Deane Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Sociology 192 / Anthropology 192

Extracurricular Departmental Activities (2 units)

Dr. Felicia Song, Deane Hall 211, telephone: 805-565-6840

e-mail: fsong@westmont.edu

**SOC-192 /AN-192: A YEAR OF TRANSITION**

Q: WHAT HAS SOC/AN-192 BEEN IN THE PAST?

A: This 2-credit course has been a requirement for all SOC/AN majors. Majors needed to attend and submit written responses to 26 hours of extra-curricular events (i.e., lectures, films, workshops, dept events). The main goal was to encourage student to link their major with a broader engagement of scholarly ideas, current events and Christian faith.

While students accrued hours throughout their time as a major, it wasn’t until senior spring semester that students registered for SOC/AN-192 and received a grade and credit for their work.

Last year, our graduating seniors completed a survey about SOC/AN-192. Given the survey’s results and ongoing discussions about how the department can strengthen our major offerings and better prepare students for life after college, SOC/AN-192 will be in transition this year.

Q: WHAT IS SOC/AN-192 THIS YEAR?

A: This 2-credit course is still a requirement for all SOC/AN majors to complete before they graduate. To fulfill the requirement this year, students still need to accrue 26 hours of engagement with the major by doing the following:

  • Participate and sign-in at department-sponsored events, such as the dept retreat (Oct 29, from 9am until 1 pm), dept chapels, and/or socials.
  • Sign up and attend department-hosted workshops on professionalization, grad schools, and career preparation. Dr. Jirek will be coordinating these evening workshops. More details to come!
  • Attend and respond to a limited set of campus events that are sociologically/ anthropologically relevant. The list of events and prompts for your responses is below.
  • For seniors: Complete an optional Bible Study journal during this spring’s Senior Seminar.

Q: WHAT WILL SOC/AN-192 BE IN THE FUTURE?

A: While the future of SOC/AN-192 is still being discussed, it is likely to become a 2-credit course that involves regularly scheduled class-time. Its main goal will be to address concerns of professionalization and how to faithfully engage our disciplines as you move beyond college.

Q: How do I know how many hours I already have?

A: Ask Ruby Jeanne Shelton, the administrative assistant for the SOC/AN Dept (rshelton@westmont.edu). She keeps a record of all our students’ hours.

Q: What if I attended department retreat last year, but didn’t get credit? Can I get credit now?

A: Yes! Go talk to Dr. Song and be considered for retroactive credit hours.

Q: I have other questions and concerns about SOC/AN-192. Who can I ask?

A: Dr. Song is running SOC/AN-192 this year. Email her at fsong@westmont.edu.

                OPTIONAL SOC-192/AN-192 FALL CAMPUS EVENTS

You may attend any of the following events for AN/SOC-192 credit. To get credit, after the event, you must email Dr. Song (fsong@westmont.edu) with the following information:

  • Your name, Event title, Number of hours attended.
  • As a student of sociology/anthropology, identify one interest insight or one problematic issue you had about the talk/movie.

Sept 24            The Role of Global Health in Social Change and Development with Jessica Evert, Exec Director, Child Family Health International 2 pm, Winter 210

Sept 28            From Boko Haram to Biblical Israel: Deut. 21:10-14 and Wartime Rape with Caryn Reeder, Associate Professor of New Testament, Westmont College 7 pm, Hieronymus Lounge

Oct 15             Reel Talk: “Food Chains” 7 pm, Adams 216

Oct 19             Faith and the Fragility of Justice: Religious Responses to Gender-Based Violence in South Africa with Meredith Whitnah, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Westmont College 7 pm, Hieronymus Lounge

Oct 26             Flooding the Desert: Faith-Based Mobilizing to Save Lives Along the Arizona- Sonora Border with  Kraig Beyerlein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Univ. of Notre Dame 3:30 pm, Hieronymus Lounge

Nov 16             Unknowing Yde: Towards a Trans-Christian Hermeneutic with Jamie Friedman, Assist. Professor of English, Westmont College 7 pm, Adams 216

LONGER EVENTS TO PLAN AHEAD FOR:

Oct 29             SOC/AN Department Retreat

                         9 am - 1 pm, Montecito Covenant Church

Jan 16              The Next Step, 9:30 am -3:30 pm --- pre-registration starts Dec 7 at http://www.westmont.edu/thenextstep/