SOCI- 101S. Introduction to Sociology. 4 credits.
Analysis of human interaction. Focus upon social structure, culture, socialization, and the nature of basic institutions and social processes. Occasional writing intensive sections. Every semester.
SOCI- 110C/S. Cultural Anthropology. 4 credits.
Introduction to cultural anthropology, paying particular attention to the concept of culture and to the cultural patterns around the world. Topics include fieldwork method, institutions of society, and symbols and meaning. The student reads descriptions of societies from different ethnographic areas, including the United States. Occasional writing intensive sections. Every year.
SOCI- 201. Topics in Sociology/Anthropology. 2-4 credits.
Courses in areas of special interest not covered in regular course offerings. Alternate years. This course may be repeated for credit.
SOCI- 210S. Sociology of Family. 4 credits.
Sociocultural study of marriage and the family with emphasis on variations in organization, function and value orientation arising from status, ethnic and religious differences. Implications for family life in American society. Writing Intensive. Every year.
SOCI- 212. Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 2-4 credits.
Courses in areas of criminology and criminal justice not covered in regular course offerings. Every year. This course may be repeated for credit.
SOCI- 214S. Penology and Social Control. 4 credits.
A critical examination of topics related to penology, social control, and the use of imprisonment in modern societies. Every third year.
SOCI- 245C/S. Gender and Society. 4 credits.
Gender is a key component of all human groups. Topics to be covered include gender roles, division of labor by gender, gender inequalities, gender relations in production and reproduction, and symbolic expression of gender differences. May be taught from either an anthropological or a sociological perspective. Alternate years.
SOCI- 250S. Sociology of Deviance. 4 credits.
Analysis of deviance as an interactive process with emphasis on the social context of deviance and the process by which deviants are socially defined. Every year.
SOCI- 270S. Sociology of Minority Groups. 4 credits.
Meaning and nature of minority groups, theories and patterns of interaction, and current trends and problems. Every year.
SOCI- 277C/R. Islam and Islamic Societies. 4 credits.
A sociocultural introduction to the beliefs and practices of Islam, including a review of its development from its origins in the Middle East to its spread around the globe; evaluation of the place of Islam in shaping modern Islamic societies and cultures, with special attention to Muslim family relations; assessment of the experience of Muslims in societies where they form a minority population, including the United States; and consideration of the role of Islam in contemporary world affairs. Alternate years.
SOCI- 290C/S. Global Change. 4 credits.
Critical examination of the major theories of social change with respect to the emergence of global political and economic systems. Topics include the industrial revolution and colonialism as well as modernization, socioeconomic development, with a particular focus on understanding issues significant to the Third World. Every year.
SOCI- 292S. Population Problems. 4 credits.
Population theories, problems of population growth, birth and death rates, and sociocultural factors in the composition and distribution of population. Every third year.
SOCI- 296S. Urban Sociology. 4 credits.
Exploration of urban studies, e.g., urban culture, lifestyle problems of institutional sectors, social change and planned development. Alternate years.
SOCI- 301. Special Topics in Sociology/Anthropology. 2-4 credits.
Courses in special areas of the discipline, e.g., sociology of education, contemporary social problems, collective behavior, etc. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Alternate years. This course may be repeated for credit.
SOCI- 307. Research Methods. 5 credits.
Overview of the fundamental concepts and methods of sociological research providing experience with all phases of research from conceptualization and design through data-gathering, analysis, and the reporting of results. Descriptive and inferential statistics are used in the course. Includes both field and laboratory components. To be taken by all majors during their junior year before Senior Thesis. Prerequisites: SOCI 101S and minimum math placement 23. Writing and math intensive. Every year.
SOCI- 312. Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 2-4 credits.
Courses in criminology and criminal justice that cover material different from that of regular offerings. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Alternate years. This course may be repeated for credit.
SOCI- 314. Women and Crime. 4 credits.
This course considers historical and contemporary issues of girls and women involved in crime. We will examine such topics as the gender difference in offending, theoretical explanations for female offending, the social construction of offending women, the social construction of masculinities leading to violence against women, and the sexualization and criminalization of women’s bodies. We will also explore the challenges for women working in the CJ system.
