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Curiosity about their environment often leads students to pursue sociology. "They want to understand what's happening to them and to understand the world around them," said Sociology Professor Mary Kay Schleiter. "They have some insights into how institutions affect people, and they want to make a difference in the world."
As a Parkside sociology major, you'll graduate well-prepared to begin your career. You'll leave the university with the confidence that comes from being closely involved with successful research projects and receiving positive feedback.
To gain a deeper understanding, many Parkside sociology majors often choose a minor or concentration in anthropology. Professor Robert Sasso, who heads the anthropology area, pointed out that students have a wealth of research opportunities before them. "The experience working in the community doing research makes it a grounding experience. The difference between reading about it in the classroom and working on it makes it more meaningful," he said.
Your interest may be in archaeology. Sociology/anthropology students have participated in digs with Professor Sasso and and discovered artifacts dating back 13,000 years. You'll enjoy uncovering the rich history of the region, often focusing on how European migration affected native Indian populations, including the Potawatomi.
Parkside's sociology curriculum includes an understanding of theories and methods used by sociologists and anthropologists, as well as substantive areas to which these theories and methods are applied.
Learn more about the Sociology/Anthropology Department at Parkside.
Brown's agency has already made a strong impact. Research reveals that 1 in 4 teen moms will have a second child before their baby is one year old. Teens served by Brown's Foundations of Life have not had subsequent pregnancies, leading to a 100% success rate for the non-profit organization. "That's a huge outcome for us. Our approach is working," Brown said. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D while continuing to serve the community.