Sociology Department (SOC)
College of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: Kimberly Vogt
435M Wimberly Hall; 608.785.8457
The Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers a major in sociology and minors in sociology and criminal justice. Our department provides students with the tools necessary to think critically about our global society. Students with a background in sociology and criminal justice position themselves for promising careers in a wide variety of fields.
Students who join the Department of Sociology can expect top quality mentoring and guidance, internship and part-time employment opportunities, experiences conducting qualitative and quantitative research, competitive grant opportunities, membership in the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society, and both community volunteering experience and social networking through the sociology club.
The sociology major provides students with a broad range of skills and knowledge for the scientific study of the social world. It allows students to explore human behavior within political, social, cultural, economic, and religious institutions. Sociology includes the following areas of concentration: sociology of race and ethnicity, criminal justice and critical criminology, gender and sexualities, education, social psychology, religion, demography, age, mental health and illness, medical sociology, environmental sociology, sociology of the city, rural sociology, sociology of technology and surveillance, the sociology of consumption and leisure, and popular culture and media, among a wide range of other topics. In addition, sociology courses contribute to the gerontology emphasis. Students work closely with their professors to complete a course of study, internship, and capstone project preparing them for careers in research, government, education, community and social services, human resources, criminal justice, and business and industry.
The criminal justice minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to assist students planning to enter careers in the criminal or juvenile justice system. Our classes provide students with a critical understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system. The minor is based on a liberal arts education that prepares students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills necessary in criminal justice related occupations. Criminal justice is complementary to a variety of majors offered at UW-La Crosse including sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, philosophy, Spanish, geography, accountancy, computer science, chemistry, therapeutic recreation, and the pre-law program (in conjunction with a major).
The sociology minor examines people and their interactions with economic, cultural, political, religious, and social institutions. Course electives allow students to explore the roots of social inequalities related to the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. The sociology minor complements the disciplines of psychology, economics, marketing, business administration; therapeutic recreation; health promotion; exercise and sport science, political science, public administration, history, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies.
General education writing emphasis
This department incorporates a significant amount of writing through the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who complete a major in this department will fulfill the general education writing emphasis requirement.
The following is the department's faculty and staff as of the publication date of this catalog. This list will not be updated again until the next catalog is published in June.
Laurie Cooper Stoll
+ next to a course number indicates a general education course
SOC/WGS 105 Cr.3
Introduction to LGBT Studies
This course will examine the cultural, legal, and political dimensions of LGBT life in the U.S. It will begin by exploring the social invention of heterosexuality and how personal and institutional interpretations of sexuality have historically informed the lives of LGBT people. The course also addresses class, racial and gender biases that especially confront queer communities of color in the U.S. Finally, the course looks at continued instances of hate crimes and homophobia against the backdrop of rights-based activism and the role that art and politics play in this interplay. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Alternate Years.
+SOC 110 Cr.3
Introduction to Sociology
An analysis of the complex relationship between society, the individual and the physical environment. It examines such questions as: how social patterns develop and persist over time; how the individual is shaped by social, cultural and environmental factors; why societies are constantly changing; and how individuals, through social interaction, shape their social world. Cross-cultural comparisons will be emphasized, showing how society and the physical environment affect the life choices of individuals. Offered Annually.
+SOC 120 Cr.3
Social analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving are introduced as basic social science skills. These skills are applied to major contemporary social problems related to deviant behavior, social inequality, social change, and problems associated with major societal institutions. A variety of individual and collective responses and social policy strategies at local, national, and international levels are examined. Offered Fall, Spring.
SOC 200 Cr.3
Foundations of Sociological Analysis
Designed for sociology majors, this course focuses on: (1) learning to think sociologically, including deeper comprehension of core sociological perspectives and concepts; (2) understanding the scientific methods in sociology; (3) the formulation of sociological research questions; (4) the resources and skills needed to effectively write a critical literature review; and (5) professionalization including how to build a curriculum vitae/resume, careers in sociology, presenting at professional conferences, and applying to graduate school. Sociology majors should take this course as soon as possible after completing SOC 110, as the skills taught in this course will benefit students in their upper division sociology courses. Prerequisite: SOC 110; sociology major. Offered Annually.
