Sociology

SOC 1110: Introduction to Sociology (5)

Offerings

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the field of sociology, including analyses of the interaction between society and the individual; major theoretical perspectives; methods for obtaining sociological knowledge; and major problems and issues that confront societies.

Attributes: WK Social Sciences

SOC 2000: Sociology of Gender (5)

Offerings

Explores the nature and effects of gender in society. Looking closely at culture and history, the course also explores the assumptions about the expected roles of men and women in society and how these gender roles are assigned, managed, displayed, and reinforced by individuals and social institutions.

SOC 2252: Marriage and the Family (5)

Offerings

Surveys the family as a social institution focusing on marital adjustment, parent-child relationships, changing family patterns, and family disorganization and reorganization.

Equivalents: FCS 2252

SOC 2351: Globalization and Urban Livability (5)

Offerings

This course addresses the issue of urban livability in developing countries. Urban areas experience rapid population growth, but often lack the social and physical infrastructure to accommodate the needs of growing populations. This course tackles the problems of explosive population growth, labor and housing markets, social and economic inequality, spatial segregation, inadequate infrastructure, increasing crime rates, environmental degradation, and participatory urban policies. Students will learn the complexity of urban livability in developing countries as well as being encouraged to find solutions to these problems.

Attributes: Ways of Engaging

SOC 2360: Introduction to Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: SOC 1110 and Math Placement Level B or MAT 0145. Presents the conceptual basis and application of statistical analysis in social and behavioral research. Includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing and inferential statistics. An introduction to analysis of variance and non-parametric statistics will also be provided.

Equivalents: CRIM 2360, PSY 2360 Attributes: WK Quantitative Reasoning Restrictions: Psychology, Soc Justice/Cultural Studies, Sociology Majors only. Prerequisites: (SOC 1110: D or better OR CRIM 1110: D or better) AND (Math Placement Level: B or better OR MAT 0145: C- or better)

SOC 2510: Criminology (5)

Offerings

This course focuses on the nature, causes, and distribution of crime in the U.S. The first part of the course deals with definitional, methodological, and measurement issues in the field. The second part of the course focuses on the various social scientific attempts to explain criminal behavior and patterns of criminality. The third part of the course focuses more specifically on understanding particular types of criminal behavior: illegal drug use and crime, criminal homicide, rape, property crime, and white-collar crime. The primary concern will be an understanding of why it is that some people (or groups) are more likely to engage in criminal behavior than others.

Equivalents: CRIM 2510

SOC 2620: Urban Sociology (5)

Offerings

An introduction to the study of cities, communities, and urban life, this course will study historical developments of cities, urban growth and change, and the ongoing processes of life in an urban context. A range of sociological methods, including ethnography, qualitative interviews and quantitative studies will provide perspectives on key urban questions.

Equivalents: URB 2620 Attributes: Cultural Understand&Engagement

SOC 2650: Introduction to Globalization (5)

Offerings

Globalization is a complex intersection of processes that are rapidly transforming the ways in which the world is organized. This course provides a sociological analysis in which students will be introduced to the changing dynamics of global economies, cultures, and politics, including the origins of these processes, as well as the variety of consequences for people around the world. This course pays particular attention to the emergence of global problems (e.g. inequality, terrorism, human trafficking, global warming) that require global cooperation to be solved (e.g. NGOs, the IMF, the WTO).

SOC 3105: Introduction to Community Development (5)

Offerings

This course introduces the basic theories and frameworks of community development. Topics will include definitions of poverty and development, cross-cultural and cross-class relationships, techniques for community assessment, organizing, and project evaluation. Case studies wil be included from both the United States and the two-thirds world.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Junior, Senior, Sophomore students only.

SOC 3205: Sociology in Medicine: Inequality and Health (5)

Offerings

Prerequisite: PPHS 1800 or permission of instructor. This course examines the concepts, theories, and methods of sociology as they are applied to the field of medicine. Students planning to take the new MCAT, and those interested in understanding key sociological concepts, will investigate the social determinants of health, health care systems, epidemiology, the effects of health institutions on the individual and society, and other substantive topics in medical health study.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging Prerequisites: PPHS 1800: D or better

SOC 3215: Social Inequality: Power and Privilege (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Analyzes societal organization based on residence, occupation, community, class and race, power structure in the community, and social-mobility patterns.

