2016-2017 Catalog

Sociology (Soc)


Badahdah, Berg, Legerski, Minnotte, Pedersen, Staples, Stofferahn (Chair), and White

This department offers a major and minor in sociology. In addition, there is a graduate program leading to the M.A. The undergraduate programs in sociology are outlined below.

Graduate seminars, reading courses, and courses with eight or nine as the last digit may be repeated for credit at the discretion of the department. Some sociology background is usually necessary for upper level courses even when no specific prerequisite is listed.

College of Arts and Sciences


B.A. with a Major in Sociology

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. The following Curriculum:

33 credits, including:

SOC 301Basic Sociological Theory3
SOC 323Sociological Research Methods3
SOC 326Sociological Statistics3
SOC 475Sociology Capstone3
Additional credits numbered 400 and above *6
Electives in Sociology15
Total Credits33


excluding SOC 475 Sociology Capstone, SOC 492 Practicum in Sociology and SOC 494 Readings in Sociology

A concentration in a single supplementary field other than sociology is required of all sociology majors. This concentration may be met in two ways:

  1. a language proficiency of level IV in a modern foreign language; or
  2. 20 credit hours (at least nine of which must be numbered 300 or above) in any single subject matter taught at this University.


Minor in Sociology

Required 22 credits, including:

SOC 301Basic Sociological Theory3
SOC 323Sociological Research Methods3
Courses numbered 300 and above9
Total Credits22


SOC 110. Introduction to Sociology. 3 Credits.

An introductory analysis of the nature of society, the interrelationships of its component groups and the process whereby society persists and changes. Interpretation of human behavior from the standpoint of the group. Students wishing to earn credit from SOC 110 by means of independent study should obtain information from the University counseling center on the CLEP examinations administered there. F,S,SS.

SOC 115. Social Problems. 3 Credits.

A sociological analysis of major social problems in America. F,S.

SOC 250. Diversity in American Society. 3 Credits.

An introductory survey of the racial, ethnic and cultural mosaic of American Society. Basic theories of intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination are covered. Prerequisite: SOC 110. S.

SOC 252. Criminology. 3 Credits.

The extent and character of crime in the United States. A critical examination of the meaning and attempted explanation of crime and juvenile delinquency, with an analysis of the social processes leading to criminal behavior. F,S.

SOC 253. Juvenile Delinquency. 3 Credits.

The nature, extent, causes and treatment of delinquency. Delinquency prevention programs are explored. F,S.

SOC 301. Basic Sociological Theory. 3 Credits.

A survey of the main trends in the history of sociological thought. Basic concepts and frames of reference central to sociological theory and analysis are emphasized. Prerequisite: SOC 110. F.

SOC 306. Social Change. 3 Credits.

Theoretical models of socio-cultural change and stability; examination of changes occurring in American institutions and international relations; technology and social change; procedures and problems of planned change. F.

SOC 309. Selected Topics. 1-4 Credits.

Selected topics in sociology taught at the junior level. Repeatable to 40 credits with different topics. Repeatable to 40 credits. On demand.

SOC 323. Sociological Research Methods. 3 Credits.

A general consideration of methods involved in survey research in the social sciences. F,S.

SOC 326. Sociological Statistics. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the student to calculation and application of basic statistical techniques employed by sociologists. Prerequisite: MATH 93 or any higher mathematics course. F,S.

SOC 331. Community Sociology. 3 Credits.

This course addresses one of the most fundamental concepts in human relationships: community. What is community? How is community related to the physical environment and place? Who defines community? These are some of the core questions of both urban and rural sociology that we will address in this course. Prerequisite: SOC 110. On demand.

SOC 335. The Family. 3 Credits.

Structure and function of the family, comparative family systems, sociology of family life stages (such as courtship, marriage, parenthood, old age), contemporary trends and problems of the family. F.

SOC 340. Sociology of Gender and Sex Roles. 3 Credits.

The implications of gender for social behavior in cross-cultural and historical perspective as well as in contemporary Western society. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 115 or SOC 250. S.

SOC 352. Aging. 3 Credits.

Socialization theory and its implication for the aging process. S.

SOC 354. Medical Sociology. 3 Credits.

Sociological analysis of health care definitions and roles, and the organization, availability and control of health care. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 115. F.

SOC 355. Drugs and Society. 3 Credits.

Social factors affecting use and control of self-administered psychoactive drugs, including alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana and more illicit substances. Topics include social definitions, causes, controls and consequences of drug problems. S.

SOC 361. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

The study of individual behavior in its social context: how the individual acts upon the social environment, is acted upon by the environment, and interacts with other individuals. Prerequisite: SOC 110. S.

SOC 397. Cooperative Education. 1-6 Credits.

A practical work experience with an employer closely associated with student's academic area. Repeatable to 12 credits. Repeatable to 12 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.

SOC 407. Political Sociology. 3 Credits.

Sociological analysis of political and parapolitical groups; voting behavior; political socialization process; power elites, societies and systems of government; power structures. On demand.

SOC 409. Selected Topics in Sociology. 1-4 Credits.

Topics in sociology taught at the senior level. Repeatable to 4 credits with different topics. Repeatable to 4 credits. On demand.

SOC 431. Organizations and Behavior. 3 Credits.

A look at the different ways in which organizations can be conceptualized and studied. The relationships between organizational structure and individual behavior are examined. The study of the effects of environments, including other organizations, on organizational goals. The kinds of organizations studied include industrial, medical, educational and other types. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Soc or consent of instructor. On demand.

SOC 435. Racial and Ethnic Relations. 3 Credits.

A survey of major USA racial and ethnic groups, the histories of their social encounters, and the theoretical perspectives associated with their experiences. Prerequisite: SOC 301 or SOC 250 and CJ 330. On demand.

SOC 436. Social Inequality. 3 Credits.

An examination of various forms and modes of portraying human inequality. An investigation of the role of inequality in human affairs, its measurement and significance. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Soc or consent of instructor. On demand.

SOC 437. Population. 3 Credits.

A basic consideration of formal and social demography. The determinants and consequences of population change. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Soc or consent of instructor. On demand.

SOC 450. Deviant Behavior. 3 Credits.

This course examines the nature, types and societal reactions to deviant behavior; special emphasis on the process of social typing, regulation of deviance, deviant subcultures, and identities. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Soc or consent of instructor. On demand.

SOC 475. Sociology Capstone. 3 Credits.

This course is a culminating experience for Sociology majors. Building on work in the major, students write an empirical research paper and present their findings to the Department. Prerequisites: SOC 110, SOC 301, SOC 323, SOC 326 and second semester junior standing. F,S.

SOC 489. Senior Honors Thesis. 1-15 Credits.

Supervised independent study culminating in a thesis. Total not to exceed fifteen credits. Prerequisite: Consent of department and approval of the Honors Committee. F,S.

SOC 492. Practicum in Sociology. 3 Credits.

Students enrolled in this practicum will be assigned to work on research under the direction of one or more faculty. The practicum is designed to provide directed research experience for those enrolled. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: SOC 301, SOC 323, SOC 326, and at least junior status. Repeatable to 6 credits. S/U grading. F,S.

SOC 494. Readings in Sociology. 1-5 Credits.

Designed for students who want instruction in subjects not covered adequately in usual course offerings. Specific arrangements must be made with the instructor prior to registration. Repeatable to 20 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Repeatable to 20 credits. F,S.

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