+SOC 202 Cr.3
Contemporary Global Issues
This course will offer a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the Global Society as it enters the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern Global Society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. Students may only earn credit in one of the following: ANT 202, ECO 202, GEO 202, HIS 202, POL 202, SOC 202. (Cross-listed with ANT/ECO/GEO/HIS/POL/SOC 202; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Annually.
SOC 212 Cr.3
Marriage and Family
The major focus of this course is on understanding the contemporary institutions of marriage and family, and the changes that these institutions have experienced. The influences that gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class and age have on marriage and family experiences will be included in the investigation. Offered Spring.
SOC 216 Cr.3
Society and Schools
A social analysis and review of research on the school as a learning environment, a social organization and a societal institution. Specific topics include classroom interaction, school social climate, social inequalities in the schools, and selected educational controversies. Offered Occasionally.
+SOC 225 Cr.3
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
This course offers a critical examination of the social dynamics shaping race and ethnicity in the United States. Students will examine both historic and contemporary issues related to race and ethnicity including the social construction of race, sources of prejudice, institutional and individual-level discrimination, power relations and stratification, and strategies for addressing racial and ethnic inequality. Emphasis is placed on the use of empirical evidence to evaluate popular beliefs about race and ethnicity in the United States. Offered Annually.
SOC 240 Cr.3
The Sociology of Sport and Leisure
An investigation of the interrelationship between sports/leisure time activities and society’s social structure; its institutions and culture. Special emphasis is on the role social structure plays in the formation of values and attitudes related to sports and leisure time activities. Offered Occasionally.
SOC 250 Cr.3
Methods of Social Research I
This course introduces students to principles and procedures for the quantitative measurement of social phenomena. It emphasizes interpretation and uses of quantitative techniques in sociological data analysis. The primary goal is to provide students with skills and practical application of techniques used to understand how sociologists measure, evaluate and use individual and social indicators such as socioeconomic status, residential segregation, and crime statistics. The department strongly encourages students to take SOC 200 and SOC 250 concurrently. Prerequisite: SOC 110; sociology major. Offered Annually.
+SOC 261 Cr.3
Technology in Society
This course critically examines the relationship between technology and society. The course explores the social, cultural, and historical forces that shape the development of technology and its applications over time as well as the recursive effects of technology on society and culture. The course will cover how technology interacts with globalization, the environment, population health, social interaction, and warfare. Offered Fall.
SOC 303 Cr.3
Generations and Age in the Social World
This course focuses on the many ways that society and age interrelate, and emphasizes gerontology. It examines sociological perspectives on the life course, particularly how historical context, timing, linked lives, and agency shape socialization and life chances, from youth to old age, through birth cohorts (e.g., Millennials; Baby Boomers). Specific social factors we will examine include: the social meanings of age; socialization into an age group; age discrimination and stereotypes; media representations of age; macro-level demographic changes; and social issues, policies, and controversies relevant to age. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 202 or PSY 100 or ANT 101. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 310 Cr.3
The nature, study, theories and types of social stratification systems are examined along with the forces contributing to their maintenance and disruption. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 311 Cr.3
Rural and Urban Communities
Basic sociological concepts and principles are applied to understand social life within rural and urban communities. Focus will be on the political economy, the culture, and social problems of people as they live in different types of communities. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120. Offered Every Third Semester.
SOC 313 Cr.3
Law and Society
This course examines the law as a social construction. This involves exploring the notion that the civil and criminal law, deviance and criminal behavior, and various actors in the legal and criminal justice arenas are not to be taken for granted as natural, inevitable, and objective but rather, as rooted in social and political forces. Thus, this course explores the historical development of the law, social change, inequalities in the application of the law, why we obey or fail to obey the law, and heavily debated contemporary US laws. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Annually.
SOC 315 Cr.3
Religion and Society
Explores the social and cultural context in which religion functions; the effects of religion upon behavior and attitudes; the social organization of denominations, sects, cults and movements; the relationships between religion and other social institutions; religion and social inequality; social change and the future of religion. Special attention is given to world religions and ethical and public policy issues concerning religion, society, and the individual. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC/WGS 316 Cr.3
Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Religion
This course examines the various gender roles, norms, mobility, restrictions and empowerment that people experience within religious traditions, for example: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Global case studies and engaging narratives focused on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion will be considered. Special attention will be paid to feminist laypersons and religious leaders who are reformulating traditional understandings and practices, and in turn, negotiating their agency within secular and spiritual spaces. Prerequisite: WGS 100 or WGS 130 or SOC 110 or SOC 120. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Occasionally.
