Sociology

Courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credits

Introduction to what sociology is and what it studies. Topics will include socialization, group dynamics, gender roles, structural inequality, race and ethnic group relations, stratification, deviance, and population studies. Special attention will be paid to core social institutions (e.g. family, education, religion, political and economic systems) as well as theories and methods that guide sociological investigation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 115 Social Problems 4.0 Credits

Provides a sociological analysis into the causes and possible cures for a variety of social problems. Focuses on topics such as unemployment, crime, poverty, corporate concentration of wealth and power, racism, immigration, health care, and environmental degradation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 205 Criminology & Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

Introduces the scientific study of crime and criminals. Analyzes the theoretical and empirical literature on causation and control. Examines our criminal justice system and approaches to corrections.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 210 Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality 4.0 Credits

Examines cultural diversity, racial and ethnic identity; racism, discrimination and prejudice, as well as minority-majority group relations both globally and at home. Special attention will be paid to the history and present status of various major racial and ethnic groups in the United States including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans as well as "white" ethnicities.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 215 Sociology of Work 4.0 Credits

Examines the transformation of work in 21st century America. Focuses on problems of the "post industrial" workforce: big service sector, shrinking real wages, huge growth in temporary and part-time jobs. Special attention to global factors affecting the career path of recent college graduates.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 220 Wealth and Power 4.0 Credits

Examines the extent of differences in wealth and political power in modern society and looks at the origins and implications of those differences.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 221 Sociology of the Family 4.0 Credits

Examines structure and functions of the family and the roles, relationships, problems, and opportunities of family living from a variety of perspectives. Uses lectures, field experiences, and discussion.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 222 Sex and Society 4.0 Credits

This course examines how sexualities are socially produced and re-produced. Topics of study include gender and sexuality; changing social meanings of variant sexual orientations and practices; the effect of birth-control technologies, sexually transmitted infections and sexual violence on sexual norms; the commodification of sex and the social control of sex.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 230 Gender and Society 4.0 Credits

Explores the status and roles of modern women and men, with emphasis on changes in family relationships, career options, and lifestyle alternatives.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 235 Sociology of Health and Illness 4.0 Credits

Examines the history, economics, and politics of our health-care system and the effects of technology on the quality of health care.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 240 Urban Sociology 4.0 Credits

Provides an overview of the contemporary process of urban change and of key problems and policy issues. Concentrates on five concerns: the evolution of urban economics; life and culture in the city today; race, ethnicity, gender, and class of urban populations; urban politics and social forces; and new directions in urban development.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 245 Sociology of the Future 4.0 Credits

Examines current theories, trends and projections for social change in the coming decades. Focuses on the role played by such factors as technological advancement, climate change, global capitalism and social movements in shaping the future.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 250 Research Methods I 4.0 Credits

Covers research design, measurement, sampling, survey research, field experiments, content analysis, interviewing techniques and ethics pertaining to research on human subjects. Prepares students to carry out simple empirical research projects as well as to become more sophisticated readers of sociological research.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 268 Sociology of Sport 4.0 Credits

The course examines the cultural and social aspects of sport. Students will be introduced to sport as a ubiquitous institution in American society as well as the essential characteristics and functions of sport from both a sociological and historic perspective.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 271 Sociology of Aging 4.0 Credits

Introduces the multidisciplinary scientific study of the causes and consequences of aging, its history, methods of research, major theoretical approaches, and empirical findings.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 276 Global Climate Change 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the environmental issue of global warming from a number of disciplinary perspectives. The course starts with an overview of the scientific evidence for global warming. It then provides an overview of the impacts of global warming on natural systems, biodiversity, and human health. It also defines the notion of “dangerous anthropogenic climate change, and the possibilities for preventing this from occurring. It explores policy options regarding both the mitigation of CO2 emissions and adaptation of societal practices and infrastructure to a continually warming globe. The course then examines the political and cultural dynamics of society’s response to global warming. The course concludes with a consideration of the political actions now underway by social movements to mobilize politica.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 313 Global Health Matters 4.0 Credits

