Sociology (SOCI)

Head of Department: Professor Bandana Purkayastha

Department Office: Room 114, Manchester Hall

Major requirements

1001. Introduction to Sociology

Three credits.

Modern society and its social organization, institutions, communities, groups, and social roles: the socialization of individuals, family, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, social class, crime and deviance, population, cities, political economy, and social change. CA 2.

1001W. Introduction to Sociology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 2.

1251. Social Problems

Three credits.

Major social problems, their sources in the organization of society, public policies for their alleviation, and questions of ethics and social justice: alcohol and drug abuse, physical and mental illness, sexual variances, poverty and inequality, ethnic and racial prejudice and discrimination, women and gender, the changing family, violence, crime and delinquency, the environment, urban problems, and population planning and growth. CA 2. CA 4.

1251W. Social Problems

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 2. CA 4.

1501. Race, Class, and Gender

Three credits.

Race, class, and gender, as they structure identities, opportunities, and social outcomes. CA 2. CA 4.

1501W. Race, Class, and Gender

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 2. CA 4.

1701. Society in Global Perspective

Three credits.

Economic, political, social and cultural processes in globalization. The world economy, the autonomy of nation-states, the role of the media, and the social and environmental problems of societies in a world context. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1993. International Study

One to fifteen credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of program director required, normally to be granted before the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in an Education Abroad program.

2101. Sports and Society

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Sports as an institution and its impact on society. Gender, race, and class inequality in sports. Cultural, economic, political, and legal influences on sports at the professional, intercollegiate, scholastic, and recreational levels.

2210. Interaction and the Conduct of Social Research

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; instructor consent. Recommended preparation: six credits of introductory social science courses.

Sociological analysis of methodological, socio-relational, and structural factors affecting social research and clinical or community work with individuals and groups.

2271. The Social Construction of Happiness

Three credits. Lecture.

Happiness as a social construction that shapes and is shaped by human societies and their social structures and processes. The social causes, nature, and consequences of the pursuit of happiness as a socially defined and organized phenomenon.

2275. Social Well-Being

Three credits.

Socially-embedded facets of well-being. Definitions and levels of well-being; relationship of well-being to social situations, social interactions, and social institutions.

2275W. Social Well-Being

Three Credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores and higher.

2301. Criminology

Three credits.

Theories and research on crime, criminal law, and the criminal justice system.

2301W. Criminology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2310. Introduction to Criminal Justice

Three credits.

The criminal justice system from a sociological perspective, including crime, police and law enforcement, courts and adjudication, corrections and juvenile justice.

2411. Work and Occupations

(Formerly offered as SOCI 3411.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Occupations, jobs, careers, and the professions, and their effects on the division of labor, on the workplace, and on individuals in the labor force.

2501. Sociology of Intolerance and Injustice

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Sociological concepts of intolerance and injustice and how they affect members of marginalized groups; case studies may consider social class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and disability. CA 4.

2501W. Sociology of Intolerance and Injustice

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4.

2509. Sociology of Anti-Semitism

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Sources and consequences of anti-Semitism in society. CA 4-INT.

2509W. Sociology of Anti-Semitism

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4-INT.

2701. Sustainable Societies

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: SOCI 1001, SOCI 2709W.

Sociological perspectives on the concepts of sustainability, focusing on issues of climate change mitigation and adaptation, including questions of social transitions based on concepts of social justice, biomimicry, permaculture, and the future of life on earth.

2705. Sociology of Food

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Not open for credit to students who have passed SOCI 3271 when offered as “Food.” Recommended preparation: SOCI 1001.

Social factors shaping the industrial food system, as well as a social analysis of viable alternatives.

2709W. Society and Climate Change

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: SOCI 1001. Not open for credit to students who have passed SOCI 3271 when offered as Society and Climate Change.

Sociological perspectives on the social, economic, political, and environmental causes and consequences of anthropogenic global climate change.

2827. Revolutionary Social Movements Around the World

Three credits. One 3-hour class per week.

Lectures and documentary films on the Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions and movements in South Africa and the Middle East.

2827W. Revolutionary Social Movements Around the World

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2993. International Study

One to fifteen credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of program director required, normally to be granted before the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor up to a maximum of 6 credits. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in an Education Abroad program.

2995. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores and higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

A lecture course. Topics vary by semester.

3201. Methods of Social Research

Three credits. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001, 1251, 1501, or 1701; open to juniors or higher.

Quantitative and qualitative methods used in sociological research: designs for gathering data, problems of measurement, and techniques of data analysis. Lectures and laboratory work. Majors in sociology should take this required course in their junior year.

