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Sociology Undergraduate Courses

SOC 100—Introduction to Sociology
Study of the structures and processes of society with emphasis on American institutions and the sociocultural context of human behavior and its consequences. Examination of population, urbanization, social stratification, social conflict, and social change. 3 credits.

SOC 102 — Critical Thinking: Exploring Social Issues
Training in how to construct critical thinking arguments on social issues, utilizing sociological theory and data. 3 credits.

SOC 201 — Social Statistics
Principles and problems of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting statistical data applied to the field of sociology. Prerequisite: 3 credits in social science. 3 credits.

SOC 203—Social Organizations
Essential concepts on social organizations, including ways in which social organizations are shaped by the larger society, as well as ways in which social organizations impact the larger society. Includes analysis of private, public, for-profit, and non-profit organizations across social institutions and domains, and how organizational processes contribute to a group's success or failure. 3 credits.

SOC 211—Social Problems in the U.S.
Analysis of major current social problems in the United States. The definition of, causes for, and sociological theories related to such important problems as: dependency, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, drugs, migration, population increase, mass communication, environmental pollution, family disruption, mental illness, and prejudice. 3 credits.

SOC 215—Women in Society
Problems of women's roles in society. Comparative perspectives on the status of women across social institutions. An exploration of feminism and consideration of its goals and methods. 3 credits.

SOC 216—Men's Studies
Sociological research in men's studies. Theories of masculinity, male socialization, interactive patterns, intimacy patterns, and roles in the family. Data and discourse on change and persistence of male roles in society. 3 credits.

SOC 218 — Sociology of American Jewry
Study of contemporary American Jewish life and society from a sociological perspective. Pluralism, sociohistorical development, religious ritual, and gender issues as shapers of the American Jewish community. 3 credits.

SOC 219—Sociology of Modern Israel
The social factors, pre-statehood through the present, that have influenced the emergence of Israeli society as a new social and cultural entity in the Middle East. 3 credits.

SOC 235—Environmental Sociology
Study of how social structure, behavior, attitudes and inequalities impact the physical environment. Topics include the environmentalist movement and its opponents, organizational mobilization to alleviate environmental hazards, and future planning for environmental protection in both urban and rural settings. 3 credits.

SOC250—Apocalypse Now?
An examination of how apocalyptic predictions in this new millennium shape human organizations and activity in the U.S.  The culture of fear pervading American society as it relates to apocalyptic prophecies, messages, and catastrophic threats is a key theme in the course.  Both secular and religious apocalypse is examined making historical and global comparisons. 3 credits.

SOC 251—Sociology of Religion
Sociological perspectives on religion as both a persistent and changing social institution. The role of religion in both implementing and impeding social change, policy, and discourse; sociological explanations and studies on religious experience, identity, affiliation, and structure; and the impact of religion on controversial public issues, other social institutions and issues pertaining to class, race, and gender. 3 credits.

 SOC 255—Methods of Social Research
Logic of scientific investigation of social phenomena: analysis of theoretical statements, problem formulation, and selection of indicators. Survey of major procedures and principal techniques of empirical work, and practical experience with some phases of the research process.  Prerequisite: SOC 100.  3 credits.

SOC 260 — Foundations of Sociological Theory
Classic and minority theorists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, their fundamental principles, and their contributions to the field. An emphasis on theory construction as applied to social issues.  Prerequisite: SOC 100.  3 credits.

SOC 265—Self and Society
Relationship of self to others and society through exploration of micro-sociological theory and data. An emphasis on interpersonal and organizational behavior as shaped by social forces. 3 credits.

SOC 266—Socialization and Social Control
Study of the social mechanisms for social control, formal and informal. Emphasis is on the socialization process, throughout the life cycle, and the development and role in society of folkways, mores, laws and customs. Prerequisite: 3 credits of sociology or anthropology. 3 credits.

SOC 267—Sociology of Sports
Sociological exploration of the world of sports and related leisure activities, and how these domains reflect, reify, and change society, as well as how body image plays a role in sports and leisure, which in turn impacts perceptions of self and society. 3 credits.

SOC 268 — Sociology of Work                                                                                                                              Study of the meaning of work for society and for the individual.  Examines division of labor, career pattern, work influences on the other life areas, mobility, correlations of occupational rank, prestige, and the effects of work norms.  3 credits

SOC 288 — Economic Sociology
Examination of the social positions of economic institutions and social factors that effect economic outcomes. Emphases on social and organizational contexts of economic life, social facets of market competition, the modern transition to finance capitalism, and the social side of monopolies and monopoloid arrangements. Attention is given to the international, social generation of poverty. 3 credits.

SOC 298 — Special Topics
Topics vary. 3 credits.

SOC 310—Racial and Ethnic Relations
Analysis of race and ethnicity with an emphasis on diversity and culture, intergroup conflict and competition. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits of sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 312 —The African American Experience
Analysis of the lives of African Americans in the United States. Emphasis on patterns of interaction, social and economic stratification, areas of conflict, and participation in the institutional life of U.S. society. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits of sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 315—Sociology of Gender
Overview of women's and men's roles in society. Sociological perspectives and data on gender role formation, interaction, conflict, and change across social institutions. Theoretical insights on gender from a wide range of perspectives. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits in sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 316—Women in the Developing World
Explores the nature of the lives of women across the globe; their changing social, economic and political roles; the impact of development, revolutionary movements, and international feminism. Prerequisites: 3 credits in sociology or women's studies. 3 credits.

