Courses

Courses are subject to change each semester. 

For a current list of offered courses, please visit your course summary search for the current or upcoming semester.

Please note: Honors courses require a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and at least a GPA of 3.2 in all honors courses.

SOCY 1101. Introduction to Sociology. (3) The scientific study of society and its structures, culture and its building blocks, and group interactions; the sociological perspective and process; fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures to understand society. (Fall, Spring, Summer) (Evenings)

SOCY 2090.  Topics in Sociology. (1-3)  Examination of specialized topics.  May be repeated for credit as topics vary. (Most recently offered Fall 2016)

SOCY 2091.  Topics in Sociology – Writing Intensive. (1-3) (W)  Examination of specialized topics. General Education - Writing in the Disciplines (W). May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Course has not been offered in the past 3 years.

SOCY 2100.  Aging and the Lifecourse. (3) (SL) Cross-listed as GRNT 2100.  An interdisciplinary course that examines the phenomenon of aging and its consequences for society from a variety of perspectives.  Students participate in lectures, discussions and service learning projects designed to give them a broad overview of the field of gerontology.  Emphasis on the wide variation in the aging process and approaches to meeting the needs of the aging population.  (Spring, Fall)

SOCY 2107.  Global Hip Hop.  (3)  Cross-listed as AFRS 2107.  The development and growth of Hip Hop from a US inner city Black expressive culture to a global subaltern social movement.  Examines cultural production in Hip Hop in relation to the contemporary global issues that focus on the youth, subalterns, and postcolonial experiences. (Spring)

SOCY 2112. Popular Culture. (3) Analysis of popular forms of everyday life in America: fashions, fads, entertainment trends, advertising, television programming, music, myths, stereotypes, and icons of mass-mediated culture. (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 2115. Introduction to Organizations. (3)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of the instructor.  The ubiquity of formal organizations is a distinctively modem phenomenon.  Today, organizations not only dictate activities at the workplace, but also exert profound impacts on nearly all aspects of modem life.  As one of the most vibrant and fast growing branches of the discipline, organizational sociology provides the conceptual tools to understand a variety of organizational processes.  In this course, you will be introduced to some of the basic concepts and topics in organizational sociology. Special emphases will be placed on the social impacts of organizations. 

SOCY 2126.  World Population Problems.  (3) (W)  Cross-listed as ANTH 2126.  An examination of various world population “problems,” such as growth, migration, fertility, and population aging, in order to learn how cultural, political, economic, and environmental factors influence and are influenced by the population structure of a given society.  General Education - Writing in the Disciplines (W) (Summer)

SOCY 2132. Sociology of Marriage and the Family. (3)  Cross-cultural examination of family; socialization and sex roles; love, dating, and mate selection; communication; sexuality; power and decision making; parenthood; childlessness; conflict and violence; divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies; alternate lifestyles; and future family. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCY 2133.  Sociology of Marriage and Family – Writing Intensive.  (3)  (W)  Cross-Cultural examination of family; socialization and sex roles; love, dating, and mate selection; communication; sexuality; power and decision making; parenthood; childlessness; conflict and violence; divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies; alternative lifestyles; and future family.  (On demand) 

SOCY 2161. Sociological Social Psychology. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor. How the actual, imagined or implied presence of other people influences a person's thoughts, feelings and behavior.  Socialization, self and identity, attitudes, social perception, language, and group processes.

SOCY 2163. Sociology of Gender. (3) (W)  Changing patterns of gender inequality; socialization and social structure as basis of gendered behavior, ideologies, and relationships.  Alternative gender models and social movements as vehicles to diminishing gender inequality.  (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 2171. Social Problems. (3) Contemporary social problems and consequences for American society. (Fall, Spring, Summer) (Evenings)

SOCY 3090. Topics in Sociology. (1-3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101.  Examination of specialized sociological topics.  May be repeated for credit as topics vary. 

SOCY 3091.  Topics in Sociology - Writing Intensive.  (1-3) (W)  Prerequisite:  SOCY 1101.  Examination of specialized sociological topics.  May be repeated for credit as topics vary. 