SOC 317 Cr.3
Sociology of Media
This course will critically examine the relationship between media, culture and society. In this course, we examine the impact of media in society across multiple areas including the history and structure of media organizations, media economics, methods used in media research, the relationship between political power and the media, and the distinction between news and entertainment. We will give special attention to theoretical approaches used to examine media in each of these substantive areas. Multiple forms of media will be examined including printed presses, radio, television, electronic news, virtual and online communities, film and social networking platforms. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. (Cross-listed with ERS/SOC, may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Occasionally.
SOC 318 Cr.3
Surveillance and Society
Surveillance is now a prominent feature in the contemporary, post-9/11 world. In this class we will explore the concept of surveillance, its development, and the various ways that surveillance exists within the social world. This will include an examination of how surveillance intersects with, and is used by, the government and law enforcement, corporations, institutions such as the economy and schools, and you. A major organizing question of the course is this: How is the practice of surveillance changing our social life and our notions of public and private spheres? Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120. Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years.
SOC 319 Cr.3
Sociology of City Life
This course explores the political, social, cultural, economic, and religious aspects of city life. The metropolis offers unique insight into highly fascinating and unusual social worlds where urban inhabitants explore their identities and push the boundaries of self exploration, transcendence, and identity formation. The city is the site of human creativity and struggle, lust and love, risk and adventure, fear and uncertainty, resistance and subversion, joy and triumph, and the endless possibility of self realization. Yet, the city has changed in crucial ways with an accelerated gentrification process, sharp increases in poverty and inequality, shocking violence, increased hyper segregation, rapid immigration, growing unemployment and heightened distrust in public officials. This class goes deep into the depths of city life to explore its many wonders. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120. Offered Every Third Semester.
SOC 320 Cr.3
This course is designed as a basic survey of the field of demography. Sources of population data will be explored along with causes and consequences of population growth, composition and distribution. This course will focus on the concepts, measurements, trends and theories of the major demographic processes of fertility, mortality and migration. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 321 Cr.3
This course is an overview of the sociological study of delinquency, with special emphasis on competing theoretical perspectives. In the process of learning about theoretical perspectives aimed at explaining delinquency, this course will pay special attention to gender delinquency, gangs, current events regarding delinquency and the U.S. juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Spring.
SOC 322 Cr.3
This course provides an overview of the sociological study of crime in the United States, with a special emphasis on patterns of criminality, competing theoretical explanations of crime, and societal responses to crime. As part of the examination of crime in the U.S., the course explores the definitions, measurement, and patterns of various types of criminal behavior; theory and research on crime; the roles of the victim and offender and the implications of public policy. Specific crimes covered include homicide, hate/bias crime, assault, and white-collar crime. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Fall.
SOC 323 Cr.3
Corrections and Penology
This course provides an interdisciplinary review of criminal punishment and correctional systems in the U.S. This course examines dominant punishment philosophies such as deterrence, incapacitation, retribution and rehabilitation. Both institutional and community-based approaches to corrections are covered and particular attention is devoted to understanding the social context of current practices, the nature of correctional populations, and the management of correctional systems. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Spring.
SOC 324 Cr.3
This course provides an overview of the United States criminal justice system. Issues relating to various segments of the criminal justice system, such as the administration of justice, the police, courts, and correctional systems are explored. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Fall, Spring.
SOC 325 Cr.3
Sociology of Mental Illness
An examination of mental health and illness, and mental health care systems in the U.S. and other industrialized and non-industrialized societies, including: the processes involved in identifying and recruiting patients into the mental health care system; a social analysis of psychotherapy, including talk therapies, medications, electro-convulsive treatment and psychosurgery; and social organization of mental hospitals and of community mental health centers; socio-legal issues related to mental illness; and a review and synthesis of social psychological and sociological theories relevant to understanding mental health and illness. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101 or PSY 100. Offered Fall.
SOC 326 Cr.3
The study of the social structural factors related to drug use with emphasis on change at the societal level in dealing with the drug problem. This course examines the current and historical patterns of drug use in society. The emphasis will be on understanding the sequence of initiation, use, and misuse of psychoactive drugs. This course will focus on the social problems and social policy aspects of drugs. Question addressed include: How does society choose which drugs to treat as social problems? What are the potential versus real life effects of current laws and policies intended to curb drug use? What are the treatment and prevention strategies used today? What kinds of programs are successful and why? Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Spring.
