Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Author and Professor, Stephen Leigh, to Speak on March 17th

Come Celebrate Celtic Heritage Month in March

Famed author and Professor, Stephen Leigh (aka S.L. Farrell), will be here March 17, 2015  at 3pm in LA 110, to talk about his books and to sing some traditional Celtic songs to help celebrate Celtic Heritage Month.

*Books will be available for sale and refreshments will be provided during the event.


*Event hosted by the Celtic Studies Club of NKU. 

If you have any questions/concerns please contact Professor, Michael Simonton, at

Monday, February 23, 2015

Undergraduate Photo Essay Contest for SAP Majors and Minors

ATTN: Undergraduate SAP Majors and Minors!!

How would you like to win an SAP award AND some cold hard cash to go along with it? Eligibility and instructions to apply are below.

Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy Award for Undergraduate Photo Essay Project

Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2015

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy announces funding to support four to six photo-research awards. Each award of $200-400 supports a photography project; specifically 5 to 10 photographs of people, interactions and/or human-created environments/objects taken in a social or cultural setting inside the United States or abroad. The submitted photograph(s) must be presented using one of two formats:

(1) at least three single-spaced typed pages with photographs embedded identifying concepts or theory(ies) guiding  the photo shoot accompanied by a sociological, anthropological or philosophical analysis;

(2) a series of photographs with captions written to give visual representation to  concept or theory(ies) central to sociology, anthropology or philosophy. 

References must follow a professional style (e.g., APA, ASA, MLA). Awards are competitive and applications are reviewed by committee of three faculty (a sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher). The completed project must be submitted by October 1, 2015.  It is possible that photographs may be selected for publication. Any proceeds earned from photos are donated to the fund that supports this award. $100-250 is paid upon selection and $100-150 on submission of project in correct format.  Photos should be 300 dpi and submitted to Dr. Joan Ferrante,  Large files should be submitted using a drop box or other access link. 
Anthropology, Philosophy and Sociology majors and minors are eligible to apply.

**For a direct link to the application and examples of project formats, copy and paste the link below into your web browser or go to the Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy webpage on NKUs website (

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Median Earnings of College Graduates by Field of Bachelor's Degree and Occupation

How much $$ can you earn with your degree?!? 

According to the latest Census statistics (2012), a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences is in the top 5 highest grossing degrees (i.e. Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy) with a median salary of $70,295!  A degree in Social Sciences actually earns you MORE than a degree in Business, Communications, Psychology, or Criminal Justice.

You may be asking yourself how an Anthropologist or Sociologist could earn more than someone in Marketing or Sales.  Well, the answer is because nowadays employers not only search for degree specialized characteristics when hiring for a specific position, but the majority also search for trans-disciplinary skills and learning essentials that can be applied to any position.  The skills employers look for can be: critical thinking and analysis, written and oral communications skills, quantitative literacy, teamwork abilities, intercultural competency, ethical reasoning, and a foundation for lifelong learning, among many others.

ALL of the above skills and learning essentials are taught throughout Social Sciences which is a big reason why someone working in this field can earn such a high paying salary.  According to a 2013 survey (Hart Research Associates) among employers, on behalf of the Association of American College and Universities, 93% of all surveyed agreed "a candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important then their undergraduate major."

(Examples of degrees in Social Sciences are Anthropology, Sociology, Humanities, the Sciences and History)---To see a complete list, follow the directions below.

**Copy and paste the link below into your web browser to see where your degree fits into that list!

Note: Click on the "Median Earnings of College Graduates by Field of Bachelor's Degree and Occupation 2012" for a spreadsheet with earnings by degree, gender, and ethnicity.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Philosophy Pays

Don't underestimate the humanities major. A philosophy degree earns more than an accounting degree.
I think, therefore I … make money! Graduates with philosophy degrees have "higher earnings potential than many other arts and humanities-related fields," said TheRichest. Payscale reports midcareer median salaries are $84,000 for your modern day Kant or Descartes. Why? Well, let's be logical. Which is exactly what philosophy programs require of students … logic. Thinking is hard, it requires analysis, and those who can do it well can get a good job … which is a good philosophy to have.

A philosophy degree earns more than an accounting degree | Top/Best/Most - Yahoo Finance