SOC - Sociology


SOC 202Principles of SociologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Introduction to sociology. Analyses of key processes and institutions including interaction, inequality, organization, socialization, and social change. Includes core sociological concepts, methods, theories.


SOC 203Current Social ProblemsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences, U.S. Diversity
Examination of social problems linked to structures of economic, political, gender and racial inequality; including poverty, disease, racism, sexism, unemployment, psychological distress, educational failure, environmental destruction and violence. Possible solutions viewed from a variety of perspectives. Includes core sociological concepts, methods and theories.


SOC (WGS) 204Sociology of FamilyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences, U.S. Diversity
Contemporary American family structures and processes and their development. Focus on socialization, mate selection, marital adjustment and dissolution. Includes core sociological concepts, methods, theories.


SOC 205Jobs and WorkUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Work experience in terms of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards for worker. Work experience as intersection of occupation, industry, organization, region, and time period. Research skills for comparing job options to individual goals. Includes core sociological theories, concepts and methods.


SOC 206Social DevianceUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Social processes in the creation and maintenance of deviant populations: classification, objectification of social meanings, functions of subcultures and social outcomes of the deviance-ascription process. Includes core sociological concepts, methods, theories.


SOC (GEO) 220Cultural GeographyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
Investigates the world's past and present cultural diversity by studying spatial patterns of population, language, religion, material and non-material culture, technology and livelihoods, communities and settlements and political organization and interaction.


SOC 241Sociology of Agriculture and Rural SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Social Sciences
Application of sociological concepts, methods, theories and styles of reasoning to major social problems facing rural America. Changing structure of agriculture; social impact of agricultural technology; rural community growth and decline; rural industrialization, rural poverty, natural resources and environmental issues in rural America. Includes core sociological concepts, methods, theories.


SOC (ANT) 261Technology in Society and CultureUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Global Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Social Sciences
Processes of social and cultural change with a focus on role of technological innovation. Cross-cultural emphasis. Workplace changes and societal risks in U.S. and non-U.S. societies associated with technological innovations. Special attention to the role of scientists and engineers in socio-cultural change. Topical case studies apply course concepts and principles. Core sociological and anthropological concepts, methods, theories.


SOC 295Special Topics in SociologyUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Offered as needed to present 200-level subject materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for new courses on a trial basis.


SOC 300Social Research MethodsUNITS: 4 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: SOC 202, Corequisite: ST 311
Basic methods of social research, research design, sampling, data collection, measurement, and analysis; the relationship between theory and research. Laboratory exercises on computer applications.


SOC 301Human BehaviorUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
The development of personality as a consequence of social interactions and behavior of individuals in social contexts. Processes of learning, socialization, social perception, organization, stability and change of attitudes, norms, norm-formation and conformity, social roles and role strain, interpersonal attraction, and intergroup and intragroup relations.


SOC (WGS) 304Women and Men in SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Social Sciences, U.S. Diversity
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
A sociological analysis of women and men in contemporary American society. Perpetuation of and change in gender stratification using sociological concepts. theories and research. How gender expectations developed and transmitted. Historical data and research on diversity in American society used for analysis of causes and consequences of gender inequality.


SOC (AFS) 305Racial and Ethnic RelationsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences, U.S. Diversity
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
Study of the nature of the relationships among racial and ethnic groups in societies around the world but with emphasis on the United States. Explores topics such as inequalities of wealth, power, and status, racism, conflict, and social boundaries among groups. Current trends in intergroup relations are discussed.


SOC 306CriminologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
Study of processes whereby behavior is defined as crime and persons are identified as criminals. Includes a sociological investigation of agencies of law enforcement, adjudication, corrections and prevention; patterns of criminal behavior; explanations of variations in criminality with emphasis on sociocultural and sociopsychological theories.


SOC (REL) 309Religion and SocietyUNITS: 3 - Humanities
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
Religious beliefs, practices and organizations addressed as social phenomena. Structural functionalism, conflict and subjectivism as theoretical orientations for understanding influences between religion and society. Relationship of religions to family, government, and economy and to social divisions, conflict and change.


