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Course covers current events, applying a sociological perspective. Intended for students completing the ISP or those interested in a major in Sociology or social sciences. Students will learn how sociologists apply the scientific method to study current events. Course does not count for elective credit in the Sociology Major. Repeatable as topics change. Fall, Spring.

Selected topics in sociology. A total of four credits may count toward the major or minor. Course may be repeated as topics change. Occasionally.

Introduces basic concepts, theories, and methods of sociology. Develops a sociological perspective on social issues, problems, and events. Provides an overview of major subfields in sociology. Also prepares students for the major and a career in sociology and related professions. Fall, Spring.

This course analyses the complex role that consumption plays in the construction of identity and the commodification of culture and experience in a consumer society. Special attention will be paid to the issues of structure and agency; social class, gender, nature, and space. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Spring, even years.

An overview of the ethics, philosophy, and methods of the field of social work. Attention will be paid to social problems encountered in central social institutions and community resources available to address these social problems. Prerequisites: SOC 201 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

This course focuses on dominant ideas or ideologies of inequality and how they are perpetuated (or not) in mass media and popular culture products such as TV shows, movies, songs, websites, games, and the like. Spring.

Analysis of urban structure and ecology. Emphasis is on personality and socialization patterns in large urban communities and consideration of the problems that stem from increasing urbanization in American society and across the globe. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This course studies how a society defines "normal" and "deviant" behavior. The social institutions and processes related to this act of labeling, as well as those concerned with controlling such behavior, are critically analyzed through a survey of the sociological literature on deviance. Fall.

This course examines education from a sociological perspective. Evaluates research and theories of schooling, learning, and education, both formal and informal. Analyzes schools, colleges, and universities as organizations. Compares practices and policies around the world. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

Selected topics in sociology. May be repeated as topics change. Total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Occasionally.

Methodologies and types of research commonly used in sociology. Focus on the research process, including the research problem and techniques of data gathering. Design and use of the interview, questionnaire, and case study approaches to sociological analysis. Three-hour lecture, one-hour lab. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or CJS 240 or permission of the instructor. Fall, Spring.

Embeds statistical techniques in the sociological research process. Application of statistical techniques to test sociological hypotheses, assess social theories, and draw conclusions about sociological problems from statistical data. Review of descriptive/inferential statistics and instruction of statistical software. Three-hour lecture, one-hour lab. Prerequisite: SOC 301. Fall, Spring.

The assumptions, orientations, and applications used by both classical and contemporary schools of sociological thought in explaining social phenomena. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Fall.

A study of selected social problems using a sociological lens. Problems may include alcoholism and drug addiction, crime, divorce, poverty, gender inequality, race relations, and others. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101, and one course from the IS category. Fall, Spring

A sociological, global, and theoretical approach to the study of women and gender. Emphasis on the social construction of sex and gender. Also analyzes gender inequality and its connections with different forms of oppression over time. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This course applies sociological theories of ethnicity to the study of past and current ethnic relations across the globe. Emphasizes sociological research on status of ethnic groups in the broader society and in specific social institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or permission of instructor. Fall, even years.

Analyzes the Holocaust from a comparative, sociological perspective, applying relevant theories and concepts. Emphasis is on social and cultural forces that led to the Holocaust, including stereotyping, discrimination, anti-Semitism, institutional changes, and social-political indifference. Prerequisite: IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 or SOC 201. Cross-listed as HGS 326. Fall, odd years.

Focusing on genocide after the Holocaust, this course evaluates theoretical debates on what constitutes genocide and why genocide takes place. It also comparatively analyzes genocide that has occurred in different nation-states from a sociological perspective. Prerequisite: IIHGS 255 or SOC 201. Cross-listed as HGS 327. Spring, even years.

In this course students will use a comparative and historical approach to study social policy. Students will learn about how US social policies have evolved over time, analyze theoretical debates related to citizen rights and access to government services, and compare policies in the US to those in other countries. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Fall, even years.

Sociological social psychology lies at the intersection of our inner lives and our social worlds. In this interdisciplinary course, we explore socialization, self-presentation, attitudes and behavior, interpersonal relationships, deviance, conformity, and other topics through sources from sociology, women's and gender studies, psychology, communications, and popular culture. Cross-listed with IIWGS 330. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

This course provides an opportunity for students to use sociological learning in a community setting for 8 to 10 hours each week. Students may select from among applied research, human services, or other social change settings. Prerequisites: SOC 301. Fall.

