Sociology

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

SOC 1500 : Social Problems

Significant problems of American society; the sociocultural basis of social problems, the conditions facilitating their incidence, and approaches to therapeutic intervention.

Credits

3

SOC 2100 : Cultural Anthropology

Principles of cultural anthropology; ethnological variations in language, techniques, customs and values; problems of cultural development and change.

Credits

3

SOC 2200 : Sociology of Deviance

A sociological examination of rule-breaking behavior; causal theories of deviance; types of deviance and their distribution in contemporary society.

Credits

3

SOC 2300 : Sociology of the Family

Institutional organization of mate selection, courtship, and marriage relationships in American society; family relationships and functions; family disorganization and change.

Credits

3

SOC 2400 : Sociology of Social Work

History and development of social welfare; basic issues in social welfare planning and administration. The major methods of social work, practice; social casework, group work and community organization, in such areas as child welfare, family service and counseling, probation and corrections.

Credits

3

SOC 2600 : Sociology of Religion

The interaction between society and religion; religion and scientific claims; investigation of human nature as social and the concept of oneness in religion.

Credits

3

SOC 2700 : Business and Society

The structure of complex organizations and their relationship to other social institutions. Emphasis on the modern corporation, how corporations interact with labor and government, and how corporations and organizations affect our everyday lives.

Credits

3

SOC 2800 : Sociology of Occupations

Influence of the social milieu upon internal organizations of occupations and professional modes of selection, entrance, and training; occupational mobility and career patterns; occupational influences upon individual behavior.

Credits

3

SOC 2900 : Politics, Economy and Society

Relationships between state and society from a comparative perspective. Focuses primarily on the United States, with frequent references to the experiences of other developed nations as well as those of third world countries.

Credits

3

SOC 2950 : Perspectives on US Poverty

Poverty in the United States, emphasizing the experience of the past thirty years (measurement, causes, and policies to combat poverty). Emphasis on the special problems of urban poverty and poverty among children.

Credits

3

SOC 3300 : Sociology of Law

The meaning, origin, and impact of law viewed from several sociological perspectives; the law in action and the social context of legal professions.

Credits

3

SOC 3400 : Health, Medicine & Society

This course explores the social dimensions of health, disease and illness, focusing especially on the social determinants of disease, the social experience of illness, and the role and meaning of medicine and public health in modern U.S. society. The class examines how we define health problems and their solutions, and it considers the ways in which factors such as race, gender and class, and social connections affect health.

Credits

3

SOC 3450 : Social Psychiatry

Cultural and social patterns in the causation, incidence and treatment of mental health problems; emphasis upon current approaches to mental illness and the relation of mental illness to criminal, antisocial and deviant behavior.

Credits

3

SOC 3500 : Sociology of Gender

Sex roles examined from a social learning and developmental perspective; recent changes in related attitudes and behaviors, consequences for interpersonal relationships and societal organization.

Credits

3

SOC 3600 : Sociology of Race & Racism

Development of race and ethnic relationships in America; the impact of power-conflict relations on race and ethnic patterns; particular attention given to development from early 1950's to present.

Credits

3

SOC 3700 : Urban Sociology

The nature of the city; history of urban settlement; urban form; institutions, organizational structures and processes; major problems of living in urban America.

Credits

3

SOC 3800 : Social Movements

The sociological study of social movements, including mobilization, participation, tactics, goals and ideology; the social contexts in which movements arise and develop; the nature and influence of historical and contemporary movements and activism.

Credits

3

SOC 3900 : Social Inequality

Development and influence of class structures; emphasis upon modern stratification systems and their relation to community and societal power structures.

Credits

3

SOC 4000 : Special Topics

Topics addressing special or emerging interests, chosen for their current importance and the specific expertise of an instructor.

Credits

3

SOC 4200 : Sports and Society

Sports as both a unifying and divisive social force. The corporatization and commodification of organized sports.

Credits

3

SOC 5050 : Soc Theory & Public Policy

Influence of sociological ideas on social policies. Students will be expected to design a theoretically driven empirical study which impacts on some public policy.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

SOC 5400 : Applied Research in Soc

The development of real-world research skills through the application of sociological methods and statistics. Special emphasis is given to sampling, measurement, applied statistics, data management and evaluative research.

Credits

3

SOC 6500 : Seminar

Advanced course for seniors focusing on particular substantive area; topics rotate.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(SOC 5300 and SOC 5400) and (SOC 5000 or SOC 5050 or SOC 5100)