SOC 310Managers, Work, and OrganizationsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: Any 200-level SOC, SOC 205 recommended
Sociological analysis of managers, who they are, and what they do. How recent changes in the U.S. economy have altered managers' work. How managers influence and adapt to the organizational environment. Relationship of management and labor in the production process.


SOC 311Community RelationshipsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
Institutions, organizations and agencies found in modern communities; social problems and conditions with which they deal; their interrelationships and trends toward comprehensive planning.


SOC 342International DevelopmentUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
Sociological explanations of the causes of development and underdevelopment and origins of the present world system with emphasis on lesser developed countries. Recent global changes in the world situation including the increasing internationalization and interdependence of all countries.


SOC 350Food and SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: 3 credits of a 200-level Sociology
Relationships among individuals, groups, and organizations in the production, consumption, and distribution of food. Influences of gender, class, race, and ethnicity. Impacts of laws and regulations, markets, and social movements.


SOC 351Population and PlanningUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Global Knowledge, Social Sciences
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOC at the 200 level
Effects of births, deaths, and migration on population size, composition and distribution. Comparisons across U.S. and non-U.S. societies. Socioeconomic and political implications of demographic change. Impact of alternative policies on demographic processes.


SOC 381Sociology of MedicineUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: 200 level Sociology
Use of theory and empirical studies to understand the social etiology of disease health practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the special area of mental health. Historical as well as contemporary examples of social influences on, and effects of, health throughout the world, but especially in the United States. Core sociological concepts, methods, theories.


SOC 395Special Topics in SociologyUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: 3 credits of a 200-level Sociology
Offered as needed to present 300-level subject materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for new courses on a trial basis.


SOC 400Theories of Social StructureUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
Contributions of Durkheim, Marx, Weber and others to contemporary macro-level sociological theories. Origins and development of functionalist and conflict approaches. Theories of social solidarity, class structure, the state, bureaucratization, ideology. Uses of original works.


SOC 401Theories of Social InteractionUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level
Contributions of Weber, Simmel, Mead, Homans, Goffman and others to contemporary micro-level sociological theories. Origins and development of symbolic interaction, ethnomethodology, exchange theory and dramaturgy. Theories of the self, social construction of reality, emotions, interpersonal relationships. Interrelationship of theory and research; use of original works.


SOC 402Urban SociologyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 300
Urban social structures emphasizing determinants and consequences of changes in urban places and life styles. Current urban problems and various approaches to urban social planning.


SOC 404Families and WorkUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: SOC 200 level, SOC 300
Sociological analysis of the interplay between economy and family. How men and women make decisions regarding work and family. Theory and research techniques appropriate to the student of work/family conflicts.


SOC 405Racism in the U.S.UNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 300
The course will examine the nature of racism in American society and its correlates: prejudice, discrimination, racial conflict, and racial oppression. Emphasis on the history and development of racism in the U.S. as well as its impact on minority groups. Sociological explanations for the emergence and continuation of racism.


SOC (WGS) 407Sociology of SexualitiesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: 3 hours SOC 200 level, 300 level
Exploration of sexuality in a social context. Relationship between sexuality, gender and power in the U.S. Historical trends in behaviors and identities: social movements and sexual issues; current behavioral trends. Some issues covered; identity, social construction, sexual meanings.


SOC 410Sociology of OrganizationsUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level, SOC 300
Application of sociological theories to study of organizational structures and processes. Special attention to control and coordination, relations with other organizations, and decision making.


SOC (PS) 413Criminal Justice Field WorkUNITS: 4 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: SOC 306 and PS 305, Senior standing in Criminal Justice option
Supervised observation and experience in a criminal justice agency. Study of relationships between ongoing programs and relevant political and sociological theory and research. Weekly seminars, small groups and individual conferences. Presentation of an integrative report.


SOC 414Social ClassUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 300
The universality of social inequality, its bases and consequences. Relationship of social inequality to social class, life chances, life styles and social mobility. Theories and research methods pertinent to the study of social class.


