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Sociology


SOCI 101IS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

SOCI 110IS HONORS SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY

SOCI 150D  SOCIAL DIFFERENCE

SOCI 201D  SOCIAL PROBLEMS

SOCI 202   SOCIAL STATISTICS

SOCI 221IS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

SOCI 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

SOCI 291   SPECIAL TOPICS

SOCI 303   SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL

SOCI 307   SOCIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE

SOCI 311   CRIMINOLOGY

SOCI 313   PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

SOCI 318R  SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS

SOCI 320   SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

SOCI 325   SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

SOCI 326   SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER

SOCI 332   SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

SOCI 333   SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

SOCI 340   SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

SOCI 344   SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY

SOCI 345   SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS

SOCI 355   POPULATION AND SOCIETY

SOCI 357   OCCUPATIONAL/CORPORATE CRIME

SOCI 358   CRIME & INEQUALITY

SOCI 359   CRIME, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA

SOCI 368   LATINO IMMIGRATION

SOCI 370   SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION

SOCI 373   SOCIOLOGY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

SOCI 380   SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & MEDICINE

SOCI 414   FAMILY VIOLENCE

SOCI 427   SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

SOCI 434   SOCIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY

SOCI 435   LAW & SOCIETY

SOCI 436   LAW & INEQUALITY

SOCI 455   CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

SOCI 470   ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

SOCI 485   POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

SOCI 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 

SOCI 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

SOCI 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

SOCI 494   SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

SOCI 498   INTERNSHIP

SOCI 499   SENIOR THESIS CAPSTONE

SOCI 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

SOCI 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

SOCI 594   SEMINAR


SOCI 101IS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Theoretical and methodological underpinnings of sociology. How theory guides investigation of social life and results in creation of factual knowledge. How sociological questions are studied and results are interpreted.

SOCI 110IS HONORS SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
--In-depth study of the sociological enterprise: the broad range of theories and research used by sociologists to think about and examine the social world. All major areas of sociology are covered with an emphasis on institutions and systems of stratification.

SOCI 150D SOCIAL DIFFERENCE
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Examination of social differences by focusing on the construction and consequences of a limited set ascribed social characteristics: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and class. Focus on how these ascribed statuses are central to the sociological study of inequality.

SOCI 201D SOCIAL PROBLEMS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Major social problems such as human deviance, discrimination, crime, mental illness, and economic inequality. These problems will be considered primarily as consequences of cultural premises and values in American society. Competing theoretical explanations.

SOCI 202 SOCIAL STATISTICS
F, S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOC 101 or equivalent course; Quantitative Core; or consent of instructor.
-- Topics covered include: Levels of measurement; measures of central tendency, dispersion and association; normal curve, statistical inference; logic of quantitative comparison and decision making utilized by social scientists; introduction to data collection techniques.

SOCI 221IS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- This course is an overview of the institutions that comprise our justice system. The emphasis is on criminal justice and the sources of crime but topics relevant to the broader study of the law and justice included.

SOCI 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

SOCI 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

SOCI 303 SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Social behavior of the individual in the group, linguistic behavior, social perception, motivation and learning, and self-focus on symbolic interaction.

SOCI 307 SOCIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Examination of cultural and societal forces influencing development among children and adolescents from a sociological perspective.

SOCI 311 CRIMINOLOGY
Varies, to be offered F even years, S odd years and S even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, SOCI 202 or STAT 216; or consent of instructor.
-- Discussion of major theories of crime and delinquency with special attention to systems of adult and juvenile deterrence.

SOCI 313 PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURES
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- This course introduces the student to fundamental American legal principles as developed in criminal law. In addition, the student will gain a basic understanding of key issues in the application and development of contemporary legal procedures.

SOCI 318R SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, STAT 216 or SOCI 202; or consent of instructor.
-- Introduction to research methods in sociology with emphasis given to defining variables, hypothesis formation, and development of strategies used to test hypotheses. Student research project.

SOCI 320 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Religion as a sociological phenomenon. Theories of the evolution and functions of religion. Religion's effects on society and believers. The structure of religious groups. Religion and public discourse. Religion and social change. Civil religion.

SOCI 325 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course. Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- The study of socio-economic inequality and its intersection with racial and gender inequality. Class and class structure in America. Changes in economic inequality. Social policy and economic inequality.

SOCI 326 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
S cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Examines the social and biological bases of gender; how gender is constructed through socialization, social interaction and institutional processes, and the social, cultural and economic consequences of gender differences for men and women.

SOCI 332 SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILY
Alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- The family as a structural and functional unit in social life and organization, as a unit of social control; its status, change, and associated problems.

