North Central College - Naperville, IL

Original Research Opportunities

In addition to applying knowledge gained in the classroom, you can contribute to ongoing research projects in sociology and anthropology.

Richter Independent Fellowship Grants
Design your own research project and get it funded through The Richter Independent Study Fellowship Program. North Central sociology and anthropology students have won Richter grants:

  • to conduct independent field research among the Northern Paiute (Native Americans) of Pyramid Lake, Nevada
  • for a field study of ethnic entrepreneurship in Brazil
  • to travel to Ghana, West Africa and explore the impact of globalization on Ghanaian music
  • to produce a video profile of gentrification in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago
  • to conduct first-hand research on the life of "street children" in South Africa 
  • to examine the role of non-government organizations and their impact on sustainable economic development in Haiti
  • to conduct a comparative study of cultural contact on Chicago's Devon Avenue and London's Brick Lane
  • to examine the perceptions of Iranian women in London toward war, peace, and the United States

Click here to find out more about Richter grants.

Chicago Term
Take your classes in the loop with faculty expert in Chicago history and sociology. Conduct your own urban studies research.
Click here to find out more about Chicago Term.

Urban and Suburban Studies
Consider Chicagoland your learning laboratory. Take up urban studies or urban anthropology.
Click here to find out more about Urban and Suburban Studies.

Rall Symposium on Undergraduate Research
Present your research to fellow students, faculty and distinguished guest scholars. A fantastic (and rare) forum for undergraduate students to participate in serious scholarly research. 
Click here to find out more about the Rall Symposium.

Study Abroad
North Central offers opportunities to study in Costa Rica, London and China/Japan, among many others. Anthropology majors have recently made the Costa Rica program a central part of their studies.
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Field Schools in Archaeology
Click here to learn about opportunities to participate in archaeological  research around the world.

Field Schools in Anthropology
Click here for opportunities to learn about human societies around the world by going into 'the field.'