SOC 418Sociology of EducationUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: SOC 300
Application of sociological theories to education, relating processes of stratification, socialization and organization. Sociological analysis of classrooms and learning. Connections of schooling with family, community and work. Cross-cultural and U.S. research.


SOC 425Juvenile DelinquencyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC 200-level; SOC 300
Nature and extent of juvenile delinquency; measurement problems; and biogenic, psychogenic and sociogenic theories of delinquency causation. Policy implications of delinquency theories for treatment and prevention. Evaluation of treatment and prevention programs.


SOC 427Sociology of LawUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC 200-level; SOC 300
Sociological concepts, theories and research of law as social control. Social forces behind the creation, maintenance and application of law in American Society.


SOC 428Formal Institutions of Social ControlUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: 3 hours SOC 200 level; SOC 300
Development, structure and behavior of formal institutions of social control in the United States (police, courts, corrections); divergent philosophies of punishment that guide the juvenile and adult criminal justice system, dimensions of inequalitythat influence processing decisions and effectiveness of formal institutions in controlling violations of legal norms.


SOC 429Quantitative Data Analysis in SociologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: SOC 300 or ST 311 or equivalent
Analysis of quantitative data in sociology, including relationship between theory and research, operationalization and measurement of concepts, descriptive and inferential statistics using computer statistical software, interpreting statistical findings and writing research papers. Sociology and Criminology majors or consent of the instructor.


SOC 430Community and CrimeUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOC 200 level; SOC 300
Neighborhood development, structure and processes as related to delinquency, crime and criminality. Divergent theories of the effect of neighborhood context on crime and crime on neighborhood processes. The interaction of person and neighborhood context. Implications of community processes for social control.


SOC (PS) 432Violence, Terrorism, and Public PolicyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: SOC 300 or PS 371
The course examines interpersonal and group violence in contemporary societies and the causes for its occurrences. Specific forms of violence that will be examined include domestic violence, gangs, homicide, and terrorism, domestically and internationally. Throughout the course students will use data to critically evaluate policies and practices to prevent and control violence and will examine potential solutions to the problems of violence.


SOC 440Social ChangeUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: 3 cr. in SOC, 200 level; SOC 300
Sources, processes and consequences of social change on macro and micro levels. Applications of classical and contemporary theories to historical and modern examples of social change in international, national, regional, community, and institutionalsettings. Examples of empirical studies and appropriate methodologies for each level of analysis.


SOC 445Inequality, Ideology, and Social JusticeUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: 3 hours of 200-level SOC and SOC 300
Systematically addresses the question of why people believe what they do about the legitimacy of inequality; explores the role of self-interest, secular and religious values, considers specific types of ideology such as meritocracy, racism, sexism, colonialism; applies various theories to explain patterns of belief; looks at the role of media and propaganda in shaping beliefs.


SOC 450Environmental SociologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: 3 hours SOC 200 level, SOC 300
Systematic relations between natural environment and human societies. Dependency on the natural world. Population technology, cultural and economic influences on ecosystems. Development of environmentalism and alternative models for understanding threats and potentials. current environmental issues and considerations of their global contexts.


SOC 457Corporate Power in AmericaUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: (SOC 202 or SOC 203) and SOC 300
Examines the nature, distribution, and exercise of power in U.S. society. Emphasizes corporate power and its relationship to government. Topics include membership in the upper class and the power elite, media and shaping of public opinion, the culture of politics, formation of political consciousness, and the emergence of oppositional and reactionary social movements.


SOC 465Social Aspects of Mental HealthUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: SOC 300
A survey of the role of social environment and life experiences in mental health and mental disorder, focusing on the link between social inequality and emotional inequality. Topics include the social construction of mental illness and the classification process, social distribution of mental health, explanations of mental health differences. Special emphasis on adolescent and adult traumas that shape the life course.


SOC 492External Learning ExperienceUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes facilities and resources which are external to the campus. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.


SOC 493Special Problems in SociologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes campus facilities and resources. Arrangements must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty advisor and departmental teaching coordinator.