SOC 317—Women of Color in the U.S.
Exploration of major themes and issues in the history and contemporary lives of women of color in the United States, with an emphasis on culture, diversity, and adversity. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits of sociology. 3 credits

SOC 318—Global Race Relations
Exploration of race and ethnicity in the social, familial, political, and economic lives of groups in nations other than the U.S. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits of sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 320—Sociology of Children and Childhood
Examination of the social position of children and childhood in contemporary American and global society with recognition that children are active participants in their world. Emphasis upon basic areas of family, education, child care, work, juvenile justice, and peer culture. Analysis of the intersection of childhood, gender, social class, race, and ability/disability. Methodological considerations of studying children will also be discussed. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits in Sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 322—Sociology of the Family
Sociological theory and data on the family as a major social institution. How social forces impact the roles, configurations, problems and needs of the family—and how family issues, in turn, influence the larger society, and both uphold and conflict with societal values. Includes emphasis on diversity along ethnic and lifestyle dimensions. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits of sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 334—Probation, Parole, Pardon
Sentencing patterns and problems, social investigation, release organization, and administrative procedures, group process, and role modification. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 102 . 3 credits.

SOC 338—Juvenile Delinquency
Examination of juvenile delinquency. Studies kinds of offenses, police reactions, detention, court decisions, probation, rehabilitation, theories of causation and methods of prevention. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or SOC 102. 3 credits

SOC 344—Medical Sociology
Examination of the influences of social factors such as race, class and gender on health and illness of individuals and groups in society.  Included are discussions about ethical issues in health care research and application of sociological theories, as well as the review of global health issues such as AIDS, and the structure and outcomes of different health care systems including the U.S.  3 credits.

SOC 345—Aging and the Aged
The social position of the aged in contemporary society. Emphasis upon basic areas of family, work and community and the role of formal and informal community institutions. Some type of community involvement by the student is required. Prerequisite: 3 credits of sociology, anthropology or psychology. 3 credits.

SOC 350 — Drugs and Society
The use of various substances to change conscious experiences is woven into modern societies beliefs, norms, and concerns about crime, deviance and public health.  Paradoxically, societies that have high rates of illicit drug use also have the most visible anti-drug policies as exemplified by the U.S. "War on Drugs".  This course examines drug use as a phenomenon and how perceptions of drug use shape policy.  Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 102. 3 credits.

SOC 360 — Social Change
Examination of a range of theoretical and practical issues about the change of American institutions. Student participation and topics of current concern are emphasized. Prerequisites: 6 credits in sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 361 — Urban Sociology
The growth of cities, their physical and demographic characteristics, planning and redevelopment, and particularly the behavior patterns and social relationships of modern urban living are considered. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits in sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 362 — Criminology
Analysis of the formulation of criminal law, major types of crime, theories of criminal behavior, social organization of law enforcement, the courts, and the prisons.  Theoretical emphasis on social construction of crime. Prerequisite: 3 credits.

SOC 363—Social Inequality in the U.S.
Explores social stratification in the U.S., including social class as well as aspects of race, ethnicity, and gender, along with its causes and consequences. Prerequisites: SOC 100, plus 3 additional credits of sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 366 — Penology
Analysis of the definition and punishment of the offender in relation to social structure and historical context; the rise of the prison and possible alternatives to current methods of incarceration. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 102.  3 credits.

SOC 367—Criminal Justice and Social Inequality
Examination of social stratification in the application of law enforcement, judicial process, and correctional  agencies and the impacts of these processes on marginalized groups.Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 368—Sociology of Law
The relationship of law, society, and the individual. The origin, evolution, and function of law. The legal profession, criminal justice system, and social change. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 102. 3 credits.

SOC 394 — Civic Engagement and Service Learning
Experiential learning opportunity that connects students at the university to service opportunities in the community.  Provides an opportunity to engage in a project-based service project at an organization or non-profit agency in the community.  Prerequisite: 6 credits in Sociology. 3 credits.

SOC 398 — Special Topics
Topics vary.  3 credits.

SOC 404—Gender and the Law
Survey course for the non-law student. Basic overview of the American legal system with emphasis on 19th and 20th century case law affecting women, including constitutional protections for equity, Title VII (including sexual harassment and comparable worth) and Title IX (including Educational and Sports equivalents). Prerequisite: Any 300 level course in history, political science, sociology, or women's studies. 3 credits.

SOC 415 — Contemporary Feminist Theories
Seminar on recent feminist thought, including sexual rationalism, socialist and radical feminism, and analysis of the patriarchal state. Relationship to other sociological, psychological, and political thinking. Prerequisite: HIS 213 or PSC 320 or SOC 215. 3 credits.

SOC 440 — Quantitative Analysis of Social Science Data
The application of statistical methods applied to problem situations typical of the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed upon the statistical analysis of problem situations and interpretation of statistics using the computer to perform standard statistical routines. Prerequisite: SOC 370. 3 credits.

SOC 473—Qualitative Research Methods
Fundamental techniques and principles of qualitative re- search. Strategies for observation and interviewing, analytic induction, analysis of material culture, and ethics in social research. Students will complete an ethnographic study. Prerequisite: SOC 370. 3 credits.

SOC 480—Applied Contemporary Theory
Sociological theories from the mid-20th century to the present, their fundamental principles, and their contributions to the field. An emphasis on applying theory to social issues. Prerequisite: SOC 380. 3 credits

SOC 490—Seminar in Sociology
Selected problems in sociology in which theory and research are integrated. Seminar presentation and a research paper are required. Prerequisites: 18 credits of sociology including SOC 370 and 380. 3 credits.

SOC 497—Sociology Internship
The internship is a basis for performing sociological research. Work assignment to a governmental or private agency and a related research project explicitly grounded in sociology. Joint supervision by agency representative and departmental faculty. Prerequisites: departmental permission, plus SOC 370 and 380. 3 credits.

SOC 499—Independent Study
Prerequisite: Departmental permission. 1, 2, or 3 credits.