Sociology & Public Sociology Course List*
SOC 105. Introduction to Sociology (3) Introduction to the scientific study of human society and social behavior. (University Studies – Understanding Human Institutions and Behaviors)
SOC 200. Sociology of Sport (3) A sociological examination of the rise of sport in contemporary society. Topics such as the social organization of sports, women and sports, sports and violence, inter-scholastic sports and achievement behavior, discrimination and sports, and the future of sports are covered.
SOC 205. (ANT 205) Human Societies (3) The comparative study of human society and culture with selected ethnographic examples to illustrate human adaptation to specific environments and reveal patterns of major social institutions--economy, marriage and kinship, politics and religion--which underlie and support a particular way of life. Comparisons are drawn among hunter-gatherer, tribal horticultural, peasant and modern industrial societies. Perspectives on the dynamic of social process and cultural change are also introduced.
SOC 215. Modern Social Problems (3) Contemporary social issues and conditions viewed as problematic, such as racism, sexism, crime, poverty, war, alienation, and deviance. (University Studies – Understanding Human Institutions and Behaviors)
SOC 220. Sociology of Death and Dying (3) Examination of the sociological dimensions of death in modern society. The social organizational and cultural dimensions of death will be considered in terms of rites of passage, bureaucratization, social movements, cultural differences, and historical and contemporary contexts.
SOC 240. Individuals and Societies in a Global World (3) Introduction to globalization as an ongoing socio-economic process and as an analytical concept. Examines various aspects of globalization of economies and societies.
SOC 250. Issues in Social Justice (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Overview of the sociological study of social justice and policies that proclaim to promote social justice in the United States. Examines various forms of institutionalized inequality on the basis of social class, race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
SOC 255. (CRM 255) Criminology (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 or CRM 105. The scientific study of the nature, extent, correlates and etiology of crime, with an emphasis on sociological theories of crime. Topics include crimes against persons and property, public order crimes and both informal and formal reactions to crime. (University Studies – Understanding Human Institutions and Behaviors)
SOC 300. (CRM 300) Methods of Social Research (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 or CRM 105; pre or co-requisite: MAT 111 or higher with a grade of ”C-“ or better. Introduction to logic and methods of sociological research. Topics include connections between theory
and research, problem formulation and research design, conceptualization and measurement, sampling modes of observation and analysis, ethical issues, and the political context of research.
SOC 301. (CRM 301) Sociological Data Analysis and Interpretation (3) Prerequisites: SOC 300 or CRM 300 and MAT 111 or higher. Instruction in computer-assisted univariate and bivariate analysis and interpretation of social science data.
SOC 303. Media and Society (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. The relationship between media, culture, and society with special emphasis on the social, political, and economic contexts of the media. Media examined include television, the press, films, popular music, and the electronic superhighway.
SOC 304. Popular Culture (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Sociological analysis of popular forms of everyday life in America: fashion, fads, entertainment trends, advertising, television programming, music, myths, stereotypes, and icons of mass-mediated culture.
SOC 305. Population (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. A study of the changes in size, composition, distribution of population and the dynamics underlying them.
SOC 306. Sociology of Culture (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 or consent of instructor. Overview and analysis of the interplay between social and cultural structures. Examination of research in and theories of culture and social structure’s dialectical relationship; dominant ideology and hegemony; cultural capital and cultural reproduction; symbol, ritual, and moral order; knowledge production and transformation; dynamics of cultural change.
SOC 315. Urban Sociology (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Analysis of the history and development, social organization, and problems of the city.
SOC 320. Rural Sociology (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. An examination of the issues and perspectives in rural sociology. Multiple sociological aspects of rural life will be explored focusing on gender, race, social class and social change.
SOC 325. Racial and Ethnic Group Relations (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. An examination of race and ethnicity in modern societies and social, economic, and political inequalities among racial and ethnic groups. Major topics include political-economic causes and consequences of prejudice, racism and institutional discrimination; social history of intergroup relations in the United States; comparative intergroup relations. (University Studies – Living in Our Diverse Nation)
SOC 326. Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Analysis of social behavior that breaks from existing patterns and expectations, such as riots, crowds, revolution, and social movements.
SOC 335. The Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. The analysis of certain behavior in terms of deviations from norms; the application of sociological and psychological concepts and theory to deviant behavior, and the critical evaluation of non-sociological research and theories.
SOC 336. Sociology of Aging (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 or GRN 101. Sociological theories and methods used to explain the aging process. Topics include demography, age stratification, aging and the life course, minority elderly, housing patterns, health, and social policy.
SOC 337. Medical Sociology (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. A sociocultural analysis of the general area of health and illness. Emphasis is given to understanding the distribution of health and illness in the United States and its impact on the patient status. The course includes a discussion of the organization and use of health care services from a sociological perspective.
SOC 340. Organizations in Modern Society (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. An introduction to the dynamics of social life in large-scale organizations. Topics include organizational social psychology, organizational structure and process, and organization-community relations.
SOC 345. Sociology of the Family (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Origin and development of the family as a social institution from an historical and comparative approach; analysis of forms and functions of the family; socialization, mate selection, procreation.
SOC 346. Sociology of Religion (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. An analysis of the structure, function and process of religion, emphasizing the reciprocal relation of religion and cultural and religious differentiation and institutionalization.
SOC 347. Sociology of Education (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Historical-comparative sociological analysis of formal education systems in modern societies. Examination of sociological theories of education as they apply to political economy, stratification, social selection, cultural reproduction, and social change.
SOC 348. Sociology of Art (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 or consent of instructor. Examines the dialectical relationship between art and society, focusing on the connections between artists, critics, patrons. Includes analysis of the ways in which art is produced, distributed, and evaluated, and is both organized by and organizes social interaction.
