Courses


SOCI 100 Culture, Ethnicity & Race:US 3.00 credits
This course examines issues concerned with culture, ethnicity, and race as unique to the United States experience. The course will focus on the structures and circumstances that promote racist ideology; the nature of prejudice and discrimination, as well as survival and resistance strategies. This course is designed to serve non-majors and non-minors in sociology. This course does not count towards the sociology major or minor requirement.
 
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.00 credits
A general survey of the field of sociology and how human society works. Materials focus on an understanding of modern societies.
 
SOCI 190 Directed Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 200 Social Probl, Sol & Soc Change 3.00 credits
This is a course on the study of major social problems. Specifically the course will demonstrate how sociology skills can be employed to bring about social change.
 
SOCI 202 Statistics for Social Science 3.00 credits
An introduction to the basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on social scientific applications.
 
Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Minimum Grade: D or CRIM 101 Minimum Grade: D
SOCI 221 Sociology of South Africa 3.00 credits
A sociological analysis of South Africa within the context of race, power, leadership, justice struggle, forgiveness, healing and social transformation from mid-twentieth century to the present. Course required for students planning to participate in the South Africa study abroad program.
 
SOCI 244 Sex, Gender and Society 3.00 credits
Explores theories and research on the constructions of masculinity and femininity and how these influence our individual lives and social institutions.
 
Equivalent: WGST 201 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
SOCI 283 Sociology of Health & Medicine 3.00 credits
This course examines the social context of health, illness and health care. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of culture and social inequality on health, the interaction of various health care professionals and political debates about the health care system.
 
SOCI 290 Directed Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 295 Special Topics 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 304 Research Methods 4.00 credits
Provides training and experience designing, conducting, and analyzing social research through projects using surveys, interviews, and observation. The course is useful for students contemplating careers in which knowledge concerning people (customers, clients, employees, students, etc.) is needed for testing theories, making decisions, targeting appeals, etc. Required for all majors.
 
SOCI 311 Classical Social Theory 3.00 credits
Analyzes the theories developed by Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and others during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how these continue to influence the work of sociologists today. Invites students to examine their own practices of theorizing.
 
SOCI 312 Contemporary Social Theory 3.00 credits
Explores the major strategies for sociological theorizing developed during the twentieth century in America and western Europe. Considers how constructions of modernity and postmoderninty are central to understanding what theorizing means and what it can contribute to our work as sociologists and as citizens.
 
Prerequisite: SOCI 311 Minimum Grade: D or SOCI 411 Minimum Grade: D
SOCI 322 Latin American Society 3.00 credits
An overview of Latin American development. Several socio-economic factors are examined. Development issues are broadly conceptualized within economic, demographic, and cultural dimensions. These variables are viewed as overlapping forces influencing development.
 
Equivalent: INST 315 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
SOCI 323 Race and Minority Relations 3.00 credits
A consideration, through theory and research, of the concepts of race; racial conflicts; ethnic, political, sexual, and religious minorities; and the modes of adjustment to such situations.
 
SOCI 325 Mexican American Experience 3.00 credits
Course will study the historical development of Mexican American society, culture and community from 1848 to the present. Sociological themes of assimilation and cultural pluralism will provide the foundation for the analysis of this ethnic group. Team-taught in English.
 
SOCI 326 East Asian Society 3.00 credits
As a socio-historical survey of China, Korea and Japan from 1800 to the present, this course examines the political, economic, ideological and cultural transformations within East Asia through the transformative processes of imperialism, colonialism, modernization, war and revolution, and globalization. By exploring how cultural, social and political dimensions overlap and influence economic development, students gain insight into contemporary social change, representation and power in East Asia.
 
SOCI 327 Social & Economic Inequalities 3.00 credits
Examines the distribution of such social rewards as income, power, style of life, wealth, and prestige among members of a society. Also considers a variety of sociological explanations for the distribution of rewards; compares and contrasts stratification systems across societies.
 
SOCI 328 Social Change 3.00 credits
Studies change in both individual and social structures. Emphasis on change at the societal level, especially with regard to the emergence of the modern industrial order and the possible future of this type of society.
 
SOCI 329 Sociology of Culture 3.00 credits
Focus on analysis of rules and values that constitute American culture, especially in relation to how these are portrayed in mass media and the built environment.
 
