College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Course Descriptions


SOC S161 Principles of Sociology Cr. 3.
SOC S163 Social Problems Cr. 3.
SOC S230 Society and the Individual Cr. 3.
SOC S260 Analysis of Social Issues Cr. 3.
SOC S295 Selected Topics in Sociology Cr. 3.
SOC S298 Colloquium in Sociology and Women’s Studies Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S300 Race and Ethnic Relations Cr. 3.
SOC S303 Industrial Sociology Cr. 3.
SOC S305 Population Cr. 3.
SOC S309 The Community Cr. 3.
SOC S313 Religion and Society Cr. 3.
SOC S314 Social Aspects of Health and Medicine Cr. 3.
SOC S315 Work and Occupations Cr. 3.
SOC S316 The Family Cr. 3.
SOC S317 Inequality Cr. 3.
SOC S318 Social Change Cr. 3.
SOC S320 Deviant Behavior and Social Control Cr. 3.
SOC S324 Mental Illness Cr. 3.
SOC S325 Criminology Cr. 3.
SOC S328 Juvenile Delinquency Cr. 3.
SOC S331 Sociology of Aging Cr. 3.
SOC S338 Sociology of Gender Roles Cr. 3.
SOC S340 Social Theory Cr. 3.
SOC S351 Social Statistics Cr. 3.
SOC S352 Methods of Social Research Cr. 3.
SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S398 Internship in the Behavioral Sciences Cr. 3.
SOC S410 Topics in Social Organization Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S413 Sex Inequality in Society Cr. 3.
SOC S420 Topics in Deviance Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S425 Violence and Society Cr. 3.
SOC S431 Topics in Social Psychology Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S441 Topics in Social Theory Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S450 Topics in Methods and Measurement Cr. 3. (V.T.)
SOC S470 Senior Seminar Cr. 1–3. (V.T.)
SOC S494 Field Experience in Sociology Cr. 1–6.
SOC S495 Individual Readings in Sociology Cr. 1–3. (V.T.)

SOC S161 Principles of Sociology Cr. 3.

Nature of interpersonal relationships, societies, groups, communities, and institutional areas such as the family, industry, and religion, social process operating within these areas; significance for problems of personality, human nature, social disorganization, and social change. (fall, spring, summer)

SOC S163 Social Problems Cr. 3.

Major social problems in areas such as the family, religion, economic order, crime, mental disorders, civil rights; racial, ethnic, and international tensions. Relation to structure and values of larger society. Although no prerequisite is required, it is strongly recommended that students have some previous social science course work and/or familiarity with basic sociological concepts and methodology. (fall, spring, summer)

SOC S230 Society and the Individual Cr. 3.

P: S161. Personality and its development; relationship to culture and communication and to social settings; deviant types. Credit not given for both S230 and S232. (spring, summer)

SOC S260 Analysis of Social Issues Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W131 (or equivalent). Introduction to the analysis of social issues. Emphasis on the development of writing skills appropriate to the discipline. Approved by Arts and Sciences for use in fulfilling the writing requirement.

SOC S295 Selected Topics in Sociology Cr. 3.

P: S161. Specific topics announced in the Schedule of Classes (e.g., Conflict Resolution and Mediation and Sociological Practice in the Community).

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SOC S298 Colloquium in Sociology and Women’s Studies Cr. 3. (V.T.)

R: one SOC or WOST course. Extensive analysis of selected topics in sociology from a women’s studies perspective, e.g., sexism and men, family violence, rape. Specific topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated with different topic for a maximum of 6 credits. It is recommended that you take ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent) before you enroll in any 300-level sociology course.

SOC S300 Race and Ethnic Relations Cr. 3.

P: S161 and S260 or ENG W233 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Relations between racial and ethnic minority and majority groups; psychological, cultural, and structural theories of prejudice and discrimination; comparative analysis of diverse systems of intergroup relations.

SOC S303 Industrial Sociology Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Relationship of modern industrial organization and of labor and management organizations to political system, social class system, and other aspects of the society and community; formal and informal organizations within industry; intergroup conflict and processes of adjustment.

SOC S305 Population Cr. 3.

P: S161. Population composition, fertility, mortality, natural increase, migrations; historical growth and change of populations; population theories and policies; techniques in manipulation and use of population data; and the spatial organization of populations.

SOC S309 The Community Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Sociological definitions of community; theories of community and community organization; social, political, and economic factors that contribute to community organization and disorganization; alternative models of community development and planning.

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SOC S313 Religion and Society Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. The nature, consequences, and theoretical origins of religion as evident in social construction and functional perspectives; the social origins and problems of religious organizations; and the relationships between religion and morality, science, magic, social class, minority status, economic development, and politics.

SOC S314 Social Aspects of Health and Medicine Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. The effects of group characteristics in the causation, amelioration, and prevention of mental and physical illness, and the social influences in medical education, medical practice, and hospital administration.

SOC S315 Work and Occupations Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Treats work roles within such organizations as factory, office, school, government, and welfare agencies; career and occupational mobility in work life; formal and informal organizations within work organizations; labor and management conflict and cooperation; problems of modern industrial workers.

SOC S316 The Family Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Cross-cultural perspectives on family systems; structure and process of the conjugal family in modern and emerging societies. Focus on relationships of the family to other subsystems of the larger society and on interaction within the family in connection with these interrelationships. Emphasis on development of systematic theory. (fall, summer)

SOC S317 Inequality Cr. 3.

