Major in Sociology

Students who major in sociology must complete 30 hours, including

  • SOC 201, SOC 311, SOC 423, and SOC 424
  • Three hours selected from
    • SOC 310
    • SOC 325
    • SOC 360
    • or SOC 366
  • Three hours selected from
    • SOC 303
    • SOC 362
    • SOC 363
    • SOC 364
    • or PLSC/SOC 370
  • Twelve hours of SOC elective courses
  • A paper portfolio containing three graded papers

At least one of these papers must be a research paper with data analysis, at least one must reflect a theoretical perspective, and at least one must present different viewpoints on various issues.

Minor in Sociology

The minor in sociology consists of 18 hours including

  • SOC 201
  • Twelve hours of SOC electives taught at or above the 300-level
  • Any three additional hours of SOC coursework

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

201 Introductory Sociology (3)

Overview of structure and dynamics of human societies.Topics include sociological theories and methods, culture, social organization, institutions, communities, social stratification, population, and 171 social change. (Fall and Spring)

206 Social Problems (3)

Problem areas in our society, including medical care, poverty and dependency, crime, alcoholism, sexual deviancy, race relations, and environmental concerns. (Alternate years)

207 Introduction to Anthropology (3)

Study of people as cultural being. Includes recent findings of physical anthropology and archaeology, as well as in-depth study of selected non-literate societies.

258 Special Topics (1-6)

302 Marriage and the Family (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) A sociology of the family, including those in other cultures. A functional study of marital problem areas, including sexuality, parenthood, and aging.

303 Sociology of the Contemporary South (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) An examination of continuity and change in the subculture of the American South.Consideration will be given to regional identity, stereotypes, and images and to institutions found in the contemporary South. Also, includes discussion of the South’s future as a distinctive region. (Alternate years)

309 Criminology (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) Crime, delinquency, and correction in American society. Police and legal problems.

310 Urban Sociology (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) The human community as a unit of social organization.Topics include historical development of cities, development of suburbs, urbanism as a way of life, metropolitan dynamics, and urban problems. Consideration of urban areas throughout the world. (Alternate years)

311 Sociological Theory and Social Policy (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) An examination of the major theorists of the classical period of sociology and the major theoretical perspectives that have emerged in the contemporary period. The course analyzes the social foundations of the various perspectives and focuses on the implications of the various theories for social policy.

312 Social Psychology (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or PSYC 201 • XL: PSYC 312) A study of the relation of the individual to the social group. Emphasis on social factors in perception, motivation, emotion, crowd behavior, and prejudice.

325 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3)

(PR: SOC 201) A study of the social phenomenon of aging. Special attention is given to social roles of the elderly in the family, economy, community, and religion. Further consideration will be given to special problems facing the elderly such as health, care giving, and poverty, and to exploring the role of the state in helping older adults.

326 Sociology of Work and Occupations (3)

(PR: SOC 201) A study of sociological perspectives on the changing nature and organization of work and the economy within American society and globally.Inequalities on the basis of gender, age, race, and social class are explored. Work structures, types of occupations, and global capitalism are also considered. (Alternate years)

360 World Population Issues (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) Analysis of human population, its size, distribution, structure, and change from the social demographic perspective.Topics include fertility, mortality, migration, population trends, and population issues and policies.

362 Social Inequality (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) Examination of social inequality in American society from a sociological perspective.Topics include class divisions, unequal access to goods and services, means utilized to maintain social inequality, and the dynamics of gender inequality. (Alternate years)

363 The Sociology of Gender (3)

(PR: SOC 201) A sociological analysis of the development and role of gender in human society. The course addresses how gender is socially constructed and the key issues for men and women that emerge in diverse social environments such as the home and workplace and in educational, religious, and political institutions.

364 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) An examination of sociological perspectives on majority-minority relations and of the histories and
cultures of particular racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including Afro-Americans, Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Chinese-Americans, and Japanese-Americans. (Alternate years)

366 Social Movements (3)

(PR: SOC 201 or POI) A study of the general characteristics of social movements.Two or more particular movements such as the African-American movement, Third World national liberation movements, the women’s movement, and the ecology movement will be discussed.(Alternate years)

370 Third World Underdevelopment and Politics (3)

(PR: PLSC 201 or SOC 201, or POI • XL: PLSC 370) An examination of the political, economic, and social factors that have led to the present state of underdevelopment in Africa and parts of Asia, Latin America, and the Indian subcontinent. Social scientific theories of underdevelopment and the role of the political system in the process of development are analyzed. Particular attention is given to the role of government in the economy, processes of economic reform, and the corresponding effects on poverty, income distribution, and other factors related to development.

398 Honors Research (3-6)

410 God and Globalization (3)

(XL: RELG 410) This course examines the relationship between religion and economics from a historical and a contemporary perspective. We will examine the historical roots of capitalism through a reading of Adam Smith’s classic, The Wealth of Nations, and Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Contemporary issues relating to globalization, the process by which international trade has dramatically increased, will be examined in the second half of the course. The impact of globalization on developed as well as developing societies will be considered from the perspective of religious and social life.

423 Research Methods (3)

(PR: POI) Research methods in the social sciences including causal analysis, sampling, scale construction, research designs, data analysis, and research proposals.

424 Field Inquiry in Sociology (3)

(PR: SOC 423) Students design and execute research projects under supervision. Introduction to data analysis and computer usage. Final paper must be presented orally.

442 Directed Studies (1-9)

444 Internship (1-6)

446 Reading (1-9)

448 Research (1-9)

450 Seminar (1-9)

452 Special Projects (1-9)

458 Special Topics (1-6)