SOCY 3110. American Minority Groups. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Relations between dominant and minority groups; the establishment, maintenance, and decline of dominance involving racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 3143. Social Movements. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Analysis of collective behavior, ideology, development, and organizations of movements seeking or resisting change. (Yearly)

SOCY 3153. Evolution of Sociological Theory. (3)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Origins and evolution of fundamental sociological concepts and theories. (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 3154.  Evolution of Sociological Theory – Writing Intensive.  (3) (W)  Prerequisite:  SOCY 1101.  Origins and evolution of fundamental sociological concepts and theories.  (On demand)

SOCY 3173. Criminology. (3)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Nature and historical development of crime and political-economic organization of crime, criminal law, and theories of crime causation. (Yearly)

SOCY 3175.  Crowds, Riots, and Disasters.  (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101.  Collective behavior in everyday life; crowds, rumors, fads, fashion; collective behavior that disrupts social order; riots and responses to disaster; response of individuals, organizations and communities to natural disasters, e.g., floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.  (Yearly)

SOCY 3250.  Political Sociology.  (3)   Cross-listed as POLS 3250.  Prerequisite:  SOCY 1101.  Sociological analysis of the relationship between social, economic and political systems.  Focuses on power relations in society and its effects on the distribution of scarce resources.  Topics covered may include:  theories of power and the nation state, political participation and voting, religion and politics, the comparative welfare state, media and ideology, the global economy, war and genocide, revolutions, and social movements.  Not open to students who have credit for SOCY 3251 or POLS 3251.  (Yearly)

SOCY 3251.  Political Sociology.  (3) (O)  Cross-listed as POLS 3251.  Prerequisite:  SOCY 1101.  Sociological analysis of the relationship between social, economic and political systems.  Focuses on power relations in society and its effects on the distribution of scarce resources.  Topics covered may include:  theories of power and the nation state, political participation and voting, religion and politics, the comparative welfare state, media and ideology, the global economy, war and genocide, revolutions, and social movements.  Not open to students who have credit for SOCY 3250 or POLS 3250.  (On demand)

SOCY 3261. Human Sexuality. (3)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor. Human sexuality research; teenage pregnancy; birth control; sex education; sexual fantasy; pornography; homosexuality and bisexuality; sexual communication; and heterosexual alternatives. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCY 3267. Sociology of Dying, Death, and Bereavement. (3)  Cross-listed as GRNT 3267. Social definitions of death, process of dying, facing death across the life course, grief, bereavement, bioethical issues impacting individuals and society.  (Yearly)

SOCY 3753. Honors Sociological Theory. (3) Prerequisite: 1101. Restriction(s): Sociology major or minor, and acceptance into departmental honors program.Origins and evolution of fundamental sociological concepts and theories. (On demand)

SOCY 3798. Preliminary Honors Research in Sociology. (Pass/No Credit) Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in Honors College.Additional Honors hours that may be taken on a pass/no credit basis to conduct preliminary research and begin writing the Honors Thesis in Sociology. SOCY 3799 must be taken the following semester to complete and defend the Honors Thesis in Sociology. (Spring 2017)

SOCY 3799. Honors Thesis in Sociology. (3) Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in Honors College.The preparation and presentation of an acceptable Honors thesis or its equivalent. The final course in a required three-course sequence for Honors in Sociology. Completion of a thesis earning a passing grade meets the requirement for a 4000-level course in the major; a grade of A is required to earn honors. (Spring 2017)

SOCY 3895. Directed Individual Study. (1‑4) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Supervised investigation of a sociological topic. May be repeated for credit; up to six hours may be applied to the major. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCY 4090. Topics in Sociology. (1‑3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Examination of specialized sociological topics. Examples: Sociology of religion, Modern Japan. May be repeated for credit. (On demand)

SOCY 4091. Topics in Sociology – Writing Intensive. (1‑3) (W)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Examination of specialized sociological topics. Examples: Sociology of religion, Modern Japan. May be repeated for credit. (On demand)

SOCY 4110. Sociology of Aging. (3)  Cross-listed as GRNT 4110.  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of the instructor. Study of the changing characteristics, aspirations, and needs of older adults and their impact upon such institutions as the family, work, the economy, politics, education, and health care; emphasis on sociological theories of aging, contemporary research, and the analysis of specific aging policies and programs. (Fall)

SOCY 4111. Social Inequality. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Distribution of power, privilege, and prestige; correlates and consequences of inequality; national and international comparisons. (Yearly)

SOCY 4112. Sociology of Work. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor. The emergence of post- industrial society and technological change in the workplace; analysis of their impacts on organizations, workers, family, and community.  (Yearly)

SOCY 4115. Organizational Sociology. (3)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor.  The sociological analysis of formal organizations. Organizational structures, practices, internal processes, and their relationships with the external environment.  Organizations as rational instruments designed to achieve predetermined goals, as human groups where spontaneous social interactions take place, and as organisms situated in broader social, cultural, and economic contexts.