SOC 495Special Topics in SociologyUNITS: 1-3
Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for new courses on a trial basis.


SOC 498Independent Study in SociologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Six hours SOC above the 200 level
A detailed investigation of a topic in sociology. Topic and mode of study determined by the faculty member(s) in consultation with the department head.


SOC 508Social OrganizationUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 400 or SOC 701
Introduction to study of social structure. Focus on inequality, work, organizations, the economy, the state. Classic writings and their impacts.


SOC 509Population ProblemsUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 202
Examination of population growth, rates of change and distribution. Emphasis on functional roles of population, i.e., age, sex, race, residence, occupation, marital status and education. Stress on population dynamics fertility, mortality and migration. Analysis on population policy in relation to national and international goals stressing a world view.


SOC 513Community Organization and DevelopmentUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 202
Community organization viewed as a process of bringing about desirable changes in community life. Study of community needs and resources. Stress on democratic processes in community action and principles of organization, along with techniques and procedures. Analysis of roles of lay and professional workers.


SOC 514Developing SocietiesUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC or ANT or Graduate standing or PBS status
Definition of major problems posed for development sociology and exploration of social barriers and theoretical solutions for development set forth with regard to newly developing countries. Review of significant past strategies and presentation of main themes in current development schemes. Proposal and discussion of untested strategies for the future. Examination of these problems in their national and international contexts.


SOC 533The CommunityUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC
The community viewed in sociological perspective as a functioning entity. Presentation and application of a method of analysis to eight "dimensions," with emphasis on the unique types of understanding to be derived from measuring each dimension. Finally, analysis of effect of change on community integration and development.


SOC 591Special Topics In SociologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
An examination of current problems organized on a lecture-discussion basis. Course content varies as changing conditions require new approaches to emerging problems.


SOC 601SeminarUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Only
Appraisal of current literature; presentation of research papers by students; progress reports on departmental research; review of developing research methods and plans; reports from scientific meetings and conferences; other professional matters. Credits Arranged


SOC 610Special Topics In SociologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
An examination of current problems organized on a lecture-discussion basis. Course content varies as changing conditions require new approaches to emerging problems.


SOC 642Practicum In SociologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Master of Sociology program and nine hrs. of SOC at the 500-600 level
Opportunity for student under supervision of graduate advisory committee chair and organization/agency supervisor to develop and demonstrate competency in the area of graduate specialization through application of sociological knowledge to practicalproblems facing the organization/agency.


SOC 685Master's Supervised TeachingUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.


SOC 690Master's ExaminationUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
For students in non thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam. Credits Arranged


SOC 693Master's Supervised ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.


SOC 695Master's Thesis ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
Thesis Research


SOC 696Summer Thesis ResearchUNITS: 1 - Offered in Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.


SOC 699Master's Thesis PreparationUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
For students who have completed all credit hour requirements and full-time enrollment for the master's degree and are writing and defending their thesis. Credits arranged


SOC 701Classical Sociological TheoryUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC and Graduate standing or PBS status
The interdependence of theory and research in sociology; major theoretical classics in the discipline and how they provide foundations for subsequent developments and for analysis in substantive areas.


SOC 702Contemporary Sociological TheoryUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 701
Works by major figures representing leading schools of sociological theory in the post-World War II period studied as primary sources. Underlying assumptions made explicit, the structure of the theory, including propositions, examined critically anddiscussion of relationships with other theoretical perspectives.


SOC 703Theory ConstructionUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 701
Providing students with a capability to develop theoretical frames of reference within which to devise and implement research activities. Acquainting students with philosophical and disciplinary bases of theory, establishing relationship between theory and research and enabling objective evaluation of theoretical positions encountered in the literature.


SOC (WGS) 704Feminist Thought in the Social SciencesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: SOC 701 and SOC 702
This course is designed to provide an overview of feminist thought in the social sciences. We evaluate theoretical writings on social structure, social processes, the development of consciousness about gender inequality. We include both discussionof and distortions within mainstream theory and the recent development of alternative theory using the standpoint of women as a point of departure. We begin with general theoretical issues and move quickly to the complexity of matrices of dominationwithin U.S. and global contexts.


