Sociology Courses

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (SOCI AND ANTH)
(Textbook Information)

SOCI 1000 Introduction to Sociology.
(3) Fall and Spring
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of the discipline, with emphasis on socialization, social institutions, social interaction, social stratification and inequality, as well as mechanisms of social control. Familiarization with the distinction between macro- and micro-level sociological processes will be emphasized.

SOCI 2000 Social Issues and Policies in Global Perspective.
(3) Spring
Using a special topics approach, this course provides the most current assessment of social problems and the policies created in an attempt to remedy these social ills.

SOCI 2320 Seminar on Ecological Sustainability and Policy.
(3)
A survey of sustainability as a political, economic and socio-cultural part of our lives. The course is divided into three major segments. First, it assays how our lives are conducted and considers the ecological cycles and processes that make life possible. Second, it examines the ground solutions to the issue of a sustainable lifestyle and attempts to implement this goal. Finally, it surveys the arena of ecological politics in order to engage the issue of how can we achieve this as a society.

SOCI 2500 Kinship and Families.
(3) On demand
This course offers a multi-disciplinary perspective on contemporary marriages, families, and other intimate relationships. Students will become familiarized with competing models and theories on family relationships. In addition, the course explores cross-cultural variation in family systems as well as diversity and change within the American population. Topics to be covered include: mate selection, sexuality, marital structure, marital happiness, divorce, parenting, and alternative family forms.

SOCI 2500 Kinship and Families.
(3) On demand
This course offers a multi-disciplinary perspective on contemporary marriages, families, and other intimate relationships. Students will become familiarized with competing models and theories on family relationships. In addition, the course explores cross-cultural variation in family systems as well as diversity and change within the American population. Topics to be covered include: mate selection, sexuality, marital structure, marital happiness, divorce, parenting, and alternative family forms.

SOCI 3200 Social Responsibility and Civil Society.
(3) Fall
Students will examine past social justice movements as well as the meaning of civil society. In addition, students will examine the 21st century idea of social entrepreneurship. Combining these approaches,students will determine the meaning of a civil society and its implications for social responsibility and policy.

SOCI 3340 Sociology of Religion.
(3) On demand
A sociological analysis of the interplay between religion and culture.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000 or RLGN 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107 or
1108

SOCI 3360 Globalization in the 21st Century.
(3) On demand
This course focuses on the social structure, economics, politics, and culture of the United States in a global context. It examines many of the common assumptions about American society, especially global influence and relationships. It also examines the effects of the globe on U.S society and culture. In addition, the course considers issues of global sustainability and how they have shaped America's past and present and will continue to shape its future. An overview of current and past theory is examined at an interdisciplinary level. Students interact with community leaders, members, and activists in order to understand local implications of the global experience.

SOCI 3400 Deviance & Criminology.
(3) On demand
A multi-disciplinary examination of criminal behavior and corrections, with an emphasis on competing theories regarding the origins and incidence of criminality. The course will explore the history of laws and the criminal justice system, as well as various categories of crime. Special attention will be given to the social forces underlying criminal and deviant behavior.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000

SOCI 3500 Gender & Society.
(3) On demand
Students will become aware of the gendered society, in which we live, the norms, values, and patterns of communication associated with each gender and how these affect personal life choices and social status. Specifically, students will become aware of how our basic social institutions, such as the economy, the family, education, religion, and the political system are gendered institutions with differing ideals and expectations for women and men.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000

SOCI/ANTH 3800 Special Topics in Sociology or Anthropology.
(3) On demand
This course will involve in-depth exploration into a unique topic in either Sociology or Anthropology. The course content will rotate from year to year. Students may repeat the course for credit so long as the topic changes and with departmental approval.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000

SOCI 3900 Research Methods in Social Science.
(3) Fall
A study of basic social science research methodology. Topics considered include: research design and data collection, writing a literature review, measurement and causality, fitting models to data with various methods, graphic analysis, and the use of statistical software.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000

SOCI 3950 Qualitative Research Methods.
(3) Spring
Qualitative research is a methodological approach to the study of the real world phenomenon. Qualitative methodology uses a variety of methods for understanding (analyzing and describing) social settings from the viewpoint of those who participate in and construct them (stakeholders).The course provides an introduction to qualitative research methods. It considers mainstream qualitative research traditions, including case study, phenomenology, ethnography, grounded theory, historical comparison, content analysis, and participatory/action research. Students will gain experience in various qualitative methods and analysis techniques while carrying out a research project related to their area of interest. The course is divided into four main parts focusing on the following topics: (1) elements of research design; (2) selection and application of different methodologies for conducting research; (3) collection of primary and secondary data, and (4) analysis of qualitative data in the social science-writing process.
Prerequisite SOCI 3900

SOCI 4000 Development of Sociological Thought (Classical).
(3) Fall
This course is an introduction to the development and current state of sociological theory. It focuses on the most influential figures in the development of sociological theory and their legacy in contemporary sociology.
Prerequisites: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000 and a minimum of two other SOCI courses, each completed with a grade of "C" or higher; senior status preferred.

SOCI 4100 Visual Sociology.
(3) On demand
Visual sociology involves the study of visual artifacts of a society and employs photographs, film, and documentary. The course is a reflection of the interest and knowledge of the instructor, the time available in a semester, and the fact that images have reflected the culture in which they are created. Students will employ both sociological theory and methodology to interpret and analyze visual artifacts as well as examine the current social conditions that influence the creation, distribution, and interpretation of various media. We will examine still images (photographs), sequential images (comics) and moving images (films and television).

SOCI 4200 Social Inequality & Stratification.
(3) Fall
This course will examine social inequality, a topic which is at the core of sociological analysis and research. The classical perspectives on inequality will be examined, as well as the contemporary extensions of these approaches. Particular attention will be paid to class, race, and gender as separate and as intersecting axes of inequality.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000

SOCI 4300 Disasters: American & Global Experience.
(3) On demand
As populations increase and populated area become denser, many people around the globe and domestically are affected by both natural and man-made disasters. The ways in which communities deal with disaster are as numerous as the form of disasters. The purpose of this course is to examine current approaches to understanding disasters as well as examine community and societal responses.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000

SOCI/ANTH 4500 Sociology/Anthropology Internship.
(3-6) On demand
This course requires 120 hours of supervised experience (per 3 credit hours) in a local agency or office, selected readings, as well as an oral presentation given in one of the SOCI/ANTH courses. Applications for internships must be submitted to the department chair in the term or semester prior to placement. Students may select a graded or Pass/No Credit option. Course may be repeated twice (for 3 hours credit) for a maximum of 6 hours credit. This course will not count towards the major in Sociology.
Prerequisites: Completion of ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000 with a grade of "C" or higher, as well as
two other SOCI/ANTH courses with grades of "C" or higher.

SOCI 4950 Senior Seminar.
(3) Spring
The Senior Seminar is designed to access the student's mastery of the discipline and to determine their ability to use Mills' sociological imagination. Students are required to complete a research project and make a public presentation.

ANTH 1000 Introduction to Anthropology.
(3) On demand
An introduction to the scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.

ANTH 2000 Cultural & Social Anthropology: Humanity & the Environment.
(3) On demand
A survey of how anthropologists study the interaction of human society and the environment. There will be a special emphasis on how humans change their environment and how environmental change is a significant factor in social and cultural change.

ANTH 3150 Technology, Cultural and Change.
(3) On demand
This course will examine and assess the relationship between technology and culture. Through analysis of the canonical works in this sub-discipline of the social sciences, students will investigate how technology changes human society and culture as well as how recent technological advances have altered the human mind and body.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 1000