Department of Sociology

Undergraduate Courses

110 Social Problems and Social Justice (3)

Problems of deviance, crime, and victimization, inequalities in exposure to environmental risks, and inequalities on power and participatory democracy within the context of social change. Assessment of control strategies and redress of injustices. (SS)

120 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Major concepts and theoretical approaches of sociology with emphasis on culture, socialization, social organization, and social stratification. (SS)

127 Honors: Introduction to Sociology (3)

Open to Chancellor’s Honors Program students, other honors students, and students with a minimum GPA of 3.25; 28 ACT composite or 1200 SAT required for incoming students. (SS)

232 Religions in Global Perspective (3) (See Religious Studies 232.)

250 Introduction to Global Studies (3)

Exploration of how globalization is fostering change in culture, politics, economics, philosophy, and the environment. Uses interdisciplinary perspectives to understand the relationship between historic processes and the contemporary world, and reciprocal influences of local dynamics and global change.(Same as Global Studies 250.) (CC)

260 Introduction to the Study of Environmental Issues (3)

Examination of selected environmental issues and their significance in contemporary societies. Demonstrates the utility of combining sociological and humanistic perspectives of the environment with the more traditional biophysical perspectives. (WC)

303 Sociology of Religion (3)


310 American Society (3)

Institutional organization of contemporary American society with particular attention to major social values. Writing-emphasis course.

311 Family (3)

Theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches; their application in the sociological study of past and present family forms.

321 Sociological Theory (3)

Survey of contemporary issues and problems in sociological theory with an emphasis on their historical development and their importance for the field. Students are required to form critical appraisals of the topics addressed. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in 110 or 120 (or honors equivalents 117 or 127), or consent of instructor.

331 Sociological Research (3)

Selected issues in philosophy of social science, research design, sampling, methods of data collection, and interpretation. Prereq:Mathematics 115 or Statistics 201. Grade of C or higher in 110 or 120 (or honors equivalents 117 or 127) required

341 Social Inequalities (3)

Examines the causes, types, and consequences of inequalities based on social, ethnic, racial, sexual or economic differences in communities, regions, nations and the world. Special emphasis on American society. Policies and proposed solutions associated with different types of inequalities (and combinations of inequalities) are critically examined and evaluated. Writing-emphasis course.

342 Globalization and Justice (3)

Sociological examination of globalization and related social justice issues.

343 Race and Ethnicity (3)

Social sources of racial and ethnic cleavages and social, economic, and political consequences. Emphasis on race and ethnicity in the United States. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as African and African-American Studies 343 and American Studies 343.)

344 Political Sociology (3)

Sociological analysis of the formation and application of nation state policies. Examination of who gets what, why, and how. Emphasis on contrasting explanations of the control of the state and the relative autonomy of the state.

345 Social Movements (3)

Emphasizes collective action leading to social change, especially social protest. Addresses strategies, ideologies, and outcomes of social movements. (Same as American Studies 345.)

350 Criminology (3)

Systemic inquiry into how crime is defined, measured and explained. Implications for criminal justice policy.

352 Deviance and Social Control (3)

Deviants, their lifestyles, social organization, and social control.

360 Environment and Resources (3)

Relationship between scarcity of natural resources and changes in societal beliefs and social structure. Topics include social and physical limits to growth and collective action problems. Writing-emphasis course.

362 Population (3)

Demographic factors and social structure. Trends in fertility, mortality, population growth, migration, distribution, and composition. Population policy.

363 Food, Agriculture & Society (3)

Social and environmental dimensions of production, distribution, and consumption of food, with particular emphasis on historical and cross-national examples.

370 Social Psychology (3)

Social psychological analysis of social behavior emphasizing its acquisition, its enactment, and its dynamic nature.

375 Gender in Society (3)

Exploration of gender in society utilizing various sociological perspectives with special focus on the relationships between social structures, social roles, and gender identities. (Same as Women’s Studies 375.)

400 Special Topics (3)

Variable topics. Scope of subject matter determined by students and instructor with consent of department. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

410 Sociology of Culture (3)

Examination of the role of culture in human social life from various theoretical perspectives. Exploration of social foundations of differentiation based on lifestyle and taste.

419 Sociology & Science Fiction (3)


431 Applied Sociological Research (3)

Survey of advanced topics in sociological research, and hands-on application of research methods. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 331. Comment(s): Encouraged for students interested in graduate school. Required for sociology honors students.

442 Comparative Poverty and Development (3)

A critical examination of patterns of poverty and inequality in developing areas of the world, along with a review of major sociologhical theories which attempt to explain differenves in patterns of development. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as African and African-American Studies 442.)

446 The Modern World System (3)

Critical examination of the capitalist world system as a social system, its coherence, boundaries, regions, member groups, cleavages, patterns of conflict. Analysis of who gets what, why, and how in the global political economy. Writing emphasis course.

449 Juvenile Delinquency and Social Policy (3)

This course examines the historical and contemporary nature and social contexts of juvenile delinquency, as well as theoretical explanations of and social reactions to delinquency in American society.

451 Criminal Justice (3)

A critical assessment of the criminal justice apparatus and its components. Brief examination of the police, with most of the emphasis on the criminal courts and institutions and programs such as the prison, probation, and parole. Analysis of their operations and impacts. Prior completion of 350 is recommended.

452 Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice (3)

Examines racial/ethnic disparities in criminal offending and victimization, as well as different experiences with law enforcement, judicial, and correctional agencies. Emphasis on social justice. (Same as Africana Studies 456.)

453 Gender and Crime (3)

Probes the gendered nature of offending, victimization and criminal justice. Examines the different experiences of males and females, and theories that attempt to explain these differences.

455 Law and Society (3)

How laws and legal processes are affected by social change, the social impact of legal sanctions, relations between law and social justice. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Legal Studies 455.)

456 Punishment and Society (3)

Examines theories and practices of punishment, including imprisonment, capital punishment, transnational penal trends, and social policy alternatives.

457 Honors Thesis in Sociology (3)

Independent study for developing and writing the honors thesis in sociology.

463 Community Sociology (3)

The environment shapes human interactions and human interactions shape the construction of environments. This course explores how individuals construct and participate in communities.

465 Social Values and the Environment (3)

Human dimensions of ecosystem management and public policy. An applied focus on how social values are activated within specific biophysical and social settings. Prereq: 110 or 120 or consent of instructor. Writing-emphasis course.

466 Issues in Race and Ethnicity (3)

Survey of advanced topics in the sociological study of race and ethnicity.

472 Civil Rights Movement (3)

Origins and development of the civil rights movement throughout the 20th century, with special emphasis on civil rights litigation of the 1930s-1950s and key events of the years 1954-1965. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Africana Studies 472.)

491 Foreign Study (1-15)

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours. Comment(s): Prior departmental approval of number of hours and topics is required.

492 Off-Campus Study (1-15)

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours. Comment(s): Prior departmental approval of number of hours and topics is required.

493 Independent Study (1-15)

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours. Comment(s): Prior departmental approval of number of hours and topics is required.

495 Social Justice and Community Service (3)

Examines social stratification, inequalities, and social justice. Service learning component offers supervised internships in the community with service agencies and non-profit organizations. Comment(s): For sociology majors with senior standing. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

497 Honors Independent Study (1-15)

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