This course introduces students to a sociological perspective for understanding global health, healing, and medicine from individual experiences in local circumstances to practices that affect communities and societies throughout the world. It situates health and health care within cultural, social, historical, economic and political circumstances and addresses these topics in settings that are primarily outside the United States.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 315 HIV/AIDS and Africa 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on the social construction of HIV/AIDS – it explores the culture, social, epidemiologic, political, psychological, philosophical, economic, public health, and public policy dimensions of HIV/AIDS on a global level, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Students examine case studies, interviews and documentaries on HIV/AIDS in Africa.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SOC 101 [Min Grade: D]

SOC 320 Sociology of Deviant Behavior 4.0 Credits

Examines theories of deviance, focusing on their attribution of causation and the implications for correction and/or control at both the individual and societal levels. Includes topics such as alcoholism, mental illness, criminality, and other deviant behaviors.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 330 Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South 4.0 Credits

Focuses on the ways in which the international economy affects the class structure, politics, and development of developing nations. Focuses particularly on multinational corporations and on the successes and failures of import-substitution and export-oriented industrialization programs.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 335 Sociology of Education 3.0 Credits

Provides a general introduction to the sociology of education through the study of social, political, and cultural forces operating on public education in the United States and Britain. Examines theories, methods, and case studies to explore issues of identity formation, inequality, and class reproduction in an attempt to understand the role of schooling in contemporary life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 340 Globalization 4.0 Credits

This course investigates the causal factors for the emergence of what is known as globalization, global economy, global village, etc. It covers the effects of global changes on national political systems, on ecology and on local cultures. The role of the US and reactions to the new world order will also be considered.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 341 Environmental Movements in America 4.0 Credits

Focuses on key collective actors and institutions that are involved in the creation of U.S. environmental policies, including historical and cultural processes of change involving social movements, environmental advocacy organizations, foundations, and the media.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 345 Sociology of the Environment 4.0 Credits

Examines acts of nature vs. acts of man, food and health, environmental politics, social movements and environmental issues, environmental and development policies, and environmental and global change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 346 Environmental Justice 4.0 Credits

Focuses on the political economy of environmental injustice and the impact of social movements addressing it; impact of chemical pollutants on human health; and the scientific and legal issues surrounding the study and regulation of pollutants.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 349 Sociology of Disasters 4.0 Credits

Focuses on social aspects of disasters, such as: collective behaviors (panic, crime, improvisation); warning, evacuation and perception of risk; social responses to natural and technical disasters; scientific uncertainties and technical disasters; social produced age, gender, racial/ethnic and social class vulnerabilities to disaster; terrorism-caused disasters; and disaster preparedness and prevention.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 350 Research Methods II 4.0 Credits

Building on Research Methods (SOC 250) this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply research methods by implementing their own individual and group projects. Focus is on research design, developing research questions and hypotheses, instrument construction, data collection, simple data analysis and reporting.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SOC 250 [Min Grade: D]

SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory 4.0 Credits

Critically examines the ideas of the classical sociological theorists (e.g., Marx, DuBois, Durkheim, and Weber). This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SOC 356 Contemporary Social Theory 4.0 Credits

Covers a broad range of theories that guide contemporary sociological thought. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SOC 355 [Min Grade: D] or SOC 260 [Min Grade: D]

SOC 364 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on using specialized software for organizing and manipulating empirical databases as well as performing basic applied statistical analyses. Attention will be paid to the selection, set up, execution and interpretation of procedures for both univariate and bivariate analysis. These procedures will include, but not be limited to, univariate measures of central tendency and dispersion; categorical data analysis; t-tests and crosstabulation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SOC 250 [Min Grade: D]

SOC 365 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II 4.0 Credits

Building on SOC 364, this course covers more advanced statistical techniques such as regression, correlation, analysis of variance and multiple regression.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SOC 364 [Min Grade: D]