SOC 349. Sociology of Children and Childhood (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Sociological theory and methods related to children and childhood from infancy to early adolescence. Topics include the social construction of childhood; child development and socialization; race, class, and gender in childhood; and social problems affecting children.
SOC 350. Gender and Society (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Focus on gender in social life. Theoretical explanations of gender differentiation, with an emphasis on socialization, stratification, family, work, education, politics, and social change. (University Studies – Living in a Global Society)
SOC 360. Social Theory (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 and six additional hours in sociology. An introduction to major theoretical perspectives in sociology including functional theory; conflict theory; exchange theory; interactionist theory; and structural theory.
SOC 365. Social Psychology (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. A sociological analysis of human social interaction. Topics include symbolic interaction, socialization, interpersonal relations. Focus is on social and cultural influences on individual and group behavior.
SOC 366. Social Change (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. The study of social and cultural change in community and society with emphasis upon the rate and degree of change, direction of change, mechanism of change, and planning of change.
SOC 370. Sociology Through Film (3) Prerequisite: Soc 105 or permission of instructor. Use of film to examine sociological concepts, social forces, and social issues. Viewing feature-length films with a critical eye enables exploration of social phenomena, including race/ethnicity, social class, gender, sexuality, cultural capital, and social identity.
SOC 375. Juvenile Delinquency (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. The analysis and description of the problem of juvenile delinquency as it exists in a changing contemporary society.
SOC 380. Social Classes (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Examination of social stratification as the system of distribution of privilege, power and prestige in modern and traditional societies. Discussion of major theories and theorists of stratification; the structure and process of systems of social inequality; the causes, correlates and consequences of socially structured inequality. (University Studies – Living in Our Diverse Nation)
SOC 390. Public Sociology Seminar (3) Prerequisite: SOC 300, 301, and 360. Application of sociological tools to real-life issues in a variety of social settings. Tools include theory, concepts, research methods, and analysis. Methods may include surveys, planning, program and community development, and evaluation applications.
SOC 415. Globalization and Development (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 and 3 additional hours in sociology at the 300 level. An examination of development and globalization theories and globalization processes in the 21st century through comparative development analysis.
SOC 418. Women and Aging (3) Prerequisite: At least junior standing and either SOC 336 or consent of instructor. Examines women’s experience of old age and the aging process. Specific emphasis on family, medical, and economic institutions.
SOC 433. Sociology of Mental Illness (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Sociological theories of and social responses to mental illness. History and analysis of mental health systems.
SOC 438. Social Epidemiology (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 or consent of instructor. Methods and substance of social epidemiology; demographics of illness in American society. Case studies linking environmental and behavioral variables to disease incidence examined. Specific attention to the social response to AIDS and other communicable diseases.
SOC 449. Sociology of Law (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 and junior/senior standing. An analysis of the role of law in society. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between law and social organization and the relation of sociocultural changes to substantive and procedural aspects of law. The concept of justice will also be analyzed. Law will be viewed as a collectivistic-individualistic process and as a reflection of sociocultural values.
SOC 455. (CRM 455) Advanced Criminology (3) Prerequisite: CRM 105 and CRM 255 or SOC 255. Advanced study of crime, criminality and victimization in contemporary society. Assessment of assumptions, propositions and supporting evidence of crime theories. Emphasis on developing critical thinking skills related to crime and justice.
SOC 460. Sociology of Poverty (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 and 380. Examination of the nature and extent of poverty in the United States. Discussion of poverty measurement, characteristics, poverty population, international comparisons, underlying causes of poverty and government programs and policies that address poverty.
SOC 485. The Community (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Structure, process, and change in modern communities. Topics include analysis of the concept of community; the community as a social system; major community functions; relationships between the community and larger society; community stratification, power structure and organization.
SOC 486. Sociology of Work and Occupations (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 and three additional hours in sociology or economics. Analysis of the place of work in society. Examines occupational structures as the primary link between persons and the larger society. Topics include the growth and development of occupational structure, occupations and technological change, and organizational complexity.
SOC 490. Senior Seminar (3) Prerequisites: SOC 301, 360 and senior status. A topical seminar in which students apply the sociological theory and methods they have learned as a major to a collaborative research project and paper. Required oral presentations fulfill the oral competency requirement. The seminar is the capstone course for sociology majors.
SOC 491. Directed Individual Study (1-3) Prerequisite: Overall GPA of at least 2.00, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor, department chair and dean. Involves investigation under faculty supervision beyond what is offered in existing courses. For further information, consult the Directed Individual Studies section in this catalogue.
SOC 495. Topical Seminar (1-3) Prerequisite: SOC 105 and consent of instructor. Discussion of selected topics in sociology. May be repeated under a different subtitle.
SOC 496. Practicum in Public Sociology (6) Prerequisites: SOC 300, 301, 360, and 390; junior or senior standing; instructor consent. Under faculty supervision, students use sociological tools to address a social problem in the local community. Students submit practicum proposal to the faculty coordinator in the semester prior to the practicum. Students cannot take the practicum concurrently with the internship course (SOC 498), the senior project course (SOC 490) or the Honor’s Thesis course (SOC 499).
SOC 498. Internship in Sociology (3-6) Prerequisites: SOC 300, 301, 360, 390. Restrictions: junior or senior standing, at least a 2.00 GPA, and instructor consent; cannot take concurrently with SOC 496. The application of sociological theory and concepts under supervision at a site in which the student observes and participates in highly organized social interaction. Placement must be approved by faculty coordinator, department chair, and dean in the semester prior to the internship.
SOC 499. Honors Work in Sociology (2-3) Prerequisite: Eligibility for honors program and senior standing. Independent work for honors students.
*Course list is extracted from the university's academic catalog.