Academic Catalog

Sociology (SOCG)

SOCG 105  - The Social World  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to the nature and scope of sociology, emphasizing the development and uses of basic concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry. Emphasis varies by instructor. Course formerly taught as Socg 200.

SOCG 155  - Social Issues  (3 Credits)  

Sociological perspectives for analyzing social problems such as economic inequality, race relations, and crim. Emphasis varies by instructor. Course formerly taught as Socg 100.

SOCG 304  - Social Stratification  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of inequality in society. The nature and consequences of social stratification and power in modern society.

SOCG 313  - Urban Sociology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Problems of city growth and living; the influence of social, cultural, and ecological factors upon social organization, power relations, and everyday social relationships in urban areas.

SOCG 315A  - Gender and Society  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or 155 or permission of the instructor. Sociological study of gender differentiation in American society, with an emphasis on major social institutions and social change.

SOCG 320  - Food Justice  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisites: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of instructor. Sociologists study food in order to puzzle through the complicated questions of fairness, equity, justice, and all human beings’ inherent right to nourishment and sustenance. What would a ‘just’ food system look like? What social groups are advancing this cause in contemporary society? How successful have their efforts been? What can/will we do to contribute to this process? How will we adequately, healthily, and sustainably feed others and ourselves?

SOCG 331  - The Family  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 to SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Historical changes in American patterns of marriage, divorce, and child rearing; social class, racial, ethnic variation; and alternative family forms.

SOCG 332  - Introduction to Social Welfare  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. The history, philosophy, and institutionalization of social welfare; social work as a profession, methods, and policies.

SOCG 334  - Medical Sociology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. The relationship of disease and health to social structure and culture. Organizational and role analysis of the medical care industry, various allied health professions, and alternative approaches to coping with health and illness.

SOCG 335  - Global Perspectives on Health and Illness  (3 Credits)  

Analyzes problems of health, illness, inequality, and care at the global level. Examines health care systems and health promotion in comparative perspective. Explores how social forces shape individual and group health behaviors and illness experiences in various structural and cultural contexts. Emphasis on health rights as human rights.

SOCG 336  - Community Power  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155. This course explores how power is distributed at the local level (city, region, neighborhood), and how this impacts our experiences of community. Power can be examined through locally experienced issues, for example: housing, schools, policing, neighboring behaviors, health care, etc.

SOCG 341  - American Society  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Study of selected issues in contemporary American society.

SOCG 342A  - Socg Work:Occupatn & Professns  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155. Analysis of major occupational groups; special emphasis on professions and executive roles; relationship of occupations to other aspects of society; the growth of leisure.

SOCG 347  - Sociology of East Asia  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105. Sociology of East Asia is an introductory course on three East Asian countries, China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, and Korea. The course aims to help students understand similarities and differences among East Asian countries and with/from Western societies from sociological perspectives.

SOCG 351  - Juvenile Delinquency  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. The development of the concept of juvenile delinquency. The extent and nature of delinquent behavior and efforts at explanation and control.

SOCG 352  - Criminology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 to SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Causal theories and descriptive research on adult crime; survey of the American criminal justice system.

SOCG 354  - Environmental Sociology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of instructor. Examines how contemporary social organization drives environmental degradation and renders some people more vulnerable to its effects, and whether a shift in environmental consciousness and individual behaviors is sufficient to create a more harmonious relationship between society and the natural world.

SOCG 355  - Death and Society  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or permission of instructor. An overview of the sociological approach to the study of death and dying. Examines causes of death, treatment of death both before and after the event.The meaning of death from various cultural perspectives, and the death industry.

SOCG 364  - Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor, and STAT 180. Quantitative sampling and study design, questionnaire construction and administration, analysis of survey data with emphasis on cross-classification, correlation, or regression techniques.

SOCG 365  - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis  (4 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to qualitative sociological research methods, including participant observation, interviewing, and narrative analysis. Students will engage in independent research to gather and analyze qualitative data.

SOCG 371  - Selected Topics in Sociology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or 155 or permission of instructor. Major concepts or points of view in contemporary sociology with an emphasis on discussion. Topic varies.

SOCG 400  - Sociology of the Body  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 to SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. How are bodies socially constructed? This seminar examines social, particularly feminist theories of embodiment. Central questions consider how bodies are sexed/gendered, racialized, ethnicized, aged, sexualized, classed, sickened/cured, and otherwise modified through social processes. Also explores the subjective experience of embodiment.

SOCG 404  - Global Inequality and Development  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 to SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Examines social, economic, and political development at the global level and in comparative perspectives. Students consider competing perspectives on global inequality, with attention to the role of power relations and historical contingencies in shaping issues of development and underdevelopment.

SOCG 411  - Popular Culture  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Traditional sociological conceptions of popular culture as well as recent theoretical interventions and studies of everyday life, gender, social class, and race and ethnicity from feminist studies, American studies, minority discourses, and cultural studies. Popular culture as a meaningful site of political and social resistance for the disenfranchised.

SOCG 415  - The Sociology of Law  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. The role of law in American society, particularly the relationship between legal and other institutions. Sociological approaches to American legal cultures, the legal profession and legal education, law and social change.

SOCG 421B  - Racial and Ethnic Relations  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the relationship between ethnic and racial groups and their relationship to the dominant ethnic majority in America and other societies. Sociological examination of concepts such as racism, racial identity, prejudice, discrimination, inter-group conflict, power, assimilation, and pluralism.

SOCG 432  - Political Sociology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Theories and research regarding the social structural and cultural bases of political authority in human societies; emphasis given to the polity, power, and political action as integral aspects of sociocultural organization and dynamics.

SOCG 434  - Gender and Work  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. This seminar examines the opportunities, imperatives, and experiences of women and men at work. Work is structured by institutional arrangements that come before us and that change over time and is shaped in relation to institutions in society other than the economy, especially the family. Work, occupational opportunities and cultural expectations are also shaped by the intersectionality of class, race, & gender in our lives and experiences. Readings and projects are selected to emphasize related questions and themes.

SOCG 440  - Sociology of Education  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or SOCG 155 or permission of the instructor. Formal and informal educational processes in various societies with an emphasis on stratification in education in the US. Theoretical and methodological approaches to studying education as a social institution.

SOCG 471  - History of Social Theory  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 and completion of at least 6 credit hours of 300-400 level sociology courses, or permission of the instructor. Presentation and analysis of major forms and themes of social and early sociological theory from the 16th century to the early 20th century.

SOCG 472  - Contemporary Sociological Theories  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105 and completion of at least 6 credit hours of 300-400 level sociology courses, or permission of the instructor. Consideration of major sociological theorists of the 20th century.

SOCG 475  - Public Sociology  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SOCG 105. Students will be trained in participatory action research methods. Action research is community-based and operates on a collaborative model of social research that simultaneously engages academic practices and democratic social change. Data used may include interviews focus groups, participant observation, documents, records, reports, and surveys.

SOCG 491  - Individual Study and Research  (3 Credits)  

Available to qualified students; reading and research, project or paper with guidance of a faculty member.

SOCG 492  - Individual Study and Research  (3 Credits)  

Available to qualified students; reading and research, project or paper with guidance of a faculty member.

SOCG 499  - Internship   (1-12 Credits)  

Supervised off-campus experience, developed in consultation with departmental faculty. Cannot be counted in the major program.