Courses in Sociology (SOC)

SOC 001 - Introduction to Sociology
Fundamental principles and problems in the sociological analysis of the structure and dynamics of modern society.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 011 - Social Problems
Introduction to sociology through detailed examination of a selected number of major structural problems characteristic of contemporary societies. Problems treated may vary.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 014 - Deviance & Social Control
Analysis of the causes and consequences of social behavior that violates norms. Examines patterns of deviant socialization and social organization and forms of deviance control.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 019 - D1: Race Relations in the US
Analysis of racial prejudice, discrimination, and other dominant group practices directed toward Native, Asian-, and African-Americans and their social movements for integration, accommodation, and separatism.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 020 - Aging: Change & Adaptation
Individual and social meanings of aging and old age; physical, physiological, psychological, and sociological changes accompanying aging; individual, family, community, and societal adaptations to aging. Cross-listed with: HDFS 020.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 029 - Sociology of the Family
Description and analysis of contemporary patterns in American sexual, marital, and familial behavior; their historical development, variants, and the evolving alternatives to traditional normative forms.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 032 - Social Inequality
Introduction to structured class inequality in the U.S., causes and consequences. Focus on wealth, prestige, and power. Inequalities of age, gender, and ethnicity also examined.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 043 - Survey of Mass Communication
The historical development of the socioeconomic, political, educational, and religious impacts of the press, film, radio, and television in American society.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 049 - Science Fiction & Society
Explores works in science fiction and sociology as an introduction to core sociological questions and critical thinking.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 054 - Health Care in America
Examination of the organization and financing of the U.S. health care system. Focus on health disparities, health care policy, and cross-national comparisons.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 057 - Drugs & Society
Patterns of illicit drug distribution, use, abuse, and control in contemporary society. Examines the interaction of cultural, social, psychological, and physiological factors in prohibited drug-taking.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 090 - Intro to Soc Theory/Methods
This course, required for Sociology minors, introduces students to important theoretical perspectives and research methods in sociology that social scientists use to answer sociological questions.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 095 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SOC 096 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SOC 100 - Fund of Social Research
Introduction to research methods in social science. Includes examination of research design, measurement, data collection, data analysis, and the presentation and theoretical interpretation of research findings. Prerequisites: STAT 051 or higher, and three hours of Sociology or six hours in a related social science; Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: POLS 181.
Credits: 4.00
SOC 101 - Developm't Sociological Theory
Classical sociological theory including Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Mead, as well as DuBois and early female theorists such as Martineau. Reading and writing intensive. Prerequisites: Six hours of Sociology; Sophomore standing.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
SOC 102 - Population, Environment & Soc
Analysis of the causes and consequences of varying relationships among population size, distribution and composition, social organization, technology, and resource base. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 103 - Environ Crises Modern Society
Examines global, national, and local ecological crises both empirically and theoretically. Emphasis on economic processes, political/legal aspects, and social activism. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 105 - The Community
Comparative examination of patterns of social interaction in social groups with common territorial bases in contemporary societies and the analysis of community structure and dynamics. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 109 - The Self & Social Interaction
Analysis of the roles of sociocultural and situational factors in individual behavior and experience and the social genesis, development, and functioning of human personality. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or PSYS 001.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 114 - Sociology of Punishment
This course explores the concept of punishment from sociological perspective. Focus is on analysis of formal and informal punishment, and the ironies of punishment/social control. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 115 - Crime
Analysis of the nature and types of behavior that violates law, the mechanisms for defining such behaviors as criminal and their causes and consequences. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 117 - D1:Multiracial People&Identity
The purpose of this course is to examine race relations in the United States through the lens of romantic interracial relationships and mixed-race people. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 118 - Race, Crime & Criminal Just
A comprehensive examination of race, gender, and class on racial minorities' participation in criminal activities and how individuals are treated by the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 119 - D1: Race & Ethnicity
Description and analysis of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the U.S. Examination of social/cultural patterns in the larger society and in these groups themselves. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology. Cross-listed with: ANTH 187.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 120 - Aging in Modern Society
Analysis of contemporary needs and problems of the elderly, including discrimination, poverty, health care, and loneliness, and the evaluation of services and programs for the elderly. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or professional experience working with the elderly.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 121 - Sociology of Disaster
Examination of disasters (natural, technological, intentional) using a sociological, critical lens. Analysis of research, theories, and current debates in the field of disaster sociology. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 122 - D2:Women & Gender in Society
Examination of the construction of gender in women's lives with an emphasis on the relationship between gender, race, sexuality and class in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or GSWS 001. Cross-listed with: GSWS 150.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 128 - Sociology of Childhood
Examination of socio-historical changes in the construction of childhood and experiences of children; applications of interpretive approaches in contemporary sociology to analyze children's peer cultures. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 130 - Sociology of Heterosexuality