SOC 370 Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology 4.0 Credits

This course is central to the newly adopted emphasis of the sociology major on participatory research. These courses are intended as the practicum and supervised project-oriented research work for community organizations and agencies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 410 Imagining Multiple Democracies 4.0 Credits

This course will explore the multitude of democratic theories and democracies in practice that have developed during the last several decades. There have been profound changes to our conceptions of ‘democracy’ during the past 40 years driven by social movements around the globe seeking to change their societies. What kind of society do we imagine when we talk about ‘democracy’? We will examine fundamental questions and dilemmas surrounding contemporary democratic culture and we will explore in depth several contemporary democratic movements including feminist, identity based, religiously based, radical, environmentalist, anti-globalization and media activism movements.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

SOC 420 Love, Rage & Debt: The Debt Society 4.0 Credits

This course will explore the sociological implications of debt, on a personal, local, national and international level. Using our own debt as an ethnographic point of departure, we will collectively analyze personal debt, and through this analysis, link our debt to national debt, to historic debt, to reparations, to dispossession, to austerity, both historic and current, to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and to alternative strategies to ameliorate debt, such as Jubilee or debt strikes. We will consider our emotional relationships and political commitments to debt, on both a personal level as well as the societal level. Consideration will focus on how gender, race, nationality, and class intersect with debt, and we will use feminist and critical race theories lenses to frame our discussions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: SOC 356 [Min Grade: C]

SOC 430 Politics of Life 4.0 Credits

This course will explore the sociological implications of advancements that have been made in genetic engineering, biotechnologies and other areas of biomedical research. Starting with earlier examples of "power over life" from the 18th and 19th centuries, it will explore themes, dilemmas and complications embedded in the scientific control over life. Topics to be explored include biopower and biocapital, eugenics, race and class, stewardship and bioengineering, new reproductive technologies and reproductive choice, among much, much more. Consideration to feminist, queer and critical race theories will frame much of class discussion.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 444 Social Movements 4.0 Credits

Focuses on movements for social change through the lens of sociological theory and research. Topics include the rise of social movements; the dynamics of mobilization, organization, commitment and collective identity; movement opponents and targets; violent and terrorist social movements; the role of governments and political elites it repressing or facilitating movement activity; and how movements change society.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

SOC 450 Capstone in Sociology 4.0 Credits

This seminar is intended for students majoring or minoring in sociology. Students will reflect on their experiences as a sociology student, connect these with issues in the discipline, and consider how they plan to use their sociological skills and imagination after college.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: SOC 101 [Min Grade: C] and (SOC 115 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 210 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 215 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 220 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 221 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 222 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 230 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 235 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 240 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 245 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 250 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 268 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 271 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 276 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 313 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 315 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 320 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 330 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 335 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 340 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 341 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 345 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 346 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 349 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 350 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 355 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 356 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 364 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 365 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 370 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 410 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 420 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 430 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 444 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 490 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 491 [Min Grade: C] or SOC 492 [Min Grade: C] or SOC T380 [Min Grade: C])

SOC 490 Sociology Research Seminar I: Research Design 4.0 Credits

An in-depth exploration of selected topics. Projects are selected by students in consultation with a faculty member.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: SOC 250 [Min Grade: D] and SOC 350 [Min Grade: D]

SOC 491 Sociology Research Seminar II: Data Acquisition and Analysis 4.0 Credits

Continuation of SOC 490.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: SOC 490 [Min Grade: D]

SOC 492 Sociology Research Seminar III: Practicum in Sociological Research 4.0 Credits

Continuation of SOC 491.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: SOC 491 [Min Grade: D]

SOC I199 Independent Study in SOC 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SOC I299 Independent Study in SOC 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SOC I399 Independent Study in SOC 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SOC I499 Independent Study in SOC 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SOC T180 Special Topics in Sociology 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SOC T280 Special Topics in Sociology 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SOC T380 Special Topics in SOC 12.0 Credits

This course will explore current issues and debates in Sociology. It will be conducted as a seminar. The topic will vary each term.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SOC T480 Special Topics in Sociology 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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