Attributes: Cultural Understand&Engagement, Upper-Division

SOC 3320: Homelessness in America (5)

Offerings

This course is an introduction to the study of homelessness in an American context. The course explores multiple aspects of homelessness, primarily in an urban environment, and relies on a range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Major questions about the causes and consequences of homelessness, socio-demographic factors associated with homelessness, and responses to homelessness are addressed. Through the faces, lives and stories of homeless men and women students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities around the homeless population.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 3370: Sociology of Deviance (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Examines a variety of deviant behavior such as alcohol abuse, drug use, mental illness, violent crime, homosexuality, and prostitution. The course focuses on issues of social definition and causal explanation.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 3372: Explaining Evil: Why People Do Bad Things (5)

Offerings

This course focuses on how the social sciences allow us to better understand our dual natures as both created in God’s image and as fallen creatures. In other words, how do the social sciences allow us to better understand good and evil in the social world? Questions that will be addressed in this seminar include: What is human nature? Does egoism trump altruism? Are some people born bad? Are we all capable of extreme forms of evil? How sharp is the line between a hero and a villain? Are groups more evil than the individuals that compose them? These issues will be explored through reading scholarly research and applying that research to examples found in the real world.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded.

SOC 3410: Medical Sociology (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. The study of the relationships between social institutions and the development of medicine as a profession. Also studied is the social demography of health, doctor-patient interactions, and ethical dilemmas developing from rapid technological advances.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: : or better

SOC 3430: Sociology of Education (5)

Offerings

This course examines the nature of education in society from a sociological perspective and contributes to critical thinking skills regarding the education system. What is the nature of schools? What inequality exists within the educational institution? What factors influence student success in school? Students will use a variety of methods to understand the nature of schools and schooling in the United States and throughout the world.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 3440: Small Group Dynamics (5)

Offerings

Friendship cliques, families, governmental committees, juries, and gangs are all small groups. While these kinds of groups are quite different in many respects, they also display some important common features. This course will explore some of the common features that exist across the range of small groups we all participate in daily. In particular this course will examine: (1) the internal processes and structures of small groups, (2) the impact of small groups on their individual members, and (3) the relationship of small groups to larger social structures.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 3620: Surviving the City: London (5)

Offerings

(Study Abroad:London) This course introduces students to the city of London, combining social science theory and studies with London's history and contemporary life. Students will take advantage of exhibits, museums, and galleries as a way to understand the development of London's urban culture.

Equivalents: URB 3620 Attributes: Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging

SOC 3750: Latin America (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Traces the history of Latin America with particular attention to the development of political, economic, social, and religious institutions.

Equivalents: HIS 3750 Attributes: Cultural Understand&Engagement, Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded.

SOC 3751: Introduction to Research Methods (5)

Offerings

Prerequisite: SOC/PSY 2360 or MAT 2360. SOC 1110 is also a recommended prerequisite. Explores the process of social research, the nature of scientific inquiry, and basic research design including surveys, experiments, field research, and unobtrusive methods. Note: PSY 3588 may be substituted for SOC 3751 in sociology and related majors although SOC 3751 is the preferred course. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 3751 and PSY 3588.

Equivalents: PSY 3588 Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Sociology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: (SOC 2360: D or better OR PSY 2360: D or better OR MAT 2360: D or better)

SOC 3862: Race and Ethnicity (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Comparative study of the nature of minority relations, methods and problems of group adjustment, and positions of various minority groups in the United States and other multiracial societies.

Attributes: Cultural Understand&Engagement, Upper-Division

SOC 4210: Gender in the Global Context (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. An exploration into the variety of conditions that constrain the material, social and spiritual well-being of women around the world. The course will examine how contemporary global processes of social and economic change impact women and how "development" could better address their needs.

Attributes: Cultural Understand&Engagement, Upper-Division Restrictions: Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

SOC 4250: Law, Injustice, and Social Change (5)

Offerings

This advanced course examines the relationship between law, justice, and social change, addressing how law and justice intersect to impact social change. The course explores how law shapes and is shaped by individuals, groups, organizations, and various levels of government. The course covers theoretical approaches to the sociology of law, the role of law and justice in society, and the implications for social change.

Equivalents: CRIM 4250 Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded.

