Sociology (SOC)

SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology  3(3-0)  

The scientific study of patterns and processes of human social relations. (*) (Gen Ed: SS, GT-SS3)

SOC 105  (ANTHR 105, PSYCH 105, WS 105)   Understanding Human Diversity  3(3-0)  

Americans live in a complex and diverse society. This course examines the nature, impact and strategies for dealing with diversity in personal and social contexts. (*)

SOC 201  Social Problems  3(3-0)  

Sociological perspectives applied to an understanding of global and domestic social problem, including the environment, corporate control, economic and political inequalities, health care, and crime. (*) (Gen Ed: SS, GT-SS1)

SOC 203  (CRIM 203)   The Criminal Justice System  3(3-0)  

This course examines origin, nature, and utilization of criminal law; policing, court adjudication and sentencing; jails and prisons; community based corrections; criminal justice policy. (*)

SOC 205  (CRIM 205)   Research Methods  3(3-0)  

Introduces methods of research and investigation in sociology, criminology, and the social sciences. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101. (F, S)

SOC 231  (PSYCH 231, WS 231)   Marriage and Family Relationships  3(3-0)  

Marriage and family from an institutional and relationship perspective; cross-cultural diversity, mate selection, marital dynamics, parenting, divorce, remarriage, emerging patterns. (*) (Gen Ed: SS)

SOC 248  Environmental Sociology  3(3-0)  

We will use our sociological imaginations to explore the often puzzling relationships that humans all over the globe have developed with their environment. (*)

SOC 261  (CRIM 261)   Cannabis and Society  3(3-0)  

The purpose of this course is to explore the complicated relationship between cannabis and society. The past, present and future of cannabis will be discussed. Examination of how cannabis has sparked various social changes. (*)

SOC 291  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).

SOC 302  Collective Behavior and Social Movements  3(3-0)  

An analysis of elementary forms of spontaneous and unstructured behavior (panics, rumors), and complex forms of more structured group phenomena (riots, social movements.) Prerequisite: SOC 101 (S)

SOC 303  (CRIM 303)   Crime and Deviance  3(3-0)  

The nature and causes of crime as well as of behavior defined as socially deviant, including violent, corporate, political crimes; sexual, cultural, political deviance. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 203 or CRIM 101 or CRIM 203. (*)

SOC 304  (CRIM 304)   Race and Crime  3(3-0)  

Explores historical and contemporary intersecting issues of race and crime in the United States. Theoretical grounding and factual information provide the foundation for the course. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 155 or CRIM 101. (*)

SOC 305  (WS 305, CRIM 305)   Women and Crime  3(3-0)  

Explores historical and contemporary intersecting issues of sex, gender, and crime in the United States, focusing on girls' and women's experiences as crime victims, offenders, and workers in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 or CRIM 101 or SOC 101 or WS 100. (*)

SOC 306  (CRIM 306)   Delinquency and Juvenile Justice  3(3-0)  

Theory and history of delinquency; relationship to family, peer groups, schools, gangs, drugs, young offenders legislation, juvenile courts and police response, youth corrections. (*)

SOC 308  Popular Culture  3(3-0)  

Advertising, television, music, novels, and the news are among the topics to be investigated for their social significance. (*)

SOC 310  Social and Cultural Theory  3(3-0)  

Examine from classical to contemporary theory in sociology and anthropology. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or ANTHR 100. (*)

SOC 314  (ANTHR 314)   Religion, Culture and Society  3(3-0)  

Cross-cultural concepts and practices of the supernatural are studied. A holistic analysis to the role of religion in cultures and society. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 or SOC 101. (*)

SOC 315  (ANTHR 315)   Health, Culture and Society  3(3-0)  

Cross-cultural concepts and approaches to health are studied. A holistic analysis of medicine as a cultural system as opposed to a biological one. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 or SOC 101. (*)

SOC 316  (ANTHR 316)   Age, Culture and Society  3(3-0)  

Cross-cultural concepts and approaches to age are studied. A holistic analysis of the life course focusing on societal and cultural perceptions. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 or SOC 101. (*)

SOC 321  (CRIM 321, ANTHR 321)   Cross-Cultural Perspective on Crime  3(3-0)  

An examination of crime in non-western societies with a comparion to crime and punishment in modern American society. Prerequisite: ANTHR 100 OR SOC 101 OR CRIM 101. (*)

SOC 324  Race and Ethnic Relation  3(3-0)  

Social, political and historical conditions under which segregation, racial/ethnic hierarchies and r/e conflict emerge, and the institutions through which boundaries and hierarchies are produced and reproduced in the U.S. (*)

SOC 325  (WS 325)   Gender And Society  3(3-0)  

