Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Sociology - Courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Sociology

Introduces fundamental ideas and concepts of sociology, including culture, norms, status, role, socialization, stratification, industrialization, urbanization, and bureaucratization.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 205 Sociology of the Arts
Sociology

Considers theories of how the arts function in modern societies and cultures, including reflection, shaping, social control, and influence. We will also examine audiences and institutions and their roles in shaping the arts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 206 Social Problems
Sociology

What constitutes a social problem, and who defines what a social problem is? Why do some social problems receive so much attention, while others are ignored? What are the consequences of defining social problems in a particular way? This course examines these questions drawing on case studies of contemporary social issues, on a wide range of topics such as income inequality, harassment, racism, mass incarceration, and immigration.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 211 Sociology of Diversity
Sociology

What does diversity mean in the contemporary United States? Under what conditions is diversity positive or negative? This course applies a sociological lens to the meaning and experience of diversity, paying particular attention to dimensions of difference such race, ethnicity, religion, class, (dis)ability, sexuality, and gender.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 239 Sociology of Happiness
Sociology

What makes us happy? This course takes a sociological approach to explore the nature and meaning of happiness, and the interplay between individual and social happiness. Among the topics we will consider are different ways happiness has been measured by social scientists, the roles that families and friends play in happiness, and levels of happiness among different sociodemographic groups (gender, age, race/ethnicity, social class). We will also explore broader questions about how happiness differs among cultures and nations, and whether happiness should be a consideration in formulating public policies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 293 Social Research Methods
Sociology

This course is about using scientific rigor to examine the world around us. It requires re-evaluating everyday methods of gathering information and drawing conclusions and using theory, causal modeling, and carefully collected data to arrive at logical, complete, and better-supported explanations of events and social phenomena. Students will learn about and practice doing sociology. The skills developed provide the foundations necessary to conduct professional research and to become better consumers of information.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
Sociology

This course introduces students to the vocabulary, concepts, and statistical techniques used by quantitative social scientists to describe and test hypotheses about the social world. Students will learn how to (1) describe data distributions, (2) formulate and test research hypotheses, (3) describe and probe the relationship between two or more factors, characteristics, or events in the social world, and (4) interpret and evaluate published statistics.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
Sociology

Societal aging is accompanied by a host of challenges, including how to provide care, income, and engagement opportunities for a growing population of older people. By examining societal trends related to aging students gain an understanding of how different societies adapt to these new challenges. Other topics may include: work and retirement, health, care work and family, death and dying, and changing patterns of inequality with age.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 305 Organizational Sociology
Sociology

Modern life is lived within organizations. This course covers the development and spread of rationalization and bureaucracy in Western societies, formal and informal relationships within organizations, workplace dynamics and inequality, technology and workplace dignity, as well as organizational decision-making, culture, power, and failure.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 307 Criminology
Sociology

Why do individuals commit crime? This course examines and assesses a variety of theories from each of the three main criminological paradigms classical, positivist, and critical, with special attention to the role of important crime correlates such as class, gender, and race. In addition to theories of crime, the course also turns a critical lens to sources of crime knowledge (including popular media and national data sources), and introduces punishment philosophies and how they relate to theories of criminality.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 308 Life Course Sociology
Sociology

This course is an introduction to the theories and research associated with the life course perspective in sociology. This perspective incorporates a life-long perspective on human development, in recognition of the developmental processes undergone by individuals throughout their lives, and emphasizes the continuities that exist between early-life circumstances and later-life outcomes. The life course framework is based on four central themes: the intersection of history and biography, the salience of links to significant others and between different life domains (e.g. work, family), the role of individuals in shaping their own life trajectories within social constraints, and the significance of the timing of events in ones life.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 309 Social Change
Sociology

Change seems to be everywhere. In fact constant rapid change is a defining characteristic of modern societies. How do social scientists explain social change? Throughout the course we will explore broad patterns of social transformations and the effects of globalization on culture.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 310 Sociology of Education
Sociology

What is the purpose of education, and why do inequalities in educational attainment and academic achievement persist in the United States? These questions will be a primary focus of the class, with an emphasis on issues of race, class, gender, and neighborhood.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 311 Drugs and Society
Sociology

Understanding the relationship between drugs and their social context provides insights into why, despite the risks, people find consciousness alteration meaningful. Topics covered in this course may include: the kinds of experiences/problems that arise from drug use; shifting perspectives on drug use in society; the emergence of drug crusades and drug legislation in America; the relationship between drug use and crime; the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug problems; and current domestic and international drug control policies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 313 Sociology of Families
Sociology

