Department of Sociology
337 Graham Building
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 Bulletin.
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 required)
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 College requirements and list of courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.
Minimum of 30 semester hours in sociology above the 100-level and at least a 2.0 GPA for all courses in the major.
Related Area Requirements
No specific courses required.
Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.
Minimum of 24 semester hours in sociology above the 100-level.
Related Area Requirements
Completion of requirements for another major.
Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.
15 semester hours in sociology.
Minimum of 24 semester hours in sociology above the 100-level. Please see "Teacher Education Programs" in Part 7 for more details.
Related Areas Requirements
Teacher Licensure Requirements
Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.
Please note that not all courses are offered every year, but required courses are offered at least once a year.
Courses For Undergraduates
201 American Social Problems (3:3).
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).
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).
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).
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].
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].
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.
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 field and survey research studies.
320 Global Society (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.
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.
327 Race and Ethnic Relations (3:3).
Interaction between peoples of differing racial, ethnic, and cultural background, with comparison of American relationships to those in other parts of the world.
328 Social Movements and Revolutions (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.
329 Sociological Perspectives on Women (3:3).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
355 Marriage and the Family (3:3).
Analysis of marriage and family with particular attention to change and interrelationships with other institutions.
361 Health and Society (3:3).
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.
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).
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.
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.
493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.
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.
Courses 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
553 Sociology of Occupations and Professions (3:3). Pr. 3 hours of sociology or permission 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
595 Law and Society (3:3).
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.
Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.