DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
 
 
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Sociology Courses
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Expansive Core Curriculum courses are denoted by EXP.  Service Learning courses
are denoted by SL.

SOCI 1010. Introduction to Sociology.  This course offers students the
opportunity to develop their sociological imaginations through studying the patterns and
regularities of social behavior, the structure and organization of society, social institutions,
socialization, and social change.  (3, EXP)

SOCI 1011. Global Social Change.  This course offers students the opportunity
to develop a sociological understanding of what it means to live in a global society.  Theories about
global social and economic interconnections, including sociological theories of globalization, are
used to examine how social structures, social institutions, and social change are experienced
differently throughout the world.  Special emphasis is placed on inequalities engendered by
globalization and global social change, including unequal power relationships among social groups,
social classes, and regions throughout the world.  (3, EXP)

SOCI 1015. Popular Culture and Society.  This course examines the intersection
of popular culture, society, and the individual.  It provides students with the opportunity to gain a
base, introductory sociological understanding of the role of popular culture in local settings, youth
subcultures, American society, consumer culture, and the burgeoning globalization of popular
culture, most notably through the rapid growth of technology and its enormous social impact.  (3)

SOCI 2010. Social Problems.  This course examines societal and cultural conflicts
and dilemmas through the use of the principles of sociology, most especially critical analysis.
Topics generally include poverty and inequality, health and health care, issues confronting families,
and social problems associated with government and economic change.  The course emphasizes
formulating plausible, compassionate, and just solutions to social problems.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000
level sociology course.  (3, EXP)

SOCI 2020. Introduction to Criminology.  This course examines the nature,
location, and impact of crime in the United States by exploring a broad range of issues related
to criminology.  Topics focused on within the course include the historical foundations of crime,
the theoretical underpinnings of criminality, how we measure criminal acts, the development of
criminal careers, the various typologies of offenders and victims and a critical analysis of public
policies concerning crime control in society.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000 level sociology course.  (3)

SOCI 2040 (WMST 2040).   Sociology of Gender.  This introduction to the
sociological study of gender addresses the social processes of learning gender identities, the
role of gender identities in shaping society, and the relationship between gender and power. 
Topics include theoretical approaches to the study of gender, gender dynamics in various social
institutions, and the intersection of gender with other social identities such as class, race, ethnicity,
and sexuality.  In addition, the course explores the variation in gender identities across social
groups, time, place, and sexual identity.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000 level sociology course or WMST 1030
and instructor’s permission.  (3)

SOCI 2042. Deviance.  This survey course explores the establishment and
maintenance of deviant categories, the motivations behind deviant behavior, formal and informal
means of identifying deviants, the effect of institutionalization upon the deviant, and how deviants
attempt to avoid a label society places upon them.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000 level sociology course.  (3,
EXP)

SOCI 2050.   Sociology of the Family.  This course is a detailed examination of
the structure, process, and functioning of the family; it also identifies crises facing the family.
Included are a study of cross-cultural variations in family relationships, marriage patterns and
processes and family functions.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000 level sociology course.  (3, EXP)

SOCI 2060 (AFAM 2060).   Race and Ethnic Relations.  This course is concerned
with examining issues, problems, and research findings on race, ethnic, and minority group
relations. Emphasis is on U.S. Black-White relations, American ethnic groups, religious conflict, and
racial and ethnic group contacts in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000
level sociology course.  (3, EXP)

SOCI 2500. Reading and Writing for Sociology.  This course prepares students
for upper level sociology courses by offering practice in active reading skills and instruction in the
procedures and conventions for research and writing in the discipline of sociology.  Topics include
reading for deep learning, finding and evaluating secondary resources, and writing various types of
sociological papers such as essays for tests, critical reviews, reaction papers, and literature reviews. 
Prerequisite:  SOCI 1010.

SOCI 2530. Introduction to Research Methods.  This course provides students
with an introduction to fundamental concepts and skills involved in evaluating and conducting
social science research, as well as ethical issues surrounding social research.  Students will gain
basic insight into research methods through the process of conducting small research projects
and developing a research proposal.  Students will learn about the following methodologies:  basic
statistical manipulation of secondary data, survey methods, ethnographic observation, life history,
focus group research, and evaluation research.  Course is offered in conjunction with one credit
Statistical Software lab course.  Prerequisites: SOCI 2500, MATH 1020 (STAT 2010); Corequisite: SOCI
2530L.  (3)

SOCI 2530L. Statistical Software Lab.  Students apply statistical analysis
employing statistical software.  Students manipulate data to answer sociological questions. 
Students learn to create a data set and to use existing data sets, to execute a range of statistical
operations using SPSS, to recode data, to create various graphical representations of data, to
select cases and create subsamples, and to test hypotheses.  Students will work with both existing
public datasets as well as create their own smaller dataset.  Prerequisite:  MATH 1020 (STAT 2010).

SOCI 3010. Sociology of Education.  The course addresses the processes and
patterns in educational systems.  Its focus is on identifying, analyzing, and solving community
educational problems.  Prerequisite: SOCI 1010.  (3)

SOCI 3020. Political Sociology.  This course focuses on the nature of power,
sources of authority, functions of the state, types of political systems, political culture, political
socialization, community power structure studies, the nature of individual participation in the
political system, political development and change, and political violence.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000
level sociology course.  (3)

SOCI 3025 (AFAM 3025).  African American Urban Life.  This interdisciplinary
course examines African Americans as agents in shaping the urban experience in the United
States.  The central focus of the course will be the development of cultural, social, religious,
economic, educational and political institutions.  Examples will be drawn from among communities
such as Harlem, NY, the Central Avenue district of Los Angeles, Chicago’s south side, and the
Auburn Avenue district of Atlanta, as well as others.  Prerequisites: AFAM 2000, and any 1000 level
sociology course.  (3)

SOCI 3030. Sociological Theory.  This course, formulated in socio-historical
context, addresses the major theoretical paradigms within, and the major contributors to, the
development of sociological theory.  Prerequisite:  SOCI 1010.  (3)

SOCI 3035. Sociology of Mental Health.  This course considers issues ranging
from serious mental disorders to subjective indicators of quality of life.  The focus is on research
and theory pertaining to social processes and mental health functioning.  Prerequisite: SOCI 1010. 
(3)

SOCI 3040. Population and Society.  This course addresses the principles
of population analysis in a global context, most especially as they assess rates of birth, death,
and migration.  Additional topics include issues of differential health, education, occupation, life
expectancy, and life span.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000 level sociology course.  (3)

SOCI 3060. Sociology of Aging.  This course is a survey of problems of aging and
mortality, with a special emphasis on sociological perspectives within gerontology.  Prerequisite:
SOCI 1010.  (3)

SOCI 3070. Medical Sociology.  This course provides a sociological perspective
on issues in health care and health care delivery for students preparing for any health care
profession.  Prerequisite: SOCI 1010.  (3, EXP)

SOCI 3100. Social Policy.  This course is an analysis of social policy developments
in the United States, and how said relate to international perceptions of the U.S.. Contemporary
and futuristic social policies are also examined.  Prerequisite:  Any 1000 level sociology course.  (3)

SOCI 4000. Society and the Individual.  This course is an overview of the
sociological foundations of human behavior in everyday life.  Special attention is given to human
behavior in institutional and societal settings, with an emphasis placed upon theories of personal
development and family systems.  Prerequisites:  Any 1000 level sociology course, and junior or senior
standing, or instructor’s permission.  (3)

SOCI 4020. Urban Sociology.  Urban sociology is the study of the origin and
growth of cities, including the following topics:  patterns of social organization and lifestyles in
urban areas, metropolitan structure, suburbanization, and major metropolitan problems, including
housing, finance, education, and “white flight.”  The U.S. urban experience is emphasized.  Additional
focus is placed on world-wide comparative urban situations.  Prerequisites:  Any 1000 level sociology
course, and junior or senior standing, or instructor’s permission.  (3)

SOCI 4025. Health Disparities.  The purpose of this course is to examine the
interrelationships of social factors influencing health disparities across social groups.  Theory,
research, and policy will be used to explore topics related to community health and health
disparities among populations.  Prerequisite:  SOCI 3070, or instructor’s permission. (3)

SOCI 4045. Globalization and Comparative Social Change.  This course is
a sociological examination of the “developing” world.  Focusing on comparative and historical in-
depth analysis, students investigate various African, Asian and Latin American cultures and social
structures.  Specifically, the course will focus on the political economy of these continents, their
historical and contemporary relations with the “West”, social stratification, and comparative
social structures.  Prerequisites:  SOCI 1011, and junior or senior standing or instructor’s permission.  (3)

SOCI 4055. Black Family.  This course is a study of the Black family in the U.S.
It compares and contrasts differences and similarities among Black families, especially taking into
account class and family formation. This course also addresses the treatment of the Black family
in academic and governmental literature.  Prerequisites:  any 1000 level sociology course, and junior or
senior standing, or instructor’s permission.  (3)

SOCI 4080. Race, Class and Gender Inequality.  This course is about social
inequality.  It addresses the causes and effects of crystallized, historical, institutional, procedural,
systemic, unequal distribution of desirable but scarce values among ranked population groupings
(social strata), with major attention given to this social phenomenon within urban industrial
society.  Prerequisites:  Any 1000 level sociology course or WMST 1020, and junior or senior standing or instructor’s permission. (3)

SOCI 4081, 4082, 4083. Guided Readings in Sociology.  This category of courses is open
only to majors; non-majors must receive the approval of the departmental chairperson.  Course
content is dependent upon faculty discretion.  Prerequisites:  Junior or senior standing, permission of
instructor, and permission of departmental chairperson.  (1, 2, 3)

SOCI 4650 (WMST 4650).  Sociology of Women.  This course is a multi-disciplinary
examination of the social, political, and economic status of women in a global context, with
particular attention paid to said in U.S. society and to the differential socialization of women and
men.  Prerequisite:  SOCI 2040 or instructor’s permission.  (3)

SOCI 4700. Seminar in Health, Medicine & Society.  This course is a capstone
course for those students pursuing a B.A. in Sociology who are in the Health, Medicine and
Society Concentration.  The course will work to synthesize their knowledge from a wide variety
of subject matters in which they have taken courses, all of which have revolved around behavioral
and social aspects of health, illness, disease, and medicine.  These include health disparities, mental
health, aging, chronic illness, and the health care system, among others.  Prerequisites: Completion of
all requirements of Health, Medicine & Society Concentration, except SOCI 4025, SOCI 4950 and SOCI
4903, with at least a C.  (3)

SOCI 4901, 4902, 4903. Independent Study.  For advanced majors only.  Students conduct
an independent research project with the guidance of an instructor.  Students will plan and conduct
an original research project, culminating in a scholarly paper or presentation.  Students should
make plans to enroll in this course at least one semester prior to enrollment, including arranging
supervision by an instructor with expertise in the student’s area of interest. Prerequisites:  SOCI
2530, SOCI 2530L and SOCI 3030, as well as permission of instructor and departmental chairperson.
(1, 2, 3)

SOCI 4950. Internship.  This course involves the placement of a student in the
field at a non-profit agency, governmental office, etc., under the dual supervision of an on-sight
evaluator and an assigned faculty member.  Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, permission of
instructor, and permission of departmental chairperson.  (3)

SOCI 4999. Senior Comprehensives.  (0)

 
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