SOCI 330 Society and the Individual 3.00 credits
Social psychology introduces novelty into the ancient pastime of speculating about human behavior and human groups by attempting to use scientific methods. This course focuses on the relationship between individuals and groups. It includes an examination of the impact of groups on individuals, and the impact of individuals on the groups to which they belong. Topics covered include friendship, leadership, influence, the self-concept, prejudice, and morality.
 
SOCI 332 Small Groups 3.00 credits
Studies the structure of small groups and examines the social processes that go on within them. Topics covered include allocation of power and prestige, leadership, friendship, conflict, group productivity, and decision making.
 
SOCI 333 Popular Culture and Film 3.00 credits
This course deals with contemporary film and the five social institutions of religion, economy, family, politics and education. Images of God, depiction of the family historically and currently, the value of education by ethnicity, evolving gender roles and distinctions, political rights and governmental intervention, and other social issues will be explored in depth primarily through the use of film.
 
SOCI 334 Collective Behavior 3.00 credits
Crowds, riots, protests, and social movements are the subject matter of this course. These forms of social behavior are often characterized by the spontaneous development of new norms and social organization that may contradict, reinterpret and/or challenge existing social arrangements. The purpose of this course is to examine the range of collectivities encompassed within the field of collective and social movement behavior, and their impact on society particularly their role in promoting social change and social justice.
 
SOCI 336 Socialization 3.00 credits
Much of what makes human life interesting and exciting revolves around personality - the complex cluster of traits that makes each of us unique. This course focuses on the way our experiences with others in the family, school, and at work shape our personalities while preparing us to become a part of society.
 
SOCI 337 Subcultures 3.00 credits
This course examines a specific type of social group- the subculture- and the relationship between subcultures and the larger culture. Students will review the historical development of subcultural studies, with dual emphasis on theory and methodology.
 
SOCI 342 Gender, Family and Society 3.00 credits
Examines images and practices of family life in American society. Uses historical material to show how ideals about family life have developed. Discusses definitions of "family" as political, with a special emphasis on the politics of gender. Connects debates over how to define and understand family with decisions about social policies.
 
Equivalent: WGST 360 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
SOCI 342 Gender, Family and Society 3.00 credits
Examines images and practices of family life in American society. Uses historical material to show how ideals about family life have developed. Discusses definitions of "family" as political, with a special emphasis on the politics of gender. Connects debates over how to define and understand family with decisions about social policies.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 360 - OK if taken between Fall 1996 and Fall 2009
SOCI 348 Sociology of Death and Dying 3.00 credits
Presents perspectives on dying and death as cultural constructions and socially organized practices. Emphasizes the connections between how people live and die in America today, especially in terms of the differences due to gender, age, race, and ethnicity.
 
SOCI 350 Deviant Behavior 3.00 credits
Knavery, skullduggery, cheating, crime, malingering, cutting corners, immorality, dishonesty, betrayal, wickedness, and all other unconventional activities are forms of deviance. All known societies have members who become deviants. This course introduces students to several theories explaining deviance and examines the life styles of a variety of deviants.
 
SOCI 351 Criminology 3.00 credits
A study of crime and criminal offenders in America. Special attention will be given to criminal statistics, theoretical explanations, and public policy.
 
SOCI 353 Juvenile Delinquency 3.00 credits
An investigation of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquents in America. Special attention will be given to theoretical explanations; the effect of family, peers and school; and the history of the juvenile justice system in handling juvenile offenders.
 
SOCI 354 Sociology of Mental Illness 3.00 credits
This course provides an analysis of the problems of mental health and illness from the sociological perspective. Sociological approaches on the definition of mental illness; the social epidemiology of mental illness, problems of recognizing and defining conditions of mental illness, and hospital and community treatment of mental illness will be covered.
 
SOCI 355 Elite & White Collar Deviance 3.00 credits
This course examines deviance and crimes committed by organizations and the rich and powerful. The nature, extent and societal effects of various types of elite and white collar deviance are examined.
 
SOCI 356 Sociology of Policing 3.00 credits
This course examines law enforcement in American society with a focus on empirical research and sociological and criminological theory. Students will review the historical development of policing in the United States, the roles of the police in contemporary society, the structure and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies in this country, and the interaction between institutional and individual aspects of police work. Students will also be exposed to research and theory on controversial issues in law enforcement, including the use of force, police deviance, the use of discretion, the impact of social inequality on enforcement, and policing in the mass media.
 