3211Q. Quantitative Methods in Social Research

Four credits. Lectures and discussion section. Prerequisite: SOCI 3201 and either STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Practical work in the design and execution of research, hypothesis testing, data analysis, and interpretations.

3221. Sociological Perspectives on Asian American Women

(Also offered as AASI 3221 and HRTS 3571.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An overview of social structures, inter-group relations, and women’s rights, focusing on the experience of Asian American women. CA 4.

3222. Asian Indian Women: Activism and Social Change in India and the United States

(Also offered as AASI 3222 and HRTS 3573.) Three credits. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001, 1251, or 1501; open to juniors or higher.

How gender, class and ethnicity/race structure everyday lives of Asian Indian women in both India and the United States.

3251. Social Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: SOCI 1001, 1251, 1501, or 1701; open to juniors or higher.

Sociological theory for advanced undergraduates.

3251W. Social Theory

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001, 1251, or 1501; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3271. Topics in the Sociology of Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

A variable topics course focusing on issues in the sociology of culture. Specific topics may include: production of culture and the culture industry, popular culture, the sociology of the arts, cultural representation of deviance and social problems, women and culture, film and the developing world, material culture, and cultural constructions of social inequality.

3307. Drugs and Society

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Drug taking as a social problem, the “war on drugs,” drug education, treatment and prevention approaches, the illegal drug market.

3307W. Drugs and Society

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3311. Deviant Behavior

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Behaviors labeled by society as deviant, such as crime, prostitution, suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental illness.

3311W. Deviant Behavior

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3315. Juvenile Delinquency

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An overview of sociological theory and research on juvenile delinquency.

3315W. Juvenile Delinquency

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3317. Women and Crime

(Also offered as WGSS 3317.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Women as offenders, victims and practitioners in the criminal justice system.

3317W. Women and Crime

(Also offered as WGSS 3317W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3351. Society and the Individual

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Modern social systems and the behavior, psychological organization, and development of individuals.

3351W. Society and the Individual

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; Open to juniors or higher.

3401. Social Organization

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social structure, processes, and social change in institutions such as the family, education, religion, economy, and polity.

3401W. Social Organization

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3407. Energy, Environment, and Society

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Sociological perspectives on energy production, distribution and consumption, environment and social organization.

3407W. Energy, Environment, and Society

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3421. Class, Power, and Inequality

(Also offered as HRTS 3421.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Inequality and its consequences in contemporary societies.

3421W. Class, Power, and Inequality

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3425. Social Welfare and Social Work

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social welfare needs and programs; introduction to social work as a professional service.

3429. Sociological Perspectives on Poverty

(Also offered as HRTS 3429.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Poverty in the U.

S. and abroad, its roots, and strategies to deal with it.

3429W. Sociological Perspectives on Poverty

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3451. Sociology of Health

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social factors related to health, illness, and health-care systems.

3453. Women and Health

(Also offered as WGSS 3453.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social factors shaping women’s health, health care, and their roles as health-care providers.

3453W. Women and Health

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3457. Sociology of Mental Illness

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Madness in human societies; its history, incipience, epidemiology, etiology, institutionalization, and other issues.

3457W. Sociology of Mental Illness

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3459. Aging in American Society

(Also offered as HDFS 3240.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. May be used only once to meet the distribution requirements.

Social gerontology: the role and status of older people in a changing society.

3459W. Aging in American Society

(Also offered as HDFS 3240W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3471. Sociology of Education

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Education and society: primary schools through universities as agencies for social selection and socialization.

3471W. Sociology of Education

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3501. Ethnicity and Race

(Also offered as AFRA 3501.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Ethnic groups, their interrelations, assimilation, and pluralism. Culture, and identity that arise from differences in race, religion, nationality, region, and language.

3501W. Ethnicity and Race

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3503. Prejudice and Discrimination

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Sources and consequences of racial and ethnic prejudice and discrimination. CA 4.

3503W. Prejudice and Discrimination

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. CA 4.

3505. White Racism

(Also offered as HRTS 3505 and AFRA 3505.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The origin, nature, and consequences of white racism as a central and enduring social principle around which the United States and other modern societies are structured and evolve. CA 4.

3511W. American Jewry

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Historical, demographic, organizational, and sociopsychological perspectives.

3521. Sociology of Religion

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Religion in social context: differences of church, denomination, sect, and cult; religious culture, organization, and ideology.

3521W. Sociology of Religion

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3525. Latino Sociology

(Also offered as LLAS 3525.) Three credits.