SOC 4252: Sociology of Family (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. This is an advanced course examining the Family from a macro-sociological perspective as a social institution deeply embedded in and integrated through larger economic, historical, and cultural processes. The class focuses on the dynamics of the contemporary institution of the American family, examining how changing social processes cause stresses and generate problems within the family.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: : or better

SOC 4440: Social Psychology (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Studies the relationship between the individual and the group. Includes the major theories, methodological approaches, and substantive areas of investigation that figure prominently in social psychology (e.g., aggression, conformity, social perception, attribution processes, interpersonal attraction, altruism). PSY 3438 may be substituted for SOC 4440 in the sociology major, although SOC 4440 is the recommended course. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 4440 and PSY 3438.

Equivalents: PSY 3438 Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 4620: Sects, Cults, and Violence (5)

Offerings

This course situates sects and cults as New Religious Movements (NRMs) within the social institution of religion. The course examines the diversity of these movements, making sense of them sociologically to understand how sects and cults emerge, how they differ from one another, and why some become violent.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 4702: Classical Sociological Theory (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Explores the major theoretical issues raised by classical theorists such as Weber, Simmel, Marx, Durkheim, and Mead, and their influence on contemporary social theory.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

SOC 4703: Contemporary Sociological Theory (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. This is an introduction to the major contemporary theoretical programs in sociology (e.g., exchange approaches, symbolic interactionism, structural theories, and feminist theories). Emphasis will be placed on the basic assumptions and elemental ideas of the various theories, and the relevance of these ideas for understanding contemporary society.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: SOC 1110: or better

SOC 4820: Sociology of Religion (5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. An analysis of religion as a social institution, including the rise of Christianity; religious social perspectives; conversion and commitment processes; sect and cult; charisma and its routinization; religion and inequality; secularization; and social change.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 4899: Sociology Capstone Seminar (3)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon the discipline of sociology, what they have learned in their sociological studies, and the significance of sociology in providing an ongoing perspective for understanding the world. Further, students will be asked to think about how their faith perspective intersects with a sociological approach to understanding human life. Appropriate readings will be assigned to facilitate thought and discussion.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Sociology Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

SOC 4900: Independent Study (1-5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Student works independently with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon topic. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 4910: Seminar (1-5)

Offerings

Designed primarily for senior-level sociology majors, this course provides a seminar experience (intensive reading, discussion, and/or data analysis) in a variety of topics that reflect the research interests of the instructor. Advanced students in other majors may contact individual instructors to see if they are eligible to register for the class. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Sociology Majors only. Prerequisites: : or better

SOC 4920: Readings in Selected Fields (1-5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: 15 upper-division credits of B work in the discipline; SOC 1110 is also recommended. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division

SOC 4930: Practicum in Sociology (1-15)

Offerings

Prerequisites: SOC 2310, or SOC 4310 and SOC 4308 and SOC 4380. SOC 4308 or SOC 4380 may be taken concurrently; SOC 1110 is also recommended. Provides field experience for those students seeking opportunities in direct services, particularly in the area of case management. These students will relate sociological methods and social-work skills to an applied setting. A learning contract describing learning objectives must be developed by the student and approved by the faculty sponsor. Additional information and all placement approvals are obtained from the internship coordinator for the Sociology Department. A maximum of 10 credits may apply to the major and no credits may apply to the minor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: (SOC 2310: D or better OR SOS 2310: D or better OR SOC 4310: D or better OR SOS 4310: D or better) AND (SOC 4380: D or better OR SOS 4380: D or better) AND (SOC 4308: D or better OR SOS 4308: D or better)

SOC 4940: Internship in Sociology (1-5)

Offerings

Provides opportunities for students to integrate course learning in Sociology with applied field experience. The internship program is designed for Junior or Senior Sociology majors in good standing. In addition to field hours, students can choose among three writing assignment options. Internships will be under the direction of the internship coordinator in the Sociology department and must be of clear sociological relevance. A minimum of 5 hours per week of field work is required for all internships. Each credit is roughly equivalent to 4 hours per week. A maximum of 10 credits may be applied to the major and no credits may apply to a Sociology minor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: : or better

SOC 4970: Independent Research (1-5)

Offerings

SOC 1110 is a recommended prerequisite for this course. Prerequisite: B work in the discipline. A maximum of 10 credits may apply to the major and no credits may apply to the minor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division