Sociology Courses

SOC SS/DV1010. Introduction to Sociology (3)
An introduction to the study of Sociology through the concepts and principles used to understand and evaluate society. It focuses on all aspects of society: culture; social interaction; institutions; group processes; deviance and social control; stratification, diversity, and inequality based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, etc.; and social stability and change.

SOC SS/DV1020. Social Problems (3)
A study of major social problems in contemporary society, including issues of age, gender, family, race, ethnicity, wealth and poverty, politics, education, public safety, health care, substance abuse, and environment.  Special emphasis is given to these issues and their consequences for today's global and diverse society.

SOC 2810. Experimental Course Offerings (2-3)
May be repeated 5 times up to 6 credit hours.

SOC 2920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Programs (1-3)
Consult the semester class schedule for the current offering under this number. The specific title and credit authorized will appear on the student transcript. May be repeated 5 times up to 6 credit hours.

SOC 3000. Self and Society (3)
Sociological Social Psychology is the study of individual, group, and social behavior through analysis of the relationship between individuals and social institutions. Individuals actively create social structure while they are simultaneously shaped by it. Students will analyze how social interaction, processes, roles, and statuses are created and maintained by individuals. Students will also analyze how these same processes, roles, and statuses shape their individual behavior. Social Psychological theories and methodologies are also addressed. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 3010. Social Inequality (3)
The study of social stratification and inequality in the United States and globally. The course focuses on economic class and status groups, such as gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexuality, and physical ability. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 3030. Sociological Theory - Classical (3)
A study of the classical tradition of sociological thought during the European period: Comte, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Durkheim, and others. To be taken before Sociology 4030. Prerequisite: SOC SS/DV1010 or SOC SS/DV1020.

SOC 3110. Sociology of Family (3)
Analyzes family arrangements and structure, changes in such arrangements over time, and contemporary issues facing families in our ever-changing world. Emphasis is placed on variations in family experiences with regard to race, gender, social class, and sexual orientation. Family, as it relates to other social institutions such as politics, religion, and the economy, is also explored.

SOC 3130. Sociology of Gender (3)
This course is an examination as to how and why communities create gender categories as well how gender influences individuals’ identities, behaviors, and life experiences. Students will study gender within a variety of contexts, such as the workplace, family, politics, athletics, education, health, media, and religion. Attention will also be given to sociological theories of gender, gender socialization, and the intersection of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020 or WGS 1500 or permission of instructor.

SOC 3250. Deviance and Social Control (3)
Introduces the student to the various sociological concepts of deviance and social control. Deviance and social control are examined in their positive and negative forms. The benefits and contributions as well as the consequences and disruptions of these forms are considered in the context of the formal and informal socialization processes and the internalization of social norms. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 3260. Juvenile Delinquency (3)
Juvenile delinquency as a social phenomenon and its causes involving definitions, agencies of law enforcement, and the courts. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 3270. Criminology (3)
Study of the nature, extent, causes, and treatment of crime. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 3300. Environment and Society (3)
An in-depth study of societal-environmental interactions including population, technology and organization impacts of human societies on the physical environment, and environmental impacts on human behavior and social organization.

SOC 3400. Social Change (3)
The factors which change society and how society changes, emphasizing technological innovations and its implications, social movements, and the role of individuals. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 3410. Sociology of Religion (3)
Examination of religion and religious activities globally from the theoretical perspectives of Sociology.

SOC 3420. Sociology of Education (3)
Analysis of the structure and function of education as a central social institution in contemporary society.

SOC 3430. Medicine and Healthcare in Society (3)
Utilizes the Sociological perspective to explore the Institution of Medicine and the Medical Healthcare Delivery System; its function as a social institution and its capability, accessibility, and the related issues of providing Healthcare. The various organizational system structures, and their economic and political dimensions are also examined. Further emphasis is placed on the various professional roles, supporting roles, and patient behaviors. Additional focus is placed upon selected international comparisons, as well as medical research, ethical considerations, and international health issues.