SOC 328 Cr.3
This course provides a framework for understanding the relationship between human societies and their physical environment. This course will focus on how environmental sociologists explain the social origins of environmental degradation, how environmental harms are unequally distributed among different communities and nations, and the role of environmental movements in protecting the physical environment. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 202 or ENV 201. Offered Spring.
SOC 330 Cr.3
Social psychology from a sociological perspective. Primary attention is given to social behavior and communication patterns in terms of their genesis and change in the context of social groups and social relationships. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101 or PSY 100. Students may only earn credit in SOC 330 or PSY 241. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 334 Cr.3
Sociology of Small Groups
An introduction to the understanding and interpreting of human behavior in small groups. The focus of the course will be to provide students with some analytical tools to understand the social dynamics of small groups as well as the techniques for improving the interpersonal effectiveness of the student in small group situations. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101. May only earn credit in SOC 334 or CST 365 or PSY 343. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 335 Cr.3
A systematic study of social processes which emerge in unstructured social situations; principles of behavior as expressed in crowds, mobs, panics, fads, fashions, social movements, personal organization and behavior in unstructured social situations. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC/WGS 337 Cr.3
Globalization, Women, and Work
This course examines the global and often exploitative experiences of women, migrating from one part of the world to another for work. As women leave their countries of origin, many find themselves working as nannies, sex workers, house cleaners and modern-day slaves in sweatshops. These work environments often create vulnerability, discrimination, and abuse of women within the private and public institutions of their host countries. The course will also use in-depth personal narratives and a focus on grassroots social movements to witness how women resist workplace policies and domestic laws to campaign for their rights, despite cultural and political constraints. Prerequisite: WGS 100 or WGS 130 or EFN 205 or ERS 100. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 338 Cr.3
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
This course will explore the sociological impact of work and life demands in contemporary American society. Special emphasis will be given to how gender, sexual orientation, social class, race and ethnicity, and family structure affect individuals' ability to balance the demands of work and life. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101. Offered Occasionally.
ERS/SOC 342 Cr.3
Latino/a Experiences in the U.S.
This course offers a sociological analysis of the experiences of Latino/a populations in the United States. Topics covered include legal status and citizenship; push and pull factors of immigration; political participation and social movements; assimilation and acculturation; health concerns and educational outcomes; and identity formation around issues of social class, sex and gender, and race/ethnicity. Emphasis is placed on understanding the complexities of the Latino/a experience in the United States as well as mastering sociological concepts related to processes of immigration and assimilation. This course will be useful for students planning to enter human services where they are likely to interact with this population. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. (Cross-listed with ERS/SOC, may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Alternate Years.
ERS/SOC 343 Cr.3
American Indian Contemporary Issues
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of American Indian contemporary experience in the United States. It will introduce students to some of the critical issues in American Indian studies by examining the place of American Indians within the American imagination, politics and society. The course concentrates on issues of tribal sovereignty, economics, social class and structure, and the difficulties of maintaining a tribal identity in the 21st century. Prerequisite: one of the following: EFN 205, ERS 100, ERS 253, HIS 310, SOC 225, or WGS 130. (Cross-listed with ERS/SOC; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Fall.
SOC 350 Cr.3
Methods of Social Research II
An overview of the issues and methods involved in the process of scientific investigation of social phenomena. The limitations of, and ethical issues involved in, social research are examined. Data collection methods, both quantitative and qualitative, including surveys, observation, and secondary data analysis are investigated. Students propose and complete a research project, applying material learned in Sociological Research Methods I, including student application of various research techniques and computer-assisted data analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 200, SOC 250. Offered Fall, Spring.
ERS/SOC 363 Cr.3
American Indians and the Environment
This course introduces students to American Indian environmental issues. Topics include treaty-based hunting, fishing and gathering rights, air and water quality regulatory authority, environmental racism, toxic and nuclear waste disposal on Indian lands, mining and hydroelectric dams, sacred sites, and Indian vs. Western perceptions of the environment. Special attention will be given to current environmental controversies in Wisconsin Indian country. Prerequisite: one of the following: EFN 205; ERS 100, ERS 253; ERS/SOC 343; SOC 225, SOC 328. (Cross-listed with ERS/SOC; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Occasionally.
