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Department of Sociology
337 Graham Building

Major / Minor Information


David J. Pratto, Professor and Head of Department

Professor Humphrey; Associate Professors Adams, Brown, Lindsay, Luebke, Markham; Assistant Professors Allan, Erdmans, Malone, Mitchell

The undergraduate program in sociology is planned primarily as a part of a liberal arts education. The objective is to provide the student with an analytic and systematic approach to the understanding of social relations. The major provides a foundation for a variety of occupations and for advanced study.

Graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree with a major in sociology is also available. Courses in this program are offered during the regular academic year. For details, see the Graduate School Catalog.

Sociology Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Required: 122 semester hours

The Sociology Major provides students with an understanding of the fundamental processes of social interaction that underlie all social organization and change. Beyond book and library study, students are required to develop skill in laboratory and field research. Students may a) major in sociology, b) major in both sociology and another major, or c) complete the social studies licensure for secondary teachers with a major in sociology. Requirements for these three options are described separately below.

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See pp. 70-73 for a complete description of the College requirements and pp. 65-66 and 71-72 for a listing of courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Requirements for a Major in Sociology

Minimum of 30 semester hours in sociology above the 100-level and at least a 2.0 GPA for all courses in the major.

Required Courses

SOC 314, 318, 450

Three courses selected from the following: SOC 232, 320, 336, 337

Related Area Requirements

No specific courses required.


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.

Sociology as a Second Major

Minimum of 24 semester hours in sociology above the 100-level.

Required Courses

SOC 314, 318, 450

Two courses from the following:SOC 232, 320, 336, 337

Related Area Requirements

Completion of requirements for another major.


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.

Sociology Minor

15 semester hours in sociology.

Teacher Licensure in Social Studies

Minimum of 24 semester hours in sociology above the 100-level. Please see "Teacher Education Programs" in Chapter 7, p. 407, for more details.

Required Courses

SOC 314, 318, 450.

Two courses from the following: SOC 232, 320, 336, 337.

Related Areas Requirements

9 hours in history and 6 hours in each of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, and political science.

Teacher Licensure Requirements

1. AULER requirements as identified within each major
2. HEA 201 Personal Health
3. PSY 121 General Psychology
4. ELC 381 The Institution of Education
5. CUI 450 Psychological Foundations of Education
6. CUI 470 Reading Education
7. Student Teaching
8. For 9-12 subject area certification, students must take the appropriate Teaching Practices and Curriculum Course (CUI 451, 452, 453, 457, or 459) and CUI 465 Student Teaching and Seminar.


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.


For Undergraduates

201 American Social Problems (3:3). Open to freshmen.

Contemporary American society and selected social issues from the sociological perspective. Attention given to value systems and institutions and to social processes of major current significance. [SB, CSB].

211 Introduction to Sociology (3:3). Open to freshmen.

Scientific study of social behavior including factors involved in functioning and development of human society such as culture, identity, social organization, institutions, stratification, social process, and social change. [SB, CSB].

222 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3:3). Open to freshmen.

Sociological contributions to analysis and treatment of contemporary forms of deviant behavior. Relationship of deviant behavior to social change. [SB, CSB].

232 Introduction to Social Psychology: Self in Society (3:3). Open to freshmen. May not be taken for credit if student has had SOC 571.

Conceptual frameworks of social psychology for selected topics: theories of social psychology, socialization, social perception, acquisition of self, gender, race and ethnicity, social interaction, and attitude and behavior change. [SB, CSB].

242 Conflict and Change in Southern Africa (3:3).

Focus is on patterns of conflict and change in multi-racial societies; apartheid in South Africa; state-building and development within South Africa and the region; implications for policies of Western Powers. [NW, CNW].

252 Experimental Course: Sociology of Sport (3:3).

Importance and dynamics of sport in contemporary U.S. society. Examination of how sport is "socially constructed" by certain persons and formal organizations into its contemporary form and content.

300 Post Soviet Societies (3:3).

Examination of major social institutions and social problems. Emphasis on assessing impact of ideology, modernization, and traditional cultural values on the evolution of the societies which formerly comprised the USSR. Particular emphasis on Russian society. [NW, CNW].

310 Social Policy and Services (4:3:3).

Examination and survey of historical development of the concept of social welfare; analysis of theoretical framework used to organize the study of social welfare services; overview of interventive methods used in social welfare contexts. Supervised volunteer experience required. (Same as SWK 310)

311 Human Behavior and Social Environment (3:3). Pr. 310, SWK 215, and consent of instructor.

Opportunity for students to apply major social science theories to the conceptualization of problems faced by social workers. Emphasis on theories relevant to understanding and influencing change on the societal, organizational, group, and individual levels. (Same as SWK 311)

312 Social Environmental Analysis (3:3). Pr. 310 and 311.

Examination and analysis of human service delivery systems in the context of race, age, sex differences, sexual preferences, and other social cultural differences. Emphasizes the roles of professionals in policy. (Same as SWK 312) (SP)

314 Introduction to Data Analysis (3:2:1). Pr. one introductory course in social science or consent of instructor.

Application of statistical concepts and procedures to sociological inquiry. Topics include elementary descriptive and inferential procedures and use of computers in data analysis.