SOCI- 330S. Wealth, Power, and Poverty. 4 credits.
Theoretical aspects and empirical studies of social classes, their origins, and characteristics with specific reference to the United States. Prerequisites: One sociology course of at least three credits. Alternate years.
SOCI- 340R. Sociology of Religion. 4 credits.
Examination of the structure and functioning of religious organizations and institutions, their relationships to the social structure and their role in social change. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Writing intensive. Alternate years.
SOCI- 350S. Race and Ethnicity. 4 credits.
Race and ethnicity continue to be important markers of identity, stratification, and political action. This course will expose students to concepts and theories that can promote an understanding of the roles of race and ethnicity in contemporary society and guide new ways of thinking about these issues. Specifically, the course will introduce students to the sociological analysis of race and ethnic group membership in its various historical and geographical contexts, especially that of the contemporary United States. Why has racial/ethnic group membership remained a salient factor in social life? What factors perpetuate racial/ethnic stratification in our society? When does racial/ethnic group membership form the basis of social and political mobilization? Key concepts will be critically evaluated, with attention drawn to their ideological basis, explanatory power, and policy implications. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the social issues under study and their relevance to their own lives as members of a multi-ethnic society. No prerequisites required.
SOCI- 360. Sociological Theory. 4 credits.
Fundamental concepts of the discipline and their interrelationships in general theories of society. The relationships between theory and research, theory and philosophical presuppositions, and theory and social structure. To be taken by each major, preferably in the junior year. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Writing intensive. Every year.
SOCI- 364. Political Sociology. 4 credits.
Analysis of the role of power in society especially as institutionalized in the polity, with an emphasis on how political processes are related to the economy, education, family and religion. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Writing intensive. Every year.
SOCI- 370. Criminology and Criminological Theory. 4 credits.
Theories of the nature and extent of crime, factors conditioning criminal behavior, methods of punishment and rehabilitation, and programs of crime prevention. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Occasional writing-intensive sections. Every years.
SOCI- 376S. Law and Society. 4 credits.
Study of the functioning of both the formal structure and informal mechanisms of the legal domain within a society. Topics include the use of law as social control, the conflict-resolution function of the law and the structure of legal organizations. May be taught from either a sociological or anthropological perspective. Prerequisites: One sociology course of at least three credits. Alternate years.
SOCI- 380. Identity, Self and Society. 4 credits.
Examination of the concepts of identity and identity formation to construct a more integrated view of self and society and to assess the value of these concepts for understanding human behavior. Draws upon various behavioral science materials. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Writing intensive. Alternate years.
SOCI- 390C. Russian and Central Eurasian Societies and Cultures. 4 credits.
Analysis of the societies and cultures of the post-Soviet realm, emphasizing family life, religion, stratification, politics, law and education. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Writing intensive. Alternate years.
SOCI- 430. Seminar. 4 credits.
Exploration of areas such as social theory, research methods, human ecology and population, social psychology, social organization and anthropology. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. Writing intensive. Every third year. This course may be repeated for credit.
SOCI- 490. Independent Study. 2-4 credits.
Individual research elected by the student in consultation with the department faculty. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. This course may be repeated for credit but only four credits can be counted toward the major in Sociology. Can be used for the minor in Sociology only with departmental approval.
SOCI- 491. Internship. 2-4 credits.
Work-study course that provides opportunity to observe decision-making processes, relate course materials to practical problems and participate appropriately in a work environment. Prerequisite: One sociology course of at least three credits. This course may be repeated for credit but only four credits can be counted toward the major in Sociology. Can be used for the minor in Sociology only with departmental approval.
SOCI- 498. Senior Thesis. 4 credits.
Comprehensive written project and an oral defense. The thesis is a requirement of each major. For further details on the structure of the senior thesis requirement, please consult the department’s designated senior adviser. Prerequisites: Sociology 307 and completion of an approved statistics course (Psychology 107, Mathematics 127 or 227, or Business 210). Sociology 360 must be completed or taken concurrently with Sociology 498. Writing intensive. Every year.
SOCI- 499. Honors Thesis/Project.
Prerequisite: 3.50 GPA and permission of the Department Chair.