield may constitute a distinct and discrete area of study.

What is Criminology?

Criminology, like Sociology and Anthropology, is also a social science.  However, Criminology is focused specifically on studying crime as a social phenomenon, which includes a focus on the causes, extent, types, and control of crime.

Contemporary criminology focuses on a range of topics including: crime measurement/statistics, theoretical explanations of crime, understanding and describing major forms of crime (e.g. violent crime, white-collar crime), victimology, and controlling and preventing crime.  An analysis of the aforementioned topics contribute to a holistic understanding of crime and criminal behavior.     

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Sociology
  • Sociology Professional Seminar
  • Social Stratification 
  • Introduction to Criminology

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Official records (transcripts or mark sheets) beginning with secondary school. Transcripts must bear the seal and signature of the appropriate school official, and be accompanied by an official English translation if necessary. A minimum grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement: Official TOEFL, IELTS, STEP EIKEN, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • A completed International Student Financial Affidavit Form, documenting sufficient funding for the intended program of study
  • Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 U.S. in the form of a check, certified check or money order made payable to Eastern Illinois University

Tuition Fee

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    378 USD/credit
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  • National

    302 USD/credit
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Living costs for Charleston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
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