SOC 707Quantitative Sociological AnalysisUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: ST 507
Introduction to application of common quantitative methodologies in sociology including multiple regression and path analysis. Emphasis on selecting appropriate analytical techniques, model estimation and sociological interpretation of findings.


SOC 708Advanced Sociological AnalysisUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 711, ST 507 or ST 711
Examination of advanced analysis techniques adaptable to needs of sociological research. Special attention given to causal analysis, analysis of change and aggregate versus individual level data analyses. Consideration of sociological examples. Attention to emerging issues and techniques.


SOC 710Teaching SociologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: Admission to sociology graduate program
The objective of this course is for students to further their skills in teaching sociology. Students will plan an undergraduate course, construct a teaching philosophy, evaluate a variety of teaching techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of teaching as a sociological phenomenon.


SOC 711Research Methods In Sociology IUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: SOC 300, ST 311
Issues in philosophy of science, causation, relationship of theory and research. Qualitative, experimental and survey design methodologies.


SOC 712Advanced Survey Research MethodsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: SOC 711 and SOC 707
Advanced survey methodology including research design, sampling, questionnaire development and surveys using the World Wide Web. Designing and executing substantive and methodological studies using surveys to perationalize behavioral and social constructs and to test hypotheses.


SOC 713Applied ResearchUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 202
Studies research process with emphasis upon its application to action problems. Stress upon development of research design to meet action research needs.


SOC 715Qualitative Sociological Methods and AnalysisUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Survey of qualitative sociological research methods. Practice in research design and evaluation, multiple forms of data gathering and data analysis. Theoretical and epistemological issues as related to qualitative sociology, with special attentionto ritical and feminist epistemological debates.


SOC 721Deviant BehaviorUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC or ANT or Graduate standing or PBS status
Topics include: the inevitability of deviance and its social utility; cross-cultural variations in appearance and behavioral cues for labeling the deviant; descriptive and explanatory approaches to kinds and amounts of deviance in contemporary American society; social change, anomie and social disorganization theories; the process of stigmatization; formal and informal societal responses to deviance and the deviant; social action implications.


SOC 722Social ControlUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC above 200 level or Graduate standing or PBS status
Examination of need, functions, utilization and effects of both informal and formal social control mechanisms. Emphasis and critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives on social control and the empirical support for these positions.


SOC 723Research On Crime and DevianceUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 721
Major topics including an examination of conceptual problems and research issues and methods in study of crime and deviance; an assessment of current research on crime causation and deviance processes; an examination of research on social control processes and agencies; and an assessment of social action and evaluative research. A variety of substantive topics dealt with in the context of above topical areas including: delinquency, drug usage, mental illness, obesity, stuttering, suicide, prostitution, homicide and rape.


SOC 727Comparative SocietiesUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC
Sociological analysis of societies around the world with particular reference to North and South America. Special emphasis given to cultural and physical setting, population composition, levels of living, relationship of the people to the land, structure and function of major institutions and forces making for change.


SOC 731Survey Of Family SociologyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 202
Examination of structural and demographic continuities and changes for American families in general and within major subgroups (e.g., race, ethnicity, social class). Consideration of historical and cross-cultural comparisons. Assessment of the impact of families upon their members and the dynamics of marital and family relationships.


SOC 732Contemporary Family Theory and ResearchUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 731
Emphasis on contemporary research, theory and methodological techniques used by sociologists studying families. Critical examination of where field is now and where it appears to be heading. Primarily for graduate students designing or doing research about families.


SOC 736Social StratificationUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC
The theoretical background, methodological approaches and analysis of the consequences of systems of stratification. Emphasis on static and dynamic qualities of stratification systems on relations within and between societies. Attention to the integrative and divisive quality of stratification as expressed in life styles, world views, etc.


