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SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology

This course focuses on human interactions and world cultures through the study of social customs and social institutions. The classroom approach combines theory and research methods to provide an empirically-oriented foundation for the study of sociology. This course will consider the linkages among the individual, social groups, and social institutions, with a focus on issues such as race, class and gender. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society, World Cultures

SOC 110H: Introduction to Sociology-Honors

This course focuses on human interactions and world cultures through the study of social customs and social institutions, The classroom approach combines theory and research methods to provide an empirically-oriented foundation for the study of sociology. This course will consider the linkages among the individual, social groups, and social institutions, with a focus on issues such as race, class and gender. Students will explore issues in contemporary societies through the use of primary source material. Three lecture hours per week. Open only to students in the Honors Program and Sociology majors with a 3.0 grade point average.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society, World Cultures

SOC 206: Statistics for the Social Sciences

This course is designed to introduce students to the use of statistical analyses in social and behavioral sciences. The basic goal is to help students understand, apply, and interpret basic social statistics. This class will introduce students to the most common methods of summarizing and presenting data (descriptive statistics). Students also will learn how to make estimates about a population based on a sample (inferential statistics). Using both manual calculations and computer-based exercises and manipulation of datasets, students will learn the fundamental techniques of statistical analysis. Three lecture hours per week and laboratory work outside of class.
Prerequisites: MAT108 or a higher-level math course, or permission of department chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Quantitative Reasoning

SOC 207: Sociological Theory I: Classical Theory

This course, primarily for Sociology Majors, surveys the development of the major concepts and schools of sociological theory, emphasizing the origins of theory in the works of the "classical" European writers of the 18th and 19th century. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: SOC110

Credits: 3.00

SOC 208: Sociological Theory II: Contemporary Theory

This course, primarily for Sociology Majors, surveys the development of the major concepts and schools of sociological theory, emphasizing recent and contemporary theory in the works of modern European and American writers. Three lecture hours per week.
Course Pre-/Co-Req: SOC110.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 210: Social Thought I: Established Thought

This course considers the broad spectrum of thought and ideas directed through history toward the nature of society and humanity's place within the social framework. The course primarily examines historical and contemporary examples of accepted or "establishment" thought as expressed by a variety of social philosophers as well as sociologists. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 217: Gender and Society

This course identifies and interrogates assumptions about gender in contemporary American society and across the globe. The course examines the distinctions between sex and gender; explores multiple theoretical frameworks for understanding how gender is performed within and constituted by social institutions such as the family, schools, the workplace, and media; and identifies the social inequalities that arise from rigid gender distinctions. Finally, this course examines the role of feminism in promoting intersectional gender justice and social change. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Diversity, Power Dyn, Soc Just

SOC 218: Sexuality and Society

This course examines the construction and experience of human sexuality across various social and historical contexts. This course uses an intersectional lens to explore how sexuality intersects with other social identity categories including race, ethnicity, gender, and social class. Topic areas for this course include sexual identities, sexual behaviors and practices across the life course, sexual and reproductive health, morality and sexuality, and social movements around sex and sexuality. Three lecture hours per week.
Perequisites: SOC110 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society

SOC 232: Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships

Analysis of the American family as a social institution. Historical development, adaptation to values and goals of societal and cultural milieu, effects of social change. Three lecture hours per week. Requirement for B.S. Sociology, Gerontology option.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 238: Sub-Saharan Africa: From Colonialism to Post-Colonialism

An introduction of the socio-cultural context of present-day Africa with emphasis on ethnicity (tribalism). The interaction of the various African forces with the Western colonialist powers is investigated. The role and contribution of the various liberation movements - ANC, FRELIMO, SAPO, PALGC, ZAPU, MPLA - to African independence are also assessed. The intent is to project an objective picture of the peoples of Africa. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 240: Contemporary Social Problems

This course provides an overview of the study of social problems and social trends in contemporary American society and globally. Among the most pressing social problems this class examines include: poverty and economic struggles, continuing race and gender inequality, problems in higher education, the criminal justice system, and war and terrorism. The course will focus on how American society is structured, paying attention to the role of social institutions and values that shape social, economic, and political policies, which, in turn, profoundly shape social problems and social relations. The course also will examine how perceptions of social problems are influenced by disparities in the level of diversity and power, leading to variations in how social problems affect individuals, groups, and/or organizations, and differences in how society responds to the social problems. Three lecture hours per week.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society, Diversity, Power Dyn, Soc Just