317 Criminal Justice (3:3).

Adjudication of criminal defendants from arrest through appellate process. Special attention given to current issues in administration of justice, e.g., the death penalty, plea bargaining, alternatives to incarceration. Humphrey.

318 Introduction to Methods and Research (3:3). Pr. one introductory social science course.

Topics include the function of theory in research, concept formation, study design, data collection, and analysis strategies. Students design and conduct studies involving participant observation and survey research.

320 Contemporary Social Systems (3:3). Pr. 6 hrs. of sociology or consent of instructor.

Examines the interdependent development of formal organizations, communities, and societies as large scale social systems. Special attention is given to inter-societal relationships and the world system. Application to contemporary social issues is stressed.

324 Criminology (3:3).

Consideration of legal aspects of crime, its causation, patterns of criminal behavior, and victimization. Attention given to selected current issues in detection, apprehension, and adjudication of criminal offenders. Humphrey.

326 The Community (3:3). Pr. 211 or 201, or consent of instructor.

Recent changes and current structure of American communities, with special attention to urbanization, bureaucratization, industrialization, social class systems, land use, inter-organizational relationships, urban life styles, and community power. Markham.

327 Race and Ethnic Relations (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology or ATY 212 or consent of instructor.

Interaction between peoples of differing racial, ethnic, and cultural background, with comparison of American relationships to those in other parts of the world.

328 Collective Behavior (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology or consent of instructor.

Systematic study of such forms of relatively unstructured social behavior as crowds, fashion and fads, public opinion, propaganda, mass phenomena, as well as social movements. Luebke.

329 Sociological Perspectives on Women (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology.

Inquiry into status of women in society with emphasis on socialization, structural and institutional relationships, and continuities and discontinuities in women's roles across the life cycle.

331 Public Opinion and Mass Communication (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology or consent of instructor.

The structure and functioning of the mass media with special attention to societal and individual effects. Examination of public opinion formation and its consequences and also selected policy issues. Luebke.

336 Social Stratification (3:3). Pr. 6 hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

Examination of theories of stratification and U.S. and other stratification systems with attention to wealth, prestige, and power inequality, mobility, class consciousness and revolution. Markham.

337 Social Change (3:3).

Examination of nature, process, and consequences of social change with consideration of its control in all types of societies. Pr. one course in sociology or consent of instructor. Luebke.

339 Population Problems (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology or consent of instructor.

Sociological study of basic population processes of fertility, migration, and mortality, including examination of problems associated with changing population size, composition, and distribution. Mitchell.

343 Urban Society (3:3).

Analysis of emergence of urban society including formation and growth of urban centers and problems associated with ecological, social, and cultural differentiation within urban settlements. Mitchell.

351 Sociology of Work Organizations (3:3). Pr. 211 or 201, or consent of instructor.

Analysis of relationships of individuals to work organizations and the relationships between individuals in organizations. Special attention to breakdowns in organizational functioning, satisfactions and dissatisfactions of individuals in work organizations, informal relationships and power within organizations, unionization and organizational conflict, and implications of increasing bureaucratization for citizens and society. Markham.

354 Women, Work, and Management (3:3). Pr. Junior standing, SOC 211 or MGT 200 or consent of instructor.

Examination of women's participation in the the U.S. labor force and work organizations with special attention to issues for women in management. (Same as MGT 354) Markham.

355 Marriage and the Family (3:3).

Analysis of marriage and family with particular attention to change and interrelationships with other institutions. Pratto.

361 Health and society (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology or consent of instructor.

Analysis of socio-cultural aspects of health and illness. Consideration given to definitions of health, social distribution of illness, formal and informal organization of health professions and institutions, national health care systems. Brown.

362 Sociological Perspectives on Education (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology or consent of instructor.

Introduction to sociological theories and research about how social forces influence school, inequality and conflict in schools, how schools confer status on people, and how schools are organized and changed.

366 Sociology of Religion (3:3). Pr. one course in sociology or consent of instructor.

Sociological study in field of religion with emphasis on modern society and relation of religion to other institutions and functions of religious roles.

413 Corrections and Penology (3:3). Pr. 6 hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

Major sociological issues concerning the process of sentencing, incarceration, and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult criminal offenders. Current correctional procedures and alternatives. Humphrey.

450 The Development of Sociological Theory (3:3). Pr. 211 or consent of instructor.

Emergence of sociological theory from social philosophy and the place of sociological theory in development of social science. Allan.

491 Current Topics in Population (3:3). Pr. 339 and GEO 303.

Multidisciplinary seminar dealing with major topics concerned with national and international population. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. (Same as GEO 491) Mitchell.

493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493 (p. 379).

495 Senior Seminar: Contemporary Works in Sociology (3:3). Pr. senior major.

Critical review of significant recent books representing various fields in sociology.

497, 498 Special Problems in Sociology (2 to 3), (2 to 3). Pr. consent of faculty member with whom student wishes to work.

Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.

For Advanced Undergraduates

and Graduate Students

501, 502 Selected Topics in Sociology (3:3), (3:3).

