Mission Statement

The faculty of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology are committed to the principles of a liberal arts education. We promote a learning environment where students are taught to value cultural diversity and pluralism and to engage in critical analysis of social structure and processes.

Through our teaching, research, and service, we seek to enhance the intellectual awareness of various aspects of the human condition around the world and throughout history. In both liberal arts and specialized major courses, our goal is to provide students with an understanding of the forces that shape society, culture, criminal behavior, and human biology and the effects these have on our changing social and physical environments.

We strive to raise social and political awareness, to encourage civic engagement, to produce ethical and empathetic global citizens, and to develop stimulating and challenging experiences for students to deepen their understanding of the world in which they live. We are dedicated to teaching excellence grounded in active research agendas and involvement in community and professional service.

Whether students pursue careers in sociology, anthropology, or criminology, our goal is to provide them with the critical and analytical skills necessary for lifelong learning.


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Spring 2015 SAC Colloquium Series:

  • The Emerging Characteristics of China's Anti-Corruption Since 2013. Wed. Jan. 21, 3:15 p.m.  Sabin 127  Zhizhou Du, Visiting Scholar from Beihang University in China.
  • Corruption in the Chinese Higher Educational Sector. Wed. March 4, 3:15 p.m.  Sabin 127  Qingli Meng, Assistant Professor of Criminology.
  • Spatial Inequality in 'Energetic' Pain: The Energy-Related Price of Residing in Rural America. Wed. April 1, 3:15 p.m. Bartlett 2129.  Lazarus Adua, Assistant Professor of Sociology.
  • Gender Gaps in Educational Outcomes Among Children of New Migrants: The Role of Social Integration from a Comparative Perspective Wed. April 29, 3:15 p.m. Bartlett 2129.  Xavi Escandell, Associate Professor of Sociology.


Professor Don Gaff's Azstalan Field School Summer 2013 (BLOG): http://uniaztalan2013.blogspot.com

Also see Dan Seuer's photography site that features Dr. Gaff's Field School:



Our award-winning faculty strive for excellence - SAC Awards from 2008-2013

2013 Diversity Matters Award Xavier Escandell
2013 University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award for Untenured Faculty Ruth Chananie-Hill
2012  CSBS Outstanding Teaching Award Anne Woodrick
2012 CSBS Outstanding Service Award Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn
2012 University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award for Untenured Faculty Carissa Froyum
2011 Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award Marybeth Stalp
2011 James F. Lubker Research Award  Kent Sandstrom
2011 CSBS Outstanding Teaching Award Kristin Mack
2011 Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Kristin Mack
2011 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Award Donald Gaff
2010 CSBS Outstanding Teaching Award Cyndi Dunn
2009 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award Marybeth Stalp
2009 Social Action Award Mark Grey
2009 One Iowa Award Mark Grey
2009 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Award Richard Featherstone
2008 CSBS Outstanding Service Award Anne Woodrick
2008 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence  Kristin Mack

Click here for full list of award-winners from 2002-2012