Sociology Course Descriptions

Sociology Undergraduate Course List



200-Level Courses

300-Level Courses

400-Level Courses


 

SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
Human social life, its forms and consequences for everyday life. Social inequality and differentiation by race, ethnicity, class and gender.
Credit Hours: 3
 

SOC120 Introduction to Social Psychology
How societies and groups affect perception of self and others; emotional climate and structure of group interaction; processes and dynamics of group leadership, interaction, and dissolution.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC130 Intimate Relations and the Family
Contemporary trends of marriage, cohabiting and partnerships; dating and courtship; social and psychological factors in mate selection; marital adjustment; role of sex, money, and children in marriage; divorce, other crisis situations, and changing patterns of family relationships in U.S. including the increase in LGBT families.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC135 Human Sexuality
Social basis of sexual interaction; varieties of sexual interaction; sexuality related to daily life; attitudes, contraceptive use, and fertility and fecundity; sex role controversies; relation to institutions such as family, religion, medicine, and education; social definitions as determinants of behavior.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 200 Social Change
Change as ever present feature of contemporary, global societies. Comparative analysis of the impact of change of societies and citizens in Developed and Lesser Countries. Application of change theories to contemporary issues.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 220 Changing Gender Roles
This course discusses the presumed biological differences; socialization differences of females and males; positions in and treatment by major institutions such as educations, religion and economy; finfluence of gender labeling on development and lives of individuals.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 230 Family and Kinship
Structure and dynamics of family institutions and kinship systems in cross-cultural perspective over time and space; theoretical implications of family’s relationship to social and technological environment, and the impact of globalization.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 235 Sociology of Religion
Social aspects of individual religious experience; organization of churches and sects; relationships among religion, science, and oter institutions; Major faith groups: religion and global conflict. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 240 Family Conflict and Violence
Origins, manifestations, effects, controls, and rehabilitation aspects of family conflict and violence.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 245 Contemporary Social Problems
How certain social conditions or behaviors come to be seen as social problems, why social problems persist and how they can be changed. Emphasis on understanding contemporary issues, and how diverse social groups are impacted by them. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 250 Race and Ethnic Relations
Various ethnic and racial groups, with emphasis on theory and research on intergroup relations; internal structure, culture, and experiences of ethnic groupsm with emphasis on contemporary American society. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 260 Sociology of Work
Social organization of occupations; role and function in modern industrial society; gender and race; professionalism, occupational choice, and careers and stress; labor force composition, unemployment, and retirement.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 275 Urban Sociology (Also UA 270)
Lifestyle changes in urban society; social and demographic characteristics of cities; benefits and problems resulting from these characteristics; urban problems compared with rural and suburban problems.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 278 Global and International Sociology
Globalization is a pervasive feature of contemporary social life. A world economy, a world polity, and a world culture are rapidly expanding. This course examines globalization's aspects and impacts to begin understanding its causes, effects, and implication for our own lives.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 280 Introduction to Medical Sociology
Social and cultural factors in defining health and illness; social determinants of health; health and illness behavior; health professionals; organization and delivery of health care in the U.S. (This course was formerly titled Health and Society)
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 282 Minority Health
The relationship between race, ethnicity, health, social and behavioral factors, and health policy. Health related issues specific to various racial and ethnic groups will be discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 283 The Sociology of Mental Health
Examination of mental health and illness in its social context, the social construction of mental health and illness, the interrelationships between social structure, social factors, stress, coping resources, and mental health experiences of mental health and illness
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 285 Introduction to Aging (Also GER 285)
Aging experience in modern world. Theories of aging, dimensions of aging, everyday concerns associated with aging, and future prospects of aging.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 290-295 Special Topics in Sociology
Varies in content. May be repeated for credit but topic may not be repeated.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 1 to 3


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SOC 315 The Sociology of Terrorism
Examination of the social and social psychological explanations of the phenomenon, with particular emphasis given to theories of social construction of terrorism.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 316 Popular Culture
Relationship between popular culture, our cultural heritage, and present cultural identity. Connections with big business, music, sports, politics, film and mass media. Analyze cultural objects (movies), compare past mindsets with the present. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 317 Sociology of Social Media
Communication and information technology as a product of social, economic, political, cultural forces. Its impact on everyday life. Focus on the Internet and how individuals use it to gather, distribute, and convey information.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 320 Sociology Through Fiction
Sociological theories and concepts as illustrated in contemporary fiction. Classes will vary in terms of the fictional genre explored.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 323 Social Structure and Personality
Interaction of social structure and personality; motivation, cognition, and impact of family, social class, and other institutions on personality development and mental illness. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 335 Human Sexuality: A Comparative Approach
Sexual identity from a sociological perspective. Topics include: theories of sexual orientation, social movements related to sexual identity, development of sexual identity over the life course, and relationship to social institutions such as the family, medical community, and legal system. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 336 Sport and Society
Sociological analysis of sport in contemporary societies. Sport as microcosm of society and modern institution; socialization process, problems of racial and sexual inequality, aggression and violence, mass media, and societal change.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 340 Deviant Behavior
How and why certain behaviors, thoughts, and characteristics are labeled deviant; how and why certain individuals are labeled; consequences of being labeled; individual and group conflict; socialization to deviance; education; law enforcement; institutions; influence on family and friends.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 350 Sociology of Hip Hop
Examines the emergence and impact of Hip Hop music and culture from historical, aesthetic, and sociopolitical perspectives.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 360 Sociology of Work
Social organization of occupations; role and function in modern industrial society; gender and race; professionalism,
occupational choice, and careers and stress; labor force composition, unemployment, and retirement.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 370 Population Problems
Scope and method of population analysis; analysis of growth, distribution of characteristics, and changes of population of U.S.; impact of changes in population structure on American and world society.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 383 Drugs and Society
Variety of legal and illegal drugs in use in our society, their history, their social effects, and strategies for control and prevention of their abuse.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 385 Social Psychology of Aging (Also GER 385)
Behavioral and structural relationships of aged population in America. Aging and interpersonal behavior, aging and social structure, and aging and social intervention. 
Credit Hours: 3

