Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011


SOC 110     Introductory Sociology  3

Major theoretical models and research methodologies used by sociologists in examining the institutions of societies and everyday lives of individuals. Topics include social stratification, ethnic relations, race, poverty, gender roles, aging, the family, population and urban/suburban communities. Study Area III

SOC 111     Social Problems   3

Conditions or patterns of behavior that are considered to be harmful to society or its members, about which it is considered that something should be done. Included as possible topics are sexism, physical and mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, sexuality, inequality, discrimination, environmental problems and abuses of power. Study Area III


SOC 210     Sociological Inquiry    3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Exposes students to the sociological imagination, the link between theory and methods, how evidence is assembled to produce explanations of social phenomena, and the impact of sociological knowledge on public policy and culture. Sociology majors only.

SOC 212     Race, Class, and Gender 3

Sociological definition of race, class, and gender, at academic and experiential levels; the interrelationship of these social characteristics as they affect individual consciousness, group interaction, and access to institutional power and privileges in the United States. Study Area III

SOC 232     City and Suburban Life  3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Examination of the development of preindustrial cities and how they differ from modern urban areas. Research on differences between suburban and urban life will be explored as well as contrasting lifestyles which coexist within urban areas. Post-World War II policies which helped to lead to many of today's problems will be identified and discussed. Irregular.

SOC 233     The Family  3

The family in its social context, including cross-cultural perspectives and theories of family structure and change. The contemporary American family and its emerging alternatives will be studied, with special reference to the family life cycle and current issues in family studies. Study Area III


SOC 234     The Social Construction of Self and Society     3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Symbolic interactionism and social constructionist theories are used to explore the making of meanings and identities by individuals, groups and institutions, and the influence of these constructions on society. Irregular.

SOC 240     The Sociology of Gender 3

Gender as biology, social learning, social organization, and social structure. The gendered nature of friendships, sexuality, conversation, power, and violence. Interpersonal/institutional sexism as it affects women and men. Issues of inequalities in work, education, politics, and health. Women's and men's movements. Cross listed with WGSS 240. No credit given to students with credit for WS 240 or WGSS 240. Irregular. Study Area III

SOC 300     Sociological Theory     3

Prereq.:  SOC 210. Examines the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Goffman and selected other theorists. Discussion of theories within their historical context.


SOC 310     Research Methods  3

Prereq.:  SOC 210. Examines scientific method as used in sociology. Topics include inductive and deductive reasoning, quantitative and qualitative research designs, measurement, sampling, methods of data collection, and analysis strategies.

SOC 312     Class, Power, and Status      3

Prereq.:  SOC 110, 212. Examines theories and forms of class inequality and social stratification. Assesses the consequences of class and status inequality on prospects for social change, the degree of political influence, institutional structures, opportunities for mobility, and life chances. Irregular.

SOC 322     Race and Ethnic Relations     3

Prereq.:  SOC 110, 212. Examines the social forces and structures that privilege one racial/ethnic group over another and the cultural dynamics that perpetuate and make these arrangements possible. Particular attention will be given to the historical and social construction of race and ethnicity. Cross listed with AMS 322. No credit given to students with credit for AMS 322. Irregular.

SOC 333     Culture and Society     3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in Sociology. Examines social processes shaping the production and reception of cultural objects. Considers the impact of cultural meanings with a particular focus on the role of cultural capital, symbolic boundaries and power struggles. Substantive topics may include music, literature, food, technology, art, and popular culture. On demand.


SOC 336     Deviance and Social Control   3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Investigates the production and enforcement of the boundaries between social forms that are deemed normal, acceptable, good, healthy, moral, and/or natural and those that are considered deviant, bad, sick, evil and/or unnatural. Approached the study of topics in deviance and control through an engagement with a number of theoretical and historical perspectives on deviance. Irregular.


SOC 340     Aging in American Society     3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Analysis of demographic changes, role shifts, age stereotyping, institutionalization, and their implications for the treatment and status of the elderly. Exploration of the processes of aging in the later years and the impact of the same on people's lives. Irregular.


SOC 350     Gay & Lesbian Communities     3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Examines the history and structure of American gay and lesbian communities. Questions the social forces that have contributed to the formation, growth and consequences of such communities. Topics such as the gay and lesbian civil rights movement, the role of organizations and the development of gay and lesbian identity are addressed. Irregular.

SOC 400     Topics in Social Theory 3

Prereq.:  SOC 210 and 300. Selected topics in social theory. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. On demand.

SOC 410     Quantitative Analysis   3

Prereq.:  SOC 310, STAT 215. Analysis of quantitative data using computer applications to test hypotheses and to complete a research project. On demand.  


SOC 411     Oral History for the Social Sciences      3

Prereq.:  SOC 310 or HIST 301 or ANTH 374 or permission of instructor. Exsamination of oral history as a social science methodological approach. Emphasis on the collection, transcription, analysis, archiving, indexing, and dissemination of primary data. Irregular. [GR]

SOC 412     Qualitative Analysis    3

Prereq.:  SOC 310. Intensive exposure to participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and content analysis. Emphasis on the collection, coding, and interpretation of primary data. Additional focus on the ethics and politics of qualitative research designs.

SOC 422     Sociology of Immigration      3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in sociology. Explores the sociological dynamics of coming to the U.S. and changing this sociaty. Includes issues such as undocumented immigration, the impact of immigration on the economy, and questions of assimilation. Irregular.


SOC 425     Information, Images, and Inequality 3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in Sociology. Examination of the new forms of property, value, social control, identity formation, social relations and class inequities that have emerged with the information age and the electronic marketplace. Presents a political economy of virtual reality. Irregular.

SOC 426     Sociology of Revolution 3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and three additional credits in Sociology Examines major theoretical perspectives used by sociologists to interpret and explain revolutions. Emphasis on Bourgeois, socialist, nationalist, populist, and post-modern revolutions. [I]

SOC 427     American Poverty and Social Welfare 3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Overview of how poverty is measured and understood, and how it has changed over time. Explores the emergence and development of the American welfare state. Irregular.

SOC 428     Globalization and its Discontents   3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Exposes students to the political, cultural, and economic processes of globalization. Social consequences of globalization are examined, including it impact on the state, production, and the movement of people. Irregular. [I]

SOC 429     Animals and Society     3

Prereq.: SOC 110. Using Symbolic Interaction as the main theoretical perspective, this course explores the social relationship between humans and animals and examines the social meanings which shape the role and status of animals in society. Irregular.

SOC 430     Schools, Education and Society      3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in sociology. Examines the role of educational institutions with a particular focus on social processes that create, reproduce, or alleviate various social inequalities. Some of  the following topics may be covered:  relations between communities and schools; effects of government control and privatization; and interactions between individuals in schooling contexts. Irregular.


SOC 433     Independent Studies in Sociology    1 TO 3

Advanced study and projects in sociology of special interest to students under the supervision of one or more department members. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. On demand. [GR]

SOC 440     Death and Dying: Sociological Implications      3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Different cultural, social, and historical perspectives on death and their impact on social roles and institutional change. Problems faced by the health care profession in meeting the needs of the terminally ill and the bereaved. Student will be required to have a field experience with a terminally ill patient and/or bereaved family. Irregular.

SOC 444     Sport and Play in Society     3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in Sociology. Examines the institution of sport from the social, political, economic, and cultural perspectives. Substantive topics include sexism and racism in sport, sport and the mass media, deviance in sport, sport and social mobility, and the relationship of sport with religious, political, and economic structures. Irregular.

SOC 445     Social Construction of Sexuality    3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in Sociology. Explores how sexuality is constructed in American culture in the 21st century. Criticizes common assumptions that naturalize sex and sexuality to investigate complex and changing social contexts of sexualities. Irregular.

SOC 452     Organizations, Occupations, and Work      3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in Sociology. Systematic study of large scale, bureaucratic organizations with emphasis on relations among the organization's members, the organization as a social entity and its social and physical environment. Irregular. [GR]

SOC 455     Men, Masculinity, & Manhood in American Society 3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Overview of men's studies with an emphasis on historical conceptualizations of masculinity and masculine identity and its social construction. Special topics to be covered include men's socialization; men and relationships, sex, and friendships; men and power/violence; fatherhood; and depictions of men in the mass media. Irregular.


SOC 460     Social Movements and Collective Action    3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in Sociology. Goals, composition, and impact of collective efforts to address an injustice or achieve social change are considered in historical and cultural context. Emphasis on recent American movements in opposition to government policies, established elites, and dominant cultural norms, such as the Civil Rights Movement, the women's movements, the peace movement, and the environmental movement. Irregular.

SOC 478     Current Topics in Sociology   3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Analysis and evaluation of special topics in the field of sociology. Not a seminar. May be repeated with different topics. Irregular.


SOC 482     The Social Experiences of HIV/AIDS  3

Prereq.:  SOC 110 and 3 additional credits in Sociology. Examines global and U.S. experiences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a sociological perspective. Explores the social forces that determine the social construction, distribution and experience of the epidemic. Considers the impact on, and response to the epidemic by, communities and cultures worldwide. Irregular.


SOC 484     Sociology of Music      3

Prereq.:  SOC 110. Examines the ways in which people use music to define social rituals, build collective identities, and make meaning of our everyday lives. Emphasized how music relates to core sociological concepts, including norms, power, inequality, and social change. Irregular.


SOC 485     Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture     3

Prereq.: SOC 110. Examination of the socio-cultural causes and consequences of consumption and consumer behavior including socially constructed motives, meanings, and outcomes of shopping, and the role of advertising and market research. Irregular.

SOC 490     Community Intern Experience   3

Prereq.:  Sociology major with 2.70 GPA or higher and two letters of recommendation addressing academic ability and maturity. Taken concurrently with SOC 491. Accepted students are assigned to work in either a profit or nonprofit community-based organization for 8 to 10 hours per week. Spring.

SOC 491     Intern Seminar and Research   3

Prereq.: Sociology major with 2.70 GPA or higher and two letters of recommendation addressing academic ability and maturity. Taken concurrently with SOC 490. Assigned readings and research projects related to work assignment of SOC 490. Spring.

SOC 495     Passages & Prospects    1

Prereq.:  27 credits in Sociology or permission of department chair. Capstone seminar examines sociologists in American society and influence of the discipline on social policy. Student portfolio review explores academic achievements, sociological understanding and career alternatives.

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