Course Descriptions

SOC 100 - The Sociological Perspective (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
Sociological insight into study of humans, society, and culture.

SOC 200 - Sociology Proseminar (1 hour)
Overview of the discipline of sociology. Focus on specializations within the field, possible career paths, and options for graduate study. Introduction to discipline-specific research and writing skills. Discussion of faculty members' ongoing research activities. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Major in sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 210 - Sociology of Families (3 hours)
Examination of the notion of the U.S. American family from a sociological perspective. Focus on perceptions of the family throughout U.S. American history, in mass media, and in relation to public policy; the historical transformation of families; the diverse and changing aspects of families; and the impact of social change and problems on the families of U.S.A. Emphasis on how society and the economic system affect families. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 211 - Contemporary Social Problems (3 hours)
Sociological analysis of current social problems in the U.S.: poverty, racism, sexism, agism, medical care, the environment, population, urban disorganization, crime, juvenile delinquency, alcoholism, drug addiction, family disorganization, and mental illness. Use of different perspectives promotes a broad understanding of the study of social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 212 - Sociology of Diversity (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. CD
Analyzes nature, forms, and problems of social "diversity" with emphasis on patterns of difference and commonality, advantage, and disadvantage in the area of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and physical disability. A particular focus will be on ways inequalities in wealth, education, employment, health, the criminal justice system, popular culture, and the political process are reproduced and challenged in contemporary societies.

SOC 240 - Research Methods (3 hours)
Social research methods: research design and models of observation, including single subject and program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative methods, sampling techniques, questionnaire construction, types of surveys, measurement problems, and data analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 300 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives On Gender (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Examines the construction of gender in non-western societies, concentrating on the way gender shapes and is shaped by power relations in these societies. Prerequisite: SOC 100, ANT 101, or consent of instructor.

SOC 311 - Comparative Family Systems (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. NW
Comparative study of non-Western family systems, with a focus on cross-cultural differences and the potential conflicts of migration. Varying focus on families of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Prerequisite: SOC 100, ANT 101, or consent of instructor.

SOC 312 - Social Inequality (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
Inequality in income, wealth, prestige, and power. Theories explaining roots of and changes in inequality. Emphasis on the U.S.; variations in the extent and forms of inequality across different nations. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 313 - Race, Ethnicity, and Power (3 hours)
Analysis of dominant-minority group relations. The emergence and dynamic of racism. Exploration of the experience of various ethnic and "racial" groups. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 212 or consent of instructor

SOC 315 - Gender and Society (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
An examination of gender as a system of stratification, as a social construction, and as a system of meaning which changes trans-historically and differs cross-culturally. Focus on structural and interactional aspects of gender inequality, as well as the relationship between gender and other social hierarchies, including class, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor consent.

SOC 316 - Sociology of Work and Occupations (3 hours)
The organization of work, occupational processes, and experiences of workers with a focus on the manufacturing industry and the impact of technology on the structure of work; the rise of the service sector; the emergence of temporary and contract work; professions and professionalization; workplace inequality; and the intersection of gender, family, and work. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 320 - Social Theory (3 hours)
Development of contemporary social thought from its Euro- American past. Emphasis on contemporary social theory and its major strands in American sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 321 - Individual and Society (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. HP
Various philosophical conceptions of the relationship between the individual and social order; nature and status of individuality in the modern world. Emphasis on critical evaluation of influential systems of thought: Marxism, phenomenology, and critical theory. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 322 - Self and Social Interaction (3 hours)
Focus on relationship between individuals and the broader society, the formation of personality, and group influences on human perception and behavior. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or instructor consent.