SOCI 333 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
F alternate years, offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- This course will focus on the relationship between education and society including the role of education in structuring socialization; racial, ethnic, gender and class stratification; human capital development; economic, political and labor market opportunities; and the political system.

SOCI 340 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Of all the means of achieving social change, movements are among the most controversial. This course looks at movements through the theories used to interpret their activities in order to improve our understanding of their dynamics.

SOCI 344 SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Historical, comparative, and social psychological study of race and ethnic relations in the U.S. and elsewhere. Power, prejudice, and discrimination relating to minority status are emphasized.

SOCI 345 SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Rational, natural, and open systems theories of complex organizations. Introduction to organizational structure. Irrational aspects of organizations. Organizational environments and their effects on structure and activity.

SOCI 355 POPULATION AND SOCIETY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Distribution, growth trends, and future prospects of human population numbers in local, national, and world communities including analysis of birth, death, and migration changes. Elementary methods and theories of demographic analysis.

SOCI 357 OCCUPATIONAL/CORPORATE CRIME

SOCI 358 CRIME & INEQUALITY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- This course examines how crime amid justice play out in the context of a stratified society. Students explore how social organization, inequality and conflict influence and shape the nature and distribution of crime and social control.

SOCI 359 CRIME, JUSTICE, AND THE MEDIA
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Examines interrelationships between mass media, criminal justice system and crime in the US; public policy implications of media portrayals of crime, criminals, police and court system; relationship between media consumption and crime.

SOCI 368 LATINO IMMIGRATION
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- In this course we explore the forces behind labor flows between Latin America and the U.S. and the parallel reality of immigrant life. Although rooted in immigration theory, we use Latino daily life experience as our primary analytical lens.

SOCI 370 SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Examines the global interconnectedness of economic, political and cultural processes. Topics covered include theories and historical analysis of globalization, global culture and consumerism. The human struggles that accompany these changes including gender, family, and immigration.

SOCI 373 SOCIOLOGY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 and Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- A survey of indigenous peoples in global, historical, and comparative perspective, with special emphasis on the development of indigenous rights and identity in the Anglo-derived settler societies of North America and Australasia (although other regions will be considered).

SOCI 380 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & MEDICINE
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course. Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- An in-depth exploration of differing perspectives on health, medicine, practitioners, and healthcare systems with a focus on how gender, race/ethnicity, and social class affect health care systems, policies, practice and individual experiences of health and illness.

SOCI 414 FAMILY VIOLENCE
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101, or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Examination of family violence. Couple violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and sibling abuse. Theories of cause, prevention, and treatment.

SOCI 427 SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101, or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Application of analytical tools to the analysis of sociological data.

SOCI 434 SOCIOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101, or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Investigation of human sexuality from a sociological perspective. Focus on social aspects of human desires experiences, and meanings in historical and cultural context primarily using a social construction of human sexuality perspective.

SOCI 435 LAW & SOCIETY
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Analysis of law, legal processes, and legal and quasi-legal institutions from sociological and philosophical perspectives. Some issues that are addressed include the functions of the law in modern society, the issue of the law's power (or impotence) in the everyday, and the law's violence.

SOCI 436 LAW & INEQUALITY
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- This course addresses the problem of social inequality by examining the contradictory ways in which the law may be used as both an instrument of social change and as a medium to formalize and solidify social inequality.

SOC 455 CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOC 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Introduction to major sociological theories with focus on the implication for the development of empirical research. Theory as a set of tools to guide research. The explanations provided by theorists are compared and their contributions to the study of selected social phenomena are discussed.

SOCI 470 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- The study of spatial and temporal arrangements of human population. The relationship of human society, natural resources, and constructed environments. A review of the contemporary environmental movement.

SOCI 485 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 101 or equivalent course, Quantitative core; or consent of instructor.
-- Power. Who has it, who doesn't, and why. Political sociology explores the omnipresence of power in society from political power in government to power relationships in our day-to-day lives. Political economy will also be examined.

SOCI 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

SOCI 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

SOCI 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

SOCI 494 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. SEM 1 Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: As determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

SOCI 498 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 -12 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, SOCI 318, consent of instructor, approval of department head, and at least one additional upper division sociology course.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.  See departmental qualification standards for internships.

SOCI 499 SENIOR THESIS CAPSTONE
F,S 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing, SOCI 455, and SOCI 318 and at least one additional upper division Sociology course.
-- Senior capstone course. The application of theory and methods in the development of an integrated framework for understanding and explaining issues of current concern. Verbal and written presentation of research paper.

SOCI 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand.

SOCI 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

SOCI 594 SEMINAR
On Demand 1 cr. SEM 1 Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

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