Students Engaging in Sociology & Anthropology (SESA)
SESA exists to build a biblical foundation for understanding social interaction through a student forum that will provide an environment conducive for engaging in sociological and anthropological thought. By utilizing resources within and available to the department, SESA will seek to serve the students and faculty of the department by planting and harvesting ideals of passion, collaboration, development, and celebration.
The Sociology and Anthropology Department at Wheaton College takes full advantage of its proximity to Chicago by scheduling numerous class field trips. Students have visited various religious centers, juvenile courts and detention centers, The Field Museum of Natural History, Statesville Correctional Center and Cook County Jail, a variety of inner-city schools, the Marian Joy Rehab Center, and several urban youth programs, to name a few. Some of the students' favorite fieldtrips have been to B'nai Maccabim (a Messianic Synagogue), the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (Jesse Jackson's progressive organization for social change), St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church (a large congregation uniquely blending African-American style worship with Catholic liturgy) and the Institute of Islamic Information and Education.
The Wheaton College Sociology and Anthropology Department is privileged to be located near Chicago and to have professors that have made contacts in a variety of fields. There are abundant opportunities with social services and law enforcement agencies locally and in Chicago with whom students can plan internships and independent studies.