Examination of heterosexuality as cultural production with attention to how heterosexuality works along side other forms of social power especially gender, race, and class. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or GSWS 001.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 132 - Affluence & Poverty in Mod Soc
Examination of structured social inequality in contemporary American society with special attention to the distribution of wealth and its relationship to power, prestige, and opportunity. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 145 - Youth and Popular Culture
Examination of the historical and contemporary development of children's popular culture, its sociocultural significance, and children's perspectives on various cultural forms. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 148 - Sociology of News
Explores sociological processes that shape the news, controversies about the news, and ways to interpret the news critically. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 150 - Popular Culture
Analysis of social significance of a selected range of contemporary non-elite cultural forms in the U.S., such as rock music, television programming, and popular literature. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 151 - Sociology of Religion&Ideology
Beliefs and value systems and their institutional arrangements, focusing on relationships between these systems and the larger social structure, in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or six hours of Religion.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 154 - Social Org of Death & Dying
Comparative examination of sociocultural adaptations to mortality with special attention to family, medical, legal, religious, and economic responses to fatal illness and death in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 156 - Sociology of Freakishness
This course considers how American popular culture was born of the display of racial, cultural, sexual and bodily "freaks." Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 160 - Our Consuming Society
A critical look at the things we buy and our motivations for buying them, and a consideration of collective action solutions to over-consumption. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 161 - Sociology of Leisure
Analysis of the sociocultural organization of nonwork activity, emphasizing the relationships of class, life style, education, and work to contemporary recreation and leisure use patterns. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 171 - D2:Soc Chng&Dev Persp 3rd Wrld
Perspectives on development in the Third World. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SOC 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SOC 197 - Readings & Research
Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 198 - Readings & Research
Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 202 - Population Dynamics
Analysis of the factors affecting human population growth and distribution, migration patterns, and the relationship between economic activity and population trends. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 203 - Adv Environmental Sociology
Examination of theoretical interpretations of environmental problems, sources, and solutions, focusing on the social conditions under which problems arise. Emphasis on writing and individual research projects. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 205 - Rural Communities in Mod Soc
The changing structure and dynamics of rural social organization in context of modernization and urbanization. Emphasis on rural communities in the U.S. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing. Cross-listed with: CDAE 205.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 206 - Urban Communities in Mod Soc
The changing structure and dynamics of urban social organization in context of modernization and urbanization. Emphasis on cities and metropolitan areas in the U.S. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 207 - Community Org & Development
Communities as changing sociocultural organizational complexes within modern society. Special attention given to problems of formulation and implementation of alternative change strategies. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 209 - Small Groups
Examination of the structure and dynamics of small groups and the interpersonal, informal network of relations that characterize the interaction of members. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 211 - Soc Movements&Collective Behav
Examination of origins, development, structure, and consequences of crowds, riots, crazes, rumors, panics, and political and religious movements and their relationships to cultural and social change. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 212 - D2: Int'l Migration & U.S. Soc
A comparative approach to the migration of people from the rest of the world to the United States with an emphasis on Mexican immigration. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 213 - Women in Dev in 3rd World
An examination of the meaning and measurement of development, sociodemographic characteristics, sex stratification, and effects of Colonialism and Westernization on women's issues in the third world. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing. Cross-listed with: WGST 205.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 214 - Delinquency
Analysis of the nature and type of juvenile behavior that violates law, the mechanisms for defining such behaviors as delinquent, and their causes and consequences. Prerequisites: SOC 001, and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 216 - Criminal Justice
Analysis of the social structures and processes in the arenas of criminal justice, the labeling of criminal offenders, and other issues related to crime, punishment, and justice. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 217 - Corrections
Analysis of the social structures and processes involved with individuals designated as offenders of criminal law: probation, prison, parole, and programs of prevention and rehabilitation. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 218 - D2:Disability as Deviance
Analyzes constructions of disability as deviance in current and historical contexts such as American eugenics, Nazi sterilization and "Euthanasia" crimes, and present national policies. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 219 - D1: Race Relations
Examination of American racial subordination in social and historical perspective. Analysis of interracial contacts, racial subcultures and social structures, and responses to racial prejudice and discrimination. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 220 - Internship in Gerontology
Supervised service or research internship integrating theoretical and practical gerontological issues. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 221 - Disaster & Vulnerability
This seminar explores disaster events in depth, paying particular attention to how differential vulnerability affects impacts and recovery. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 222 - Aging & Ethical Issues
Analysis of selected ethical issues posed by an aging society and faced by older persons, their families, health care and service providers, and researchers. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 223 - Sociology of Reproduction
Examines reproduction of cultural values in relation to social conduct of reproduction of human life (childbearing) under advanced capitalism. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing. Cross-listed with: GSWS 250..