SOC 369 Cr.3
Sociology of Sexualities
This course uses a sociological perspective to examine human sexuality. Although biological explanations are often used to understand sexuality, this course will focus on how sexual attitudes and behaviors are shaped by society. We will focus on the methodological and theoretical approaches that are used in sociological studies of sexuality. This will include a brief overview of historical perspectives on sexuality; as well as contemporary debates about sexual identity; sexual practices and behavior; and how sexuality relates to issues of power and politics, of morality and social control. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or WGS 100 or ANT 101. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 370 Cr.3
Sociology of Gender
Explores the social construction, variation and consequences of gender categories across time and space. Examines how gender identities are developed and how gender structures our experiences in education, work, families, the media and other institutions. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 200 or ANT 101. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC/WGS 375 Cr.3
Examines the social construction of sexual orientation and its meaning for women and women's equality. The course draws on a range of sources, including scientific research, history, literature, psychological theory, and popular culture. Prerequisite: WGS 100 or WGS 130 or EFN 205. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Occasionally.
SOC 390 Cr.3
Early Sociological Theory
Critical survey of scholars who contributed to the rise of scientific sociology, focusing on the historical circumstances, the personalities and the ideas of the prominent early sociologists prior to the mid-twentieth century. Particular attention is given to August Comte, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, George Herbert Mead, and C. Wright Mills. Prerequisite: SOC 200. Offered Annually.
SOC 395 Cr.3
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Modern sociological theories at the macro- and micro-levels are summarized, compared and applied. Macro-level theories include social evolution, general systems, functionalist, and social conflict theories. Micro-level theories include interaction, self, role, phenomenological, exchange, rational choice, and interaction ritual theories. The linkage of micro- and macro-level theory in sociology is addressed in network and organizational theories. Selected concepts and perspectives are applied in sociological practice projects. Prerequisite: SOC 200. Offered Spring.
SOC 399 Cr.3
Special Topics in Sociology
Investigation of areas and topics of current sociological interest not covered in the regular curriculum ranging from local to transnational issues. Repeatable for credit - maximum 12. Offered Occasionally.
SOC 401 Cr.3
Sociology of Violence
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the patterns and correlates of interpersonal and collective violence with an emphasis on social structural/sociological explanations of violent behavior. We will explore the characteristics, causes, and consequences of violence focusing primarily on the United States. In addition, the course will examine social policies and programs related to violence intervention and prevention. Examples of the types of violence examined are physical assault, intimate partner violence, homicide, sexual assault, terrorism, and genocide. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 202; junior standing. Offered Alternate Years.
SOC 404 Cr.3
This course explores explanations for inequality between countries. Macro-sociological theories and comparative methods are used to analyze cross-cultural and cross-national differences and similarities in basic institutions, including family, education, and political economy. The main course objective is that students develop an understanding of the consequences of living in a world of global inequality. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 202 or ANT 101 or ANT 202. Offered Every Third Semester.
SOC 405 Cr.3
Quantitative Social Research Seminar
This course guides students through the completion of an independent quantitative sociological research project. Students conduct research on a topic related to their own interest within the field of sociology using standard quantitative methods such as survey research, evaluation research, or secondary data analysis. Each student formulates a sociologically relevant research hypothesis, designs the appropriate research methodology, reviews relevant theoretical and empirical literature, and gathers and analyzes data in a step-by-step process. The results of the research process are presented in a formal research paper. Prerequisite: SOC 350; SOC 390 or SOC 395. Offered Annually.
ECO/GEO/HIS/POL/PSY/SOC 408 Cr.4
Teaching and Learning History & Social Studies in the Secondary School
This course will be integrated with a field experience. In the context of a real classroom, teacher candidates will learn how to plan for and assess student learning in history and social sciences. With a focus on content knowledge, teacher candidates will plan a variety of meaningful learning experiences, assess student learning, and monitor and modify instruction to best support the individual learners in the classroom. The teacher candidate will design, enact, and assess activities that advance student understanding to more complex levels. Teacher candidates will gain experience in monitoring the obstacles and barriers that some students or groups of students face in school and learn how to design learning experiences to support all learners. Prerequisite: EDS 351. (Cross-listed with ECO/GEO/HIS/POL/PSY/SOC; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Fall, Spring.