SOC 326 - Sociology of Globalization (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. SF
Analysis of the process of global integration and its impact on communities, social institutions, and culture. Emphasis on theories of social change and social conflict over the nature and pace of globalization and its impact on non-Western societies. Focus on social class, ethnicity, gender, media, religion, the environment, and social problems confronting non-Western Societies. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 330 - Perspectives On Deviance (3 hours)
Analysis of the concept and nature of deviance and its various forms, with emphasis on various theoretical perspectives on nature and causation of deviance. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SOC 331 - Correctional Policies and Society (3 hours)
Analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of corrections, concepts of punishment and treatment, and their variations in practice. Includes analysis and evaluation of specific alternatives: prisons, probation, treatment centers, and sentencing. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SOC 332 - Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)
Analysis of the nature and origin of juvenile delinquency within an historical and theoretical context with emphasis on causation of delinquency and evaluation of different responses to it. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SOC 333 - Sociology of Violence (3 hours)
Sociological analysis of the concept and nature of violence in a macro and micro setting, its various manifestations, and evaluation of responses to it. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SOC 334 - Crime and Society (3 hours)
Analysis of the concept and nature of crime, the relationship between social structures, social institutions, and crime with a focus on social forces and social controls involved in the creation of crime. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

SOC 341 - Medical Sociology (3 hours)
Application of a critical perspective to the institution of medicine. Focus on epidemiology, the social construction of illness, and current healthcare trends. Prerequisite: SOC 100, ANT 101, or consent of instructor.

SOC 342 - Social Policy (3 hours)
Focuses on the major institutions of social structure, such as education, family, government, healthcare, work, and the legal system. Investigates why social policies are developed, how social policy is implemented, and the direct and indirect effects of policy. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 343 - Sociology of Mental Health (3 hours)
Emphasis on social, cultural, and political factors involved in the definition and control of mental illness. Topics include labeling theory, the impact of status characteristics and social relationships on levels of stress, and legal and ethical issues associated with current modes of treatment. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 344 - Social Movements (3 hours)
Focus on the emergence and organization of social movements and the conditions under which they successfully bring about social change. Examination of the theory and practice of social movements against the historical backdrop of several important American and European movements over the last half century, including the civil rights, women's, environmental, and peace movements, and the current international movement against corporate globalization. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 345 - Political Sociology (3 hours)
Introduction to major themes, concepts, and debates in political sociology. Focus on the relationships between the State and other collective actors in society (e.g. interest groups, political parties, social classes, and social movements) and related social issues, including the political power of corporations, religion and politics; the tensions inherent in free market, socialist, and social democratic political-economic systems; the role of the State in addressing social inequality; and the tension between security and civil/human rights. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 346 - Sociology of Education (3 hours)
Focus on the institution of education and its relationship to the broader society within which it is situated. Emphasis on the ways in which schools reproduce and challenge prevailing economic, social and political relationships; the link between schools and societal stratification; and sociological perspectives on contemporary educational reform. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 390 - Topics in Sociology (3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. May be repeated under a different topic for maximum of 9 hrs. credit. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 101, or consent of instructor.

SOC 391 - Internship in Applied Sociology (3 hours)
Supervised work in applied settings; study of practical problems from the perspective of the discipline. Prerequisite: prior arrangement, consent of Department Chair. SOC 391 is prerequisite for SOC 392.

SOC 392 - Internship in Applied Sociology (3 hours)
Supervised work in applied settings; study of practical problems from the perspective of the discipline. Prerequisite: prior arrangement, consent of Department Chair. SOC 391 is prerequisite for SOC 392.

SOC 420 - Critical Theory (3 hours)
Gen. Ed. HP
Introduction to influential social theorists affiliated with the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Emphasis on their critique of social and cultural forms of domination in Western democracies, the question of revolutionary agency, and possibilities for emancipatory social change. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

SOC 450 - Capstone Seminar in Sociology (3 hours)
Writing-intensive research seminar for majors. Emphasis on the synthesis and integration of information obtained in prior courses in the form of a detailed research proposal on a topic within the student's substantive focus area. With the permission of their instructor, eligible students may complete the empirical portion of the research under SOC 491 the following semester. Prerequisite: Major in sociology, junior/senior standing, and SOC 240 or consent of instructor.

SOC 490 - Directed Readings (1-3 hours)
Special study on topics with faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

SOC 491 - Directed Research I (1-3 hours)
Empirical research with faculty supervision. Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA in Sociology and consent of instructor.

SOC 492 - Directed Research II (1-3 hours)
Extended individual research with faculty supervision. Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA in Sociology and consent of instructor.