Credits: 3.00
SOC 224 - Health Care and Aging
Health and health care issues in aging and old age with emphases on chronic illness and health care institutions, occupations, financing, and long-term care. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 225 - Organizations in Mod Society
Examination of basic classical and contemporary theory and research on the human relations, internal structures, environments, types, and general properties of complex organizations and bureaucracies. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 229 - Family as Social Institution
Examination of the institution of the American family in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Theories and research on family continuity, change, and institutional relationships explored. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 232 - Social Class & Mobility
Comparative and historical analysis of causes, forms, and consequences of structured social inequality in societies. Examination of selected problems in contemporary stratification theory and research. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 240 - Political Sociology
Examination of the social organizations of power and authority in modern societies and the dynamics and institutional relationships of political institutions, interest groups, parties, and the public. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 243 - Mass Media in Modern Society
Intensive examination of selected topics in the structure of media organizations and their relationships to and impacts upon the major institutions and publics of contemporary issues. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 250 - Sociology of Culture
The relations of cultural forms and subjective experience to social structure and power; in-depth applications of interpretive approaches in contemporary sociology. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 251 - Sociology of Ideology&Religion
Beliefs and value systems and their institutional arrangements, focusing on relationships between these systems and the larger social structure, in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 252 - Sociology of Emotions
Studies the theoretical premises of a sociocultural explanation of emotions; examines specific emotions such as respect, shame, hatred, love and compassion in humans; and explores the existence of emotions in non-human animals. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 253 - Sociology of Animals & Society
This course provides a sociological perspective on the human/animal relationship in late modernity. Cross/cultural, philosophical, and animal rights/welfare issues will also be studied. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 254 - Sociology of Health & Medicine
The social organization and institutional relationships of medicine in society and the role of sociocultural factors in the etiology, definition, identification, and treatment of illness. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 255 - Soc of Mental Health
Analysis of the social structures and processes involved in the identification, definition, and treatment of mental illness and its sociocultural etiology and consequences. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 256 - Sociology of End of Life Care
Explores in depth the evolution of care for dying individuals from the perspectives of the traditional medical model, hospice movement and emergent palliative care paradigm. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 258 - Sociology of Law
Analysis of the sociocultural structure of the legal institution and its relationships to other institutions: the social organization of the legal profession, lawmaking, and the courts. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 260 - Sociology of Education
This course examines stratification in the school system, exploring the ways in which class, race, and gender affect the organization of schools and student performance. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 272 - D2: Soc of African Societies
Current social, cultural, political, and economic changes occurring in African societies, including issues of development, the state and civil society, social class, ethnonationalism, and democratization. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 274 - Qualitative Research Methods
Principles of qualitative research design and ethics and data collection, analysis, and presentation. Students will complete a research project over the course of the semester. Prerequisites: SOC 001, SOC 100.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 275 - Meth of Data Anyl in Soc Rsch
Quantitative analysis of sociological data; includes table, regression, and path analysis, scaling and factor analysis, and the analysis of variance emphasizing multivariate techniques. Prerequisites: SOC 001, SOC 100.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 279 - Contemporary Sociological Thry
Critical examination of contemporary functional, conflict, exchange, interactionist, and structural theoretical approaches. A number of other theoretical approaches selected by seminar participants also examined. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 281 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced problems in sociological analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 282 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced problems in sociological analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 285 - Internship
Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 286 - Internship
Students participate in a service-learning internship, focused on social change and strengthening communities, with a local organization, and put their experience in a sociological context, while participating in a seminar, writing field notes, and writing a related paper. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 288 - Rsch Meth Teaching Sociology
The development and evaluation of the teaching of sociology. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 289 - Rsch Meth Teaching Sociology
The development and evaluation of the teaching of sociology. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.00
SOC 295 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SOC 296 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SOC 297 - Readings & Research
Prerequisite: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SOC 298 - Readings & Research
Prerequisite: SOC 001 and one of: SOC 090, SOC 100, SOC 101; Junior standing.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00