Sociology

Requirements & Courses

  • Sociology courses, as designated by the three-letter prefix SOC, are offered through the Sociology and Anthropology Department.
  • Sociology Major Requirements

    Thirty-six credits which must include:

    1. Core: SOC-101, 301, and 302.
    2. Two concentrations, with eight credits in each area (a total of 16 credits): 

    a. Self and Society: SOC-224, 234, 238, or 243

    b. Social Structure and Inequality: SOC-141, 225, 226, 229, or 341

    c. Social Institutions: SOC-220, 228, or 353

     3. Eight credits of SOC electives. No more than four credits of approved SOC-180 may count towards the major.

     4. Required cognate: ANT-111

     5. The senior comprehensive evaluation for the major is the successful completion of the Major Field Test in Sociology.

     6. Department Honors: Successful completion of SOC-500 and a minimum of 3.5 g.p.a. in Sociology.

  • Sociology Minor Requirements

    1. Twenty-four credits which must include: SOC-101 and 236.

  • In total, only 4 credits from SOC and ANT may count toward the Distributive Requirements in the Social Sciences; practicum and independent study courses do not count.

Courses

  • SOC
    101
    .
    Principles of Sociology
    4
    Identify sociology as a tool to widen perspective and understanding, employ basic sociological concepts in the observance of social behavior, and identify the basic social institutions and their functions. Prerequisite for all other SOC courses.
  • SOC
    141
    .
    Social Problems
    4
    Examination, evaluation and discussion of contemporary social problems providing theoretical orientations and analytical skills to understand their complexities and ramifications. For example: poverty, health issues, crime and ways of dealing with crime.
  • SOC
    180
    .
    Topics in Sociology
    1-4
    Investigation of a selected topic. May be taken only once for credit toward the ANT major.
  • SOC
    *
    220
    .
    Sociology of Family
    4
    SOC-101
    Examines how family life is structured by broader social, political, and economic changes. Analysis organized historically around clan, lineage, nuclear and post-nuclear family structures. Contemporary family problems also studied. Fall Term.
  • SOC
    *
    224
    .
    Women, Work, and Calling
    4
    SOC-101
    Examines the concepts of work, vocation, and calling as they apply to the lives of women, from a sociological perspective. Students are encouraged to apply insights from this course to their own vocational journeys.
  • SOC
    *
    225
    .
    Conflict and Class
    4
    SOC-101
    Examination of class and its consequences. Topics may include ideology, the middle class, social movements, and social order (e.g., war and peace). Class intersects with gender and race issues. Cross-cultural settings will be examined.
  • SOC
    *
    226
    .
    The Color of Justice
    4
    SOC-101
    Uses socio-historical and cultural awareness to investigate connections between the history of Jim Crow, courtroom relationships, spaces of incarceration, race, family, and community.
  • SOC
    *
    228
    .
    Media: Impact and Consequences
    4
    SOC-101 or permission
    Examination of changes in media (from oral to print to electronic) with emphasis on the implications of electronic media from essentially a social structural (institutional) perspective. Traces the implications of this for other institutional areas, culture, and self.
  • SOC
    *
    229
    .
    Population Dynamics
    4
    SOC-101
    Population dynamics mirror plate tectonics - they move slowly, but are very powerful. They influence societies and individuals and are international in scope. One need understand them to better view social problems.
  • SOC
    *
    234
    .
    Aging and Health Institutions
    4
    SOC-101
    Examines key concepts, main theories, and important substantive issues related to aging and health institutions from a sociological perspective. Among the central issues explored are gender and racial inequality in aging, as well as social institutions connected to aging and public policy.
  • SOC
    *
    236
    .
    Social Psychology
    4
    SOC-101 and PSY-121 or Permission.
    Exploration of the intersection of sociology and psychology via such topics as social influence, social cognition, self, and attitudes as they impact areas such as intergroup relations, pro-social behavior, and aggression. Cross-cultural comparisons are made.
  • SOC
    *
    238
    .
    Popular Cultures
    4
    SOC-101 or ANT-111
    This course examines American popular culture through a sociological lens. Cultural analysis will be the primary method used to examine patterns in pop culture, though other approaches such as critical analysis will also be explored.
  • SOC
    *
    243
    .
    Social Deviance
    4
    SOC-101
    Examination, evaluation and discussion of major theories and approaches to deviance, forms of deviance, their institutional relationships, as well as implications for individuals and applications of concepts to “real world” events.
  • SOC
    *
    280
    .
    Topics in Sociology
    2-4
    SOC-101
    Examines special subjects in Sociology.
  • SOC
    *
    301
    .
    Methods of Social Research
    4
    12 credits from SOC
    Fundamentals of basic principles, logic, and procedures of social research. Examines survey, unobtrusive, and qualitative methodologies as well as research ethics and policy.
  • SOC
    *
    302
    .
    Sociological Theory
    4
    12 credits from SOC
    Exploration of sociology’s theoretical foundations up to developments in the mid-1900s and their implications for social order, human agency, perceptions of social problems, and policy.
  • SOC
    *
    328M
    .
    Media: Impact & Consequences
    4
    Prerequisite: SOC-101.
    Examination of changes in media (from oral to print to electronic) with emphasis on the implications of electronic media from essentially a social structural (institutional) perspective. Traces the implications of this for other institution areas, culture and self. Spring Term only.
  • SOC
    *
    341
    .
    Race and Ethnic Relations
    4
    SOC-101 or SOC-141
    Examines racism in American society; dominant-subordinate group relations with particular emphasis on African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and White Ethnics; political, economic, social and cultural consequences.
  • SOC
    *
    353
    .
    Sociology of Gender
    4
    SOC-101
    Explores the social construction of gender and the myriad ways gender influences individuals, interpersonal relationships, popular culture, sexuality, race, social class, the life course, and social institutions such as work and family.
  • SOC
    *
    380
    .
    Topics in Sociology
    2-4
    SOC-101
    Examines special subjects in Sociology.
  • SOC
    *
    385
    .
    Sociology Practicum
    1-8
    Permission.
    Participation in community institutions, agencies, schools, and business with individual faculty supervision. Applications of concepts through experience. About 11-14 hours of field work per week for each four credits. Includes paper report.
  • SOC
    *
    399
    .
    Independent Study
    1-4
  • SOC
    *
    499
    .
    Sociology Independent Study
    2-4
    Permission.
    Supervised reading or project in special area of sociology.
  • SOC
    *
    500
    .
    Sociology-Senior Thesis
    2-4
    Permission.
    Designed for senior Sociology majors with the consent of the Department. Program of empirical and theoretical research.