UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

SOCIOLOGY



Gerard J. Grzyb, Chairperson
Department Office: Swart 317
Department Telephone: 920-424-2030

Code 92 or SOC

I. FACULTY

Grzyb, Martin, Remender, Smith, Stark, Wells

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Sociology can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program. However, students who complete a major in our Department may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in these programs: the Master of Business Administration program, the Master of Public Administration or Master of Science in Education-Counseling programs.

For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. THE GOAL(S)
The curricular goals of the Department of Sociology are established upon the principle of active learning. Through active engagement in learning, students will be challenged to: (1) become increasingly sophisticated in the formulation and application of sociological analyses, and (2) continually refine their practical skills of sociological inquiry. Building upon this principle, the curricular goals of the Sociology Department are that sociology majors will:

1. Understand the complex character of social reality.
2. Comprehend the interdependent influence of culture and social structure.
3. Analyze society at the macroscopic and microscopic levels.
4. Comprehend the reciprocal relationship between individuals and society.
5. Become aware of the internal diversity of American society and its place in the international context.
6. Obtain competence in the use of basic concepts in sociology.
7. Understand and appreciate the role of core concepts and theories in sociology.
8. Establish methodological competence.
9. Study selected areas in depth.
10. Identify implications and applications of sociological principles by means of internships or research projects.

The Sociology Faculty endorses teaching and learning strategies which result simultaneously in the attainment of these curricular goals and the following specific skills:
1. The ability to think critically and analytically about social situations, problems and issues.
2. The ability to identify and analyze value orientations in social relations and institutions.
3. The ability to effectively adapt appropriate methodological strategies to specific problems and contexts.
4. The ability to use computers appropriately and effectively in the conduct of sociological analysis.
5. The ability to appropriately and effectively use basic statistics.
6. The ability to appropriately and effectively use basic observational and interpretive skills.
7. The ability to communicate the results of sociological analysis clearly and effectively.

2. THE MAJOR(S)
The Department offers one major: 1) Sociology.

Comment:
Completion of the Sociology major fulfills the Ethnic Studies requirement.

3. THE MINOR(S)
The Department offers two minor(s): 1) Sociology; 2) Sociology - Elementary Education

Comment:
The Department of Sociology offers courses that encourage students to think more carefully about the social relationships they experience and observe. These courses aid the student in thinking more clearly about interpersonal relationships, social organization, the nature of modern society, and how to put this knowledge into practice. New majors must be prepared for a challenging intellectual experience.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Sociology major or minor. Refer to the following for complete major/minor course requirements.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

None

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. SOCIOLOGY MAJOR
Recommended for students who seek a broad social science background at the bachelor’s level as preparation for graduate work and work in the areas of teaching, general management, the helping professions, survey and market research, law and theology.

Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Sociology: Sociology 101, 280, 281, 381, 303, 305
See following paragraphs for courses required in specific emphases.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Sociology to meet the Minimum Requirement.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. SOCIOLOGY MINOR
Recommended for students who are majoring in Business Administration, or disciplines within the natural and physical sciences, social sciences or humanities.

Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Sociology: Sociology 101

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Sociology to meet the Minimum Requirement.

Comment:
Students who complete the electives specified above may be eligible for Sociology 467, Internship in Sociology, 1-8 units (crs.).

2. SOCIOLOGY-ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MINOR
Recommended for students who desire a strong background in sociology. This minor can be taken only in combination with an Elementary Education major.

Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Sociology: Sociology 101, 151, 18 units (crs.) of sociology electives

VIII. COURSE OFFERINGS

Sociology 101 3 units (crs.)
Introductory Sociology (SS)
Orientation to the sociological perspective. Basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions. (Fall-Spring)

Sociology 103 1-3 units (crs.)
Honors: Introductory Sociology (SS)
Orientation to the sociological perspective. Exploration of basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions.

Sociology 151 3 units (crs.)
Modern Social Problems (SS)
A study of major social problems confronting our society; personal and social disorganization, crime, juvenile delinquency, race and other selected problems. (Fall-Spring)

Sociology 207 3 units (crs.)
Social Processes and Social Structures
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.

Sociology 209 3 units (crs.)
Special Topics in Sociology
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.

Sociology 261 3 units (crs.)
Environment and Society (SS)
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. Credit cannot be received for both Environmental Studies 261 and Sociology 261.