P: 3 credits of sociology or consent of instructor. Nature, functioning, and maintenance of systems of social stratification in local communities and societies. Correlates and consequences of social class position and vertical mobility.

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SOC S318 Social Change Cr. 3.

P: S161; ENG W233 or S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Introduction to theoretical and empirical studies of social change. Explores issues such as modernization; rationalization; demography, economic, and religious causes of change; reform and revolution.

SOC S320 Deviant Behavior and Social Control Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Analysis of deviance in relation to formal and informal social processes. Emphasis on deviance and respectability as functions of social reactions, characteristics of rules, and power and conflict.

SOC S324 Mental Illness Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Social factors in mental illnesses: incidence and prevalence by social and cultural categories; variations in societal reaction; social organization of treatment organizations.

SOC S325 Criminology Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Factors in genesis of crime and organization of criminal behavior from points of view of the person and the group.

SOC S328 Juvenile Delinquency Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. A study of the nature, incidence, causes, control, and theories of juvenile delinquency in modern societies.

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SOC S331 Sociology of Aging Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC 260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Designed for people who want to learn about the phenomenon of aging. Topics of discussion will include the myths about aging and/or growing old in American society, the process of aging, sexual behavior, social relationships, family, religious activities, and leisure of the elderly.

SOC S338 Sociology of Gender Roles Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Exploration of the properties, correlates, and consequences of sex roles in contemporary societies. Emphasis on defining sex roles, tracing their historical development, considering their implications for work, marriage and fertility, with cross cultural comparisons.

SOC S340 Social Theory Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Sociological theory, with focus on content, form, and historical development. Relationships among theories, data, and sociological explanation.

SOC S351 Social Statistics Cr. 3.

P: S161 and MA 149 or MA 151 or MA 153 (or placement above MA 153), ENG 233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Introduction to statistics including measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, statistical inference and hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, and analysis of variance. Credit not given for both S250–S251 and S351–S352. (fall)

SOC S352 Methods of Social Research Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Introduction to methods of research integrating theory construction, research design, and the construction of research instruments for data collection. Credit not given for both S250–S251 and S351–S352. (spring)

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SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy Cr. 3. (V.T.)

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Specific topics announced each semester; examples include environmental affairs, urban problems, poverty, and population problems.

SOC S398 Internship in the Behavioral Sciences Cr. 3.

P: S161 and three other sociology courses, including at least one at the 300 level, and approval of internship coordinator. Individual research problems. Students are placed in cooperating social,
welfare, and behavior-modification agencies to receive experience as learning paraprofessionals. Work is supervised by the department and agency. Research and written reports are required. Evaluations by
the agency and department. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

SOC S410 Topics in Social Organization Cr. 3. (V.T.)

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., social stratification, formal organizations, urban social organization, education, religion, politics, demography, social power, social conflict, social change, comparative social systems, race and ethnic relations, rural sociology, urban sociology, and work reorganization.
Approved by Arts and Sciences for use in fulfilling the Cultural Studies (Non-Western Culture) requirement only when the topic is Culture of China. May be repeated three times for credit. (fall, summer)

SOC S413 Sex Inequality in Society Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Major theories of sex inequality; historical and cross-cultural variations in systems of sex inequality; social, economic, political, and cultural processes perpetuating sex inequality in U.S. society; interrelationships between racial, class, and sex inequality; strategies for social change.

SOC S420 Topics in Deviance Cr. 3. (V.T.)

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, corrections, mental illness, sexual deviance, drug use, violence, and physical disability. May be repeated three times for credit. (spring)

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SOC S425 Violence and Society Cr. 3.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Considers violence in society: its origins, forms, and consequences. Aspects of violence considered include biological,
psychological, social, and cultural. Forms examined include revolution, terrorism, family violence, religious conflict, and mobs/riots. Purpose of the course is to help the student better understand the role played by violence in modern society.

SOC S431 Topics in Social Psychology Cr. 3. (V.T.)

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor, and S230. Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., socialization, personality development, small-group structures and processes, interpersonal relations, language and human behavior, attitude formation and change, collective behavior, public opinion, intergroup relations. May be repeated three times for credit.

SOC S441 Topics in Social Theory Cr. 3. (V.T.)

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., structuralism, evolutionary theory, symbolic interaction theory, functionalism, social action theory, exchange theory, history and development of social theory, sociology of knowledge. May be repeated three times for credit.

SOC S450 Topics in Methods and Measurement Cr. 3. (V.T.)

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor, S352 or consent of instructor. Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., scaling, logic of inquiry, model construction and formalization, research design, data collection, sampling, measurement, statistical analysis. May be repeated three times for credit.

SOC S470 Senior Seminar Cr. 1–3. (V.T.)

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor. Topics to be announced.

SOC S494 Field Experience in Sociology Cr. 1–6.

P: S161 and ENG W233 or SOC S260 (or equivalent), or consent of instructor and prior arrangement. Faculty directed study of aspects of sociology based on field experience in conjunction with directed readings and writing. Specifically, each intern is required to (1) keep a daily or weekly journal, which is given at regular intervals to the faculty sponsor; (2) give an oral report once the fieldwork is completed; (3) depending on academic credit, write a journal or analytic paper or both.

SOC S495 Individual Readings in Sociology Cr. 1–3. (V.T.)

Prior arrangement, usually in conjunction with honors work. (fall, spring, summer)

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