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SOC 1110: Introduction to Sociology (5) Offerings
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the field of sociology, including analyses of the interaction between society and the individual; major theoretical perspectives; methods for obtaining sociological knowledge; and major problems and issues that confront societies.
Attributes:Social Science A, WK Social Sciences
SOC 2000: Sociology of Gender (5) Offerings
Explores the nature and effects of gender in society. Looking closely at culture and history, the course also explores the assumptions about the expected roles of men and women in society and how these gender roles are assigned, managed, displayed, and reinforced by individuals and social institutions.
SOC 2252: Marriage and the Family (5) Offerings
Surveys the family as a social institution focusing on marital adjustment, parent-child relationships, changing family patterns, and family disorganization and reorganization.
Equivalent Courses:FCS 2252
SOC 2351: Globalization and Urban Livability (5) Offerings
This course addresses the issue of urban livability in developing countries. Urban areas experience rapid population growth, but often lack the social and physical infrastructure to accommodate the needs of growing populations. This course tackles the problems of explosive population growth, labor and housing markets, social and economic inequality, spatial segregation, inadequate infrastructure, increasing crime rates, environmental degradation, and participatory urban policies. Students will learn the complexity of urban livability in developing countries as well as being encouraged to find solutions to these problems.
Attributes:Ways of Engaging
SOC 2360: Introduction to Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: SOC 1110 and Math Placement Level B or MAT 0145. Presents the conceptual basis and application of statistical analysis in social and behavioral research. Includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing and inferential statistics. An introduction to analysis of variance and non-parametric statistics will also be provided.
Equivalent Courses:PSY 2360 Attributes:Mathematics (MAT), WK Quantitative Reasoning Restrictions:Psychology, Sociology Majors only.
SOC 2440: Small Group Dynamics (5) Offerings
Examines the small group as the primary source of social order. This course explores the internal processes of small groups, the impact of small groups on their individual members, and the relationship of small groups to larger social structures.
SOC 2620: Urban Sociology (5) Offerings
An introduction to the study of cities, communities, and urban life, this course will study historical developments of cities, urban growth and change, and the ongoing processes of life in an urban context. A range of sociological methods, including ethnography, qualitative interviews and quantitative studies will provide perspectives on key urban questions.
SOC 2650: Introduction to Globalization (5) Offerings
Globalization is a complex intersection of processes that are rapidly transforming the ways in which the world is organized. This course provides a sociological analysis in which students will be introduced to the changing dynamics of global economies, cultures, and politics, including the origins of these processes, as well as the variety of consequences for people around the world. This course pays particular attention to the emergence of global problems (e.g. inequality, terrorism, human trafficking, global warming) that require global cooperation to be solved (e.g. NGOs, the IMF, the WTO).
SOC 3205: Sociology in Medicine: Inequality and Health (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: PPHS 1800 or permission of instructor. This course examines the concepts, theories, and methods of sociology as they are applied to the field of medicine. Students planning to take the new MCAT, and those interested in understanding key sociological concepts, will investigate the social determinants of health, health care systems, epidemiology, the effects of health institutions on the individual and society, and other substantive topics in medical health study.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging
SOC 3215: Social Inequality: Power and Privilege (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Analyzes societal organization based on residence, occupation, community, class and race, power structure in the community, and social-mobility patterns.
SOC 3320: Homelessness in America (5) Offerings
This course is an introduction to the study of homelessness in an American context. The course explores multiple aspects of homelessness, primarily in an urban environment, and relies on a range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Major questions about the causes and consequences of homelessness, socio-demographic factors associated with homelessness, and responses to homelessness are addressed. Through the faces, lives and stories of homeless men and women students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities around the homeless population.
SOC 3370: Sociology of Deviance (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Examines a variety of deviant behavior such as alcohol abuse, drug use, mental illness, violent crime, homosexuality, and prostitution. The course focuses on issues of social definition and causal explanation.
SOC 3371: Crime and Deliquency (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Studies crime and delinquency in modern society, focusing on both individual and social causes.
SOC 3410: Medical Sociology (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. The study of the relationships between social institutions and the development of medicine as a profession. Also studied is the social demography of health, doctor-patient interactions, and ethical dilemmas developing from rapid technological advances.
SOC 3430: Sociology of Education (5) Offerings
This course examines the nature of education in society from a sociological perspective and contributes to critical thinking skills regarding the education system. What is the nature of schools? What inequality exists within the educational institution? What factors influence student success in school? Students will use a variety of methods to understand the nature of schools and schooling in the United States and throughout the world.
