Courses

Code Course Credits

CRM 110

From CSI to Lockup: Myths and Realities (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Offered Periodically

An introduction to the major institutions of criminal justice from a social scientific perspective. Examines the structure and operation of police, courts, and corrections. Theories and concepts of criminology and other disciplines will be used to describe the workings of the criminal justice system and to raise questions for critical analysis.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Social Scientific Inquiry Requirement.

4

CRM 120

Critical Introduction to Criminal Justice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An introduction to the major institutions of criminal justice from a social scientific perspective. Examines the structure and operation of police, courts, and corrections. Theories and concepts of sociology and other disciplines will be used to describe the workings of the criminal justice system and raise questions for critical analysis.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

CRM 201

Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course provides a broad overview of sociological and interdisciplinary theories of criminal behavior and social control. Students learn how to analyze theories and research on crime for the purpose of advancing theory as well as developing policies for crime prevention and control. Not open to first-year students in their first semester.

3

CRM 204

Sociology of the Prison

Offered: Fall Semester

Particular stress is placed on basic structure of American prisons – their purposes and their effects. Focal questions include: Who goes to prison? What happens to those imprisoned? What happens to those released from prison? Prison policy development and implementation with regards to current criminological theory and research and current public opinion are discussed as a central concluding theme.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 208

Sex Offenders: Patterns and Behaviors

Offered: Fall Semesters

This course examines theories and research on sexual assault and sex offenders, evaluates the effectiveness of assessment and treatment practices, and explores supervision/legal strategies designed to prevent recidivism of sex offenders.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201

3

CRM 224

Juvenile Delinquency

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An examination of juvenile delinquency in American society. Topics included are the historical background and "invention" of delinquency, cross-cultural definitions of delinquency, theories of delinquency, social class differences, and the juvenile court system. The course critically examines the social, health, and mental health services which have been utilized by this society in attempts to prevent or "treat" delinquent behavior.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 and CRM 201.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

CRM 273

Crime and Mental Illness

Offered: Offered Periodically

The course examines crime and mental illness, including social-psychological theories of crime; co-occurring psychological disorders; problem-solving courts (drug treatment, mental health, and re-entry) comprising the emerging field of “therapeutic jurisprudence”; and mentally ill offenders in prison and community settings. Sociological issues of gender, class and race will be discussed wherever relevant.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201.

3

CRM 303

Procedural Criminal Law

Offered: Fall Semester

Due process of law; arrest; search and seizure; electronic surveillance; entrapment, right to counsel; privilege against self-incrimination; plea bargaining; double jeopardy.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
This course is the equivalent of CRM 333 - The Accused.

3

CRM 304

Victims in the Courtroom

Offered: Fall Semester

Involves the study of crime victims and their experiences with the Criminal Justice System. Will focus on the dynamics of intimate partner violence and its history as a social problem. A substantial portion of the course will focus on the mechanics of the courtroom as they relate to crime victims.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 305

Substantive Criminal Law

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Principles of criminal liability, defenses to crime, the insanity defense, crimes against property, crimes against the habituation, crimes against the person, and the justification for punishment.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 307

Mechanics of the Courtroom

Offered: Spring Semester

Preparation of witnesses; examination of legal techniques of discrediting and impeachment of witnesses; scope of direct and cross-examination; rules of evidence; burden of proof and burden of persuasion; ethical responsibilities of prosecution and defense; division of responsibility between judge and jury.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201. (CRM 305 is recommended).

