SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology
Foundations of social interaction including patterns of social structure, culture, socialization, family, education, religion, economic and political structures, primary relationships, social differentiation, organization, deviance, collective behavior, and social change. Scientific methods and sociological theorists will be discussed.
SOC 2083 Current Topics in Sociology
This course will focus on current topics in sociology not covered in existing course offerings. Intended for the purpose of offering high interest course topics during the semester. It may be repeated with changes of topic. Content varies with instructor.
SOC 2123 Social Problems
A sociological approach to major social problems in contemporary American society. Emphasizes concepts of aging, health care, minorities, poverty, technology, work, and youth. A critical consideration of causes of social maladjustment and consideration for solving societal issues.
SOC 2133 Drug Abuse
A social scientific approach to the nature, role, and effects of chemical and psychological addiction in society. Explores a variety of addiction issues as they relate to the social institutions of family, education, politics, and medicine.
SOC 2213 Environmental Sociology
The study of complex and varied patterns of interaction between people and the environment with special attention to concepts, concerns, and methods of Environmental Studies.
SOC 2353 General Anthropology
Introduction to the field of anthropology, emphasizing human evolution, human genetics, Old World archaeology, and the distribution of various breeding populations around the world. Prerequisite: SOC 1113 or instructor’s permission.
SOC 2363 Cultural Anthropology
The course focuses on patterns in human behavior and on culture as the way people live and adapt to their various situations. Emphasis is on the theory and methodology of cultural anthropology and the diversity of cultural patterns found throughout the world. Examples from a wide variety of cultures are presented in a variety of formats.
SOC 3023 Juvenile Delinquency
The focus of this course is to examine the juvenile delinquency phenomenon through the historical context of delinquency and the changing legal environment (includes major court decisions that have transformed the juvenile system). Students will explore the theories of the causes of juvenile delinquency and discuss juvenile delinquency prevention and control programs. (Formerly CJ/SOC 2233)
SOC 3033 Marriage and the Family
A survey of changes in family systems over the years. Area of study includes courtship, love, mate selection, parenthood, and family problems. The course also examines cross-cultural comparisons and considers alternatives to traditional family forms. Emphasis is placed on the use of empirical evidence to evaluate popular beliefs.
SOC 3053 Cultural Ecology
An examination of how humans have used the various aspects of the social structure to adapt to the physical environment. Current ecological theories will be utilized to examine social evolution from hunting and gathering to industrial societies. Prerequisite: Nine hours of social science credit.
SOC 3073 Criminology
Critical analysis of criminological theories. The examination of major types of crimes, victims, and criminal behavior. Other topics include definitions, incidents, and trends in criminal behavior and the response of law enforcement, judicial, and correctional systems. (Formerly SOC 2363)
SOC 3213 Minority Groups
The sociological study of race and ethnicity, including cultural characteristics, social structures, changes, and associated problems. This course will analyze the status of racial, ethnic, and other minority groups within their economic, legal, and social systems.
SOC 3223 Social Deviance
The structure, dynamics, and etiology of those behavior systems that are integrated around systemic violations of cultural norms. This course will study the perspectives on non-normative behavior, including the study of mental illness; abuse such as alcohol, drug, physical, and sexual; and alternative sexual lifestyles. Presents and evaluates competing theories of deviance and the social processes by which behaviors are defined as deviant and how those definitions affect the individual.
SOC (HIST) 3323 War and Society
The study of societies’ relationship with war, in particular: how warfare is viewed by different societies; why societies choose to wage war; how religion, culture, and literature affect society’s perspective of warfare; and the social consequences of waging war for winners and losers. Within the context of American society, this course will address the social impacts of various U.S. wars, and will take some time to explore the rise of the military industrial complex and its effect on American society.
SOC 3333 Demography
This course is focused on the interaction between populations, resources, and the environment in the developed and the developing world.
SOC 3413 Food and Society
This course explores how food production, distribution, preparation and consumption shape, and are shaped by sociocultural systems. The historical roots of food systems and the relationships among local, national, and global food markets are also presented. The course emphasizes global issues and trends in natural resource utilization (soil, water, and biodiversity), climate change, and the impacts on agriculture, food security, and sustainability.
SOC (PSY) 3423 Social Psychology
Major theories, methods, and research findings that comprise the discipline of social psychology are examined from a critical standpoint including conformity, social influence, social cognition, prosocial behavior, prejudice, group processes, interpersonal attraction, and social comparison. Increases awareness of the social, historical, and political dimension to psychological understanding. Prerequisite: PSY 1113 or SOC 1113.
SOC 3443-Sociology of Gender
The course focuses on the social construction of gender and the influence of gender on experiences in different social contexts. It will also explore how gender intersects and interacts with other social categories such as race, ethnicity, class, age, ability and sexuality. Lastly, it will examine how gender inequality is built into the structure of social institutions and the individual and social consequences of these inequalities.
SOC 3463 Social Inequality
Through an examination of such topics as inequality of opportunity, education, gender, income, wealth, race/ethnicity, and immigration status this course explores different forms of inequality both globally and in the United States.
SOC 3513 Games and Culture
Examines the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of games, with a focus on digital gaming in the United States. Topics include the origins and current state of sports and ESports, the nature of gender, race, and sexuality in modern gaming, and the way culture, socialization, and values are embedded in gaming.
SOC 3950 Special Topics in Sociology
A seminar in selected topics in sociology. Topics and credits may vary each time the course is offered (1-3 credit hours). May be repeated for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: SOC 1113.
SOC 4013 Sociological Theory
A study of the great classical tradition in sociological theory and the expression of this tradition in contemporary theory. The course will include (but not be limited to) Weber, Marx, Durkheim, and Spencer. Prerequisites: Twelve hours of social science credit.
SOC 4023 Medical Sociology
The sociological study of class, race, ethnicity, and gender and their relationship to health, illness, and morbidity. The analysis of organization, value systems, and practice of medicine and the provisions of health care in the United States, including the study of etiology of disease, the social meaning and implication of health and illness in everyday life, role of the physician, patients, and the social processes of medical services and professionals.
SOC 4113 Social Movements
Social movements are a driving force behind political, social, and cultural change. This course explores the major theoretical approaches used in the social sciences to understand social movements. From this base, the course will examine a range of case studies of movements concerned with war and peace, environmental issues, race and ethnicity, women and LGBTQ issues, social justice, as well as resistance movements to political, social, and cultural change.
SOC (POLS) 4213 Environmental Policy and Regulation
Political, scientific, social, legal, and economic dimensions of international resource use, pollution, and Environmental Studies development.
SOC (ORGL) 4223 The Individual, The Organization, and Society
An examination of contemporary issues that affect organizations. Essential topics include environmental stewardship, social responsibility of the organization, effects and implications of globalization, the status of individual freedom within the organization, diversity, and the ramifications of technological change. This seminar course will be organized around student discussion and topical papers.
SOC 4253 Cultural and Environmental Field Work
This is a hands-on course that provides experience in fieldwork, including both cultural resources/archaeological studies and environmental studies. Students will learn field methodology and techniques including survey, mapping, data collection, data analysis, curation, and report preparation for archaeological and environmental sites and data. This course requires sometimes physical work in outdoor settings. Permission Required.