Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Sociology  Courses

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 101: Introductory Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduction to basic sociological concepts. Examines aspects of human behavior in cultural framework, including individual and group interaction, social mobility and stratification, status and class, race and gender relations, urbanism, crime and criminology, and social change and reform. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 120: Globalization and Society (3 Credits)

Examines and analyzes important global issues and processes. Considers historical development of globalization and implications for different societies and cultures. Investigates perceptions of global processes by different cultures and nations, and efforts of international institutions to address social, political, economic, and cultural changes in global society. Notes: Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 120 and GLOA 101. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

300-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 300: Social Control and Freedom (3 Credits)

Explores ways in which individuals are both architects and prisoners of society. Offers a foundational course for examining the "invisible" social forces that shape our lives and the individual and collective capacity to make choices, including social and cultural change. Includes topics such as youth and culture, deviance and crime, social inequalities, and global change. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 301: Criminology (3 Credits)

Focuses on causes and meaning of crime, with emphasis on adults. Patterns of criminal behavior, including property crimes, violent crimes, organized crime, white-collar crime, and victimless crime. Critical assessment of criminal justice system as a response to crime. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 302: Sociology of Delinquency (3 Credits)

Examines social factors involved in development of delinquency, including family, political economy, schooling, community environment and culture. Examines various theories of delinquency; rates of delinquency in relation to age, race, gender and social class; and legal system that addresses causes, consequences, and policies of punishment and rehabilitation. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 303: Methods and Logic of Inquiry (3 Credits)

Actively engages students in original inquiry meaningful to themselves and their communities. Demonstrates the reciprocal relationship between theory and empirical research. Explores the complementarity of interpretive and explanatory logics, employing basic sociological methods. Guides students to formulate research problems; design research; gather and analyze evidence; and organize, frame, and revise arguments, culminating in a public presentation of their projects to the sociology faculty. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101, SOCI 102, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 304: The Future of Work (3 Credits)

Introduces the basic concepts of economic sociology. Explores how the world of work has changed due to globalization, deindustrialization, new technologies, and economic crisis. Focuses on providing students with a better understanding of how markets and corporations work, and about new economic approaches to create new, potentially less alienating work environments. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 307: Social Movements and Political Protest (3 Credits)

Explores processes for organizing resistance to current social and power arrangements, from terrorism to nonviolent civil resistance to create alternative institutions, policies, or leadership that promote human rights and social justice. Uses historical and contemporary case studies of local and global change to explore, how, why, and to what effect individuals have organized to protest the status quo and create social change. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 308: Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (3 Credits)

Explores how race and ethnicity have been shaped by policies and practices in Western and non-Western societies. Explores the evolution of racial and ethnic attitudes from a global and historical perspective. Examines how changing demographic racial patterns may affect definitions of race and ethnicity and the ways in which people individually and collectively act to create new futures. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 309: Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life (3 Credits)

Uses a sociological framework to analyze and understand the diverse forms of contemporary families--traditional marriages, cohabitation, domestic partnerships, single-parents families, stepfamilies, and gay and lesbian families. Explored are topics such as changes in sexual mores, reflected in new dating practices; shifting parenting roles; effects of social class, race and ethnicity; and the outcomes of divorce for couples and children. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 310: Sociology of Deviance (3 Credits)

Analyzes macro- and microlevel deviance-producing processes, meaning and control of deviance, and major theoretical approaches to deviance. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 311: Classical Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Explores sociological tradition through readings and discussions of ideas drawn from writings of selected sociological thinkers such as Comte, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and others. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of upper level (300 or 400 level) sociology courses, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 312: Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

Introduces ethnography, field work methods, interviewing, life histories, and other qualitative methods to generate data about cultures in which various groups and classes are immersed. Students learn by applying qualitative methods to term projects, developed under guidance of instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 9 credits of Sociology including SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 313: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4 Credits)

Fundamentals of applied statistics as used in behavioral science to include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation regression, analysis of variance, factor analysis, nonparametric statistics, and practical experience with calculators in applying statistical analysis to actual problems of the behavioral sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

SOCI 314: Sociology of Culture (3 Credits)