Sociology 275 3 units (crs.)
Applied Sociology
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. (Fall)

Sociology 280 1 unit (cr.)
Social Statistics Computer Lab
Introduction to computerized statistics using SPSS for Windows. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Sociology 281 or consent of instructor (Sociology 280 should never be taken prior to Sociology 281). (Fall)

Sociology 281 1-3 units (crs.)
Social Statistics
Basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, interval estimation, hypotheses testing, and measures of association. Prerequisite: Sociology majors should enroll concurrently in Sociology 280 and 281. All other majors enrolled in Sociology 281 are not required to enroll in Sociology 280. (Sociology 280 should never be taken prior to Sociology 281.) (Fall)

Sociology 282 3 units (crs.)
Society Through Film
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: Sociology 101 or 151. Strongly recommended: 6-9 units (crs.) in Sociology. (Summer)

Sociology 303 3 units (crs.)
Classical Sociological Theory
Sociological theory from the European Enlightenment to 1930. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. Strongly recommended: Minimum 6 units (crs.) in Sociology. (Fall)

Sociology 305 3 units (crs.)
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Sociological theory since 1930. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. (Spring)

Sociology 307 3 units (crs.)
Propaganda and Public Opinion
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: Sociology 101. (Spring-even years)

Sociology 309 1-3 units (crs.)
Teaching Practice in Sociology
This course number is reserved for students serving as teaching assistants. Students are permitted to take the course for credit twice (maximum of 6 units (crs.)). Prerequisite: Consent of department chair and instructor. See the departmental secretary for a list of the requirements

Sociology 311 3 units (crs.)
Sociology of the Modern City
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: Sociology 101. (Fall-odd years)

Sociology 313 3 units (crs.)
Rural Sociology
Groups and institutions in rural society. Changing relationships between country, town, and city in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. 313/513 (Fall-odd years)

Sociology 315 3 units (crs.)
Population Problems
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: Sociology 101. (Fall)

Sociology 321 3 units (crs.)
Social Psychology
The relationship of the individual to others, social groups, and society. The development of personality and the self. Motivation, attitudes, communication, prejudice, and leadership. (Sociology 321 and Psychology 205 may not both be counted toward the units (crs.) needed for graduation.) Prerequisite: Sociology 101. 321/521 (Spring)

Sociology 325 3 units (crs.)
Collective Behavior and Social Movements
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: Sociology 101. Strongly recommended: Minimum of 6 units (crs.) in Sociology. (Spring-even years)

Sociology 331 3 units (crs.)
Social Stratification
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: Sociology 101. (Spring)

Sociology 335 3 units (crs.)
Social Gerontology
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: Sociology 101. (Spring)

Sociology 337 3 units (crs.)
Work, Industry, and Occupation
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. 337/537 (Fall-even years)

Sociology 339 3 units (crs.)
Sociology of the Family
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: Sociology 101. 339/539 (Spring)

Sociology 342 3 units (crs.)
Social Ecology
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.

Sociology 351 3 units (crs.)
Criminology
The study of criminal behavior. Theories of causation and societal reactions to crime and criminals. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. Strongly recommended: Sociology 151. (Fall)

Sociology 353 3 units (crs.)
Juvenile Delinquency
Varieties and extent of delinquency. Causal explanation and research findings. Programs for treatment of delinquents and prevention of delinquency. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. 353/553 (Spring)

Sociology 355 3 units (crs.)
Social Control
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: Sociology 101. (Fall)

Sociology 359 3 units (crs.)
Minority Groups (ES)
Racial cultural minority groups in the United States. Prejudice. Types of discrimination. Social processes in intergroup relations. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. Strongly recommended: Sociology 151. (Fall)

Sociology 361 3 units (crs.)
Complex Organizations
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: Sociology 101.(Fall-odd years)

Sociology 365 3 units (crs.)
Processes of Social Disorganization
Sociological and non-sociological conceptions, explanations and theories of social problems and of social control. Analysis of factors underlying social and personal maladjustment. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. Strongly recommended: Sociology 151.

Sociology 369 3 units (crs.)
Sociology of Deviance
Sociological conceptions of the nature of deviance, its origin, its control, and the social processes which define behavior as deviant. Fieldwork included. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 and 151. (Spring)

Sociology 371 3 units (crs.)
Sociology of Mental Disorder
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.

Sociology 373 3 units (crs.)
Sociology of Law
The relationship between law and society; sociological analyses of the law in action. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. (Fall)

Sociology 381 3 units (crs.)
Social Research
Critical examination and interpretation of the research process. Methods and theory used in the behavioral sciences in obtaining, interpreting, and presenting data. Prerequisite: Sociology 280 and Sociology 281 or consent of instructor. (Spring)

Sociology 389 3 units (crs.)
Sociology of Education
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. (Sociology 389/589 does not substitute for General Education 403) Prerequisite: Sociology 101. 389/589 (Fall-even years)
Sociology 407 1-8 units (crs.)
Special Topics in Sociology
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.

Sociology 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Sociology 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Sociology 467 1-8 units (crs.)
Internship in Sociology
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. Prerequisite: Sociology 275 or consent of instructor.

Sociology 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors: Thesis
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. Prerequisite: University Honors program and junior standing. Maximum of 6 units (crs.).

Sociology 481 3 units (crs.)
Senior Research Project
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: Sociology 281 or consent of instructor.
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Last Updated July 1, 2001