SOC 246: Social Deviance

There is great pressure in our society to appear normal. This course investigates how ideas of normalcy are created and defined. We will look at how norms are enforced and what happens to people who violate norms We will examine the different ways in which deviance is manifested and the effects of the deviance on both our society and those labeled deviant. The class will introduce different
theories of deviance and social control In addition we will explore various deviant identities deviant subcultures trajectories of deviant careers and other features of deviance delving into topical areas such as crime, mental illness, occupational deviance, and sexual deviance. We also will examine how our social institutions (for instance the criminal justice system and medical institutions) create and enforce powerful norms for behavior. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: SOC110

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society

SOC 250: Public Sociology

This course will introduce students to the core concepts, assumptions, and strategies employed by public sociologists. Although the discipline of sociology has maintained a longtime commitment to social justice and equity, there has been considerable debate in the field about how to achieve these ends. Some sociologists argue that producing high quality social science research is sufficient to meet this commitment. Others, including public sociologists, both encourage and engage in more direct community engagement and activism. These activities sometimes take the shape of formal and informal educational activities, community engaged research efforts, accessible writing across multiple genres, and community organizing activities. This course will explore the history of community and activist engagement among sociologists and will provide multiple examples of contemporary public sociology efforts, including but not limited to films, photography, performances, digital writing, and community-oriented policy work. Through both informal and formal writing assignments, students will have an opportunity to reflect on the practice of public sociology and learn how to communicate social science research to various publics. This course fulfills the WII core requirement for non-sociology majors. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson, and Level I writing (W-I).

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II

SOC 306: The Black Woman

The course explores the socio-economic institutions which have helped shape the situation of the Black woman in the United States and considers the importance of class, race and gender in this process. Because of the relationship of the Black woman to the Black family and Black community, any discussion of the Black woman is incomplete without addressing these two institutions. Emphasis will also be put on the Black woman in Africa and the Caribbean. Three lecture hours per week. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 314: Death and Dying

This course explores the social and cultural aspects of death, dying, and bereavement in their sociocultural, interpersonal, and personal context. The course surveys key theoretical perspectives, historical and cross-cultural comparisons, and major studies in the field of human mortality. Among the topic to be discussed in this class include: the process and social management of dying and death;
bereavement and grief over the life course; functions of the funeral; the social institutions that are part of the death process (hospital,church, funeral home, and the family) euthanasia and death-related ethical debates formation of children's perception of death; and homicide and suicide. Three lecture hours per week.
Course prerequisites: SOC110 or SOC201

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society, Pers Growth & Responsibility

SOC 318: Women, Globalization, and Development

This course examines women and social change in different social, cultural, economic and political systems of the world to develop an understanding of the status of women in different cultural contexts and how women's statuses have changed over time. In the last half of the twentieth century, globalization has greatly transformed the social organization of many societies. Women in the Global South such as parts of Asia (except Japan), Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East have been impacted by these global social forces and should be studied as part of an interdependent world. The role of the United Nations' Commission on the status of Women (CSW) in advocating for gender equality throughout the world also will be studied. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC 201.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Communication-Level II, World Cultures

SOC 336: Afro-Latin@S: Race, Culture and Transnationalism

This course will provide a local and global understanding of Latinos living in the United States with a specific focus on Afro-Latino groups. Afro-Latinos represent a portion of the significant growth of the US Latino population in the latter half of the 20th century and have a unique experience within the Latino population as they straddle racial lines in the US as both Black and Latino. This course focuses on how issues such as immigration, racism, language, media and popular culture, history US and European colonization and imperialism, gender, and and sexuality shape the cultural and social experiences of Afro-Latino groups from the Caribbean, Central America, South America and the United States. Investigating these experiences will provide a clear understanding of what brings Afro-Latinos to the US and to specific locations once they have arrived and settled here. Three lecture hours per week.

Prerequisite: SOC110 or permission of the department chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 339: Peoples of Africa II

Course focuses on the Southern African continent with emphasis on socio-cultural relations among the people who live in the region. The relation of the social structure to oppression is analyzed. An effort is made to put the new developments in the area in their proper perspective and students are encouraged to do an in-depth case study of countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Tanzania and Azania. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 341: Urban Sociology

Historical and social development of the city in the U.S. (central city, suburbia, metropolitan area) together with international comparisons. Urban issues such as race, class, politics, poverty, crime, housing, transportation, etc. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 343: Juvenile Delinquency

An analysis of the social, psychological, legal approaches to causation, prevention, treatment, and control of crimes committed by minors. Special emphasis is given to juvenile delinquency as related to socio-economic status. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 344: Law and Society: Sociology of Law

A critical examination of the ways in which social values are formalized within judicial and legislative institutions. The focus of the course is directed toward the establishment of legal norms and their impact on normative imperatives from a social perspective. Class discussions and case studies are an integral part of the course. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 345: Race and Ethnicity in Society