Examines how culture, encompassing high art or participatory culture, expressive agency or traditional constraint, is produced and reproduced in everyday social practices and across a wide range of social institutions. Explores the role of culture in public life and political discourse. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 315: Contemporary Gender Relations (3 Credits)

Examines the meaning and significance of gender relations in the US and other societies around the globe. Examines the concepts and processes of privilege, power, and difference to understand how they shape the meaning and construction of feminine and masculine roles and identities and why gender difference (which conceptually does not imply inequality) translates into gender inequality. Equivalent to WMST 301.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 320: Social Structure and Globalization (3 Credits)

While focusing on nature and process of change in human society, considers social impact of political, economic, and environmental change and how lives are shaped by complexities of global social forces. Examines specific global issues such as conflict and security; economic disparity; ecological deterioration; populations and migration; legitimization of commerce; diffusion of innovations; and impact of class, status, and power in modern societies. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 321: Sociology of Post-Socialism (3 Credits)

Explores the end of socialism, and how the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, as well as the rest of the world, transformed since 1989. Examines art, music, criminality, oligarchs, workers, gender, commodification, nationalism, violence, the self, religion, public health, and the environment during socialism and afterwards. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 326: Conflict, Violence, and Peace (3 Credits)

Explores the sociology of conflict, violence, and peace to examine these crucial issues from a scholarly viewpoint. Focuses on the causes and consequences of violence. Examines a wide variety of remedies from conventional deterrence and arms control strategies to alternative perspectives from nonviolent civil resistance to peacebuilding, international law, and restorative justice, as well as conflict transformation and resolution strategies. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 330: US Immigrants and Immigration (3 Credits)

Explores theoretical, empirical, and policy-related issues pertaining to immigration. Examines case studies of immigrant communities and their adaptation patterns, paying particular attention to immigrants from Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 332: The Urban World (3 Credits)

Examines cities and the people who live in them in the United States and around the world. Includes topics such as: social and economic development, inequality, political protests, urban democracy, and the environment. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 340: Power, Politics, and Society (3 Credits)

Analyzes how power is defined, attained and sustained in society. Students analyze political power as related to social realities such as democratic elections, class conflict, elite networks, powersharing, protest, and revolution. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 341: Sociology of Aging (3 Credits)

Examines aging from a sociological perspective. Topics include demographic trends and aging population in America, social construction of life stages and creation of "old age," cultural labeling, and human resistance. Equivalent to SOCI 441.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 352: Social Problems and Solutions (3 Credits)

Examines contemporary social problems and their solutions using sociological perspectives. Topics may include housing and homelessness, student debt, mass incarceration, hunger and food insecurity, environment and sustainability, human rights, wealth and global poverty, war and peace. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 355: Social Inequality (3 Credits)

Studies class structures and implications for individuals and groups in modern society. Explores issues of race and ethnicity, language and immigration status, sex and gender, social class, age, and sexual orientation. Examines critically the theory and research that explore the construction, experience, and meaning of such differences. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 360: Youth Culture and Society (3 Credits)

Introduces sociology of youth and youth culture. Investigates social, economic, and political realities of youth as a group and different groups of youth, including youth cultural production, formation of youth culture, and youth identities in variety of social settings. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 373: The Community (3 Credits)

Examines small to moderate-size communities ranging through village, rural community, small town, and city subcommunity. Latter category includes city localities, ethnic villages, and suburban communities. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 377: Art and Society (3 Credits)

Introduces the many ways in which art reflects social tendencies, comments on social problems, and contributes to discussions about a wide range of social issues. Students attend theatrical performances and visit exhibition spaces on campus, and learn to analyze what they experience through both aesthetic and sociological approaches. Explores contemporary issues such as debates about artistic freedom and public morality, commercialization of art, and relationship between cultural and social hierarchies. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of ARTH.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 382: Education in Contemporary Society (3 Credits)

Examines classrooms and schools as social institutions that function as socializing agents for both stability and societal change. Emphasizes the influence of inequality on educational processes and outcomes and critically examines the social organization of the U.S. public school system. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 385: Sociology of Religion (3 Credits)

