Offered Courses

Course Name
Code
Credits

Introduction to Sociology

SOC1010
3

A systematic introduction to the study of social behavior and social organization. The major conceptual tools of sociology are used to explore the structure, processes, and content of social action; to provide insight into the regularity and diversity of human social behavior.


Offered: Every semester

Social Problems

SOC1030
3

An examination of such problems as population, pollution, poverty, crime, and racism as they exist in contemporary American society.


Offered: Every semester

Introduction to Trauma Studies

SOC1050
3

This course will focus on the structural nature of trauma, meaning that trauma is often a product of structural inequality. Topics will include racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and rape culture and how these structural inequalities give permission to daily microaggressions which cause trauma. Students will also develop a greater understanding of the needs of those recovering from trauma. There is a required weekend training with this course.


Offered: Periodically

Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender

SOC2040
3

An exploration of the historical and contemporary roots for discrimination (especially on the institutional level) on the basis of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. This course examines issues such as culture, identity, and oppression.


Offered: Every semester

Thinking Bodies

SOC2080
3

An interdisciplinary study of the ways in which society thinks about bodies in relation to social locations. Students examine the various ways in which bodies are socially constructed, disciplined, and assigned meanings based on race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, age, and disability. This course encourages students to consider experiences of embodiment from sociological and feminist perspectives.


Offered: Periodically

The Community in American Society

SOC2130
3

Examination of the structure and functions of the community within the framework of the rural-urban continuum. Critical analysis of representative institutions, formal and informal associations, and the impact of change on community organizations.


Offered: Fall

Gender Studies

SOC2170
3

This course will provide an examination of the ways in which gender affects the personal and social experiences of women and men. Some of the topics to be addressed are historical perspectives, gender socialization, interpersonal relationships, sexuality and sexual orientation, power dynamics, and the roles performed by women and men in major social institutions.


Offered: Fall

Deviant Behavior

SOC2210
3

An examination of theories of etiology and distribution of deviant behavior.


Offered: Spring

Death And Dying

SOC2230
3

An examination of death and dying from the cross-cultural, social, historical, familial and personal perspectives. An emphasis is given to the cultural beliefs and behaviors and the social approaches of understanding and coping with death and dying.


Offered: Periodically

The Changing Family

SOC2240
3

The changing structure and functions of the American Family are analyzed from a variety of different perspectives including premarital and marital roles, parent-child interaction, and the termination of the marital relationship.


Offered: Spring

Public Policy

SOC2250
3

This course is intended to give undergraduate students an in-depth look at Sociology and Public Health as related disciplines with intersecting perspectives. We will explore a variety of topics including: foundational theories of public health, health care and education reform, knowledge about and access to public assistance, early teen and adolescent sexual health, community and neighborhood impacts on individual health, and climate change and health. This course will investigate how we can work together to understand the general condition of our social institutions, their impact on those living in the United States, and the implementation of important programs and policies. We will explore the interconnected relationship between institutions in the United States, policy, and individuals' lives, and incorporate the current social discussions around health, and health care. By the end of the semester you will have a better understanding of the important role that major institutions play in the general health of those living in the US.


Offered: Periodically

Demographics and Diversity

SOC2260
3

This course will identify the major demographic trends in the United States. The course will utilize a demographic perspective to examine the following issues: birth rates/pregnancy rates, resegregation in public schools, school drop out rates/graduation rates, prison population/recidivism rates, divorce, poverty, access to healthcare, life expectancy, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and long-term care.


Offered: Spring

Poverty and Public Policy

SOC2350
3

This course explores the trends of poverty in the United States. It discusses national, state, and community level rates, as well as the causes, consequences, and costs for those living in poor communities. Specifically, the class examines how these trends differ based on income, race, and location. It also covers the economic and social policies related to poverty and inequality, critically analyzing the impact on perpetuating poverty levels across the United States.


Offered: Periodically

Sociology of Mental Health

SOC2450


Offered: Periodically

Vicarious Trauma and Self Care

SOC2550
3

Vicarious trauma is often experienced by those who work with victims of trauma such as police officers, fire fighters, nurses and doctors as well as educators. This course will explore the ramifications of vicarious trauma as well as providing methods of self care to alleviate some of physical and psychological issues associated with vicarious trauma. The course requires a weekend training.


Offered: Periodically

Cannabis, Culture, and Consciousness

SOC2560
3

This interdisciplinary course combines historical, sociological, cross-cultural, and philosophical perspectives on cannabis and its role and meaning in human cultures, societies, and individuals. The course will also explore the political, legal, civil, and criminal justice dimensions of cannabis. Applying historical, anthropological, sociological, and philosophical analyses of cannabis in multiple societies and across different cultural and historical settings will provide students with a broad, deep, and rich understanding of this important and often misunderstood and controversial plant. Federal financial aid cannot be used to cover the cost of any cannabis course.


Offered: Every term

Selected Topics in Sociology

SOC2710
3

Specialized study in Sociology with specific topics to be announced prior to each semester. Course offerings will be determined by student demand and faculty availability. Specific topics may include: countercultures, globalization, business, the military, construction of the other, oral history, qualitative methods.