This course evaluates families as social institutions, and examines how social factors such as race, class, and gender shape contemporary families. Additional topics may include historical trends in family formation as well as contemporary public policies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 314 Sociology of Gender
Sociology

This course explores the social and cultural construction of gender, focusing on the ways that femininities and masculinities are constructed from infancy through adulthood in the United States. Includes how gender shapes--and is shaped by--major social institutions such as media, sports, and work, as well as other characteristics such as social class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems
Sociology

This course examines the varying functions of criminal justice institutions: police, prosecutors, courts, probation services, and prisons and jails. Students will explore how the structure and practice of the criminal justice system varies across countries and will think critically about changes in the purpose and effectiveness of criminal justice institutions in the U.S. over time. Students will also understand the theoretical and practical role of these institutions in (re)producing or mitigating social inequality.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 318 Gender and Work
Sociology

What accounts for the underrepresentation of women in some jobs, and the overrepresentation of women in others? Why is there a wage gap between men and women? How does the division of household labor influence womens and mens participation in the paid labor force? This course examines the role that gender plays in shaping the experience of work, including causes and implications of occupational sex segregation and wage inequality, and social policies affecting gender relations in work organizations. Also examines the interaction of work and family life, including the allocation of household work and control of resources.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 319 Juvenile Justice
Sociology

This course is organized around several themes: how delinquency is defined and measured, the sociological factors that put a child at risk for becoming a part of the juvenile justice system; the roles of gender, race, and class, as well as culture, families, schools, and communities, in predicting delinquency; and, responses to juvenile delinquency via the juvenile court process, youth corrections in the community, and out of home juvenile placements. Students will also examine how contact with the juvenile justice system may lead to or prevent future contact with the criminal justice system in adulthood.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 321 Race & Ethnicity
Sociology

Racial inequality pervades the social history of the United States: From the enslavement of Africans to the Jim Crow laws of the Deep South to the high levels of racial residential segregation in American cities, the inequity associated with skin color remains a powerful force in determining ones life chances. In this course we will study?the social forces that have formed the experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., and that have maintained the unequal nature of them. We will also study how issues of immigration and globalization provide a more thorough understanding of?racial and ethnic dynamics in the U.S., and we will touch on whether or not these dynamics are applicable to other geo-political settings.?

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 322 Medical Sociology
Sociology

This course explores notions of illness, health, and health care from a sociological perspective. Students examine conceptions of health and wellness, epidemiology and the history of medicine, health disparities within the US (such as by gender, age, race/ethnicity, social class and other characteristics), and access to health care.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 324 Sociology of Immigration
Sociology

The United States is an immigrant nation; understanding migration experiences is central to understanding ourselves. This course provides a sociological framework for exploring historical and contemporary immigration, primarily (but not exclusively) to the United States. We use theories of international migration to understand how and why people move from one country or region to another; to explore the immigrant experience in terms of social, economic, and spatial adaptation; and to consider racial and ethnic experiences of migration past, present, and future.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 328 Social Inequality
Sociology

How do class origins, race and ethnicity, and gender affect the life chances and experiences of individuals? This course surveys a broad range of theories associated with social stratification, and reviews recent empirical findings from social-scientific research on inequality. We examine patterns of inequality in the United States and elsewhere, investigating both the causes and consequences of inequality.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 329 Population Problems
Sociology

This course introduces concepts from demography and population research. Students will learn demographic theories and methods and topics such as the demographic transition of populations; population processes such as fertility, mortality, and migration; the impact of population change on social institutions; and the regional, national, and global effects of population growth.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 330 Cinematic Sociology
Sociology

Explores how films are a vehicle for social commentary, analysis, and criticism, particularly with regard to controversial topics and social problems. This is not a class on film theory or production or the film industry, but rather the sociological implications of film. Cinematic Sociology explores the dual role of film: a window into globalizing cultures and a social force that shapes globalizing trends. Sociological theories and methods are used both to see films analytically and to extend sociological investigation beyond the classroom, connecting what is viewed to real world observations.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 331 Sociology of Wealth & Poverty
Sociology

What do poverty and wealth mean? Who is poor, who is rich, and what are the causes and consequences of each? What should be done, if anything, about wealth and poverty? This course explores issues related to poverty and wealth, including housing/homelessness, crime/incarceration, and immigration, race, and gender.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 332 Sociology of Work
Sociology

What is the relationship between work and inequality? How has social change influenced the meaning and experience of work? We will explore issues such as: the rise of technology; the prevalence of workplace flexibility; the growth of contingent work; discrimination in the workplace; globalization and immigration; and, the complex relationships between gender, work and family. We also examine a range of social welfare policies, worker organizations, corporate practices, and labor market regulation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 334 Sociology of Popular Culture
Sociology