Studies places of religious consciousness in human action and institutional and organizational networks created to sustain religious beliefs. Emphasizes comparative and historical analysis of role religion has played in human society. Examines theories of nature of religious experience, religious symbolism, and basis of religious community. Explores changing demographics in relation to older traditional religious faiths and newer nontraditional faiths. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 388: Violence and Religion (3 Credits)

Explores the relationship between religion and violence, especially warfare, cross-culturally and historically from a sociological, transdisciplinary, and global politics perspective. Examines the interface between politics and morality and the interface between national and transnational governance institutions (nations states, the UN, etc.) and cultural and religious institutions, NGOs, and social movements. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 390: Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability (3 Credits)

Examines social context of health, illness, and disability; relationships of health care professionals and patients; and structure and delivery of health care in different medical systems. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 394: Sociology of Human Rights (3 Credits)

Provides an overview of sociological, theoretical, and methodological approaches to understanding human rights. Examining connections between inequality, conflict, social justice, governance, and human rights, the course focuses on the contexts of meaning within which human rights are invoked and practiced as well as the role that non-state actors play in shaping the development and institutionalization of human rights. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 hours, including 12 hours of SOCI.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 399: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)

Individual study of sociological topic of interest to student. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 hours of Sociology and approval of a written proposal.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

400-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 405: Analysis of Social Data (4 Credits)

Overview of management and analysis of empirical social science data, including file construction, scaling and measurement, data transformation, and treatment of missing data. Emphasizes manipulation, management, and analysis of data sets using computers. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 hours, SOCI 313, or Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

SOCI 410: Social Surveys and Attitude and Opinion Measurements (3 Credits)

Surveys research methods and techniques to collect, measure, and analyze social data, attitudes, and opinions with special emphasis on using computer software, the Internet, and other information technologies for social research. Highlights ethical issues for social research, computing, and information technology. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 303 and 313, or equivalents, or Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 412: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Presents for analysis and discussion the significant theorists and themes in contemporary sociological theory. Designed to enhance student's skills in reading and analyzing primary texts and to encourage reflection on contemporary social reality. Fulfills writing intensive requirement. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 311 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 416: Internship in Sociology (1-6 Credits)

Intended to promote learning in application of sociological knowledge, and build skills in different work settings. Students work in approved setting as applied sociologists. Notes: Minimum 45 hours of work for each credit required. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of SOCI 313 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship

SOCI 471: Prevention and Deterrence of Crime (3 Credits)

Theoretical and practical strategies for crime prevention and deterrence. Social, environmental, and mechanical developments. Police, courts, and correctional elements of law enforcement in terms of current effectiveness and future potential for crime prevention. Equivalent to CRIM 471.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 hours, inservice status, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 480: Honors Seminar in Sociology I (3 Credits)

Develop research proposals and an appropriate bibliography for honors thesis under the guidance of a sociology faculty member. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Research Associated
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to honors in the sociology major.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

SOCI 481: RS: Honors Seminar in Sociology II (3 Credits)

Pursue independent research and write honors thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Present work in a colloquium at the end of the semester. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: Successful completion of SOCI 480.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

SOCI 483: The Sociology of Higher Education (3 Credits)

Exposes students to sociological theory and research on evolution of higher learning in United States. Explores social forces that have shaped the distinctively American approach toward higher education and have led to transformation of higher education in contemporary society. Particular attention to relation between universities and elites within surrounding society, linkage between education and industry, norms and values that are presupposed by educational institutions, and bearing of sports on values and traditions of higher education. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 485: RS: Sociological Analysis and Practice (3 Credits)

Provides an in-depth examination of historical and contemporary issues facing sociological scholars. Focuses on the philosophies, practices, and procedures used by individuals and organizations to answer sociological questions. Engages a variety of materials, experiences and resources to answer a specific research question. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 303.
Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 492: Sociology of Organizations (3 Credits)

Theories, analysis of types of organizations from informal voluntary associations to large complex ones. Explores nonprofit organizations and alternatives to bureaucracies, such as feminist collectives, cooperatives, self-help groups, and social movement organizations. Students do field work in organizations applying theories and concepts to observations. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 499: Independent Research in Sociology (1-4 Credits)