The economic, social, political, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the United States.

3601. Sociology of Gender

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Explores processes contributing to social construction of gender; examines the theories used to explain the system of inequality in the United States with particular attention to the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class; and evaluates how men and women are differentially constituted in the family, in education, work, politics, and language. CA 4.

3601W. Sociology of Gender

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. CA 4.

3621. Sociology of Sexualities

(Also offered as WGSS 3621.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed SOCI 246 or 246W.

Explores the social organization, construction, and politics of sexualities; particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences and the intersection of sexualities, gender, race, and class. CA 4.

3621W. Sociology of Sexualities

(Also offered as WGSS 3621W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Not open for credit to students who have passed SOCI 246 or 246W. CA 4.

3651. Sociology of the Family

Three credits.

The American family, its changing forms and values, and the social conditions influencing it: mate selection, marital adjustment, the responsibilities and opportunities of parenthood, and resolving family crises.

3651W. Sociology of the Family

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3701. The Developing World

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social and economic conditions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and attempts to improve them.

3701W. The Developing World

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3801. Political Sociology

(Also offered as HRTS 3801.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social analysis of power, democracy and voting, society and the state, and political economy.

3801W. Political Sociology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3821. Social Movements and Social Change

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Revolutionary, reform, reactionary, religious, communal, and escapist movements.

3821W. Social Movements and Social Change

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3823. The Sociology of Law: Global and Comparative Perspectives

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The relationship between law and social change cross-nationally, including dispute processing in kinship societies, the impact of Western law on Third World countries, legal strategies that challenge inequality based on class, race, sex, religion, and sexuality, and the impact of international human rights treaties on inequality. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

3825. African Americans and Social Protest

(Also offered as HRTS 3825 and AFRA 3825.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Social and economic-justice movements, from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to the present.

3831. Human Rights in the United States

(Also offered as HRTS 3831.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Sociological analyses of human rights issues in the United States, including economic, racial, and gender justice; prisoner’s rights and capital punishment; the role of the United States in international human rights agreements and treaties; and struggles on behalf of human rights.

3833. Topics in Sociology and Human Rights

Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Variable topics covering theoretical and empirical examination of social, political, economic, legal, and/or cultural issues of human rights from a sociological perspective.

3835. Refugees and Humanitarianism

(Also offered as HRTS 3835.) Three credits.

Social and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings. Refugee camps, the institutional development of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and alternative approaches to sanctuary.

3835W. Refugees and Humanitarianism

(Also offered as HRTS 3835W.) Three credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: HRTS 1007.

3837. Sociology of Global Human Rights

(Also offered as HRTS 3837.) Three credits.

Comparative approach to the study of human rights in the United States and elsewhere around the world from a sociological perspective.

3837W. Sociology of Global Human Rights

(Also offered as HRTS 3837W.) Three credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3841. Public Opinion and Mass Communication

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Contemporary public opinion and ideology, the process and effects of mass communication, and the measurement of public opinion.

3841W. Public Opinion and Mass Communication

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3901. Urban Sociology

(Also offered as URBN 3275.) Three credits.

Social and physical organization of cities and suburbs.

3901W. Urban Sociology

(Also offered as URBN 3275W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3903W. Urban Problems

(Also offered as URBN 3276W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Social problems of American cities and suburbs, with emphasis on policy issues.

3907. City Life

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Ways of life in large cities and suburbs and the culture of modernism.

3907W. City Life

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3911. Communities

Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: One introductory level sociology course or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Sociological analysis of processes and structures of various kinds of communities.

3971. Population

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Size, growth, composition and distribution of population; social factors in population change.

3971W. Population

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3990. Internship: Field Experience

Variable (1-6) credits. Supervised field experience. Hours by arrangement, 42 hours per semester per credit. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: Must be taken with SOCI 3991/W, unless continuing an internship already initiated. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

3991. Internship: Research Paper

Variable (1-2) credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: Must be taken with SOCI 3990. May be repeated up to 3 credits maximum.

Research paper based on Field Experience.

3991W. Internship: Research Paper

Variable (1-2) credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: Must be taken with SOCI 3990. May not be repeated.

3993. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; consent of Department Head required, preferably prior to the student’s departure. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

Special topics in a foreign-study program.

3995. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

A lecture course. Topics vary by semester.

3996W. Senior Thesis in Sociology

Three credits. Prerequisite: Fifteen credits in sociology and consent of instructor and Department Head; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3998. Variable Topics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

3999. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated.

 

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