Sociology Courses


SOCI 1020 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
—Sociology is the systematic study of social behavior. Topics include interaction, culture, inequality and social class, the changing society, socialization, subcultures, crime and deviance, family and religion, among others.

SOCI 2000 Marriage and the Family (3 credits)—An overview of the effects of societal change on marital and nonmarital relationships. Topics include premarital dynamics, singles, dual career families, family violence, and divorce.

SOCI 2020 Social Problems (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020. Sociological study of major current problems confronted in American society and the beliefs that compound them.

SOCI 3030 Gender and Society (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Study of the social construction of gender and its consequences for individuals and society. Examination of our cultural assumptions about gender identities, roles, behaviors, and the social processes that reproduce gender inequality.

SOCI 3060 Medical Sociology (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Study of the concepts, theories, and methods of medical sociology with particular emphasis on the analysis and application of the findings of contemporary research in medical sociology.

SOCI 3110 Minorities (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Examination of the relationships between dominant and subordinate racial, ethnic, and other groups in the U.S., the theoretical perspectives, the processes that create or maintain institutional discrimination, and current issues concerning intergroup relations.

SOCI 3150 Urbanization (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Processes of urbanization and the urban impact on rural life. the structure of the metropolis, segregation, slums, suburbs, mobility, disorganization, and cultural change.

SOCI 3210 Sociological Research (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Methods used in investigating and reporting social phenomena.

SOCI 3300 Deviant Behavior (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. An analysis of various types of deviance in society with an emphasis on the application of various theories. Topics include drug addiction, prostitution, mental illness, disability, sexual deviance, alcoholism, and domestic violence.

SOCI 3310 Criminology (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. An analysis of the major sociological theories of crime causation, sociological aspects of types of offenders, and techniques of measuring crime.

SOCI 3320 Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. A study of the extent, causes, treatment, and prevention of delinquency.

SOCI 3444 Data Analysis (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): MATH 1530, CSCI 1100, and SOCI 3210 or a comparable course with the approval of the instructor. Instruction on the use of SPSS and/or other software packages for analyzing social science data via statistics with an emphasis on interpretation and application.

SOCI 4018 Honors Thesis (3 - 6 credits)—Open to those in university honor programs only. A capstone experience serving as the culmination of an honors curriculum.

SOCI 4057/5057 Community Sociology (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): SOCI 3210, CJCR 2000, or PSYC 3201. An examination of the issues and concepts of community and the principles of community-based research using theoretical and applied approaches.

SOCI 4087/5087 The Family in Transition (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. An analysis of the changing family with emphasis on family theory.

SOCI 4157/5157 Sociology of the City (3 credits)—The sociology of modern urban centers with emphasis upon the development, social organization, and social change that characterize this aspect of modern society, and the influence of urban patterns upon the total society.

SOCI 4257/5257 Power, Wealth, and Poverty (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020. Examination of the theories and research concerning the distribution of power, wealth, and prestige in American society, and the impact of social class on life chances.

SOCI 4337/5337 Social Psychology (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Study of social interaction, the development of self, and the social construction of reality.

SOCI 4507/5507 Sociology of the Aging (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020. An application of basic sociological principles, theories, and research findings to the understanding of the aging and their relationships with other segments of the population.

SOCI 4557/5557 Population (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. Major population characteristics, trends, and problems, primarily those of the United States.

SOCI 4807/5807 Modern Social Theory (3 credits)Prerequisite: SOCI 1020 or permission of instructor. This course provides a comprehensive survey of key modern social theorists and theories within the historical context of the emergence of the modern world order. Fall

SOCI 4900 Independent Studies (1-3 credits)Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SOCI 4957/5957 Special Topics in Sociology (1-6 credits)

SOCI 4989-99 Cooperative Education (1-3 credits)

Graduate Course Listing

For Descriptions and Prerequisite(s) see the Graduate Catalog

SOCI 5050 Sociology of Education ...................................... (3 credits)

SOCI 5110 Contemporary Social Theory .................................. (3 credits)

SOCI 5210 Sociological Research ....................................... (3 credits)

SOCI 5315 Seminar in Crime and Delinquency ............................ (3 credits)

SOCI 5320 Program Evaluation .......................................... (3 credits)

SOCI 5444 Applied Data Analysis for the Social Sciences..................... (3 credits)

SOCI 5500 Topical Seminar ............................................. (3 credits)

SOCI 5600 Seminar in Medical Sociology ................................ (3 credits)

SOCI 5620 Sociology of Age and The Life Course ........................ (3 credits)

SOCI 5850 Supervised Internship ....................................... (1-6 credits)

SOCI 5870 Internship Placement Report ................................. (3 credits)

SOCI 5900 Independent Studies ......................................... (1-3 credits)

SOCI 5989-99 Cooperative Education ..................................... (1-3 credits)

SOCI 5990 Readings and Research ........................................ (3 credits)

Sociology and Anthropology (Cross-Listed Courses)

SOAA

SOAA 1000 Academic Advantage (2 credits)—This course helps the first-year student make the transition to the university, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and enhance essential academic skills. The course provides a support group for students in a critical transitional year by examining problems and issues common to the first year of college. Elective credit only. Does not apply toward major or minor requirements.

SOAA 3350 Social Statistics (3 credits)Prerequisite: MATH 1530. An introduction to applied statistics in the field of sociology and related disciplines.

SOAA 3700 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240 or SOCI 1020.An introduction to various cultures and nations in Latin America. Topics include indigenous cultures, cultural variation, economic development, political change and demographic processes.

SOAA 3800 Religion, Society, and Culture (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or permission of instructor. Analysis of the social and cultural dimensions of religion and the origins, functions, and place of religion in human societies.

 

SOAA 4357/5357 Mass Communications and Popular Culture (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or permission of instructor. An examination of the impact of modern communications technology upon traditional lifestyles and world views, particularly entertainment during the 20th century.

SOAA 4627/5627 Ethnographic Field Work Techniques (3 credits)Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1240, SOCI 1020, or permission of instructor. An introduction to the information-gathering techniques and strategies employed by modern anthropologists, folklorists, and qualitative sociologists—including interviewing, recording, photography, transcription, and data analysis. Practical applications and cultural situations are also stressed.

SOAA/APST 4907 Foodways of Appalachia (3 credits)—Traditional and developing food cultures of the Mountain South. Topics include: the historical roots of Appalachian cookery; food and class in Appalachia; Native American and African influences on mountain cuisine; immigrant cooking in the mountains; the rituals of the mountain table; the products of the land and larder; traditional food preservation techniques and beliefs; and the emergence and viability of sustainable agriculture and aquaculture.

Graduate Course Listing

For Descriptions and Prerequisite(s) see the Graduate Catalog

SOAA 5820 Skills in Applied Sociology and Anthropology .............. (3 credits)