This course examines various family forms, with primary emphasis on U.S. families. Includes the history and functions of families, theoretical and methodological approaches to studying families, intimate relationships, parenting and socialization of children, and family disruption. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Examines major sociological trends relating to globalization, giving special attention to topics such as development theory, consumerism, opposing viewpoints on the benefits of globalization, and consequences of globalization for economics, culture, technology, politics, and other institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Fall, odd years.

This course examines the processes involved in labeling behaviors and people as "deviant" within society. We will explore theories of why individuals engage in deviance as well as those discussing societal reactions to deviance. We will also explore popular forms of deviance in American culture through a theoretical lens. Cross listed with CJS 352. Prerequisites: CJS 240 or SOC 201, or permission of instructor. Fall.

Experiential service-learning course examines the effects of revolution and social change in Nicaraguan society. Faculty and students travel during spring break to the city of Managua and a rural farming cooperative in Nicaragua. Students conduct interdisciplinary research on public health and social conditions and share results in a public forum. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally.

In this service-learning course, students study homelessness, while developing research and professional skills. After hearing from experts and reviewing scholarship on homelessness, they work on a statewide needs assessment, interview shelter residents, craft a grant proposal, volunteer at a shelter, and engage in education and advocacy for the homeless. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Spring.

Introduces students to the sociological analysis of human systems as they relate to the natural environment around the world. Topics include population, food energy, sustainable development, environmental justice, the environmental movement, international environmental conflicts, and globalization. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Fall, even years.

Intensive study of selected topics in sociology. May be repeated as topics change to a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Occasionally.

This course involves intensive sociological study of Rwandan society, with a particular focus on its 1994 genocide. Topics include historical, social, and cultural background; assessment of theoretical explanations for the genocide; the extent of international intervention to stop it; and post-genocide social institutions and culture. Prerequisite: IIHGS 255 or SOC 305, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as HGS 427. Spring, even years.

This seminar focuses on the key theoretical paradigms used in social movement studies. These paradigms will be examined with an emphasis on movements in the areas of democratization, civil rights, migration, labor, women, the environment, and globalization. Prerequisite: SOC 305. Occasionally.

This seminar discusses major theories, problems, and findings concerning the relationship between the individual and society. Topics include consciousness and the construction of meaning, self-concept, and social identity; socialization and interaction; and group behavior and group membership. Prerequisite: SOC 305. Occasionally.

Seminar introduces students to social benefits and practices related to the human body with a focus on gender and sexuality. Topics include socialization, cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity, body image, aging bodies, sexual harassment, rape, pornography and sex work, and new reproductive technologies. Prerequisite: SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

Seminar examining the contributions of sociological theory and research to understanding the social effects on health, illness, health care, the institution of medicine, and health policy. While the United States is a primary focus, global issues are included. Prerequisite: SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This seminar examines how the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and prestige among individuals and groups affects life chances. Emphasizes class, race, gender, and occupational divisions in the contemporary United States with some attention to global inequality. Prerequisite: SOC 305. Occasionally.

Seminar acquaints students with sociological approaches to the study of politics in world context. Attention is given to aspects of political culture, political theory, the media, international politics, political participation, social movements, political economy, and globalization. Prerequisite: SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This is a seminar course on the relationship between science and society. We will look at the historical development of science as a social institution and the institutional practices of modern science. We will also study the relations between science and other social institutions, including politics, culture, and the economy. Prerequisite: SOC 305. Occasionally.

Advanced study of selected topics in sociology. May be repeated as topics change to a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

Work-learning experience for Sociology majors. Placement arranged by student, and approved, supervised, and evaluated by faculty member. Student spends 3-4 hours each week in work setting for each credit earned. Compensation possible. Does not count toward the major. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Advanced independent study of a sociology/anthropology area not normally available in the curriculum. Requires written report. Prerequisite: written permission of the instructor. May be repeated to a total of 4 credits. Fall, Spring.

Planning, executing and completing a senior thesis in Sociology is the goal of this sequence. With guidance from a faculty sponsor and a committee of readers, student will identify and pursue a topic of interest in the field. Written and oral presentation of the project is required for credit. Prerequisites: Senior standing; SOC 301, 303 and 305; overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above; and application to and approval by the Department Faculty. Must be repeated (8 credits total) to qualify for Sociology honors. Fall, Spring.