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Sociology Courses

100 Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
Perspective methods, concepts, and general findings of the sociologist. Historical and conceptual development of sociology. 

102 Analysis of Social Problems (3 hrs)
Sociological interpretation of contemporary social problems as they relate to significant trends in complex societies.

105 Introduction to Anthropology (3 hrs)
Origin and development of human ways of life with emphasis on cross-cultural variations in human behavior, belief systems, social institutions, and cultural change. 

150 Sociological Perspectives on Technology and Science (3 hrs)
Introduces sociological approach to science and technology; how social factors affect science and technology, and how science and technology affect our lives; the relationship of science and technology to social issues such as those related to class, race, gender, or religion.

Note on prerequisites: The sociology courses listed below are open only to students who have completed SOC 100. With the exception of SOC 303 and SOC 435, there are no other prerequisites (but see recommendations preceding 400-level courses below). 

206 Marriage and Family (3 hrs)
The family as a social institution, its structure and function in contemporary societies, dating, marital interaction, life cycle, and socialization process. 

301 Research Methods (3 hrs)
Broad and balanced background in various types of social research methods. Fundamental logic and specific techniques in conducting research. (An additional lab fee is assessed for this course).

302 Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
Development of discipline of sociology in terms of major trends of sociological theory, past and present, and major theoretical problem areas. Nature of sociological theory in relation to other disciplines. 

303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (4 hrs)
This course is an introduction to social statistics with an emphasis on quantitative analysis of survey and census data. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, random sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing with an emphasis on t-tests, chi-square, correlation and regression. This course will provide students with a working familiarity of SPSS, analysis of social science data-sets, ability to read and comprehend published statistics, and write-up statistical results. (An additional lab fee is assessed for this course). Prerequisite: 3 hours college math. 

306 Sociology of Gender (3 hrs)
An examination of the different perspectives used in the sociological analysis of gender and of the current research addressing gender stratification. The analysis includes the institutional consequences of gender construction in the United States and cross-culturally, as well as the effects on women and men as members of society. 

319 Deviance and Social Control (3 hrs)
Examines several approaches to studying deviant behavior and its social control, with emphasis on the social construction of deviance and societal reactions to it. The focus is generally on deviation and control in the U.S.

320 Sociology of Religion (3 hrs)
Among other issues, examines sociological theories of religion, religious organization, religion and social change, and new religious movements, with emphasis on religion in the U.S.

325 The Sociology of Education (3 hrs)
Education as a social institution; its structure, function, and role in contemporary life. (Same as ED 325.) 

330 Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)
Among other issues, examines the historical relationship between race, ethnicity, and economic class/opportunity; and the social construction of ethnicity and race. The emphasis is on race and ethnicity in the U.S. with some discussion of international issues. 

340 Special Topics (1-3 hrs)
Nontraditional topics of current sociological interest. Title of course and number of credit hours when offered will appear in course schedule along with prerequisites necessary for admission to course. May be taken more than once for credit as long as subtitles differ. 

350 Social Stratification (3 hrs)
Theoretical questions and frameworks for understanding social stratification. Comparison of different types of stratification systems across time and in different societies. 

369 Environmental Sociology (3 hrs)
Emphasizes the reciprocal impacts of social factors and environmental problems - that is, the effect that humans have on the natural environment and the effect of the environment on human societies. Also focuses on cultural controversies regarding contemporary social problems related to the environment (e.g. climate change, energy extraction).

375 Social Psychology (3 hrs)
Fundamental principles of group processes, social influence, and group structure. Development of group solidarity, cohesion, intergroup conflict and cooperation, communication, leadership, opinion, propaganda, and suggestion. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or PY 101,102. (Same as PY 375.) 

376 Mass Media in America: Theory and Criticism (3 hrs)
Mass communication theory, history of American mass media, and criticism of contemporary forms and functions of mass media of communication in the United States.

390 Readings and Individual Research (3 hrs)
Supervised readings or in-depth research or both in area of specialized interest to student or instructor. Permission of instructor. May be taken twice for credit with advisor's approval. 

The department strongly recommends that the following 400-level courses be reserved for those who have taken several sociology courses and have junior or senior standing, or have permission of the instructor. 

410 Sociology of Childhood (3 hrs)
Environmental influences on socialization of infants and children. Various family roles, school, peer group, and culture as they affect the growing child. 

415 Sociology of Globalization (3 hrs)
Critical exploration of the processes of modernization and globalization and their impact on cultures, economies, and environments of developing societies. Topics include history and theories of development and case studies that examine the linkages among gender, class, culture, and development. 

435 Sociology of Social Movements (3 hrs) 
This course explores various organized movements for social change. Questions addressed include the origins and causes of such movements, the cultural, social and political contexts that impact movements, how movements mobilize people to become active, and strategies and tactics. Other topics include organizational factors and resource mobilization, social networks, collective identity and community building, social movement framing (i.e. persuasive rhetoric and argumentation), ideology, the decline of movements, and what "success" means for a social movement. Prerequisites: SOC 301 and SOC 303, or permission of instructor. 

439 Complex Organization in Industrial Society (3 hrs)
Mainstream and critical sociological theories for understanding complex organization in industrial societies. Specific areas covered include: historical development, structure and processes, contradictions and conflict, and alternative forms. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. 

444 Sociology of Culture (3 hrs)
Explores meaning-making within the United States social structure. Students examine the cultural dimensions of important social processes including race, power, resistance, class, gender, family, etc. Includes theoretical and empirical analyses of both high and popular cultural forms, discursive practices, semiotics, signs and symbols, and processes of cultural production (at home, work, in art, music, theater, etc.). 

455 Sociology of Work and Occupations (3 hrs)
Contemporary work situations and experiences. Alienation in work, impact of technological change and bureaucratization, primary work groups and work culture, professionalization, unionization, workers' self-management experiments, and work-leisure relationship. 

480 Sociology of Science and Technology (3 hrs)
This course examines the ways in which social and cultural processes constitute the sciences and technological systems, and the ways in which scientific and technological advances shape cultures and societies on a global scale.