Investigation of sociological problem according to individual interest, with emphasis on research. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 8 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 18 hours of SOCI including SOCI 303, 311, 313 and 412; a 3.0 GPA in SOCI; and a research proposal approved by instructor and department chair prior to enrollment.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

Topics in SOCI

SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 hours, including 12 hours of SOCI.
Schedule Type: Lecture

Graduate

500-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 516: Internship in Sociology (1-6 Credits)

Learning experience in the application of sociological knowledge and skills in different work settings. Students work in approved setting as applied sociologists. Notes: Minimum 45 hours of work for every 1 credit. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 21 hours of SOCI, including research methods, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Internship

SOCI 599: Issues in Sociology (1-3 Credits)

Contemporary topics in sociology including sociological theory, crime and delinquency, advanced research methods, social and cultural change, urban sociology, medical sociology, sociology of aging, and rural sociology. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

600-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 601: Proseminar in Public and Applied Sociology (3 Credits)

Core course devoted to the philosophical, historical, theoretical, and methodological dimensions of public and applied sociology within the United States. Traces the evolution of the field during the 20th century, from its inception in the Chicago school and the studies of W.E.B. DuBois to more recent formulations, as these bear on the interplay between social scientific knowledge and public decisions and debates. Equivalent to SOCI 801.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 602: Writing for the Social Sciences (3 Credits)

Develops strategies for successful social scientific writing, self-evaluation, and managing anxiety around the production of written work. Provides practice in different types of writing undertaken by social scientists including research reports, scholarly journal articles, and research proposals. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 605: Gender and Social Structure (3 Credits)

Reviews theories explaining the development and maintenance of gender. Using historical and comparative data, examines perceived, prescribed, and actual sex differentiation in social, political, and economic roles. Begins with gender as a social structure and then examines contemporary research as support or refutation for variety of theoretical paradigms. Includes discussion of gender in intimate relationship and the public sector. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 607: Criminology (3 Credits)

Crime and crime causation. Topics include social basis of law, administration of justice, and control and prevention of crime. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 608: Juvenile Delinquency (3 Credits)

Sociology of adolescent behavior. Sociological factors that determine which behaviors and social categories of adolescents are likely to be labeled and treated as delinquent. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 614: Sociology of Culture (3 Credits)

Analyzes 20th-century debates in American culture and cultural politics, with emphasis on art and popular culture, news media, and competing notions of "the public." In-depth readings in cultural sociology cover variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 619: Conflict and Conflict Management: Perspectives from Sociology (3 Credits)

Deals with sociology of conflict. Presents major sociological theories of conflict such as those of Marx, Weber, Simmel, Dahrendorf, Coser, and Collins. Stresses role that sociological conflict theory plays in undergirding conflict management practices. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Graduate standing in sociology or conflict analysis and resolution, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 620: Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry (3 Credits)

Emphasizes gathering, interpreting, and evaluating scientific evidence. Covers logic of scientific inquiry, including the application of various research designs and data collection methods. Develops critical-thinking skills by using set of rules and logical criteria for evaluation of social science research. Focuses both on how results are obtained and disseminated via research reports. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics and research methodology, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Sociology.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 623: Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives (3 Credits)

Covers demographic purview of U.S. and other global racial and ethnic groups and racial and ethnic groups as human-social-minority and dominant groups. Explores factors contributing to dominant and minority status and means of altering dominant groups assessment of minority group status. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 624: International Migration in the Age of Globalization (3 Credits)

Focuses on theoretical, methodological, and policy-related issues on international migration from a sociological perspective. Explores case studies of immigrant communities and their adaptation patterns, paying particular attention to immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 631: Survey Research (3 Credits)

Introduces theory, method, and practice of survey research design and analysis. Students complete survey research project. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 530 and 531, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 632: Evaluation Research for Social Programs (3 Credits)

Studies methodological issues related to evaluation of social programs. Explores conceptual and research design issues in relation to social programs, particularly delivery of social services. Includes examination of methods used to assess need for programs, impact of delivery systems, and efficiency and effectiveness of social programs. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 530 and 531, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 633: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 634: Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