This course examines the ways race and ethnicity matter in society and the consequences of this for people's lives. Racial and ethnic conflicts have played, and continue to play a central role in American life. Even as overt racial conflicts have diminished, racial inequalities persist, and at times have widened. We will examine why this continues to happen and what can be done to reduce racial inequalities.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Diversity, Power Dyn, Soc Just

SOC 347: Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender

This course provides an introduction to the study of social inequality. An analysis of the structure and dynamics of social inequality, focusing upon competing theoretical explorations and empirical investigation of different arrangements by which wealth, power, and prestige are distributed in human societies. We will examine the process of inter-generational mobility , explore the influence of contextual or structural factors on the process of mobility, assess differences by race and gender in the process of mobility, and compare the level of mobility experienced in the U.S. to other countries. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Contemporary Society

SOC 348: Hispanic Groups in the U.S.

The culture, social structure and institutions of the major groups of Hispanic origin currently found in the U.S. (Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans and others). The relationship of these groups to American society as a whole. Contemporary issues such as discrimination, bilingual/bicultural education, undocumented aliens and immigration legislation. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 349: Health, Illness, and the Body

This course explores the social factors that influence the delivery and consumption of medical and health care in the United States. The roles of medicine and of the health care provider and the patient are examined in a variety of settings. Specific issues confronting American medicine are considered, and the health care delivery system is compared with systems from other countries. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC110 or SOC201 or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 350: Sociological Theory I: Classical Theory

This course, primarily for Sociology Majors, surveys the development of the major concepts and schools of sociological theory, emphasizing the origins of theory in the works of the "classical" European writers of the 18th and 19th century. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and 12 hours of Sociology; or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 351: Sociological Theory II: Contemporary Theory

This course, primarily for Sociology Majors, surveys the development of the major concepts and schools of sociological theory, emphasizing recent and contemporary theory in the works of modern European and American writers. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and 12 hours of Sociology; or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 390: Community Involvement

Academic credits may be earned for community service projects as approved by the Sociology Department Chairperson. Normally restricted to Sociology, Social Work, Nursing and Political Science majors in their Junior or Senior year. Other students who have specific community projects may be admitted with the permission of Department Chairperson. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis unless prior and specific arrangements are made. Fieldwork and appointments with instructor replace lectures. A maximum of six credits may be earned with no more than 3 credits taken in any given semester.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 403: Research Methods in the Social Sciences

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of social research by presenting different research methods employed by social scientists. This includes interviews, surveys, ethnography/field research, experiments, and content/text analysis, among other methodologies. This class will focus on the logic and practice of research design, the relationship between theory and research, forms of data collection, the ethics of research, data analysis, and the writing of research proposals and empirical papers. We will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the different methods, and will combine research theory with practical skills. Three lecture hours per week. Requirement for sociology majors. This course fulfills the W-III core requirement.
Prerequisites: W-II, SOC 206, junior standing and 12 hours of sociology, or permission of department chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

This course fulfills these general education curriculum requirements: Written Commun-Level III

SOC 412: Directed Studies in African-American Studies

An in-depth exploration of the fundamentals of African-American studies. The course is designed to help students explore, in their own style, the major theories and issues in the study of the Black experience. A final paper is required in addition to weekly meetings and discussions.
Prerequisites: Four courses in African-American Studies. Open to African American Studies minors and to others by permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 420: Internship in Sociology

Extensive and valuable sociological involvement: field experience in agency, institution or business setting. Interns must be available 8-10 hours per week including regular meetings with the Chairperson. A journal and final report must be submitted for evaluation in addition to an evaluation by field supervisor. Open only to Sociology Majors in Junior or Senior year.
Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 430: Directed Study in Sociology

An individualized program involving study in depth of some aspect of sociology or social service, under the direction of a faculty member of the Sociology Department. Research papers required. Students must present a proposal for approval at a Department meeting and later defend their research and conclusions at a subsequent meeting of the Department.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and 12 hours of Sociology; or permission of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

SOC 470: Capstone Seminar in Sociology

The capstone seminar is an intense culminating intellectual experience that creates the opportunity for students to review and apply their knowledge of the field through discussion of topics representative of the core areas of the discipline. Department faculty members will each attend a session of the class to facilitate a discussion in their area of expertise. In this course students will reflect on the field and will synthesize their knowledge of the core areas to select the theoretical perspective that best represents their point of view. Students will also assemble, finalize, and submit a portfolio of the work they have done during their tenure in the department. Student participation in class discussions, the content of the portfolio, and journal reflections on their experiences in the course will be the basis for the grade in the course. Open only to Sociology Majors in their senior year. Three lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chairperson.

Credits: 3.00

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