Course Descriptions

601. Data Management and Analysis.
Codebook design; management of data files; orientation to microcomputer software; bivariate statistical analysis.
Credit Hours: 3

702. Proseminar on the Profession. Introduction to the profession of sociology.
Credit Hours: 1
 
703. Regression Analysis.
Bivariate and multivariate statistical analysis.
Prerequisite: undergraduate statistics or permission of instructor.
Credit Hours: 3

704. Categorical Data Analysis.
Analysis with dichotomous, ordinal, and multinomial (polytomous) dependent variables. Topics include contingency table analysis, logistic (logit) models, probit models, Poisson models, negative binomial models, loglinear models, models for counts, and models for limited outcomes.
Prerequisite: SOC 703 or permission of instructor.
Credit Hours: 3

705. Advanced Research Methods.
 Developing sociologically important research questions and identifying appropriate strategies to answer these questions in ways that are scientifically valid.
Prerequisite: SOC 703 or equivalent.
Credit Hours: 3

706. Advanced Longitudinal and Multi-Level Data Analysis.
Topics in advanced longitudinal analysis including techniques such as repeated cross-sections, time series regression, event history analysis, and growth curve modeling.
Credit Hours: 3

711. Qualitative Methods.
Gaining access to research settings; ethnographic field strategies; developing and analyzing field notes; in-depth interviewing and focus groups; the interrelationships between research and thinking theoretically; writing research reports.
Credit Hours: 3

712. Theory Construction.
Logic of constructing theories; issues in the philosophy of science.
Credit Hours: 3

713.  Introduction to Applied Sociological Research Methods.
Overview of methodologies used in applied social science research; major emphases includes components of the research process, problem conceptualization, research design, measurement, sampling, questionnaire development, modes of data collection, and ethical issues in both quantitative and qualitative research.    
Credit Hours: 3
 
714. Survey Research Methods.
Survey design, sampling, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and report writing.
Credit Hours: 3

715.  Program Evaluation. 
Topics associated with the use of social sciences to evaluate programs, including appropriate measures of quality; selection of evaluation methodology; accuracy, reliability and validity of measures.
Credit Hours: 3

716. Social Stratification.
Theories of inequality; race and ethnic inequality, gender inequality, and international inequality.
Credit Hours: 3

720. Classical Theory
The major works of classical sociological theorists, including Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Simmel.
Credit Hours: 3

722. Contemporary Theory.
Review of late 20th century and early 21st century sociological theories and issues.
Credit Hours: 3

723.  Applied Sociological Theory.  
21st century sociological theory at the micro, meso, and macro levels.
Credit Hours: 3

726.  Applied Sociology.   
An overview of the field of applied sociology with special attention to current trends and issues in the application of social sciences in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Credit Hours: 3

727.  Applied Social Psychology.       
Examination of how social psychological theory and evidence are applied to understanding and addressing social and practical problem on such topics as health, education, criminal justice, community, environment, and diversity.  
Credit Hours: 3

728.  Teaching Sociology. 
Using current knowledge about cognition and learning styles to improve classroom techniques for teaching sociology.
Credit Hours: 3

729.  Consumer Culture.
An exploration of theoretical understandings of consumer culture from Georg Simmel to Jean Baudrillard and their application to consumer research.
Credit Hours: 3

731. Health Disparities among Children and Adolescents.
Seminar focusing on socioeconomic and race/ethnic differentials in the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents, as the policies and programs aimed at improving children's health and reducing disparities.  This class will draw on the scholarly literature in the interrelated fields of demography, public health, health policy, and sociology.
Credit Hours: 3
     
734. Global Health.
Cross-cultural, comparative analysis of health and health care delivery systems in both industrialized and developing countries.
Credit Hours: 3

735. Special Topics in Global Health.
Analysis of selected topics in the field of international health and medical sociology.
Credit Hours: 3

737. Practicum in Innovation, Creativity and Applied Sociology.  
Directed activities that allow students to develop innovative ways to apply social sciences to challenges faced by society, business, and government.
Credit Hours: 3

740. Deviant Behavior.
Contemporary social psychological theories of deviant behavior; recent empirical findings.
Credit Hours: 3


745. Sociological Practice. 
Advancing sociologically-informed research and practice, to further public discussion of sociological issues, and to promote the use of sociology to inform public policy.
Credit Hours: 3

755. Race/Ethnicity and Health.  
Race/ethnic differences in mental and physical health.
Credit Hours: 3

756. Gender and Health.  
The health costs and benefits of being female or male in society.
Credit Hours: 3

759. Social Gerontology.
Structural and behavioral implications of older adulthood; relationship of older adults to political, economic, educational, medical, religious, and other structures in society.
Credit Hours: 3

760. Sociology of Death and Dying.
Sociological, social psychological and existential perspectives on death and dying; recent trends in definition, distribution, and practices surrounding death and dying.
Credit Hours: 3
 
770. Techniques of Population Analysis.
Composition of population; constructing life tables; population estimation and projection; migration.
Credit Hours: 3

775. Place and Health.
Population distributions and spatial patterns in cities, the ecology of risk, neighborhood disorder and disadvantage and its impact on the health and wellbeing of populations and individuals.
Credit Hours: 3

776. Capstone Project.  
A faculty-directed research project, undertaken at the conclusion of the program, that provides an opportunity to synthesize all previous course material. 
Credit Hours: 6

778. Demography.
Effect of population processes such as birth, death, migration, and marriage on growth, decline, composition, and distribution of populations.
Credit Hours: 3

780. Advanced Medical Sociology.
Theory and research in medical sociology; systematic overview of relevant literature.
Credit Hours: 3

781. Sociology of Health and Illness.
Social causes of health and illness.
Credit Hours: 3

783. Health Care Delivery Systems.
Sociological methods and concepts in health care institutions; health care policy.
Credit Hours: 3

785. Family and Health.
Effects of family structure and family process on health outcomes.
Credit Hours: 3

786. Health Disparities.
Prevalence, causes, and consequences of health and mental health problems for special populations; such as homeless, poor African-Americans and others; service delivery systems
Credit Hours: 3

787. Sociology of Mental Health.
Impact of life events and social supports on depression and other mental disorders; racial minorities, women, elderly, homeless.
Credit Hours: 3

788. Social Medicine.
Socioenvironmental factors in etiology of disease; social movements and health policy; medical ethics and broad ethical issues; place of social science in medical care.
Credit Hours: 3  

789.  Patient Care Relationships and Ethics.  
The use and potential impact of applied social science research in the delivery of health care services.
Credit Hours: 3

790-793. Seminar in Sociological Substantive Areas.
Prerequisites: Permission of advisor and graduate education director.
Credit Hours: 3

798. Nonthesis Research. Mentored research.
Credit Hours: 1-9

799. Thesis Research.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. candidacy.
Credit Hours: 1-6

798. Nondissertation Research. Mentored research.
Credit Hours: 1-9

799. Dissertation Research.
Prerequisite: Admission to Ph.D. candidacy.
Credit Hours: 1-9