Analysis of how gender as a social construct influences institutions, interaction & lived experience in a diverse society.The intersection of race,ethnicity, class & sexualities is viewed through the lens of gender & culture. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or WS 100. (*)

SOC 326  Social Stratification  3(3-0)  

Inquire into inequalities of wealth, power, and the consequence for individuals and society. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 201. (*)

SOC 352  (PSYCH 352)   Social Psychology  3(3-0)  

General and applied psychological principles of the individual's interaction with a group. Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 or SOC 101. (*)

SOC 357  (ANTHR 357, CRIM 357)   Immigration  3(3-1)  

Examines migration processes, with a particular focus on immigration to the United States. Migration patterns are analyzed considering social, political, and historical context, including structural global patterns. (*)

SOC 358  Film and Society  3(3-0)  

An in-depth look at the images of social life and social relationships contained in popular movies. (*)

SOC 361  (CRIM 361)   Cannabis Policy  3(3-0)  

The purpose of this course will be to explore the fast-evolving realm of cannabis policy, focusing primarily on the United States. (*)

SOC 374  (CRIM 374)   Crime in Film  3(3-0)  

Employ theoretical perspectives to better understand motivations of Hollywood criminals and the peculiar aspects of a society with an insatiable appetite for crime as "entertainment". (*)

SOC 376  (Criminology)   Crime & Society in Science Fiction  3(3-0)  

This course focuses on sociological understandings of crime and other social phenomena. Through science fiction literature, movies, and TV, the class explores how current social realities are reflected in science fiction. (*)

SOC 378  Rock 'n' Roll and Rebellion  3(3-0)  

The course provides a social historical analysis of the development and impact of an important form of contemporary popular culture - rock 'n' roll music. (*)

SOC 404  Poverty and Inequality in the U.S.  3(3-0)  

Poverty in the United States, its measurement and extent, perpetuating conditions, lifestyle and anti-poverty programs. (*)

SOC 405  (CRIM 405)   Law and Society  3(3-0)  

The origins and functions of law; the social organization of legal institutions and decisions; the relationship of law to morality, justice and social change. (*)

SOC 408  Science, Technology, and The Future  3(3-0)  

Social and structural implications of science and technology as they affect society. (*)

SOC 418  (CRIM 418)   Crime, Drugs and Social Policy  3(3-0)  

This course examines the ways in which crime and drug policy is formulated, articulated, implemented, and evaluated. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101. (*)

SOC 426  (CRIM 426)   Collective Violence and Rioting  3(3-0)  

An overview of episodes of collective behavior in society focusing on racial violence and prison riots, including examination of causes, history, and control efforts. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or CRIM 101. (SS)

SOC 428  (HIST 428, WS 428)   Women & Work  3(3-0)  

Examines historical and contemporary issues for women of various economic, social, and ethnic groups, especially in the US; examines gender ideologies about paid, unpaid work. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. (*)

SOC 432  Organization Theory  3(3-0)  

Prevailing theoretical model of large organizations and suggested alternatives. (*)

SOC 435  The Interviewer's Craft  3(3-0)  

Introduces the variety of qualitative methods used in the social sciences for conducting research studies, gathering data and interpreting and analyzing research findings with a focus on interviewing techniques. (*)

SOC 450  Soc of Mental Health and Suicide  3(3-0)  

Examines the social conditions that influence mental health and suicide in the United States and the psychosocial processes that link social experiences to psychological health. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 352 or PSYCH 352. (*)

SOC 451  Culture/Deviance/Psychopathology  3(3-0)  

Analysis of the relationship between culture and the causes and manifestations of deviance and psychopathology. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or ANTHR 100. (*)

SOC 452  Sociology of the Self  3(3-0)  

Examination of the self and society within sociological theory. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or ANTHR 100 or SOC 352 or PSYCH 352. (*)

SOC 453  Inside-Out Prisoner Exchange  3(3-0)  

Seminar occurs in a correctional facility. Students and incarcerated men or women together examine topics such as crime, justice, freedom, and inequality to learn from others' perspectives and re-think current understanding. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor. (F, S)

SOC 490  Special Projects  (1-3 V)  

Projects identified by each faculty member in concert with his/her interests. Prerequisite: Sociology major and junior or senior. (*) Repeatable (99).

SOC 491  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special Topics. (*) Repeatable (99).

SOC 492  Research  (1-3 V)  

Qualitative and quantitative methods and designs in sociological research. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. (*)

SOC 494  Field Experience  (1-12 V)  

Practical on-the-job experience in an agency setting. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).

SOC 495  Independent Study  (1-10 V)  

Independent Study. Prerequisite: Previous work in sociology and permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).