Our department maintains a strong commitment to engaging with our students. We offer a career development course for our majors. Students have opportunities to build leadership skills and connect with the department and other students through our Ambassador Program. Students engage and building community with other students through our Sociology Club. And, we proudly host the Gamma chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society for Sociology.
Career development and planning course for sociology majors. Teaches career-development theories; examines the competencies gained from the major; identifies marketable skills; and educates about campus resources for internship/job/career/grad school searches. Students will leave the course with a better understanding of the career decision-making process; career options for Sociology majors; the internship/job/grad school search process; and prepared to design their Illini experience for success.
Upon successful completion SOC 199: Career Development for Sociology Majors, students who would like to continue their engagement in the department, then register for SOC 199: Leadership and Engagement Through Sociology: Ambassador Program. This course includes weekly sessions to train in major/minor/departmental policies/resources as well as leadership development programming from university units. Leadership, communication, teamwork, mentoring and problem-solving skills will also acquired. Students will serve one “office hour” per week in the advising office reception and will participate in departmental events to build skills and engage.
SOC 390 Independent Study- Section Title: Leadership and Engagement. SOC 390 is a departmental course number for ALL independent study experiences. The Section Leadership and Engagement, is a specific independent study section for students who have taken SOC 199: Career Development for Sociology Majors and also at least one semester of SOC 199: Leadership and Engagement Through Sociology: Ambassador Program. This course is for Student Ambassadors who would like to design their own Ambassador experience or project. It requires approval from the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, a completed SOC 390 Independent Study contract, and attendance at the weekly SOC 199: Leadership and Engagement Through Sociology: Ambassador Program meetings, unless otherwise approved.
The Sociology Club is in the process of becoming a recognized RSO during Fall 2021 and expect to complete this process in November. Regular Interest Group meetings and activities are currently being hosted by the incoming executive board members.
Next Meeting: Wednesday October 27th.
For more information contact Sarah Ellstrand at email@example.com
Founded in 1920 at the University of Southern California, Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of social problems, sociology, and intellectual activities that lead to the improvement in the human condition. Alpha Kappa Delta is a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” Click here to learn more about AKD. The Society has now evolved to incorporate broader goals of promoting an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition
Consider joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's chapter of AKD today! Admission is open to all Sociology majors with junior or senior standing, an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, and a Sociology GPA of at least 3.0. Eligible students will also have completed at least 12 hours of Sociology coursework. You will receive the journal Sociological Inquiry as a member.
Click here for the full document describing eligibility criteria and the benefits of joining AKD at UIUC.
Application Timeline for Spring 2022: Applications open January 24th and deadline to submit is February 4th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Submit via email to the Sociology Academic Advising office.
Decisions will be emailed to applicants on Monday, February 7th, 2022.
Fees and member details are due by 5 p.m. CT Friday February 18th, 2022 to the Sociology Department main office: 3210 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright Street Urbana, IL (Directions). NOTE: Fees are to be turned into the Main departmental office NOT the academic advising office.
Induction Ceremony: TBA.
Alpha Kappa Delta is the International Sociology Honor Society, founded in 1920 for the purpose of forming a society in which students might become acquainted with each other's research. The Society has now evolved to incorporate broader goals of promoting an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. To join, you must be a sociology major with junior standing, and have a GPA of 3.3 overall and 3.0 in the major. You must also have completed twelve hours of sociology. There is a membership fee to be paid when applying. You will receive the journal Sociological Inquiry as a member.
Learn more about Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society.
To join, return your completed application to 3070 Lincoln Hall
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