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This scholarship was established in 1998 as a memorial to Arlene Jackson, the first instructor in social work at Rockford University. This award goes to a student who has a minimum GPA of 3.25, has declared a pre-social work major, and is chosen by the scholarship committee of the Pre-Social Work Advisory Board. The student must submit a 2-5 page typed statement to be considered.
Established in 1990 by Barbara S. and Robert B. Keith, in memory of their daughter who attended Rockford University during the summers in the early 1960’s. This scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students with financial need who are majoring in the helping professions.
The Delman Prize in Anthropology and Sociology was established to honor faculty emeriti. This award may be given to a student based on academic performance and grade point average criteria who has completed at least 30 credit hours in anthropology and sociology.
Established in 1993 and based on annual renewal, this scholarship is awarded to outstanding students pursuing a career in the criminal justice field.
Established through individual and corporate gifts to the Rockford University Criminal Justice Advisory Board, this scholarship is awarded to part-time students who are majoring in anthropology & sociology with a criminal justice emphasis or pursuing the master of business administration degree with emphasis in criminal justice. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and current full-time employment in the law enforcement field.
For more scholarship information relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog (pdf).
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Professor Kennedy graduated with a M.A. in behavior analysis psychology from West Virginia University, and has completed 45 credit hours in graduate work in sociology at Loyola University. Recently Professor Kenney has been accepted into the Public Policy and Administration – Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace doctoral program at Walden University where she will be starting her studies in November 2016. Areas of interest include: ethno-religious political violence, in particular the Northern Ireland conflict, terrorism, peace and conflict studies, military sociology, extreme deviance, race and ethnicity, gender, substance use, and social stratification. Professor Kennedy serves as the coordinator of the pre-social work track in the department and as the coordinator of the academic minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Dr. Newhart graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University. Areas of interest include criminology, corrections, juvenile delinquency, terrorism and research methods. Dr. Newhart serves as coordinator of the criminal justice track in the department.
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Both anthropology and sociology are popular majors and minors for students planning futures in such professions as law, politics, social work, public health, urban planning, community relations and public administration, not to mention medicine and divinity school. Students also will find that numerous courses in criminal justice, management, marketing, business organization, labor relations, communication, journalism, recreation and nursing draw upon the principles, research techniques and findings of both sociology and anthropology.
Employers frequently look for potential employees with specific skills that are acquired in anthropology and sociology courses dealing with survey and research methods, statistics, population research and urban studies. With a number of these courses to their credit, students may find themselves at a competitive advantage as they develop interpersonal, analytical, problem-solving and communication skills essential for success in today’s competitive job market.
A variety of career opportunities exist for our graduates in both the public and private sector. Our graduates have found employment in a variety of law enforcement/criminal and juvenile justice agencies and social service agencies in areas of child welfare, elder services and community mental health services. Others have become teachers at various levels. For students who go on to graduate school, professional positions in teaching, research, museology and public administration are available. In addition, undergraduate study in anthropology and sociology is good preparation for business careers in local, national and international sales and marketing, and careers in law.
Students enrolled in both the criminal justice and the pre-social work tracks are required to take a minimum of one, 4-credit academic internship as part of their major. Other majors may take internships. Department faculty and their advisors assist students with locating appropriate internship placement opportunities. Internships provide students the opportunity to get a “real world” experience in their field of career interest.
Some of our recent alumni have gone on to graduate work in sociology, social work and law. Others have obtained positions in social service agencies, from child welfare to community mental health. Still others occupy positions of responsibility and leadership in criminal justice agencies. The current Rockford chief of police is a department alumnus as are a number of probation officers and police officers in Rockford and neighboring cities. Another alumnus is a federal prosecutor and many others have gone on to law school. One is even a U.S. marshal.
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As majors in anthropology and sociology at Rockford University, students may pursue a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and choose from the of concentrations of criminal justice and pre-social work. In each area, the all-college and divisional requirements ensure a strong liberal arts foundation for a more specialized program of study. Students may have a wide range of academic internship opportunities to work for a semester in an agency or organization in the community and earn credits toward graduation.
Majors and Tracks/Concentrations:
Anthropology/Sociology (B.A., B.S.)
Rockford University’s Anthropology & Sociology Department offers students the opportunity to major in a number of concentrations, including anthropology (track currently under development), criminal justice and pre-social work. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the academic catalog.
SLO 1: Social Organization
Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of social organization, at both micro and macro levels, in different types of societies from preindustrial to postindustrial.
SLO 2: Social Change
Demonstrate knowledge of social change processes at group, institutional, and societal levels at different points of societal development.
SLO 3: Cultural Literacy
Develop an appreciation for the ways in which culture influences patterns of social organization and change in societies, traditional and modern.
SLO 4: Theory and Practice
Develop an understanding of the unity of theory and practice in the conduct of social scientific research and in the professional practice of social work and law enforcement professionals.
SLO 5: Social Science Research
Demonstrate knowledge of social scientific research process and methods.
SLO 6: Communication
Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
SLO 7: Critical Thinking
Think critically and act responsibly as informed students of social science.
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At Rockford University, students of anthropology and sociology learn to recognize and understand the various forms of social organization and social change processes in American society and in other societies around the world. They study various theories of societal organization and change while developing the ability to apply different theoretical approaches to the study of contemporary societies and problems. Students develop a working understanding of the methods of social scientific research, in both qualitative and quantitative forms and learn how anthropology and sociology have an important role in policy formulation.
Our goal is to provide a curricular experience that equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate and professional schools, and in positions in the private and public sectors. In addition, we seek to provide our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and commitments to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners. We are committed to helping students understand and accept diversity, to be aware of social problems in our own and other cultures, and to understand the effects of social change on society.
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