SOCY 4116. Sociology of Economic Life. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor. Adopts a sociological view to examine economic life. Topics include: industry and market structures, social networks, and interorganizational relationships. (Spring)

SOCY 4125. Urban Sociology. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of the instructor. Cross cultural analysis of urban development, social structure, ecology, demographic composition, and social problems. (Yearly)

SOCY 4130. Sociology of Health and Illness. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor. The cultural and structural influences on the definition of health and illness; models of illness behaviors; health demography and epidemiology; social influences on the delivery of health care; ethical issues surrounding health and illness; and the development of relevant social policy. (Yearly)

SOCY 4134.  Families and Aging. (3)  Cross-listed as GRNT 4134.  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor.  Theories explaining the formation and functioning of American families with emphasis on the impact of the aging of society.  Examination of the current demographic trends and expectations of multigenerational families, as well as the future demands and modifications. (On demand)

SOCY 4135. Sociology of Education. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of the instructor. Educational institution; the school class as a social system; the school as a social environment and a complex organization. (Yearly)

SOCY 4145. Sociology of Religion. (3)  Prerequisite:  SOCY 1011.  What is religion?  How can we study religion scientifically?  Rational choice, social network, ecological, and evolutionary approaches examined.  Topics include variation in religious belief and practice, secularization, and characteristics of churches, sects, and cults. (Yearly)

SOCY 4150. Older Individual and Society. (3)  Cross-listed as GRNT 4150.  Study of the social and cultural context on the lives of aging individuals in American society.  Will include a focus on expectations, social interactions, and psychological well-being in the context of retirement, caregiving, and health.  (Yearly)

SOCY 4153. Contemporary Social Theory. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Restriction(s): Sociology major or minor. Not open to students who have credit for SOCY 4154. Elements and process of theory construction; contemporary social theories, such as theories of social order and causation, power, class structure, and inequality; group process theories; post-modern theories. (Spring)

SOCY 4154. Contemporary Social Theory - Writing Intensive. (3) (W) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101. Restriction(s): Sociology major or minor. Not open to students who have credit for SOCY 4153. Elements and process of theory construction; contemporary social theories, such as theories of social order and causation, power, class structure, and inequality; group process theories; post-modern theories. (On demand)

SOCY 4155. Sociological Research Methods. (4) (W)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101, and SOCY 3153, or 3154, or 4153 (Theory before Methods). Formulation of research problems; research designs; social measurement; sampling; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Three hours of lecture/discussion and completion of weekly laboratory units. (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 4155L.  Sociological Research Methods Laboratory.  (0)  Corequisite:  SOCY 4155.  Required weekly laboratory session for Sociological Research Methods.

SOCY 4156. Quantitative Analysis. (4)  Prerequisites: SOCY 1101 and STAT 1220, STAT 1221, STAT 1222, or equivalent statistics course. Concepts and procedures of sociological analysis; data processing; measurement theory; and quantitative models of analysis. Three hours of lecture/discussion and completion of weekly laboratory units. (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 4156L.  Quantitative Analysis Laboratory.  (0)  Corequisite:  SOCY 4156.  Required weekly laboratory session for Quantitative Analysis.