Opportunity for advanced student to study in-depth topic or issue of special interest.

518 Advanced Data Analysis (3:2:2). Pr. 314 or consent of instructor.

Application of advanced statistical concepts and procedures in multivariate analyses of discrete and continuous data.

521 Juvenile Delinquency (3:3).

Social dimensions of juvenile delinquency; causation, prevalence, current trends. Legal processing of delinquents by police, courts, and correctional agencies, including diversion from the courts and alternatives to incarceration. Humphrey.

522 Seminar in Population and Urban Studies (3:3). Pr. consent of instructor.

Advanced study of population processes and urban concepts from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Emphasis on accessing and interpreting data from the U.S. census and other sources. (Same as GEO 522) Mitchell.

526 Comparative Minority Relations (3:3). Pr. 6 hours in sociology or consent of instructor.

Comparative study of ethnic, class, and cultural conflict in developing and developed societies. Attention is given to the impact of ethnicity and class conflict upon societal development and change in the international setting.

533 Political Sociology (3:3). Pr. one course in field of large-scale organization or consent of instructor.

Influence of social values and social forces upon government policy and of government policy upon society. Examination of conflicting political sociological theories. Luebke.

543 Urban Sociology (3:3). Pr. 6 hours of sociology at 300 level or above or consent of instructor.

Survey of urban growth, mobility, ethnic composition, spatial and social patterns; emphasis on pluralistic interests, conflict, and change. Comparisons between American and non-American urbanization for purposes of assessing implications for planning and development. Mitchell.

552 Sociology of Science and Technology (3:3). Pr. six hours of sociology at 300 level or above or consent of instructor.

Nature and origins of modern science; relations of science and technology; science in democratic and authoritarian societies; images of scientists; origins and recruitment of scientists; career patterns; the organizational setting. Pratto.

553 Sociology of Occupations and Professions (3:3). Pr. 6 hours of sociology at 300 level or above or consent of instructor.

Nature and significance of work; culture perspectives on work; occupational choice; socialization into work endeavors; career patterns; control of occupations and professions; labor and leisure; relationships to community and society. Brown.

555 Sociology of the Family (3:3). Pr. 314, 318, 355, or consent of instructor.

Critical examination of various ways of studying family, with consideration given to methodology, statistical treatment of data, and substantive findings. Pratto. (Not offered every year.)

561 Sociology of Leisure (3:3). Pr. 211 or consent of instructor.

Sociological inquiry into the nature and uses of leisure in human societies. Among topics considered are sports, play, and games, popular culture and high culture, the relationship of work to time and leisure, leisure services and public policy. Lindsay.

562 Sociology of Education (3:3). Pr. 6 hours of sociology at 300 level or above or consent of instructor.

Education as a dynamic and changing social system. Internal processes and structure of educational institutions and their interdependent relations with the environing society. Lindsay.

571 Social Psychology (3:3). Pr. 3 hours in sociology and 3 hours in psychology or consent of instructor.

Social impact, exchange, equity, and attribution theories intensively examined as basic in understanding specific substantive problems of reciprocal influences of groups and individuals in socio-cultural context.

572 The Small Group (3:3). Pr. 3 hours in sociology and 3 hours in psychology, or consent of instructor.

How small groups form, function, and dissolve, considering especially the fundamental process involved: communication, conformity, cohesiveness, leadership, and status differentiation. Theory, research, and practical application emphasized.

574 Socialization (3:3). Pr. 6 hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

Examination of fundamental theories of socialization and resocialization. Emphasis on studies dealing with the relationships between culture, society, and the individual throughout the life cycle.

584 Marriage and Family Therapy (3:3). Pr. consent of instructor.

Professional issues related to marriage and family therapy as practiced in the United States today, with emphasis on the socio-cultural environment, methods, and techniques of treatment, and evaluation of treatment. (Not offered every year)

586 Social Aspects of Aging (3:3). Pr. 3 hours in sociology or consent of instructor.

Structural and social psychological theories of aging. Substantive topics determined by students. Focus on critical review of current research. Adams.

595 Law and Society (3:3). Pr. at least one of the following: SOC 324; PSC 316, 318, 529; SWK 575; or permission of instructor.

Analysis of social influences on the legal system. Social organization of law, legal and extra-legal considerations, and law as a means of social control and change.

597, 598 Special Problems in Sociology (3), (3). Pr. consent of faculty member with whom student wishes to work.

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.

For Graduate Students Only

601 Seminar in Sociological Analysis (3:3).

605 Seminar in Management Organization Theory (3:3).

614 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3:3).

615 The Logic of Sociological Inquiry (3:3).

616 Advanced Research Methods (3:1:3).

619 Practicum in Evaluative Research (3:1:6).

620 Seminar in Sociology (3:3).

627 Social Conflict (3:3).

628 Social Movements (3:3).

636 Seminar in Stratification Theory and Research (3:3).

643 Seminar in Urban Sociology (3).

646 Teaching and Learning Sociological Concepts (3:3).

661 Social Organization of Health Care (3:3).

697, 698 Special Problems in Sociology (3:3), (3:3).

699 Thesis (3 to 6).

800 Graduate Registration (0).


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