Offered: Periodically

Independent Study

SOC2900
1-3

Available by arrangement with coordinator.

Medical Sociology

SOC3070
3

A critical analysis of health, illness, and mental health, environmental and occupational health care systems, the health care work force, social movements, and social change in the field of health and mental health care.


Offered: Periodically

Sociology of Education

SOC3120
3

This course explores the ways in which the educational system reproduces social class through such means as tracking in schools, unequal distribution of funding for schools, and the favoring of certain groups in the classroom and educational system on the basis of such factors as race, ethnicity, and gender.


Offered: Spring

Sociology of Popular Music

SOC3140
3

A sociological analysis of the origins, evolution, and place of popular music forms in modern societies, with emphasis on the American experience. Special attention is paid to the dynamic interplay between popular cultural (emergent) and mass cultural (commodified) forms of music—especially soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, punk, reggae, and rap—as well as the social conditions and subcultures from which such music arises.


Offered: Periodically

Sport And Society

SOC3150
3

An examination of current issues in the sociology of sport, focusing on how the institution of sport is a microcosm of society and how it provides insights into a society's national psyche, economic, and political systems, social problems, international relations, and issues of social change. Applying the theories and methods of sociology to the analysis of sport, the course examines the relationship between sport, culture, and society.


Offered: Periodically

Anthropology of Religion

SOC3160
3

This course offers a cross cultural and sociological examination of the function, meaning, and evolutionary significance of religious symbols and practices in human societies. An examination of the origin and evolution of spiritual or supernatural cultures- including animism, magic, witchcraft, myth, and theism- will provide a historical and cross cultural perspective on the varieties of religious experience.


Offered: Periodically

Criminology

SOC3210
3

An interdisciplinary study of the causes of crime and criminal behavior, with particular emphasis on sociological perspectives. Classical through contemporary criminological theories will be examined, as well as patterns and varieties of crime.


Offered: Spring

Social Movements of The 1960’s

SOC3220
3

A study of the significant social movements of this decade of rapid social change. Analysis will be made of how social movements such as civil rights and the Anti-war movement drew upon cultural, intellectual and political currents of the time. SOC 1010 or consent of instructor.


Offered: Fall

Dismantling Rape Culture

SOC3410
3

This course makes the case that there is a structured precarity that all women face when it comes to the crime of rape. This means that the way society is structured historically, politically, legally and socially makes all women vulnerable to rape. The course will explore how rape culture makes all women vulnerable to rape, but also how this vulnerability is exacerbated by race, class and gender non-conformity. The course will also examine the problematic construction of masculinity in the US and how this notion of masculinity contributes to rape culture and limits men's freedom of expression. The course makes the case that we all benefit by dismantling rape culture.


Offered: Periodically

Seminar in Advocacy

SOC3610
4

Students taking this course are trained to be peer advocates for the CHANGE Initiative (Creating, Honoring, Advocating and Nurturing Gender Equity). Students will attend a weekend long training to learn how to advocate for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment as well as attending weekly classes. Students are required to staff the PAC phone line and will do programming to change campus culture and decrease problems mentioned above.


Offered: Fall

Special Topics in Activism, Advocacy and Social Change

SOC3720
3

This course makes in depth analysis of activism, advocacy and social change. The central focus of this course is to explore the importance of activism and advocacy to promote social change. An exact course description will be provided to the registrar prior to registration.


Offered: Periodically

Internship in Sociology

SOC3810
1-12

An opportunity for the student to take a position of responsibility in a professional environment under the direction of an on-site supervisor and a faculty member. Not more than 6 credits may be counted toward the 31 credit sociology major.

Sociology Proctorship

SOC3820
3

Sociology proctors assume responsibility, under faculty supervision, for the progress of students in Sociology courses at various levels or serve as laboratory assistants in SOC 3910. May not be taken more than twice for credit.

Research Methods

SOC3910
4

Introduction to the basic methods of sociological research design, data collection, the organization and analysis of data, and their interpretation through an actual research project. This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement for Sociology majors.

Sociological Theory

SOC4020
3

Critical analysis of the development of sociological thought from Comte to the present, with particular emphasis on the theoretical contributions which have been instrumental in the emergence of sociology as and academic discipline.

Seminar in Public Sociology

SOC4620
3

Students taking this course will do the work of a "public sociologist." This could include working for a non-profit agency, interning at the Statehouse, or performing research for social service agencies. This course will demonstrate to students the real world applications of doing sociology.


Offered: Periodically

Capstone Seminar and Careers in Sociology

SOC4720
3

A culminating seminar for Sociology majors to demonstrate an understanding of the field of sociology, the methods of sociological research, and investigate careers and graduate school opportunities in Sociology and related fields.

Internship in Sociology

SOC4810
1-12

An opportunity for the student to take a position of responsibility in a professional environment under the direction of an on-site supervisor and a faculty member. Not more than 6 credits may be counted toward the 31 credit sociology major.

Independent Study

SOC4910
1-3

Available by arrangement with coordinator.