SOC (WGS) 737Sociology Of GenderUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: Graduate student, SOC 736 or 731
Theories about the development and maintenance of gender. Historical development of gender stratification. How individuals "do gender" in their daily lives. Contemporary research and substantive readings about gender in public and intimate relationships.


SOC 738Race and Ethnic InequalityUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology
Theoretical and methodological approaches and critical debates on race. Impact of racial discrimination on inequality. Effects of inequality on community institutions. Formation of attitudes and identities.


SOC (WGS) 739Social Psychology Of InequalityUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 746 or 508
The effects of race, class and gender inequality on the formation of group consciousness, self-evaluations, emotions, values, attitudes and beliefs. Attention to interpersonal processes through to reproduction of inequality in everyday life.


SOC 742Social-Psychological Processes In Health and IllnessUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 505
Contemporary issues in the sociology of health and illness from a social psychological perspective. The social meaning of illness, social group differences in health, social causes of distress, morbidity and mortality, and measurement of health andillness.


SOC 743Psychiatric Sociology and Mental HealthUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: SOC 505
Major issues in mental health. Epidemiology, causes, course, consequences, correlates, treatment, institutions, and services for mental illness.


SOC 746Sociological Social PsychologyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 401t
Central issues in sociological social psychology, including formation of the self, effects of social structure on individual development, emergence of ritualized interaction and tension between individual agency and societal constraint. Emphasis on symbolic interactionist and dramaturgical perspectives.


SOC 747Social PsychologyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC
The presentation of the major ideas of social psychology in context of the theoretical orientations from which they have emerged. Examination of nature and role of theory in social psychology. The social psychologies of various theorists then examined in terms of their particular approaches including the Gestalt, Field, Role, Psychoanalytic and Reinforcement orientations and combinations of these.


SOC 752Work and IndustryUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 400 or SOC 508 or SOC 701
Control of economy and workplace. Special attention to economic restructuring, the labor process and recent workplace innovations. Theories include managerialism, bank hegemony and deskilling. Historical studies complement analyses of contemporary settings and issues.


SOC 753Inequality in Work and the EconomyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: SOC 701
Sociological study of structural inequality in labor markets and workplaces with implications for class, race, gender, and spatial disparities in employment-related outcomes. Special attention is paid to job quality, spatial disparities in employment opportunity, and processes contributing to race and gender disparities in job attainment and rewards.


SOC 754Economic SociologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: SOC 701
Embeddedness of economic action by individuals, firms, and states within a social context. Topics include globalization, restructuring, the informal economy, social capital, spatial organization, labor markets and role of the state.


SOC 756Sociological Analysis Of Agricultural DevelopmentUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Six hrs. SOC or Graduate standing
Systematic sociological analysis of agricultural development and change, emphasizing less-developed countries. Review of classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives. Specific topics: land tenure and agricultural development; peasants and peasant societies; peasant revolt and revolution; women and development.


SOC 758Rural SociologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: Six hours of Sociology
Rural conditions and trends including environmental resources; human and social resources; institutions and change; theory, research and rural development policy.


SOC 791Special Topics In SociologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
An examination of current problems organized on a lecture-discussion basis. Course content varies as changing conditions require new approaches to emerging problems.


SOC 801SeminarUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Appraisal of current literature; presentation of research papers by students; progress reports on departmental research; review of developing research methods and plans; reports from scientific meetings and conferences; other professional matters. Credits Arranged


SOC 810Special Topics In SociologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
An examination of current problems organized on a lecture-discussion basis. Course content varies as changing conditions require new approaches to emerging problems.


SOC 885Doctoral Supervised TeachingUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.


SOC 890Doctoral Preliminary ExamUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams.


SOC 893Doctoral Supervised ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.


SOC 895Doctoral Dissertation ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
Dissertation Research


SOC 896Summer Dissertation ResearchUNITS: 1 - Offered in Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.


SOC 899Doctoral Dissertation PreparationUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
For students who have completed all credit hour requirements, full-time enrollment, preliminary examination, and residency requirements for the doctoral degree, and are writing and defending their dissertations.