SOC 3620: Surviving the City (5) Offerings
(Study Abroad:London) This course introduces students to the city of London, combining social science theory and studies with London's history and contemporary life. Students will take advantage of exhibits, museums, and galleries as a way to understand the development of London's urban culture.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging
SOC 3750: Latin America (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Traces the history of Latin America with particular attention to the development of political, economic, social, and religious institutions.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3750 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
SOC 3751: Introduction to Research Methods (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: SOC/PSY 2360 or MAT 2360. SOC 1110 is also a recommended prerequisite. Explores the process of social research, the nature of scientific inquiry, and basic research design including surveys, experiments, field research, and unobtrusive methods. Note: PSY 3588 may be substituted for SOC 3751 in sociology and related majors although SOC 3751 is the preferred course. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 3751 and PSY 3588.
Equivalent Courses:PSY 3588 Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Sociology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
SOC 3862: Race and Ethnicity (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Comparative study of the nature of minority relations, methods and problems of group adjustment, and positions of various minority groups in the United States and other multiracial societies.
SOC 4210: Gender in the Global Context (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. An exploration into the variety of conditions that constrain the material, social and spiritual well-being of women around the world. The course will examine how contemporary global processes of social and economic change impact women and how "development" could better address their needs.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.
SOC 4250: Law and Society (5) Offerings
This advanced course examines the relationship between law and society, situating law within the broader socio-political context. Specifically, the course explores how law shapes and is shaped by individuals, groups, organizations, and various levels of government. The course covers theoretical approaches to the sociology of law, the role of law in modern society, and law and social change. This goal is to encourage and facilitate critical thinking about law and society. It is not a technical course on practicing law, but a sociological perspective of law.
SOC 4252: Sociology of Family (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. This is an advanced course examining the Family from a macro-sociological perspective as a social institution deeply embedded in and integrated through larger economic, historical, and cultural processes. The class focuses on the dynamics of the contemporary institution of the American family, examining how changing social processes cause stresses and generate problems within the family.
SOC 4440: Social Psychology (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Studies the relationship between the individual and the group. Includes the major theories, methodological approaches, and substantive areas of investigation that figure prominently in social psychology (e.g., aggression, conformity, social perception, attribution processes, interpersonal attraction, altruism). PSY 3438 may be substituted for SOC 4440 in the sociology major, although SOC 4440 is the recommended course. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 4440 and PSY 3438.
Equivalent Courses:PSY 3438 Attributes:Upper-Division
SOC 4702: Classical Sociological Theory (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Explores the major theoretical issues raised by classical theorists such as Weber, Simmel, Marx, Durkheim, and Mead, and their influence on contemporary social theory.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
SOC 4703: Contemporary Sociological Theory (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. This is an introduction to the major contemporary theoretical programs in sociology (e.g., exchange approaches, symbolic interactionism, structural theories, and feminist theories). Emphasis will be placed on the basic assumptions and elemental ideas of the various theories, and the relevance of these ideas for understanding contemporary society.
SOC 4820: Sociology of Religion (5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. An analysis of religion as a social institution, including the rise of Christianity; religious social perspectives; conversion and commitment processes; sect and cult; charisma and its routinization; religion and inequality; secularization; and social change.
SOC 4899: Sociology Capstone Seminar (3) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon the discipline of sociology, what they have learned in their sociological studies, and the significance of sociology in providing an ongoing perspective for understanding the world. Further, students will be asked to think about how their faith perspective intersects with a sociological approach to understanding human life. Appropriate readings will be assigned to facilitate thought and discussion.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Sociology Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.
SOC 4900: Independent Study (1-5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Student works independently with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon topic. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits.
SOC 4910: Seminar (1-5) Offerings
Designed primarily for senior-level sociology majors, this course provides a seminar experience (intensive reading, discussion, and/or data analysis) in a variety of topics that reflect the research interests of the instructor. Advanced students in other majors may contact individual instructors to see if they are eligible to register for the class. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Sociology Majors only.
SOC 4920: Readings in Selected Fields (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisites: 15 upper-division credits of B work in the discipline; SOC 1110 is also recommended. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.
SOC 4940: Internship in Sociology (1-5) Offerings
Provides opportunities for students to integrate course learning in Sociology with applied field experience. The internship program is designed for Junior or Senior Sociology majors in good standing. In addition to field hours, students can choose among three writing assignment options. Internships will be under the direction of the internship coordinator in the Sociology department and must be of clear sociological relevance. A minimum of 5 hours per week of field work is required for all internships. Each credit is roughly equivalent to 4 hours per week. A maximum of 10 credits may be applied to the major and no credits may apply to a Sociology minor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
SOC 4970: Independent Research (1-5) Offerings
SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Prerequisite: B work in the discipline. A maximum of 10 credits may apply to the major and no credits may apply to the minor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

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