Sociology Courses

Code Course Credits

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The course is an introduction to the discipline of sociology and an overview of the main theories, basic concepts, and research methods used in the field. Using a social justice lens, the course examines the relationship between individuals and groups and their roles in society, with discussion of topics including culture, social structure and institutions, socialization, social movements and change, social class, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, family, crime and criminal justice, and global conflicts.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

SOC 110

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

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

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 202

Sociology of Globalization

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

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

This course examines families today and in the past with a view to understanding the changes that have taken place in gender roles, sexuality and reproduction, courtship, co-habitation and marriage, parenthood and child-rearing. We will look at the institution of the family within a political, social and economic framework. We will also examine some of the challenges facing families today; poverty, teen pregnancy, adoption and foster care, surrogacy, child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.

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: Not Offered 2015-2016

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 2015-2016

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 2015-2016

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: Not Offered 2015-2016

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 2015-2016

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 2015-2016

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: Not Offered 2015-2016

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 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 234

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This course is an introduction to the study of race and ethnicity in America. Beginning with the social construction of race we explore how the categorization of individuals and groups has changed and continue to create and limit opportunities and rights. Drawing from critical race theory and research from scholars and activists across disciplines this course also looks at the intersectionality of race and ethnicity with other categories of difference.

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 2015-2016

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: Not Offered 2015-2016

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 295

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

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

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.

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

3

SOC 328

Community Organizing: People, Power & Change

Offered: Spring Semester

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 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.

Course may be taken twice as long as the topics differ.Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines and the Seminars in Sociology requirements.

3

SOC 405

Seminar on Public Sociologies

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

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: Not Offered 2015-2016

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: Fall Semester

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 2016, 2018

This seminar is designed to build on knowledge gained from previous courses and learning opportunities. The focus is to read critically and understand how race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and other forms of difference are reflected in our social relationships and institutions. Exploring this topic from multiple perspectives we will study the victims, the perpetrators and the activists seeking to challenge both individual and institutional inequality and social injustice.

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

3

SOC 416

Seminar: Love, Intimacy and Human Sexuality

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

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: Not Offered 2015-2016

This seminar takes a critical look at the rights of the individual within the family, community, state and nation. Beginning with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights we investigate the violation of human rights globally and in America. Texts include examples of the denial of human rights...to victims of sex trafficking, to those who suffer from mental illness, to children and youth at risk, to immigrants seeking shelter, safety and opportunities in America.

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

3

SOC 425

Seminar: Critical Issues in Contemporary Society

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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 and one additional Sociology course.
Course may be applied to the American 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