Undergraduate Degree Program

Faculty

SO 111 Introduction to Sociology
This course invites you to see the world sociologically. We will examine culture, social structure, inequality, gender, race, deviance, and socialization from the sociological perspective. General Education Choice for Part B. Generally offered every semester. 3 credits

SO/CJ 121 Contemporary Social Problems
Focuses on how institutional and organizational features of societies generate problems for people. Particular attention is directed at a set of problems related to political and economic inequalities, health and illness, education, the environment, and the criminal justice system. P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. General Education Choice for Part C and Designated W course. Generally offered every Fall semester. 3 credits

SO 122 The Family
Sociological analysis of family relationships, including examination of factors contributing to family structures in different social classes, ethnic groups, and societies. The focus is on relating family life to the economy and other social institutions. Topics include gender, race/ethnic and class inequality; child-rearing; historical change; and social policy issues. P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered every other spring semester. 3 credits

SO 211 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
This class will introduce students to the practice of ethnography, the craft of writing about other cultures, and will provide a concrete introduction to cultural anthropology, which is the comparative study of human societies. Generally offered every other spring semester. 3 credits

SO 212 Social Work: History and Practice
After reviewing the history of Social Work in the United States, this course examines the practice settings of social work as a profession: case work, group work, community organization and advocacy, and policy and planning. Includes the study of the values and assumptions of social work with an eye towards problem-solving applications with specific populations, as well as social welfare policy critique. Generally offered every other spring semester. 3 credits

SO 213 Social Work: Populations and Policies
An examination of human behavior in the social environment as we study the individual in families, groups, and society. We will further explore the special needs of specific populations such as families, youth, the elderly, the poor, women, and minorities, and investigate social welfare policy as a means to meet those human needs. Establishing a knowledge base as well as effective communication techniques will be stressed. Generally offered every other spring semester. 3 credits

SO215 Social Gerontology
A consideration of the adult aging process, with attention to developmental stages and group behavior of aging adults. Particular study will be made of the social phenomena which give rise to, and grow out of, the presence of a significant number of elderly in the population. Generally offered in ADP every fall. 3 credits

SO 218 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Same as PY 218)
Basic concepts and methods of statistical data analysis as applied in sociology and the other social/behavioral sciences. Methods include organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. 3 credits

SO 219 Research Methods
This course is a “hands on” approach to research in which the student will learn to design and carry out field observations, experiments, content analyses, or surveys. P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered every Fall semester. 3 credits

SO 220 Sociology of Communications (Same as CO 220)
Examines both interpersonal and mass communications with an eye towards answering such questions as: Do men and women communicate differently? Do people from different racial, ethnic or social class backgrounds communicate differently? How do advertisements depict men and women, racial or ethnic groups, and the elderly? Do MTV and popular music represent a realistic version of the culture’s norms and values? Students shall apply theories to their own research data in answering these questions. Generally offered every fall semester. 3 credits

SO 224 Sociology of Education
This course will provide a systematic analysis of the institution of Education in society, with special attention devoted to access to education and class structure, taking into account race, religion, and gender. This is a Distance Learning course. Student must have access to the Internet and an email account. Generally offered in ADP every fall. 3 credits

SO 225 Sociology of Sport
This course will provide a systematic analysis of social influences upon (and of) sport in North America, with special attention devoted to the interrelationships between sport, social institutions, social processes, and, most importantly, the critical analysis of sport in contemporary society. This is a Distance Learning course. Student must have access to the Internet and an email account. Generally offered every summer. 3 credits

SO 230 Technology, Society and the Individual
A consideration of 20th century technological change with particular interest in its impact on the family and the workplace. General Education Choice in Part C. Generally offered every other spring semester. 3 credits

SO 241 Urban Sociology
We shall study the effects of the urban environment on social institutions and populations and examine the modern crises of urban living with an eye towards answering the question: Can cities survive? P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. General Education Choice for Part C. Generally offered every other Fall semester. 3 credits

SO 242 Minorities and Multicultural Diversity
This course examines the positions of “minorities” in the status hierarchy of the United States, and teaches a critical perspective on the economic, political, and social oppression of subordinate groups by dominants. Multiculturalism will be examined from this perspective: since the United States comprises various racial and ethnic groups, what does it mean to be “American” and who gets to define this? General Education Choice for Part C and Designated W Course. Generally offered every spring semester. 3 credits

SO 244 Sociology of Organizations
This course examines the organizational structures of modern societies (for example, bureaucratic, military, educational, technological), including analysis of formal and informal structures. It provides a consideration of theory and research which attempts to explain the behavior of organizations in society. This is a Distance Learning course. Generally offered in the Accelerated Degree Program every spring. 3 credits

SO 255 Special Topics
Selected topic or issue studied in-depth within sociological frame of reference. P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. 3 credits

SO/CJ 310 Sociology of Law and Social Control
A consideration of social control, law creation and law enforcement in their social and political context. Discusses major theories of law and the modern state. Law will be considered as both a cause and effect of social change P: SO 111, CJ 111, or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered every other fall semester. 3 credits

SO 371 Classical Sociological Theory
We will examine the theories of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and other important founders of the sociological discipline and perspective. P: Junior or senior status, or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered every other year, spring or fall. 3 credits

SO 372 Contemporary Sociological Theory
This course familiarizes students with contemporary developments in social thought that influence sociological research in the current period. Draws connections to classical theory and offers an overview of the main outlines of recent sociological theorizing. P: Junior or senior status, or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered every other year, spring or fall. 3 credits

SO 280 Practicum
Fieldwork experience. Admission only with approval of Department Chair. P: SO 111 plus 15 hours in sociology and junior status. Generally offered every semester. 3 credits

SO 290, SO 390 Independent Study
Study of a topic of particular interest to the student, for which there is no existing course. The student must have demonstrated by prior performance the ability to do honors work and have maintained an honors average in the major field. The design of the proposed topic of study must originate with the student. Admission only with approval of Department Chair. Hours and credits to be arranged.

SO 380 Internship
Fieldwork experience. Admission only with permission of the Department Chair. P: SO 111 plus a minimum of 15 hours in sociology and senior status. Generally offered every semester. 3 credits

SO 391 Senior Seminar—Capstone Course
Consideration of a social problem with an eye to utilizing the “sociological imagination” and skills gained through the prior major courses, both required and elected. This course should be a culminating experience for those who have chosen this major, resulting in a heightened awareness of the sociological perspective. P: Senior status, Sociology or Social Science major or permission of the Department Chair. Generally offered every spring semester. 3 credits