Introduces basic concepts, theories, and methods of sociology. Develops a sociological perspective on social issues, problems and events. Provides an overview of major sub-fields in sociology. Also prepares students for the major and a career in sociology and related professions. Fall, Spring.
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: ISSOC 125 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.
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: ISSOC 125 - Introduction to Sociology, or permission of instructor. Occasionally.
Selected topics in sociology. May be repeated as topics change. Total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: ISSOC 125 - Introduction to Sociology. 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: ISSOC 125 or CJS 240 (Min Grade of B), or permission of 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: ISSOC 125. 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 QL course, 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. Prereq: ISSOC 125 or permission of instructor. Fall, spring.
Examines the Holocaust from a sociological perspective, applying sociological theories, concepts, and methods. Emphasizes social and cultural forces that led to and sustained the Holocaust; the course also grapples with sociological legacies of the Holocaust. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Cross-listed as ISHGS/ISSOC Fall, odd 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: ISSOC 125. 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. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. 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: ISSOC 125 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: ISSOC 125 - Introduction to Sociology. 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 ISSOC 125 - Introduction to Sociology, or permission of instructor. Fall.
The sociological analysis of sport: issues discussed include the history, definition, and functions of sport; role of sport in the socialization of children; the relationship between sport and values; athletics within the social organization of education; deviance, crime, and violence in sport; the business and economics of sport. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Spring.
This course applies sociological theories and methods to the study of ethnic relations, conflict, and peacebuilding efforts across the globe. Students also study social problems related to ethnic relations from multiple perspectives and evaluate policies to address them. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL course. Fall, even years.
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: ISSOC 125. Spring.
This course examines the institutions and practices of the criminal justice system with reference to substantive and procedural laws, criminal and civil laws, and regulatory laws. Prerequisite: CJS 240 or ISSOC 125.
The course will examine how sociology contributes to understanding social justice issues. It will review the sociological literature on intersection of various forms of inequality and ways of contesting those. Prerequisite: ISSOC 125. Spring.
This course will examine how racial inequality has shaped government policy and the justice system in the United States. Specific areas of focus will be the criminal justice system, housing, education, employment, and social services. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall.
Intensive study of selected topics in sociology. May be repeated as topics change to a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: ISSOC 125 - Introduction to Sociology. 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: SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as HGS 427. Spring, even years.
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.
This course will review a wide variety of political crimes committed by state actors. The students will learn how governments routinely participate or collude in coverups, corrupt practices, violence, and human rights abuses. Prerequisite: SOC 305 or CJS 342. Spring.
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.