SOC 3550. Organizations in Society (3)
Surveys the nature and structure of organizations in general and modern formal organizations and globalization in specific. How organizations work, function and affect contemporary society and individuals’ lives and behavior. Sociological theories about modern organizations and globalization will be examined. Prerequisite: SOC 1010.

SOC 3600. Social Statistics (3)
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis techniques and the presentation of results. Prerequisite: MATH 1010 or equivalent.

SOC 3660. Sociological Research (3)
Examines the scientific foundations of Sociology and methods of Sociological Research. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 3840. Cities and Urban Life (3)
In-depth analysis of the urbanization, modernization, and development of the system of cities. The relationship between cities and culture, mental illness, and social problems are examined.

SOC 3850. Race & Ethnicity (3)
Examines the social construction of race and ethnicity and the conditions of racial and ethnic groups in the United States and globally, based on statistical and ethnographic data.  Includes a survey of theories of the origins, causes, and dynamics of ethnic and race relations.

SOC 4030. Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
The works of major contemporary theorists (Mead, Parsons, Merton, Goffman, Garfinkel, etc.) and the emergence of current schools of sociological thought. Prerequisites: SOC SS/DV1010 and SOC 3030.

SOC 4220. Life in a Consumer Society (3)
Examination of consumption, consumerism, and the increasing commercialization of contemporary life.  Students study the history of consumerism and advertising; explore how consumer culture influences their own consumption choices; and analyze the relationship between consumerism and social inequality.

SOC 4270. Sociology of Law (3)
A study of the interchange between law and society, where society creates the law, yet law regulates society. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 1020.

SOC 4410. Sociology of Globalization (3)
Study of economic, political, and cultural globalization in the late 20th and early 21st century. The course examines the history, theories and critiques of globalization, the key actors in global political-economy, the institutions and events that shape global processes, and globalization’s impact on local economies, politics, culture, and the natural environment.

SOC 4550. Sociology of Work (3)
Explores the relationship between work and social class, gender, technology, race, and ethnicity. Additionally, the nature of occupational subcultures is analyzed.

SOC 4810. Experimental Course Offerings (2-3)
Individual courses offered on an experimental basis, identified by specific name and description. The specific title will appear on student’s transcript along with the authorized credit. May be repeated 5 times up to 6 credit hours.

SOC 4830. Readings and/or Projects (1-3)
Individual readings and/or projects for sociology majors or minors. (Maximum of 5 hours applied toward graduation, 3 of which can be applied toward the sociology major or minor.) Prerequisite: SOC 1010, senior standing, permission of instructor, approval of program coordinator. May be repeated 4 times up to 5 credit hours.

SOC 4890. Internship (1-6)
Qualified juniors and seniors may apply for internships among federal, state and private agencies. Internships are anticipated to provide the student with both practical and research experiences. A student may complete up to 9 hours, but not more than 6 hours in any one type of internship. A maximum of 3 hours may be applied towards the sociological major or sociological minor. Prerequisite: SOC 1010, junior or senior status, approval of program coordinator. May be repeated 8 times up to 9 credit hours.

SOC 4900. Senior Capstone Course (3)
A course designed to organize all of the knowledge that the student has gleaned from his/her major into an integrated whole. This course will help the student make relevant the knowledge that he/ she has learned. This will be accomplished by having the student write a senior thesis as well as attend lectures. Prerequisite: SOC 1010, SOC 3030, SOC 3600, SOC 3660, senior standing.

SOC 4920. Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Programs (1-3)
Consult the semester class schedule for the current offering under this number. The specific title and credit authorized will appear on the student transcript. May be repeated 5 times up to 6 credit hours.

SOC 4990. Seminar in Sociology (3) Variable Title
An advanced course allowing in-depth study of selected topics in Sociology. When the course number is used, it will be accompanied by a specific title with the credit authorized, which will appear on the student transcript. Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or consent of instructor. May be repeated 3 times up to 9 credit hours. (Formerly Contemporary Issues.)

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