Sociology and Anthropology (SOC) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
SOC 111. Social Problems [Goal 5] (Diversity/MGM)
Nature, origins, and types of social problems in contemporary society. Societal efforts to eliminate or alleviate these problems. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 160. Principles of Sociology [Goal 5]
Human social interaction, including culture, groups, group and personality, group interaction, community, social institutions, cultural change, social disorganization. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
SOC 177. Intimate Relations and Family [Goal 5]
Sociological perspectives on diverse family patterns and intimate relationships; understand family lives in larger historical, social, and global context; link micro processes with macro structures; policy implications. 3 Cr. F.
SOC 195. Democratic Citizenship [Goal 9]
Social aspects of citizenship, emphasizing the importance of race, class, gender and national diversity in understanding forms of citizenship, civic engagements and the ethical norms governing these in diverse context. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
SOC 200. Environmental Sociology [Goal 5, Goal 10] (Diversity/MGM)
Social aspects of environmental issues, emphasizing the importance of gender, race, and class to an understanding of the human-environment relationship, and the social construction of environmental problems and solutions. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 201. Social Inequality
Social structures and processes that maintain class, race, and gender inequality in the United States and globally. Collective action and public policies to reduce social inequality. Should be taken early in the major. Writing intensive. Prereq.: 111 or 160, ENGL 191. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 211. Crime Myths and Media [Goal 5] (Diversity/MGM)
Social myths about crime and violence, compares myths to existing research, focusing on myths related to race, gender, age, and type of crime. Institutions that perpetuate myths, purpose, consequences and global reach of myths. 3 Cr. S.
SOC 268. Race and Ethnicity [Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
Race and ethnic divisions, discrimination, conflict and cooperation. Impact of global processes on race and ethnicity in the United States. Comparison of US racial and ethnic patterns to other countries. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 273. Sociology of Gender [Goal 5, Goal 8] (Diversity/MGM)
Social construction of gender. Impact of social-economic constraints on gendered relations and how changes in socio-economic circumstances help transform or deconstruct gender. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 302. Social Theory
The development of the discipline of sociology and contemporary sociological theory as a guide to sociological research; macro-level theories. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 303. Research Methods
Design, data gathering, data analysis, derivation of conclusions, writing of reports. Integrated Lab. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 304. Social Statistics
Statistical tools for problems in sociological research, presentation and interpretation of quantitative data; univariate and bivarite, descriptive, and inferential techniques. Integrated Lab. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 310. Social Interaction
Interaction in small groups and larger collectivities. Observation of interaction patterns in public places. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 345. Political Sociology
Structural and ideological factors influencing development and legitimation of political institutions, and the sociological analysis of political processes. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 350. Sociology of Age and Aging
Age status in the US. The social status and roles of older adults. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 355. Sociology of Women and Work
Impact of sociological position and social values on women in the work world in industrial society. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 362. Social Change
Change in interpersonal relationships and in societal institutions. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 365. Social Psychology
Symbolic interactionism. Socialization, self, social interaction, communication, and deviance. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 366. Juvenile Delinquency
Definition, extent, and distribution; theories of causality and methods of treatment of juvenile delinquency. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. S.
SOC 367. Criminology
Definition, extent and distribution, theoretical interpretations of causality, and methods of treatment of criminal behavior. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. F.
SOC 368. Social Deviance
Social deviance, deviant acts, attributes and beliefs. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. F.
SOC 374. Sociology of Family Violence
Research and theory on family violence as an emergent social problem. Child, spouse, and parental abuse and examinations of possible societal solutions. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 389. Wealth and Power in America
The interrelations and consequences of wealth, business, and politics in the United States. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 400. Special Problems in Sociology
A seminar for advanced students wishing to work out a special problem in sociology. 1-4 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 444. Internship
A maximum of 6 credits may be used toward a major; 3 credits used toward a minor, remainder may be used in general electives. Prereq.: Sociology major or minor only. 6-15 Cr. F, S, SUM.
SOC 477. Senior Project
A research experience for students majoring in sociology. Students will produce research involving a library search and qualitative or quantitative analysis of data. Prereq.: 302 or 304 or permission. Coreq.: Must be taken concurrently with 300/400 level course. 1 Cr. F, S, SUM.
SOC 480. Sociological Practice
Capstone seminar for Applied Sociology majors. Uses of sociological theory, concepts, methods, and findings in careers related to sociology. Ethics, career preparation, and the relationship of sociological practice to academic sociology. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. F.
SOC 488. Senior Seminar in Sociology
Capstone seminar on the value of the sociological perspective; relationships among subareas, among sociology and other disciplines, between academic sociology and sociological practice; and career preparation. C or better required to pass the Upper Division Writing Requirement. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. S.
Sociology and Anthropology (SOC) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
SOC 412/512. Self and Society
Nature, origins, development, maintenance, and change of self. Relationships between self and social situations, social interactions and social worlds. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 418/518. China and Globalization
The social impact of China's market transition domestically and internationally, including social inequality, social relations and individual well-being within China and across the world. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 432/532. Global Nature:Society and Environment in the 21st Century
Advanced explorations of nature-society questions focusing on social aspects in the Global North and South. Prereq.: Any lower level environment course or permission. 3 Cr. S.
SOC 455/555. Sociology of Work
Changing nature of U.S. and global workforce, social meaning and organization of work. Links between workplace relations and social inequality. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 456/556. Complex Organizations
Formal and informal organizational structures, processes, and behavior. Power, conflict, roles, values, and culture in corporations and bureaucracies. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. F.
SOC 460/560. Practice and Policy
Evaluation of policies and social change practices employed to address social problems at local, national, and international levels. Includes social movements, community organizing, and other challenges to power structures. Prereq.: Any sociology course. 3 Cr. S.
SOC 462/562. Seminar
Evaluation of sociological theory, social issues, or contemporary events. A specific topic selected each time offered. May be repeated. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 1-3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 467/567. Sociology of Religion
Religion from the perspective of classical and contemporary sociological theory; secularization, religion as social institution, ideology, construction of social meaning, and alienation. 3 Cr. F, S.
SOC 468/568. Inequality in the Capitalist World System
Minority/subordinate group formation, stratification and interaction in the capitalist world system. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 472/572. Sociology of Family
Roles and relationships within the family, household structures, marriage/partnership patterns; changing patterns of the family and its relationships with other social institutions; policy implications. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. ALT.
SOC 473/573. The Sociology of Sexualities
Multiple theories to explore sexualities and the ways in which they are socially constructed and controlled by social structures in societies. 3 Cr. S.
SOC 474/574. Culture and Family
Family structure and dynamics in Non-Western countries. Cultural variations, historical and contemporary family patterns, relationship of family to other institutions, comparisons of Non-Western and Western families. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. ALT.
SOC 475/575. Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociocultural aspects of illness, health, treatment, and health care delivery, and the social organization of health care. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. ALT.
SOC 478/578. Advanced Statistics and Practice
Multivariate statistical analysis utilizing statistical software programs to understand complex social issues. Integrated Lab. Prereq.: 304 or equivalent. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 481/581. Advanced Seminar in Social Inequality
Theories and research on the origins, maintenance and consequences of social inequality in the U.S. and world. Prereq.: Any sociology course or permission. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
SOC 482/582. Sociology and the Global Politics of Food
Examines the sociological and political dimensions of food. The processes of food production, distribution, and consumption and how these processes relate to structures of power and inequality. 3 Cr. F.
SOC 493/593. Gender, Space and Society: Global Perspectives
Relationships among gender, geography and society at seven key scales - the body, home, workplace, the environment, city, nation and the global. 3 Cr. F.