The goal for this course is to develop critical concepts for the analysis of popular culture. What is popular culture, and how is it mediated in various contexts? How do we consume popular culture and why do we consume it the way we do? Among the topics we consider are: the relationship between popular culture and subcultures; power and popular culture; and, aspects of propaganda and advertising.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 335 Sociology of Adolescence
Sociology

Adolescence is a unique stage of the life course. This course explores social processes and the socialization of children and adolescents, including patterns of parent/teenager/peer relationships, generational succession, and age stratification and the status system, self-identity, adolescent sexuality, and youth subcultures.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 336 Sociology of Culture
Sociology

What is culture? This course is designed to provide an overview of the sociology of culture. We will cover the foundational works that outline and define culture and cultural systems. We will discuss how culture is produced and changes over time. We will consider the groups and networks that produce and respond to cultural systems, and the inequalities that are established and reproduced within cultural systems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 337 Sociology of Punishment
Sociology

Recently, crime rates in the U.S. have dropped, yet the prison population has grown rapidly. We explore this paradox by examining theories of crime and punishment, changes in the nature and extent of American punishment over time, and socio-economic implications of such changes. Students will develop a critical understanding of hot button penal issues, ranging from the death penalty and mandatory minimum sentencing, to the treatment of prisoners. Students will also develop the skills to evaluate the efficacy of penal reforms.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 338 Sociology of Sexuality
Sociology

Sexuality is at once one of the most personal and most social parts of any persons existence. Sexuality is explored at the micro-level, including sexual practices and sexual identities of individuals, including differences by gender, age, class, and race. We also examine sexuality at the macro-level, focusing on how sexuality is shaped within institutions and by the social and historical context.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 340 Men & Masculinities
Sociology

What does it mean to be a man? What are the social and personal implications of contemporary definitions of masculinity? This course explores the social construction of masculinities and men's lives in conjunction with analyses of race, class, (dis)ability, age, and sexuality, and in relation to social institutions such as education, work, sports, family, and media.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 341 Environment & Society
Sociology

Is a capitalist economy inherently destructive to the environment, or can the economy be greened? This course provides an overview of the major topics that sociologists study to understand the relationship between society and the environment: the social construction of nature, the political economy of environmental problems, environmental inequalities, science and risk, and environmental policy. By learning a sociological perspective on the environment, students learn how peoples cultures inform their views and behavior regarding issues such as bottled water, tuna fishing, and coal mining. Ultimately, students can understand environmental issues more clearly and can devise more thoughtful, more effective strategies to address those issues.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 342 Soc Group in Urban Space
Sociology

This course focuses on how urban space affects forms of interaction among various social groups and, in turn, how social groups shape the production and consumption of the built environment. The course examines how spatial organization shapes and is shaped by the behaviors, life course, opportunity structures, and collective actions of different gender, sexual, class, religious, ethnic, and racial groups in the contemporary city.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 345 Sociology of Deviance
Sociology

This course acquaints students with a sociological understanding of the causes, consequences, and treatment of social deviance. Students will critically evaluate definitions of deviance and analyze various social psychological and social structural explanations for deviant behavior, making special note of the policy implications of each theoretical perspective. The course covers specific acts of deviance, from violent behavior and mental illness to the deviant behavior of corporate elites and the police. Theories of deviant behavior will be deployed to explore issues related to the treatment/punishment of social deviants.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 348 Urban Sociology
Sociology

Scholars from a variety of disciplines study cities, suburbs, and metropolises, among other spatial phenomena. In this course we will explore their ideas taking a sociological approach to urban trends and city life more specifically. We will discuss sociological theories and research about the development and consequences of cities and city life, the spatial patterns of metropolitan areas, and the sources of inequality in urban areas in addition to many other topics.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 349 Classical Soc Theory
Sociology

This course explores the development of sociological theory and forerunners of sociological thought. The course covers mostly the theories Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Simmel, with an emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of each theoretical approach.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 354 Science & Technology in Social Context
Sociology

A common assumption is that society is driven forward by scientific and technological innovation. The steam engine powered the Industrial Revolution, air conditioners produced the suburbs, and Facebook has transformed human social interaction. Is this really the case? Are there better ways to understand the relationship between science, technology, and society? This course will explore the importance of science and technology in modern societies. It will encourage students to think critically about what counts as scientific knowledge, how science and technology are produced and disseminated, and how science and technology are deeply woven, and are inseparable from political, historical, and social forces.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 358 Sociology of Food
Sociology

