Course Offerings - SOCIOLOGY
92-101 Introductory Sociology (SS) 3 cr. (Fall-Spring)
Orientation to the sociological perspective. Basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions.92-103 Honors: Introductory Sociology (SS) 3 cr.
Orientation to the sociological perspective. Exploration of basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions.92-151 Modern Social Problems (SS) 3 cr. (Fall-Spring)
A study of major social problems confronting our society; personal and social disorganization, crime, juvenile delinquency, race and other selected problems.92-207 Social Processes and Social Structures 3 cr.
Human behavior in structured social situations. Classification of basic social forms and theories of social structures. Identification and analysis of major social processes as they operate within various social structures.92-209 Special Topics in Sociology 3 cr.
Application of sociological principles and procedures to current public issues or special topics in sociology. The topics studied will reflect areas of special demand or new developments in sociology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.92-261 Environmental Sociology 3 cr.
Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments; compares different modes of production and cultural systems. Examines economic, political and ideological structures of industrial and industrializing societies. Analyzes the impact of these structures upon natural environments and analyzes the impact of natural environment upon these structures.
A practicum or fieldwork experience in applying sociological principles to everyday life situations. Conducted on an individual and seminar basis to provide an opportunity to use sociological ideas outside the traditional classroom setting. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.92-280 Social Statistics Computer Lab 1 cr. (Fall-Spring)
Introduction to computerized statistics using SPSS for Windows. Sociology Majors should take 92-280 concurrently with 92-281. In the exceptional case, 92-280 may be taken after the successful completion of 92-281. While we anticipate that exceptions will be rare, exceptions can be made with the consent of the instructor. 92-280 should never be taken prior to 92-281.92-281 Social Statistics 3 cr. (Fall-Spring)
Basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, interval estimation, hypotheses testing, and measures of association. Sociology majors should take 92-280 concurrently with 92-281. 92-280 should never be taken prior to 92-281. In the exceptional case, 92-280 may be taken after 92-281. While we anticipate that exceptions will be rare, exceptions can be made with the consent of the instructor.92-282 Society Through Film 3 cr. (Summer)
Films are employed to illustrate significant sociological concerns. Discussion of selected films is designed to promote critical analysis and insight into the social world in which we live and a critical analysis of films from a sociological standpoint. Prerequisite: 92-101 or 92-151. 6-9 credits in Sociology is recommended.92-303 Classical Sociological Theory 3 cr. (Fall)
Sociological theory from the European Enlightenment to 1930. Prerequisite: 92-101. Recommended: Minimum 6 credits in Sociology.92-305 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 cr. (Spring)
Sociological theory since 1930. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-307 Propaganda and Public Opinion 3 cr. (Spring-even years)
A study of the ways in which attitudes and beliefs are influenced in modern society by means ranging from mass media to interpersonal influence. Public opinion measurement. Propaganda techniques. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-309 Teaching Practice in Sociology 3 cr.
This course number is reserved for students serving as teaching assistants. Students are permitted to take the course for credits twice (maximum of 6 credits). Prerequisite: consent of the department chair and the instructor. See the departmental secretary for a list of the requirements.92-311 Sociology of the Modern City 3 cr. (Fall-odd years)
The development of the city from prehistoric times to the present. Urban population trends and characteristics. Urban ecology. Social organizations and institutions in the city. City planning. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-313/513 Rural Sociology 3 cr. (Fall-odd years)
Groups and institutions in rural society. Changing relationships between country, town, and city in contemporary society. Prerequisite: 92-101.