SOCY 4160.  Evolution and Gender.  (3) The implications of evolution for gender and gender differences and the social patterns and trends that result. These patterns and trends include gender differences in mate selection, sexual behavior, aggression, emotional experience, and communication styles, as well as differences in parental investment by gender. Also examines how evolutionary theory can illuminate the origins of patriarchy. (Spring 2017)

SOCY 4165. Sociology of Women. (3) (W)  Cross-listed as WGST 4165.  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or WGST 1101 and Junior standing or permission of the instructor.  Examines how the social world of women is influenced by their race, ethnicity, and class.  Attention is given to changing roles of women in public and private spheres and to the role conflict that arises as women attempt to meet obligation in families, communities, and the workplace. (Yearly)

SOCY 4168. Sociology of Mental Health and Illness. (3) (W) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor.  Mental health and illness in its social context; relationship between social structures and mental health/disorder.  How social factors affect the definition and treatment of mental disorders; the effects of demographic variables on mental health and illness; the role of social support and stress; the organization, delivery and evaluation of mental health care services; and considerations of mental health care policy. (On demand)

SOCY 4172. Sociology of Deviant Behavior. (3) Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor. Social definition of deviance; examination of the social processes producing unusual, non-standard, and condemned behavior; and social responses to deviant behavior. (Fall, Spring)

SOCY 4173. Sociology of Deviant Behavior – Writing Intensive. (3) (W) Prerequisite:  SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor.  Same as SOCY 4172, but a Writing Intensive (W) course.  Social definition of deviance; examination of the social processes producing unusual, non-standard, and condemned behavior; and social responses to deviant behavior.  (On demand)

SOCY 4263. Sociology of Small Groups. (3) (O, W)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor. Systematic analysis and application of theoretical and empirical research pertaining to small groups. (Yearly)

SOCY 4265. Sociology of Law. (3) (W)  Prerequisite: SOCY 1101 or permission of instructor.  Law and the societal forces that affect law creation; factors that influence the development and changes of law; and exploration of the legal system and the ways in which society enforces norms.

SOCY 4480. Internship in Sociology. (3-6) Prerequisite: Permission of the department.  Research and/or in-service training for selected students in cooperating community organizations.  Specified content based upon a contract between student, department, and community organization.  May be repeated for credit up to six semester hours.  Graded on a Pass/No Credit basis. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCY 4482. Undergraduate Teaching Internship in Sociology. (3-9) Prerequisite: Permission of the department.  Students work with Sociology faculty member as a teaching intern. Students must have previously taken the course for which they intern. Specified content based upon a contract between student, department, and supervising Sociology faculty member. Graded on a Pass/No Credit basis. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOCY 4730. Honors Sociology of Health & Illness. (3)  Prerequisites: Undergraduate level SOCY 1101 and departmental approval. The cultural and structural influences on the definition of health and illness; models of illness behaviors; health demography and epidemiology; social influences on the delivery of healthcare; ethical issues surrounding health and illness; and the development of relevant social policy. (Spring 2017)

SOCY 4755. Honors Sociological Research Methods. (4) (W)  Prerequisites: Undergraduate level SOCY 3153 or SOCY 3154 or SOCY 3753 or SOCY 4153 or SOCY 4154 Minimum Grade of D. Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: Sociology-BA, Sociology-BA-Org,Occup,& Work, Sociology-BA-Social Problems, Sociology-BA-Social Psychology. Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, or Concentration):  Sociology and must be enrolled in the Honors College. Formulation of research problems; research designs; social measurement; sampling; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Three hours of lecture/discussion and completion of weekly laboratory units. (Spring 2017)

SOCY 4755L. Honors Sociological Research Methods Laboratory. (0)  Corequisite:  SOCY 4755.  Required weekly laboratory session for Honors Sociological Research Methods.

SOCY 4756. Honors Quantitative Analysis. (4)  Prerequisites: Undergraduate level SOCY 1101 Minimum Grade of D. Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: Sociology-BA, Sociology-BA-Org,Occup,& Work, Sociology-BA-Social Problems, Sociology-BA-Social Psychology. Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, or Concentration):  Sociology and must be enrolled in the Honors College. Concepts and procedures of sociological analysis; data processing; measurement theory; and quantitative models of analysis.  Three hours of lecture/discussion and completion of weekly laboratory units.. (Spring 2017)

SOCY 4756L. Honors Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. (0)  Corequisite:  SOCY 4756.  Required weekly laboratory session for Quantitative Analysis. (Spring 2017)

SOCY 4765. Honors Social Psychology of Law. (3) (W)  Prerequisites: Undergraduate level SOCY 1101 Minimum Grade of D. Systematic analysis and application of theoretical and empirical research pertaining to the social psychological study of law. (Spring 2017)


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