Sociology

Requirements & Courses

Courses

  • SOA
    101
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    Principles of Sociology
    4
    Introduction to concepts and methods of sociology: society and its institutions, social and cultural change, and their implications. Prerequisite for all other Sociology courses except those in the Anthropology sequence. Computer laboratory; no prior computer experience required.
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    111
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    Introduction to Anthropology
    4
    Introduction to the holistic study of human kind. Development, organization, and functioning of cultures, as well as the relationship between biology and culture. May require a course fee.
  • SOA
    180
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    Topics in Sociology & Anthropology
    1-8
    Investigation of a selected topic. May be taken only once for credit toward the major.
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    214
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    Fund. of Biological Anthropology
    4
    SOA-111 or BIO-120 or Permission
    Focus on the physical nature of humankind and the relationship between mind-body-culture. Historic and current theoretical and methodological approaches to the investigation of the human body, its functions, and evolution. Methods and techniques used by paleontologists to investigate ancient hominids and their behavior. Examine current issues such as human demography, “race,” forensics, epidemiology, stem cell research, genetics.
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    215
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    Michigan Archaeological Fieldwork
    4
    Spring Term session explores the secrets of “Old Main,” destroyed by fire in 1969 on the Alma cmapus. Excavate the site of “Old Main,” and help document, preserve, and interpret the artifacts found to bring Alma College history to life. Field trips to archaelogical sites in Michigan complement work on campus. Survey and excavation of a local archaeological site. Field methods and record-keeping, preservation of finds, laboratory experience,record-keeping, and public education. Includesclassroom, field, and laboratory work including a service-learning component. SOA-111, 115 or 312 recommended. May require a course fee.
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    216
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    Ethnobotany
    4
    Ethnobotanical and paleoethnobotanical approach to relationships between plants and human culture. Philosophical, ethical and technological perspectives of traditional and Western attitudes toward human-plant interactions. Issues of land-use rights, biodiversity, global stewardship and intellectual property rights. Combined lecture and seminar format. SOA-111 recommended.
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    224
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    Women, Work and Calling
    4
    SOA-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.
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    234
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    Aging and Health Institutions
    4
    SOA-101
    Examine 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 differences in aging, ethnic minorities and institutions connected to aging and public policy.
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    311
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    Topics in Anthropology
    2-4
    SOA-111
    Analysis of selected anthropological problems and/or culture areas, acculturation, applied anthropology and ethnography.
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    312
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    North American Archaeology
    4
    SOA-111 or 213 or Permission
    Focus on major prehistoric and historic North American cultures as revealed through archaeology and representative archaeological sites. Special emphasis on Michigan and the Midwest. Opportunities for hands-on, post-excavation laboratory research.
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    315
    .
    Michigan Archaeological Field Work
    4
    SOA-215 or Permission
    Spring Term session explores the secrets of “Old Main,” destroyed by fire in 1969 on the Alma cmapus. Excavate the site of “Old Main,” and help document, preserve, and interpret the artifacts found to bring Alma College history to life. Field trips to archaelogical sites in Michigan complement work on campus. Survey and excavation of a local archaeological site. Field methods and record-keeping, preservation of finds, laboratory experience,record-keeping, and public education. Includesclassroom, field, and laboratory work including a service-learning component. SOA-111, 115 or 312 recommended. May require a course fee.
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    326
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    Complex Organizations
    4
    SOA-101
    In-depth examination of organizational theory with special focus on organizational metaphors and the social construction of structure, behavior and quality.
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    328
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    Media: Impact and Consequences
    4
    SOA-101
    Examination of changes in media (from oral to print to electronic) with emphasis on the implications of electronic media from essentially social structural (institutional) and cultural perspectives. Traces the implications of this for other institution areas, culture and self.
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    380
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    Topics in Sociology
    2-4
    SOA-101 and 4 additional credits in SOA
    Selected topics such as population and ecology, social and cultural change, sociology of education, or alternative life styles. May be taken more than once for credit. Only eight credits count toward the major in Sociology.
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    385
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    SOA Practicum
    4
    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 or report. Requires instructor permission.
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    499
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    Independent Study
    2-4
    Supervised reading or project in special area of sociology, general sociology, social psychology or anthropology. Requires instructor permission.
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    500
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    Senior Thesis
    4
    Designed for senior Sociology majors with the consent of the Department. Program of empirical or theoretical research. Projects are generally begun during the first term of the senior year.