Examines basic research methods involving observational techniques and procedures used in description and analysis of patterns, configurations, ethos, eidos, structures, functions, and styles typical of whole societies and cultures. Emphasizes case studies, unobtrusive methods, participant observation, longterm residence, choices of observer status role, recording data, uses of technical equipment, key informants, interviewing techniques, and ethical considerations in employing such methods and procedures. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 635: Environment and Society (3 Credits)

Overview of human ecology and environmental sociology, emphasizing selected topics. Focuses on theory, since theory makes it possible to generalize from understandings derived in an analysis of a particular problem and apply them to other problems. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 636: Statistical Reasoning (3 Credits)

Intermediate treatment of quantitative analytic techniques used in sociology. Topics include sampling, inference, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and bivariate and multiple correlation and regression. Introduces logic of multivariate analysis. Focus on how results are obtained and disseminated via research reports. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics and research methodology, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 641: Micro Sociology: Inequality and Everyday Life (3 Credits)

Analyze the relationship between everyday life and social inequalities, with a particular focus on examining theoretically and empirically the relationship between governing structures of society and the structure of situational and interactional terrains as it plays out in the lives of everyday people. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 651: Health Care Systems (3 Credits)

Changing health care systems are rapidly affecting patient providers and health and quality of life of society. Offers analysis and theories of change in health care systems and impacts on society and various stakeholders. Examines for-profit and nonprofit organizations and their impacts, and offers comparative cross-cultural analysis of health care systems. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 655: Ethnography (3 Credits)

Introduces ethnography in sociology to graduate students. Teaches techniques for collecting, analyzing and writing-up ethnographic materials. Considers some of the central methodological issues relevant to doing ethnography. Explores some of the critical ethical and political questions that arise within ethnographic research practice. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 660: Historical and Comparative Sociology (3 Credits)

Seminar in theory and methods of historical and comparative sociology, primarily for students with background in sociological theory and methods. Examines basic approaches and research data of history and sociology, surveys development of field, and analyzes exemplary studies. Equivalent to SOCI 860.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 670: New Media and Social Inequality (3 Credits)

Examines the internet and other new technologies from a sociological perspective. Focuses on how technologies mitigate or exacerbate-transform or reproduce-existing and new forms of inequality. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 686: Sociology of Aging (3 Credits)

Analyzes sociological issues in aging, including class and cultural factors, problems of work, retirement, attachment and loss, and ageism. Examines different theories of aging. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 696: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)

Theoretical and research literature chosen by student and instructor. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

SOCI 697: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)

Theoretical and research literature chosen by student and instructor. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

700-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 711: Classical Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

In-depth examination of major issues in classical (pre-1930) sociological theory. Analyzes Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Mead, and others, and emphasizes social and intellectual context of their theories. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Sociology.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 712: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Examines schools in contemporary sociological theory such as structural-functionalism, conflict, exchange, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, humanist sociology, and critical theory. Analyzes contemporary theorists in relation to schools. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Sociology.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 730: Analytic Techniques of Social Research (3 Credits)

Introduces multiple regression and causal analysis to sociological researchers, with a focus on obtaining and disseminating results. Moves from linear regression to the general linear model with several variables, its extensions, assumptions, and regression diagnostics. Examines the use of dummy variable and the analysis of interaction effects. Considers systems of equations and nonlinear outcomes. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics and research methodology, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 797: Master's Capstone Paper (3 Credits)

MA paper completion under the direction of one faculty member. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program in sociology or permission of graduate director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

SOCI 799: Thesis (1-6 Credits)

Master's thesis research under direction of thesis committee. May be repeated within the degree.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Thesis

800-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 803: Institutions and Inequality (3 Credits)

Analyzes the interrelations between social inequalities and institutional structures, including markets, the press, prisons, mental institutions, cultural organizations, and corporations. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 804: Sociology of Globalization (3 Credits)

Addresses the social, political, cultural, and economic process of globalization. Explores the limits on globalization during the precapitalist era, the relation between empire and the internal structure of imperialist societies, theoretical debates over the contemporary world system, the relation between cities and globalization, and the link between globalization and social inequality within both developed and developing societies. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 833: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Have completed either 6 credits of coursework at the 600 level or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 840: Work Organizations and Social Inequality (3 Credits)