Explores the central role of food in social life, considering similarities and differences in the sociality of food across communities, places, regions, and nation-states. The sociological significance of food is approached from multiple perspectives: institutionally as part of economic and political systems; interpersonally, as an important element of identity and socialization; organizationally, as part of community and family structure; and as an embodiment of class, culture, age, and gender.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Winter
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 360 Political Sociology
Sociology

This course surveys the nature of political power, cultural dimensions of politics, and dynamics of political change. Its centerpiece is critical analyses of institutional mechanisms and social processes through which political power is constructed, distributed, and maintained. Special attention is devoted to (1) the ways political power intersects with structures of class, gender, and race and (2) the politics of globalization. Students gain capacity for critical analysis of, and active engagement in, political life.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 362 Families & Inequality
Sociology

What do we mean when we say family? How and why are families changing, and what do these changes mean for individuals and society more broadly? Students will engage sociological perspectives on how to address inequalities within families, such as intimate partner violence, and inequalities between different types of families, such as between single mother families and their heterosexual married counterparts. Students will come to understand how families are embedded within and constitutive of other social institutions and structures of inequality. Students will develop their sociological imaginations and critically evaluate scientific and popular claims about the family and families in the past, present, and future.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 363 Families and Public Policy
Sociology

Public policies have profound influence on American families' lives, yet often fail to accomplish what policymakers intend. For example, despite policies intended to meet the needs of working families, nearly one in five American children lives in poverty, most in households with working parents. Child poverty threatens their well-being and perpetuates social inequality. In this course we will take a dominantly sociological approach to understand the motivation, implementation and impact of family-oriented public policies, and consider a range of viewpoints that inform current policy debates.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 364 Sociology of the Body
Sociology

Examines the body from a sociological perspective, with particular attention to the ways in which cultural ideas about the body affect our everyday, lived experiences. What is the relationship between your body and your sense of self? Is your body simply a vessel for your mind and soul, or does your body define what it means to be you? How does your physical appearance (and the ways you ?manipulate? it) affect your interactions with others? This course explores how many social processes are inscribed, (re)produced, and challenged through bodily practices.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 366 Crime & Popular Culture
Sociology

This course surveys the connections between the mass media, crime, and criminal justice. It explores how the criminal justice system, criminals, and crimes are portrayed in the entertainment and news media and the effects that these portrayals have on society and the criminal justice system. Special attention is given to the role that the media play in the social construction of crime and justice.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 368 Special Topics
Sociology

Special topics in sociology determined by individual faculty interest. Topic titles and content vary from semester to semester. Check with the department for current offerings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 370 Special Topics
Sociology

Special topics in sociology determined by individual faculty interest. Topic titles and content vary from semester to semester. Check with the department for current offerings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 371 Individual and Society
Sociology

In this course students consider the relation between the individual and society. They examine major theoretical problems, such as: human nature; communication and language; perception; socialization; role playing; and the interdependence of values, ideologies, and social structures.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 373 Sociology of Law
Sociology

This course introduces law as a social institution, with a focus on how some of its central features (lawyers, disputes, rules, etc.) are related to wider historical and social characteristics. Students will explore theoretical approaches to understanding the relationship between law and society, the role of law in peoples everyday lives, the social organization of the legal profession, and the relationship between law and social change.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 375 Military Sociology
Sociology

The military is a social institution, and this courses focuses on both the internal structure and practices of the military and its relation to other institutions (such as government or family), military leadership, policy issues and the role of the military in diplomacy and internal relations, and the social psychological effects on service members, veterans, and their families and friends.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 377 Social Inequality in the Media
Sociology

In this course, students are exposed to popular media in ways that help them critically examine the role of the media in enabling, facilitating, or challenging social inequality, particularly the social constructions of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 380 Family in Comparative Perspective
Sociology

Dramatic changes in how we form relationships, build families, dissolve relationships, and care for our elders have occurred over the past 50 years. In this course, we examine to what extent these changes are unique to the U.S. or have been experienced by families elsewhere. We also address the causes and consequences of family changes in different societies and how governments respond to new challenges of changes in family life.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 382 Sociology of Death & Dying
Sociology

The course provides a sociological perspective on death and dying. Course topics include definitions of death, the demographics of death, social meanings of death and dying, how institutional cultural values and practices affect the dying process, legal and ethical issues surrounding the "right to die" movement, and state killing, including war and capital punishment.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 384 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Sociology

This course explores the origins, dynamics, and consequences of collective behavior and social movements. Over the course of the semester, students will examine a range of theoretical approaches, concepts, and topics including ideas about collective action, the emergence of social movements, recruitment and leadership, interactions between social movements and media, the role of political authorities and the broader public, various forms of social movement tactics, and factors that contribute to movement success and failure.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 385 Neighborhoods and Health
Sociology