Prerequisite: CRIM 101 Minimum Grade: D or SOCI 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent: CRIM 340 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
SOCI 380 Global Sociology 3.00 credits
This course examines the theoretical, methodological and empirical significance of globalization and offers sociological perspectives on the political, economic and cultural processes of globalization in varied regions of the world, including Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Several key issues in the field of global sociology will be addressed, including the role of state sovereignty, the implications of a global economy, the reordering of international relations and warfare, the significance of new social movements and international organizations, the challenge of environmental sustainability and the fusion of cultural forms.
 
SOCI 381 Politics and Society 3.00 credits
An empirical analysis of the major theories which attempt to describe the actual distribution of power in America. The course is primarily concerned with how power in societies is contested, given legitimacy, and sustained; it also examines political behavior of the public focusing on voting behavior.
 
SOCI 382 Population and Society 3.00 credits
There are more people on this planet than ever before, and the problems associated with population growth seem to be everywhere. Urban crowding, disease, poverty, ethnic tensions, refugees, illegal immigration, environmental degradation, unemployment, aging and the social security "crisis" are just a few of these troubles. This course introduces students to the study of population and demography to help them better understand these issues. After learning how to measure and analyze population characteristics and trends, students will explore the relationship between population changes and contemporary social and political issues in the developing regions of the world.
 
SOCI 383 Environmental Sociology 3.00 credits
This course examines human relationships with the natural environment. It explores how power structures, social norms, ideologies and politics affect our relationship and treatment of the environment.
 
Equivalent: ENVS 326 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
SOCI 384 Sociology of Religion 3.00 credits
Studies works of classical and contemporary sociologists on the social and cultural aspects of religion. Examines how religion is influenced by social conditions and often plays an important role in shaping society.
 
Equivalent: RELI 493 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
SOCI 385 Law and Society 3.00 credits
An examination of the legal process from the emergence of legal norms to the impact of legal sanctions from a sociological point of view. The course focuses on the social processes that influence the development of specific laws, the administration of the law, and the impact of legal sanctions.
 
SOCI 388 Sociology of Education 3.00 credits
The sociology of schooling. Topics will include race, gender, social class, and school success; functions of schooling; the interplay of education and occupation; how schooling in the U.S. today compares to schooling in other societies and to schooling in the past, and the debate concerning the quality of American schools.
 
SOCI 390 Feminist Thought 3.00 credits
Analyzes the contributions of feminist scholars to social and political theory and shows how feminist scholarship is transforming topics, methods, and goals. Reviews the major approaches to feminist theorizing and invites students to put these to work examining contemporary social and political issues.
 
Prerequisite: SOCI 244 Minimum Grade: D or WOMS 201 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent: WGST 401 - OK if taken between Spring 2011 and Spring 2011
SOCI 391 Directed Study 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 395 Topics in Sociology 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 395L Britain Today 4.00 credits
 
SOCI 396 Topics in Sociology 3.00 - 4.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 397 Topics in Sociology 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 398 Topics in Sociology 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 399 Topics in Sociology 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 478 Social EconmicDevelopmentItaly 3.00 credits
The impact of social theories on economic problems in Italy. The Mezzogiorno treated from the economic, sociological, political, and religious points of view. Offered at Gonzaga-in-Florence.
 
SOCI 486 Seminar 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 487 Seminar 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 488 Seminar 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 489 Seminar 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
 
SOCI 490 Directed Readings 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Supervised advanced reading in selected topics in sociology. Must obtain permission from department.
 
SOCI 496 Practicum in Sociology 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Supervised experience in a selected social agency. Credit by arrangement.
 
Prerequisite: SOCI 101 Minimum Grade: D
SOCI 497 Independent Research Project 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Approved directed experience in sociological research proposed by the student.
 
SOCI 498 Senior Honors Thesis 3.00 credits
Students with a 3.70 grade point average in their sociology courses who wish to be graduated with departmental honors in sociology must enroll in this course in the semester prior to the semester in which they are graduated. Work is done under the direction of a faculty member from the department. The student must pass an oral examination of the thesis administered by the department. The thesis may be theoretical or based upon empirical research.
 
SOCI 499 Sociological Analysis 3.00 credits
Offers sociology majors the opportunity to review theories and research, and to consider how these might be useful for understanding current social issues. Required of all sociology majors and fulfills comprehensive examination requirement. Spring.