Sociology

Course Offerings

SOC–105 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
Introduces major concepts used by sociologists to understand and predict the behavior of individuals in group settings.
SOC–201 Professional Development in Sociology (1 credit)
This course is a professional orientation for various internship opportunities, career pathways, and graduate school options available in the discipline. In addition, the course serves as an introduction to academic writing, ethics, and research in sociology.
SOC–210 Deviance and Crime (3 credits)
Examines deviance and crime through a number of sociological, psychological, and criminological perspectives.
SOC–230 Social Problems in the Modern World (3 credits)
Focuses on major social, economic, political, and environmental issues confronting the modern world. Covers both global and U.S. issues.
SOC–235 Social Research Methods (3 credits)
Covers major research designs used in behavioral research. Topics include the relationship between theory and research, conceptualization, operationalization, hypothesis, and model development and sampling. Specific data gathering techniques covered include survey designs, field studies, case studies, projective techniques, diaries, secondary analysis, simulations, unobtrusive measures, sociometric and experimental techniques.
SOC–301 Special Topics in Sociology (3 credits)
Topics chosen on the basis of programmatic need or student interest. Prerequisite: Economics 101, Geography 240, Political Science 100, Psychology 121, or Sociology 105.
SOC–327 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits)
A sociological social psychology course. Explores social interaction, selective perception, human symbolic behavior, language, social structure, emotions, perceptions and memory, sexuality, development of self, identity, aging, and deviance. Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or permission of instructor.
SOC–330 Community Organization (3 credits)
Explores the basics of community organization and development, with special attention to urbanized areas. Prerequisite: Economics 101, Geography 240, Political Science 100, Psychology 121, or Sociology 105.
SOC–335 Marriage and the Family (3 credits)
Studies marriage and the American family, both dominant and subcultural patterns, its structure and relationships, with particular attention to parent and child roles. Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or permission of instructor. Offered as independent study.
SOC–337 Social Aspects of Health and Health Care (3 credits)
Examines the nonbiological aspects of health and health care. Topics include social definitions of health, professionalization in the health industry, patient-practitioner relationships, and the organization of health care systems in the United States and other countries. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
SOC–344 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3 credits)
Recommended for students desiring an introductory statistics course which emphasizes application and interpretation. Covers basic statistical techniques used in behavioral research. Studies frequently used descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on the interpretation of quantitative data and statistical reasoning in behavioral research.
SOC–350 Popular Culture (3 credits)
Provides critical analysis of the sociological impact of the popular culture, including film, mass media, art forms, and literature. Offered as an independent study.
SOC–386 Death and Dying (3 credits)
SOC–390 Principles of Sociological Theory (3 credits)
Examines classical and contemporary sociological theories, as well as micro- and macro-sociological approaches. General theoretical frameworks include constructionism, functionalism, utilitarianism, critical structuralism, conflict theory, feminism, symbolic interactionism, postmodernism, and integrated theories. Conceptual consideration given to agency, rationality, structure, system, culture and ideology, power, gender, and stratification. Prerequisites: Sociology 105; junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.
SOC–415 Globalization and the Environment (3 credits)
SOC–435 Sex, Gender, & Sexualities (3 credits)
This course explores the social norms, values, and expectations that influence - and are influenced by - attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding gender and sexuality. The course examines the different and changing cultural understandings of gender roles and sexuality, and the social construction of both.
SOC–438 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 credits)
Studies the sociology of United States and global minority and ethnic relations. Examines class, ethnic, gender, and racial stratification, and power and inequality. Analyzes patterns of ethnic integration and multiculturalism. Details the social and psychological dimensions of discrimination and prejudice, as well as racial and ethnic conflict and accommodation. Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or permission of instructor.
SOC–450 Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)
Students complete an original research paper that uses data gathering and interpretive skills. Course content includes the general topics of social organization, social change, and social stratification as they relate to the world cultures courses. Prerequisites: Sociology major or minor; senior standing; Sociology 235, 344.
SOC–460 Aging and Society (3 credits)
Recommended for any student desiring a thorough introduction to gerontology. Examines the social response to aging in American society and in other countries. Emphasis on the roles of the elderly in the familial, religious, political, and economic institutions. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor or junior/senior standing.
SOC–480 Undergraduate Research in Sociology (1-4 credits)
SOC–494 Directed Study (3 credits)
Provides opportunity for specialized advanced study. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
SOC–496 Internship (1-6 credits)
Internships available to majors of junior or senior standing who have completed core courses. GPA requirements must be met and student must file an internship application with advisor.