Whether we live in urban, suburban, or rural settings, social and economic features of the neighborhoods where we live and work can have major health effects ranging from mortality and general health status to disability, birth outcomes, chronic conditions, health behaviors, mental health, injuries and violence. In this course, we consider how the social environments of neighborhoods shape the physical and mental health of individuals, and how neighborhoods contribute to persistent health disparities. Special attention will be devoted to conceptual and methodological challenges to detecting the prevalence and magnitude of neighborhood effects on health.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 387 Sociology of Race & Racism
Sociology

Can racism be solved with new laws and better attitudes, or is something deeper at stake? Is it possible to be colorblind? Students in this course explore such questions, learning how race and racism work in such arenas as politics, the economy, communities, law and the criminal justice system, education, pop culture, and intimate relationships and in relation to gender, class, and ethnicity. They will study racism as an institutional phenomenon that may or may not involve hate and outright discrimination.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 390 Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S. Military
Sociology

This course examines issues surrounding race, class, and gender in the United States armed forces, including women in combat, sexual assault, gays in the military, and racial integration. Using sociological concepts, theories, and methods, students analyze both the internal organization and the practices of the armed forces and the relationships between the military and other social institutions.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 422 Advanced Topics in Health & Society
Sociology

This is an advanced seminar that builds on topics introduced in SOC 322: Medical Sociology and/or SOC 378: Social Inequalities & Health (recommended, but not required). The focus of the course will change depending on the instructor, but it will be organized so to provide students the opportunity to pursue comprehensive, in-depth sociological knowledge on a topic or theme related to the social contexts of health.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 446 Advanced Topics in Environmental Sociology
Sociology

This is an advanced seminar that builds on topics introduced in SOC 341: Environment & Society (recommended, but not required). The focus of the course will change depending on the instructor, but it will be organized so to provide students the opportunity to pursue comprehensive, in-depth sociological knowledge on a topic or theme related to the environment or environmental change.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 467 Sociology and Social Policy
Sociology

This course provides a critical evaluation of how sociological theories and research associated with welfare states can provide insights into the development, revision, and application of social policies. Central components of this course include the origin and history of the welfare state and differences in national approaches to social policy that shape the welfare of citizens. Throughout the course, students will consider the significance of social, economic, and political factors that influence policymaking, policy implementation, and policy-related outcomes.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 468 Special Topics
Sociology

Special topics in sociology determined by individual faculty interest. Topic titles and content vary from semester to semester. Check with the department for current offerings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 477 Sociology of Health Care
Sociology

What is the role of health care facilities and health care systems in society? How are we to understand variations in the quality and availability of health care? This course examines a range of sociological perspectives related to the origins and delivery of health care, including training and socialization of care providers, governmental versus private control, and individual rights within health care.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 481 Special Topics
Sociology

Special topics in sociology determined by individual faculty interest. Topic titles and content vary from semester to semester. Check with the department for current offerings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 482 Advanced Topics in Social Justice, Crime, and Law
Sociology

This is an advanced seminar that builds on topics introduced in SOC 373: Sociology of Law and/or SOC 307: Criminology (recommended, but not required). The focus of the course will change depending on the instructor, but it will be organized so to provide students the opportunity to pursue comprehensive, in-depth sociological knowledge on a topic or theme related to the social justice.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 485 Advanced Topics in Social Change
Sociology

How and why does society change? This course builds on topics introduced in SOC 309: Social Change (recommended but not required), and offers an in-depth examination of class interests, agency, social movements, culture, and other important issues embedded in historical and contemporary perspectives on the processes of social change.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SOC 492 Analysis of Social Data
Sociology

Numbers do not speak for themselves, so we must read meaning into them. Doing so is a skill that can be learned. This course covers basic quantitative data analysis for the social sciences, in practical rather than theoretical ways. The primary goal is to enable students to independently initiate and carry out research using quantitative social science data. Students learn to make careful, valid inferences from data and attend to crucial contextual and conceptual issues such as: how the data were collected, for what purpose, how the original data collectors defined their concepts and how you define them--what kind of sample was drawn from which population, and so on.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 496 Internship Program
Sociology

Typically conducted in a community agency, government office, or private setting. Gives students the opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of work experiences related to sociology. Open to sociology majors with junior or senior class standing only.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)


SOC 497 Honors Program
Sociology

Participation in the departmental honors program

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SOC 499 Independent Study
Sociology

A program of work agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor. Requires a faculty sponsor in the department before registering.

Credits: 1-12
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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