Missouri State University

Sociology and Anthropology

The Public Affair

The electronic newsletter of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology.

 From the Desk of the Department Head

Karl Kunkel

Dr. Karl Kunkel

I am pleased to welcome you to the Spring 2007 “electronic” newsletter.  Since the last version, released in January 2006, the Department continues to grow and change.  As of October 2006 we had 524 total majors- 94 in Anthropology, 296 in Criminology, and 134 in Sociology.  This number represents a significant increase from the 450 majors counted in October 2005. 

The most notable recent addition involves the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education giving final approval for us to offer the Master of Science in Criminology degree program.  This graduate program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2007 and we currently are accepting applications for the initial cohort of graduate students.  We are very excited to be involved with graduate education at Missouri State!

The Department also recently created a proposal for a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology degree program.  If approved, this program heavily will involve the Center for Archaeological Research and emphasize cultural resource management, public archeology, and cultural ethnography.  We certainly will keep you posted on the progress of this proposal as it makes its way through the curricular approval process.

We also are thrilled to welcome Dr. Belinda McCarthy to campus as the Missouri State’s first Provost, the chief academic officer of the university.  Dr. McCarthy comes to Missouri State after serving as Dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida.  Her doctorate and academic background are in Criminal Justice.  In addition to being Provost, she is a tenured professor in our department.  Her interests are in community corrections, juvenile justice, and professional ethics, and she will be teaching in the Criminology curriculum from time-to-time, including the current Spring 2007 Semester.

I hope you find the contents of this newsletter informing.  Explore the links on the left side of this page to see the newsletter content.  I am sure you will agree this is an exciting time for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology.  Please keep us informed of the exciting things you are doing by either completing the Alumni Information Form or dropping us a line at DSAC@MissouriState.edu.  We certainly look forward to hearing from you.