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The Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology department offers dynamic student opportunities, including scholarships, research experiences, internships, and community partnerships. Students explore human behavior, societal structures, and cultural dynamics, preparing for careers in social work, criminal justice, research, and advocacy.

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Career Resources
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SCA Awards
Read all about our outstanding student award winners.

Student Organizations

Contact the club's faculty adviser Melissa Hayslip, or a current officer for details on the next meeting and how to join.

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Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the International Sociology Honor Society. AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement of the human condition. Learn more about qualifications and member perks here.

To apply, print & submit this form with your check to Dr. Desiree Wiesen-Martin, KFA 324

Desiree Wiesen-Martin 715-425-4738
Dr. Paige Miller 715-425-4435

2023 New AKD Members

  • Elijah-Truth Avidan
  • Ireland Cook
  • Abigail Kielich
  • Jude Torning

2022 New AKD Members

  • Ryan Van Blaricom
  • Mandy Christianson
  • Nicholas Grundhauser
  • Marissa Kelly
  • Grace Verdick
  • Jon Weaver

Student Scholarships

Recipients of all UWRF scholarships receive e-mail notification from the Financial Aid office in April or May. Recipients of the Donna J. Arne scholarship will be notified by the Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology Department in April and a certificate will be presented at the Department Awards Reception in the spring. Certificates may also be picked up or received by email.
All scholarship awards are contingent on students meeting eligibility requirements as defined by the UWRF Foundation and the Financial Aid office.

Just for Sociology majors

Donna J. Arne Scholarship
(Established by Professor Emeritus Bob Pionke in honor of Donna Arne, Office Manager for Sociology and Geography, upon her retirement in 1997.)
This scholarship supports entering juniors majoring in Sociology with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and demonstrated financial need.

Preference given to Sociology majors

Drs. Clifford and Carole Mottaz Scholarship
Awarded to a transfer student (a student who has completed some portion of their undergraduate work at another institution and is new to the UWRF campus in the fall of the year in which the scholarship is awarded) to UW-River Falls. First preference should be given to a student who intends to major in sociology.  Second preference should be given to a student who intends to major in psychology.

Other scholarships suitable for Sociology majors

Annette Harrison and Dr. Robert Pionke Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to an undergraduate, student over 25 years of age, who demonstrates need, aptitude, a potential for professional achievement and excellence, as well as a commitment to attain a degree from UW-River Falls.

Dean Neal Prochnow Arts and Sciences Scholarship
Student must have declared major in College of Arts and Sciences, currently enrolled as a first time freshman at UWRF and who will be returning for the next academic year .  Preference will be given to Physics majors. The student must have a clear plan for graduation from UWRF (verified by student advisor) and must be active in department and university activities, or have begun to participate in research or creative activities in the department. Preference can be given to first generation college students.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Belize Study Adventure
Set off with fellow students to study and explore the people and places of this Central American country. Led by Dr. Rich Wallace, Department Chair and Professor of Sociology. Travel occurs during spring break.

International Traveling Classroom (ITC)
Be part of a cohort of students taking spring semester classes while traveling through different European cities. Faculty, courses, and locations change each year. ITC travel occurs over the full spring semester.

Semester Abroad Europe (SAE)
Do an independent research project in the European location of your choice. Coursework is based on your research project. SAE travel occurs over the full fall semester.

Experience Scotland: Wisconsin in Scotland
Head to Edinburgh where you can live and study with students from schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota in a historic ducal residence, Dalkeith House. Faculty and courses change each semester. The program is available for fall, spring, or summer.

Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology

333 Kleinpell Fine Arts
River Falls, WI 54022