3

CRM 310

Research Methods for Criminology

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods employed for conducting research in criminology. Topics include: problem selection and definition; relationship between theory and research; measuring crime; sampling; data collection and analysis; understanding the “Action Research” model; developing goals, objectives, and performance measures; creating a research design; and program evaluation methods. Research designs considered include surveys, content and secondary data analysis, interviewing, field observation, and experiments.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 311

Statistical Analysis in Criminology

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to the field of criminology. Topics include: measures of distribution, frequency, cross-tabulation, and analysis of variance and correlation. The course will also cover creating variable lists, data coding, creating databases for criminal justice agencies, analyzing the data using a variety of software packages, and presenting the data in narrative and graphic formats. Students will learn how to use Microsoft ACCESS to create databases, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences to analyze data, and Microsoft PowerPoint for statistical presentations.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

CRM 314

Practicum: Victims in the Courtroom

Offered: Spring Semester

A select group of students will have the opportunity to go to court on a weekly basis. Under the supervision of the instructor, the students will assist victims of crimes through the judicial process. Duties will include: restraining order applications; preparation of victim impact statements; and appearing before the judge.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 304 and permission of instructor.

3

CRM 318

Federal Criminal Process

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines federal authority and responsibility for criminal acts, including constitutional issues, federal statutes (RICO, money laundering, tax offenses, domestic terrorism, public corruption), federal enforcement agencies, criminal procedure, federal grand jury, and Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Unique tools available to federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors – asset forfeiture, electronic interception, the Patriot Act – will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 322

Violent Crime and Federal Initiatives

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course examines current patterns of violent crime in the US, such as gang violence and spousal abuse, and the role of federal criminal justice agencies in designing and implementing agency partnership models to reduce crime in local communities.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

CRM 324

Alternative Resolutions in Criminal Justice

Offered: Offered Periodically

Mediation is an effective method of reducing or resolving conflict between disputing parties. Its use is widespread: in government (courts, international diplomacy); as a professional service for businesses and families; in schools; and in community crime prevention where gangs are prevalent. Techniques of mediation are learned through reading, demonstration, and role-play.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 333

The Accused

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course contemplates the criminal justice system (primarily in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) from the perspective of the defendant and his counsel and from arrest to post-trial in misdemeanor and felony court. Beginning with the attorney-client relationship and continuing throughout criminal proceedings, defendants and defense counsel face challenges distinct from law enforcement and prosecutors. The course examines the unique challenges that the accused, whether guilty or not, encounter in the modern criminal justice system.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
This course is the equivalent of CRM 303 - Procedural Criminal Law.

3

CRM 335

Spatial Crime Analysis

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduces a variety of methods and techniques for the visualization, exploration, and modeling of crime data using geographic mapping. Emphasis on mapping real life crime data and exploring mapping technology as a strategic planning tool for law enforcement agencies. The main objectives are to teach students the basic concepts of geographic mapping and its use by a variety of criminal justice agencies using ArcView Mapping software.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 352

Topics in Criminology

Offered: Fall Semester

Examines topics of current interest in criminology, including the etiology and characteristics of specific categories of crime. The specific content focuses on timely, cutting edge research and case studies that are of academic importance. Content varies as topics evolve.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.

3

CRM 353

Ethics, Values, and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Offered: Fall Semester

It has been said that criminal justice is an infant discipline compared to most. Perhaps, according to the author of ethics in criminal justice, Sam Souryal, this explains why we tend to be more concerned about crime rather than justice, and process rather than philosophy. This course will examine the roles of ethics, value and diversity in all areas of our criminal justice system today. We will explore the major issues involved in establishing, implementing, and maintaining the highest standards of excellence, values and ethical behavior for professionals in our field. We will identify the major challenges the system is facing as it deals with an increasingly diverse society, exploring such issues as profiling, hate crimes, women in criminal justice, etc. We will identify the elements involved in making ethical decisions as provided by some of the earlier philosophers e.g. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, etc. Leading to the principle of "Summum Bonum." We will utilize this process in reasoning through numerous ethical scenarios we face daily in our criminal justice system. Finally, we will discuss the importance of leadership during these critical times, building the ideal environment, understanding diversity and temperament, and managing the various power bases that left unchecked may negatively impact our goals relative to ethic, values and diversity.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course fulfills the Moral Inquiry Requirement.

3

CRM 355

Globalization and Transnational Crime

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

The course begins with an introduction to the dimensions of globalization and its effects on society, people, and crime. Thereafter, the nature and manifestations of transnational crimes will be examined, including money laundering, corruption, corporate deviance, trafficking, smuggling, and piracy. The course looks at understanding causation, victimization, and control problems faced in the global age, as nations become increasingly interdependent.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

CRM 400

Seminar: Writing for Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course examines central themes and issues in the field of Criminology, with content varying depending on the faculty leading the seminar. All courses will be writing-intensive, considering different genres of disciplinary writing and diverse potential audiences. Students will write in various styles and refine their writing.

Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines and the Seminars in Criminology requirements.

3

CRM 409

Seminar: Deviance and Control

Offered: Offered Periodically

Examines the concept of deviance in society and its implications for the study of contemporary behavior. The first half of the semester focuses on the competing perspectives on deviant behavior and implications. The second half examines how individual and organizational deviance is defined, reacted to, and managed.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 410

Seminar: Juvenile Justice

Offered: Offered Periodically

This course examines promising strategies, primarily in the private sector, for handling juvenile offenders. Students directly observe programs and work with program managers to develop plans to expand community-based and private-sector support. Presentation, advocacy, and networking skills are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 224 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 411

Seminar: Police and Society

Offered: Spring Semester

Police discretion and values. Affirmative action, hiring, training, police organization, police and the community. Research and evaluation in criminology.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 412

Seminar: Punishment and Public Policy

Offered: Fall Semester

Seminar will focus on the development of punishment policy, judicial discretion, and the sanctioning process. It will trace the history of punishment in the US; compare our policies with those of other countries; and examine the impact of punitive society. Students will study death penalty policy, considering its morality, implementation, and impact.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 430

Seminar: Race, Class and Gender in the Criminal Justice System

Offered: Offered Periodically

A comparative examination of women and minorities in the criminal justice system. Topics include: women and minority offenders; women and minority victims; women and minorities at different stages of the criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections); women and minorities employed within the system; and societal attitudes toward women and minorities involved in the system.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201and one additional CRM course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender &Sexuality Studies program.

3

CRM 432

Seminar: At-Risk Families and Youths

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course examines characteristics of the growing numbers of families and youths on the "fault line" of present-day society in the United States. Causes and solutions that have been proposed to understand, control, and redress problems of at-risk families and youths are discussed. Topics include social stratification, victimization, crime prevention, innovative school programs, and other social intervention programs.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 224 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 440

Seminar: White Collar Crime

Offered: Fall Semester

The course focuses on crimes committed by persons of respectability and high social status as opposed to traditional “street crimes” normally spotlighted in criminal justice courses. Such crimes include: restraint of trade, misrepresentation in advertising, infringement of patents and copyrights, unfair labor practices, financial fraud, and violations of trust. The extent, societal costs, and enforcement practices of such crimes are evaluated. Implications for prevention and for the punishment of offenders are presented for class discussion. The case method is used as the basis of class structure.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 201 and one additional CRM course.

3

CRM 470

Capstone Internship in Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Capstone course for the major, the Internship provides an academic experience in which the third- or fourth-year student (only) contribute to the ongoing organizational process while learning to apply criminology theories to observations of structure, function, and process in a particular correctional, court, or law enforcement agency.

Prerequisite(s): Junior and Senior Criminology majors who have completed CRM 201 and at least one other Criminology course.
May not take the Capstone twice.

3

CRM 475

Internship in Criminology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Gain experience and/or research skills in local, state, or federal criminal justice agencies.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 470.

3

CRM 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson.

3

CRM 497

Senior Thesis

Offered: Offered Periodically

Fourth-year students will polish their communication skills and build on prior coursework. The goal is preparation of a paper suitable for presentation at an annual meeting of a professional association during the spring semester. Taught in seminar/workshop format, the course includes presentations from departmental faculty about conducting research in sociology, criminology and anthropology.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Department Chairperson.

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Principles and concepts; systematic analysis of groups, institutions, social interaction, socialization, social processes, social structure, culture, personality and social changes.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

SOC 110

Lovin' it? A Sociology of McDonald's & Everyday Life (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course examines the historical rise of McDonald's and the resulting "McDonaldization" of everyday life. We'll study four main areas of McDonald's: its economic impact, health and environmental impact, cultural impact, and forms of opposition. Students will focus research and field experiences on four interrelated areas: labor, nutrition, environment, and youth.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Social Scientific Inquiry Requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

4

SOC 115

Introduction to Archeology

Offered: Spring Semester

Archaeology is the study of the human past through the remains of their material culture. Archaeologists study artifacts, sites, settlements, and landscapes to gain an understanding of how humans lived in the distant and recent past. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, methods, and theories of archaeological research, while exploring the history of the field and case studies.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year and Sophomore students. Other students with instructor permission.
Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Anthropology program.

3

SOC 202

Sociology of Globalization

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect political, economic, and cultural realms. Important topics include: globalization and the state, global politics, the global economy and inequality, and globalization's homogenizing and diversifying effects.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 205

Sociology of Marriage and Family

Offered: Spring Semester

Concepts of marriage and family as social institutions; intimate relationships; human sexuality; roles, functions, change, and problems of American family.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 210

Survey of Research Methods for Sociology

Offered: Fall Semester

A survey of quantitative and qualitative research methods employed in sociology. Topics include problem selection and definition, the relationship between theory and practice, literature review, research design, ethical issues, sampling, data collection, analysis, interpretation and representation. Research methods considered include surveys, content analysis, interviewing, ethnography, and multi-method research.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.

3

SOC 211

Sociology of Religion

Offered: Spring Semester

Discussion of basic theories and methods used by sociologists to understand religious phenomena. Consideration of the special problems of religious groups in various cultural settings.

3

SOC 212

A Great Society?

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This class explores society's social and political debate over what role society should have in social welfare, examines the principles of President Johnson's Great Society, and seeks an understanding of those forces that create and perpetuate social class problems. Issues include: poverty, child abuse, and mental illness.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

SOC 216

Native Americans in the 21st Century

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course analyzes the interactions between Native Americans and non-Natives. It looks critically at meanings of tribal sovereignty and the changing dynamics of international relations. Federal and state policies related to land, constitutional governments, crime and law enforcement, tribal recognition, sacred cultural artifacts, and economic development are assessed.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 218

Images and Power: Popular Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course examines American popular culture as a site of cultural politics and explores representations of race, gender, sexuality and "success" that permeate our cultural space. Through a critical interrogation of a variety of pop culture forms, students will consider how norms and values are challenged, resisted, transformed and created through pop culture.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 220

Political Sociology

Offered: Fall Semester

This class is a sociological review and analysis of political structure and power. The course will critically analyze: state structures, political parties, power, legitimacy, civil society, and the welfare state.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 222

Environmental Sociology

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

What does it mean to adopt a constructionist approach to "nature" and the environment? By looking at local, national, and global issues, this course will consider the social structural and cultural sources of environmental degradation, the emergence of environmental movements, and the intersection of justice and environmental issues.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

SOC 223

Use and Abuse of Alcohol

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The use and abuse of alcohol in different cultures and ethnic groups is examined. Analysis of symptoms, causes, new legislation and treatment modalities concerning alcohol abuse. Special emphasis on the disease concept of alcohol and modern drinking habits.

3

SOC 227

Human Services

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduction to human service organization and methods. Methods, such as individual, group, and family counseling, community organization, social planning, and human service research, are considered. Organization of services into programs to address problems of child abuse, the elderly, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, and crime, among others.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.

3

SOC 228

Cultural Anthropology

Offered: Fall Semester

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 230

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of concepts of marriage and family as social institutions from a crosscultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of marriage and family in several different cultures, we will examine the way in which intimate relationships are construed in different societies.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

3

SOC 232

Crises, Conflict, and Control

Offered: Fall Semester

Examination of the history of social thought around three themes: (1) crises of the world, (2) conflict between groups within a society and conflict between societies, and (3) social control mechanisms ranging from global military intervention to the subtle manipulation of opinion within a society.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

SOC 233

Language and Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language, culture, and society. The nature of human language will be explored by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create social worlds in which we live.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 234

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2011, 2013

Immigration, history, patterns of intergroup relations, modes of adaptation, social, economic, and political conditions, and contributions of selected racial and ethnic communities: The English and the Anglo-Saxons; Irish-Americans; Italian-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Native- Americans; African-Americans; Latino- and Hispanic-Americans; and Asian-Americans.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 236

Sociology of Urban Space

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course examines sociological theories and approaches to understanding urban, suburban, and exurban spaces. Case studies will consider how social class, culture, politics, industrialization, immigration, economics, and geography contribute to social identities of cities.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

SOC 237

Sociology of Gender

Offered: Spring Semester

Course will distinguish between sex and gender and critically examine how social historical meanings about femininity and masculinity are socially constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Considers how gender differences and gender inequality play out in a variety of institutions including education, the economy, the family, politics, religion, the media and medicine. Critical perspectives, including feminist and multi-cultural approaches, will be employed.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 290

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Offered: Fall Semester

The prevalence of drug abuse and the types of drugs used in our society will be considered. Special attention will be given to legislation regarding illicit drugs and prevention/intervention strategies. An historical review of Americans’ attitudes and practices regarding illicit drugs will be included.

3

SOC 302

Critical Issues in Contemporary Society

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Systematic analysis of major contemporary social problems with focus on their sources, patterns, consequences, and current efforts at intervention and amelioration.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

SOC 304

Introduction to Museum Studies

Offered: Not Offered 2011 - 2012

Survey of museology that introduces students to the history of museums and debates about their role in society. Through case studies of ethnographic, history, and art museums students will explore the relationships between museums, their missions, those they represent, and the communities in which they reside.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 228.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 305

Sociological Theories

Offered: Fall and Spring Semester

Study of the theories of society from Comte, Durkeim, Marx, Weber, and other classical theorists, as well as several major contemporary theories, including feminism.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101, plus one additional SOC course.

3

SOC 311

Statistical Analysis in Sociology

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical methods as applied to research in sociology. Topics include measures of central tendency, dispersion, hypothesis testing using parametric and nonparametric tests, contingency table analysis, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) will be used throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and SOC 210.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

SOC 312

Qualitative Research

Offered: Spring Semester

An in-depth exploration of qualitative research practices in sociology. Students will study theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative research and engage in hands-on projects utilizing the following methods: oral history interview, or in-depth interview, and ethnography. Students will also be introduced to cutting-edge qualitative methods including arts-based research practices.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and SOC 210.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 314

Peoples and Cultures of Europe

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course is an exploration of European society and culture from an anthropological perspective. Students will explore some of the following themes: kinship, gender, political anthropology, ethnicity, ritual and religious experience, as well as tourism, multiculturalism, and issues of cultural integrity and integration raised by the creation of the EU.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 228 or SOC 101.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 316

People & Cultures of Russia & East Europe

Offered: Spring 2012

An exploration of contemporary Russia and East Europe from an anthropology perspective. Topics covered are those of central interest to anthropologists working throughout the world including: kinship, gender, illness, and healing, politics, ethnicity, and religion, as well as issues specific to the region such as post-socialist transitions.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 228 or SOC 101.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 328

Community Organizing: People, Power & Change

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Covers theoretical frameworks and practical skills necessary to identify, recruit, and develop leadership, build community around that leadership, and build power from that community. The reflective practice of the course is structured around work in an organizing project (e.g. youth, community, electoral, union, or issue) designed to achieve a real outcome by semester's end.

Corequisite(s): SOC 101 (may be taken concurrently).
Course may be applied to the American Studies and the Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

3

SOC 329

Anthropology of Violence

Offered: Alternating Fall Semesters

War, political and economic oppression, sectarian strife, poverty and disease are pervasive in the world today, ravaging the lives of ever-growing numbers of people. Using a cross-cultural approach, we will explore the impact of violence on society, its cultural legacies, and examples of building peace.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 228.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 334

Anthropology of the Holocaust

Offered: Offered Periodically

In recent decades social scientists have increasingly turned their attention to the Holocaust. The goal of this class is to examine these studies in order to better understand the events, their causes, and their legacies from a range of perspectives: victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and rescuers.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 352

Topics in Sociology

Offered: Fall Semester

Examines a topic of current interest in the public sphere, such as urban homelessness, from a sociological perspective. The content and format of the course will be tailored to the topic area. Seminars in Sociology

3

SOC 400

Seminar: Writing for Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course examines central themes and issues in the field of Sociology, with the content varying depending on the faculty leading the seminar. All courses will be writing-intensive, considering different genres of disciplinary writing and diverse potential audiences. Students will write in various styles and refine their writing.

Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines and the Seminars in Sociology requirements.

3

SOC 405

Seminar on Public Sociologies

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

Public sociology-sociological research that emerges from dialogues with publics-is both one of the oldest and newest topics within the discipline. This course will examine how sociologists can connect with publics, explore methodologies and concepts, study global public sociologies, and identify ways to promote public sociology.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional Sociology course.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

SOC 407

Seminar: Social Movements

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

Social movements allow the voice of the powerless to be heard. This course will analyze the evolution of social movements. It will examine barriers to success and conditions that support movements. By looking at historical and contemporary movements, students will be able to understand important concepts in the study of social revolution.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.

3

SOC 408

Seminar: Studying Culture

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2013, 2015

Students will be introduced to the practice of qualitative research from a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will be introduced to the qualitative methods: field research, interviewing, oral history, and content analysis. Student will gain exciting hands-on experience and learn how qualitative research is a unique form of knowledge building. (Previously Seminar: Qualitative Research)

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 413

Seminar: Sociology of Education

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2011, 2013

This course examines the contributions of sociological theories and research to our understanding go the structure and function of educational systems in contemporary society. Current educational policies, programs and reforms will be reviewed and critically analyzed. Research will include neighborhood and community level data as well as state, national and international comparisons.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.

3

SOC 415

Seminar: American Inequality

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

Survey of the range of stratification systems. Emphasis on the American stratification system – social caste and its relationship to race, age, sex, religion, and ethnicity.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 416

Seminar: Love, Intimacy and Human Sexuality

Offered: Alternate Years

Students will apply a socio-historical approach to examine how sexual meanings are derived and sexual activity/desire is organized. Treating homosexuality and heterosexuality as social categories, the course will look at how categories are structured, and will ‘denaturalize’ these categories and analyze the different institutional settings in which sexuality is constructed.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and at least one additional course.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

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SOC 421

Seminar: Oppression

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2012, 2014

Introduces the concept of oppression. Conditions of oppression to be explored include exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. Emphasis on the interaction among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ageism, to show the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Reading assignments will challenge/encourage the students to take action to end oppressive behaviors and to affirm diversity and social justice. (Previously Seminar on Racism)

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 and one additional SOC course.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program. Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

SOC 470

Capstone Internship in Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Capstone course for the major, the Internship provides an academic experience in which the third- or fourth-year student (only) contributes to the ongoing organizational process while learning to apply sociological theories to observations of structure, function, and process in a particular social service agency or institution.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 210 and SOC 311.
Capstone course may not be taken twice.

3

SOC 475

Internship in Applied Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Gain experience and or research skills in a particular social service agency or institution.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 470.

3

SOC 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of faculty member directing project and Department Chairperson.

3

SOC 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for a student to conduct research in a specialized area of sociology under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the research project and the Sociology Department Chairperson.

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SOC 497

Senior Thesis

Offered: Offered Periodically

Fourth-year students will polish their communication skills and build on prior coursework. The goal is preparation of a paper suitable for presentation at an annual meeting of a professional association during the spring semester. Taught in seminar/workshop format, the course includes presentations from departmental faculty about conducting research in sociology, criminology and anthropology.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Department Chairperson.

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