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SOC 395. HIV/AIDS and Society
This course explores the social impact of HIV/AIDS in local, national, and international contexts, focusing on how society has responded to and changed as a result of HIV/AIDS, including public health surveillance and interventions, policies and funding for prevention/research, and broader cultural changes.
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 404 Survey Research Methods

Current best practices in survey research and applied experience in designing, administering, and analyzing data from surveys. Useful for marketing, polling, etc. 
Prerequisite: SOC 410
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 405 Mind, Self and Society
Symbolic interaction as major theoretical perspective of sociological social psychology; origins of approach in Mead, Blumer, and Goffman. Significance of concepts such as role-taking, impression management, self, identity and symbolic interaction. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 407 Development of Sociological Theory
Social thought from earliest classic thinkers to current sociological theories; interrelationship between sociological theory and research; how theories are constructed; application of theory to contemporary problems through various writing assignments.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 410 Social Statistics
Elementary techniques and analysis; preparation and use of graphs and tables; measures of central tendency and dispersion; probability and sampling; tests of significance and measurements of association. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: MA 102 or MA 110
Credit Hours: 4

SOC 410L Social Statistics Lab
Credit Hours: 0


SOC 415 Social Stratification (Also UA 415)
Inequality of wealth, prestige, and power distribution examined as caste-class differences; effect of stratification on individuals and their behavior, lifestyle, and life chances. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 416 Sociology of the South
Focus on the South as a unique region. Race relations are the organizing principle. Examines areas such as history, politics, religion, music, personality, social types and collective behavior.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 417 Political Sociology
Political sociology traces the relationships between political ideas, government structures, social life, and the neverending efforts of individuals and groups to modify these relationships to achieve their best notions of the good life.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 420 - Sociology of Emotions
Sociological approaches and issues in the study of emotions including; emotional socialization and control, emotion work, emotion management, feeling restless, and the relationship of macro, meso and micro social structures and processes to emotions.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 431. Environmental Sociology
Examines the interaction between the biophysical environment and human society, how social processes, define, construct, and altar the environment, and human causes and consequences of environmental problems.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 455 Minority Aging
Cross-racial/ethnic exploration on national level of special problems of minority aged groups such as Latinos, Blacks, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Pacific-Asians, and American Indians. Family, church, health care, housing, adult education, retirement, income, and recreation.
Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission from instructor
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 456 Death and Dying (Also GER 456)
Death, dying, and bereavement from sociological and social psychological perspectives. 
Credit Hours: 3

SOC 457 The Aging Family
This course examines family relationships from middle to late adulthood from a sociological perspective. We examine issues such as caregiving, preparing for retirement, family relationships and how they vary depending on family structure, effects of divorce and remarriage, parenting at older ages and assisted reproductive technologies, transfers and saving, family ties etc. Much of the class is oriented towards how later life experiences are guided by earlier life situations.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 459 Aging: Policy and Programs
Analysis of American social policies on aging and aged. Survey of related legislation, programs, and services. Special focus on evaluating effects of policies and programs for aged.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 469 Sociology of Aging (Also GER 469)
How roles and statuses change with age in relation to major social institutions; adjustments people make to such changes. Aging population’s impact on society and effect of society on aged.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 470 Urban Ecology
Spatial distribution of social, demographic, and physical factors in urban environment; distribution of population by age, race and class; competition for land between businesses and home owners; consequences of local ecology for poverty, health, etc. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 472 Homelessness: Causes and Consequences
Current problems of homelessness in U.S. history, health, mental health, poverty, public attitudes, and government policy. 
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 480 Sociology of Health and Illness
Critical evaluation of medical care system and health policy; social consequences of current health issues; social causes of health and illness; alternative practitioners and self-help groups.(This course wwas formerly titled Medical Sociology
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 482 - Gender and Health
Sociological, psychological and biological explanations of gender differences in mental and physical health across the life course.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 488 Sociological Practice (Also GER 488)
Students will be involved in community research and/or service-learning projects related to a substantive area of sociology or gerontology. Placement in community organizations to focus on research or practice related to social policy.
Prerequisite: SOC 100 and 6 more credits of sociology or gerontology, or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 489 The Research Experience
Application of the basic tools of inquiry in sociological research; basic ethical issues in research. Forming the research question; hypothesis testing; measurement, sampling, validity and reliability; data gathering techniques; research design; data management; disciplinary standards for writing the research proposal and reporting findings. For students in their last 30 hours of coursework.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 489L The Research Experience Lab
Laboratory component of the Capstone course, required of all Sociology majors.
Credit Hours: 0


SOC 490-495 Independent Study:  Sociology
Individually designed programs for semi-independent research or guided readings in areas and subjects otherwise unavailable. Irregularly offered courses on special topics in sociology. Varies in content. May be repeated for credit but topic may not be repeated.
Prerequisite: SOC 100
Credit Hours: 1 to 3

 

SOC 498 Sociology Honors Seminar
Special seminar for sociology honors students.
Prerequisite: admission to the Sociology Honors Program and permission of the Undergraduate Director in Sociology.
Credit Hours: 3


SOC 499 Sociology Honors Thesis
Sociology Honors Thesis.
Prerequisite: SOC 498
Credit Hours: 3

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