Examines the social, organizational, and cultural processes that account for the differential distribution of job rewards along class, gender, and racial and ethnic lines. Topics include the historical evolution of the management worker relationship, job segregation by race and gender, the effect of new technologies on social inequality, the relation between gender and professional careers, the efficacy of governmental efforts to ensure equal opportunity, and the effect of organizational change on racial and gender inequalities at work. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 844: Youth, Schooling, and Popular Culture (3 Credits)

Uses sociological perspectives to understand the various ways in which popular youth culture, schooling processes, and consumer culture intersect in contemporary American cultural life. Examines the social, economic, and political realities of youth as a group and the formation of distinct youth cultures within and outside formal school settings, including schooling and commodity culture, how markets promote and hinder particular educational ideologies, and how corner markets operate as spaces of cultural learning. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 845: Society and Education (3 Credits)

Exposes students to the major theories, debates, and findings within the sociology of education, emphasizing the reciprocal influences of schooling and social inequalities within contemporary societies. Emphasis on the historical evolution of public schooling in the United States, the complex relation between schooling and economic institutions, class differences in educational opportunity, and the politics of educational reform. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 850: Sociology of Development (3 Credits)

Analyzes socioeconomic and political change, focusing on the poor countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Offers a basic descriptive understanding of processes of change in these countries and an introduction to major theoretical perspectives on development and globalization, from classical theories of comparative advantage to theories of imperialism, modernization, dependency, and globalization. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 851: Globalization and Social Movements (3 Credits)

Analyzes current issues in the study of social movements, with an emphasis on the ways in which globalization shapes and in turn is shaped by social movements. Emphasis is placed on the relations among the strategies, identities, and organizations bound up with transnational social movements and the relation between the dynamics of global political and economic developments and protest movements in core and peripheral societies. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 853: Cities in a Global Society (3 Credits)

Examines the scholarly literature on cities and globalization with a focus on the impact of globalization on urban environments and the effects of urbanization on the processes of globalization. Emphasis on the ways in which globalization restructures urban life in the core and periphery of the world economy with attention paid to the effects of spatial dispersion on the character of economic institutions within the advanced societies, the shifting nature of crime and security, immigration, and the cities of the Global South. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 857: Sociology of Human Rights (3 Credits)

Examines the connections among inequality, conflict, social justice, and human rights in an age of globalization. Drawing from case studies from around the world, course examines institutional and structural violence and inequality as they relate to state, corporate, and military power; international law and order; welfare and social policy; global justice; regionalism, multilateralism, and transnationalism; environmental protection; gender inequality; ethnic conflict; resource wars; and national security policy before and after September 11, 2001. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar

SOCI 860: Historical and Comparative Sociology (3 Credits)

Seminar in theory and methods of historical and comparative sociology, primarily for students with background in sociological theory and methods. Examines basic approaches and research data of history and sociology, surveys development of field, and analyzes exemplary studies. Equivalent to SOCI 660.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 870: Directed Readings Sociology (3 Credits)

Intensive reading course to develop comprehensive understanding of specific field in sociology as agreed on with advisor. Notes: Content varies. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of 600 level SOCI courses
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

SOCI 880: Independent Study in Sociology (3 Credits)

Reading and research on selected topic, resulting in a written project as agreed on with supervising faculty. Notes: Content varies. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of 600 level SOCI courses
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

900-Level Courses in SOCI

SOCI 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-9 Credits)

Work on research proposal for doctoral dissertation. Notes: A maximum of 9 credits of 998 may be applied to the degree. Students may enroll in 998 in their final year of coursework while preparing for comprehensive exams. Contact department for approval and CRN to register. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of all but final year of coursework and permission of graduate director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

SOCI 999: Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 Credits)

Doctoral dissertation research and writing on approved dissertation topic under direction of committee. Notes: Maximum of 12 credits may be applied toward degree. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Successful completion of SOCI 998.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

Topics in SOCI

SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 hours, including 12 hours of SOCI.
Schedule Type: Lecture