The practical and scientific significance of population growth and composition. Analysis of fertility, mortality and migration, both United States and International. Elementary demographic materials and techniques. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-321/521 Social Psychology 3 cr. (Spring)
The relationship of the individual to others, social groups, and society. The development of personality and the self. Motivation, attitudes, communication, prejudice, and leadership. (92-321 and 86-205 may not both be counted toward the credits needed for graduation.) Prerequisite: 92-101.92-325 Collective Behavior and Social Movements 3 cr. (Spring-even years)
Collective Behavior provides an analysis of spontaneous, emergent and transitory behavior in relatively unstructured social situations. Social Movements considers formation and dynamics of collective efforts to change or maintain the status quo or to return to some antecedent state. Prerequisite: 92-101. Recommended: Minimum of 6 credits in Sociology. Note: This action is to be taken in conjunction with action on 92-319.92-331 Social Stratification 3 cr. (Spring)
Systems of hierarchical ranking in American and other societies. Castes, estates, and social classes. Stratification theory. Significant American studies of social class structure, power and mobility. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-335 Social Gerontology 3 cr. (Spring)
An analysis of the phenomena of growing old. Primarily for upper division students who have interests in working in some area of social gerontology. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-337/537 Work, Industry, and Occupation 3 cr. (Fall)
Social organization of work including history and variety of work experiences, relationship to other social institutions, impact of technology and megacorporations, discrimination, unemployment, future of work.92-339/539 Sociology of the Family 3 cr. (Spring)
The family as a social institution, variations in the family in different cultures and in different social levels and subcultures. Biological, economic, and social functions of the family. Effects of social change on the modern family. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-342 Social Ecology 3 cr.
Examine the manner in which different traditions of social theory address the relationship between human institution and natural systems. Compares different ways in which sociological theorists and other social thinkers have constructed theories of social life and the implications of these constructions for the natural environment. Analyzes the practical social implications of different theoretical perspectives.
The study of criminal behavior. Theories of causation and societal reactions to crime and criminals. Prerequisite: 92-101. Recommended: 92-151.92-353/553 Juvenile Delinquency 3 cr. (Spring)
Varieties and extent of delinquency. Causal explanation and research findings. Programs for treatment of delinquents and prevention of delinquency. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-355 Social Control 3 cr. (Fall)
A study of major aspects of social power; means and techniques of social control; and contemporary problems of social control in relation to individual freedom and liberation. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-359 Minority Groups (ES) 3 cr. (Fall)
Racial cultural minority groups in the United States. Prejudice. Types of discrimination. Social processes in intergroup relations. Prerequisite: 92-101. Recommended: 92-151.92-361 Complex Organizations 3 cr.
Theoretical and empirical analysis of the social structures and processes underlying the interrelationships among humans and formal complex organizations which proliferate in modern, industrial societies. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-365 Processes of Social Disorganization 3 cr.
Sociological and non-sociological conceptions, explanations and theories of social problems and of social control. Analysis of factors underlying social and personal maladjustment. Prerequisite: 92-101. Recommended: 92-151.92-369 Sociology of Deviance 3 cr. (Spring)
Sociological conceptions of the nature of deviance, its origin, its control, and the social processes which define behavior as deviant. Fieldwork included. Prerequisites: 92-151 and 92-101.92-371 Sociology of Mental Disorder 3 cr.
Sociological contributions to the understanding of mental disorder and its treatment. Sociological theories and research dealing with epidemiology, societal stresses and social reactions to the problem.92-373 Sociology of Law 3 cr. (Fall)
The relationship between law and society; sociological analyses of the law in action. Prerequisite: 92-101.92-381 Sociological Research 3 cr. (Spring)
Critical examination and interpretation of the research process. Methods and theory used in the behavioral sciences in obtaining, interpreting, and presenting data. Prerequisite: 92-280 and 92-281 or consent of instructor.92-389/589 Sociology of Education 3 cr. (Fall-even years)
Includes a consideration of formal and non-formal education and of social factors that influence what is learned. The process of learning in interaction with others is considered. (92-389/589 does not substitute for 11-403) Prerequisite: 92-101.92-407 Special Topics in Sociology 3 cr.
Application of sociological principles and procedures to current public issues or special topics in sociology. The topics studied will reflect areas of special demand or new developments in sociology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.92-456 Related Readings in Sociology 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.92-467 Internship in Sociology 1-8 cr.
This course is intended as a capstone course for Sociology Majors. Students must have a project supervisor from the Sociology Department and an approved internship. A supervised field experience accompanied by a sociological analysis of the germane interaction system. Prerequisites: 92-275 or consent of instructor.92-474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be "Honors Thesis." Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: University scholar status and junior standing.92-481 Senior Research Project 3 cr.
This is a senior research course intended as a capstone experience for sociology majors. Students must have a project supervisor from the Sociology Department and an approved research proposal before registering for this course. Prerequisite: 92-281 or consent of instructor.
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