SOC 409 Cr.1-3
Readings and Research in Sociology
Directed readings or research under the supervision of an instructor. Repeatable for credit - maximum six. Prerequisite: junior standing. Consent of instructor. Offered Fall, Spring.
SOC 410 Cr.3
Sociology Honors Project
The development and completion of an honors research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Sociology Honors Program. Consent of department. Offered Annually.
SOC 414 Cr.3
Policy and Society
This course offers a critical analysis of social policy development and impacts in the United States today. Students will apply sociological theories to explain how demographic changes, collective behavior and other social changes converged to allow specific social policies to be designed, proposed and implemented. Students will also examine the impacts of such policies on the various social groups directly and indirectly affected and compare policies in the U.S. to similar policies in other countries. Social policies such as welfare reform, Social Security and federal agricultural policies are among the topics prospectively covered in this course. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101 or ANT/SOC 202; junior standing recommended. Offered Every Third Semester.
SOC 416 Cr.3
This course is designed to familiarize students with the major techniques of qualitative data collection and analysis used by sociologists and other social scientists. These include feminist methods, participant observation, in-depth interviewing, biographical methods, content analysis, archival research, and a variety of nonreactive techniques. This course will also address the links among theory, data, and methods and provide an appreciation for the qualitative tradition in social sciences. Students will learn how to conduct field research. The course will follow a seminar format emphasizing reading, group discussion, in- and out- of class exercises, oral presentations, original research and writing. Prerequisite: SOC 350; SOC 390 or SOC 395. Offered Annually.
SOC 420 Cr.3
Health Care and Illness
This course introduces students to the social, political, and economic context of health and illness in society. The course is divided into four parts. First, we focus on social factors of illness, with a particular focus on the role of inequality in shaping health risks. We will discuss how we measure and quantify mortality and morbidity and the effect of social context. In the second part of the semester we focus on the meaning and experience of illness, with a particular focus on how different kinds of social deviance become categorized as medical, criminal, or personal issues in different societies and at different times. Next the course will focus on health systems and technologies, especially the political and economic configurations of health care provision in different countries. Finally, the course will consider the role of health professionals and issues of bioethics, with a focus on reproductive health and the AIDS epidemic as case studies. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Fall.
PSY/SOC 422 Cr.3
Death, Grief, and Bereavement
A study of the interaction of individuals and families coping with dying and death in various social settings including hospitals, care facilities, and hospices. Topics include psychosocial aspects of grief and mourning, sociological dimensions of bereavement, and various rituals of funeralization in the U.S. and other societies. Special attention is given to case studies and medical/ethical decision-making at the end of life, as well as other aspects of the social organization of death, dying, and bereavement. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101; junior standing. (Cross-listed with PSY/SOC; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Annually.
SOC 429 Cr.3
Sociology of Deviance
This course provides an overview of the sociological study of deviance. Various definitions of deviance are examined within the context of individuals, behaviors, and groups who are considered deviants as well as those who apply the deviant labels. The course explores a variety of theoretical perspectives of deviance and social construction of deviance, the enforcement of social norms, and the social control systems that are established to respond to deviance. A variety of forms of deviance are covered, including: mental illness, drug and alcohol use, sexual deviance, and suicide. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or ANT 101. Offered Spring.
SOC 450 Cr.3-15
Internship in Sociology
An academically relevant field experience for majors and minors in sociology. The field experience will be supervised by the sociology staff. No more than six credits may be applied to a major in sociology and no more than three credits toward sociology minor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 15. Prerequisite: SOC 110; junior standing: cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. Consent of instructor. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Annually.
SOC 451 Cr.3
Internship in Criminal Justice
An academically relevant field experience for minors in criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOC 324; junior standing; criminal justice minor. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Annually.
SOC 485 Cr.1-2
Research Apprenticeship in Sociology
The student will assist a faculty member in any phase of the research process including literature searches, research design, data gathering and data analysis. Repeatable for credit - maximum four. Prerequisite: SOC 200, SOC 250. Consent of instructor. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring.
SOC 486 Cr.1-2
Teaching Apprenticeship in Sociology
This course provides preparation and experience in a variety of instructional practices, strategies, and techniques. Students study theory and research on teaching and practice teaching skills under the guidance of faculty members. Repeatable for credit - maximum four. Prerequisite: SOC 200, SOC 250; junior standing; minimum 3.25 GPA. Consent of instructor. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring.