Sociology Courses

Code Course Credits

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 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 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.

3

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.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship. 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.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

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.

3

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.

3