Sociology

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ADAMS, GREGORY, Associate Professor and Chairperson
BROWN, ALAN, Assistant Professor
KENTY-DRANE, JESSICA L., Associate Professor
MEYERHOFFER, CASSI A., Assistant Professor

Sociology, M.S.
The graduate program in sociology emphasizes the systematic study of social problems. Areas of study include deviance, gender and family, social inequality, and social institutions. Emphasis is placed on developing the capacity to conceptualize, investigate, and evaluate issues within a socio-cultural framework.

SOC 500 - Society and the Individual

Micro sociological analysis of contemporary societies, with emphasis on interactionist and phenomenological viewpoints. Topics for analysis include culture, race, small group behavior, socialization, and various forms of social interaction. Scheduled fall of odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

SOC 502 - Community Sociology

Sociological principles and concepts used in the study and analysis of the community. The social, economic and political issues and challenges faced in fostering and maintaining community spirit and organization. Scheduled spring of even years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SOC 504 - Gender and the Law

An analysis of the American legal system as it has affected women from the 18th century to the present. Course content is applicable for any student with an interest in the law. Topics include constitutional protections for equality, Title VII (including sexual harassment and sex discrimination), reproductive rights, domestic violence, and Title IX (educational and sports equity). Cross-listed as WMS 504 and EDL 550.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

SOC 510 - Ethnic and Racial Relations

Intergroup relations involving races, religious groups, and nationalities. Societal impact of prejudice, discrimination and segregation. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SOC 515 - Sociology of Gender

Theory and data on the social construction of gender. Advanced exploration of identity formation, social change and persistence, interactive patterns and inequalities. Impact of gender on the individual and society. Scheduled irregularly. Cross listed as WMS 515.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

SOC 529 - Race, Class, and Gender

Explores the intersection of race, class, and gender in social relations. Uses a wide variety of theoretical perspectives to investigate the ways that race, class, and gender are intersected and the impact this interrelationship has on the experiences and opportunities of individuals and their social location. Cross-listed as WMS 529. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

SOC 551 - Sociology of Religion

Explores sociological perspectives on religion as a source of both social change and resistance to social change. Religious influences on policy and discourse nationally and globally are examined, along with sociological models of religious experience, identity, affiliation and structure. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SOC 556 - Juvenile Delinquency

Definition of delinquency, classifications of delinquents, and theories of causation. The juvenile justice system and the current controversies surrounding the treatment and control of delinquency. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

SOC 566 - Crime and the Criminal

Sociological theory and data on the causes, persistence and possible prevention of crime, the changing social dimensions of crime, legal and political agendas, and the socialization and role enactment of being a criminal. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

SOC 569 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior

Explanations of deviance: mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual deviations, family disruptions, suicide, crime and delinquency, and discrimination. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SOC 570 - Research Methods in Sociology

Analysis of the logic of scientific investigation of social phenomena; theory construction, and the relation between theory and research with examples from studies in sociology and anthropology. Survey of major procedures and principle techniques of empirical work, and practical familiarity with some phases of the research process. Formerly SOC 591. Scheduled fall of odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SOC 571 - Qualitative Research in Sociology

The design and execution of qualitative research. Topics include observational and interviewing techniques, analytic induction, analysis of material culture and ethics in social research. Students complete an ethnographic study of a public setting. Scheduled spring of odd years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SOC 572 - Quantitative Research in Sociology

Current quantitative methods applied to survey construction, interview strategy, data collection, analysis and interpretation. Discussion of ethical and philosophical issues surrounding quantitative analysis, along with general protocol and practices. Quantitative approaches to attitudes, events or cultural meanings. Scheduled spring of even years.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 570 and graduate standing. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

SOC 580 - Applied Sociological Theory

Sociological theories applied to one or more social issues consequential to life in the U.S., such as discrimination, gang violence, corporate crime, global inequality and emerging current events. The Paradigms covered include functionalist, conflict, interpretive, post-modernist and feminist sociologies. Emphasis is placed on contrasting pedagogues and the different research considerations implied in each. Scheduled fall of even years.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SOC 582 - Sociology of Education

Examination of the nature of knowledge as transmitted by educational and related institutions. How education and knowledge are enacted within a socio-cultural system, and influenced by social class, politics, religion and ethnicity. Topics include the school as an agent of socialization and stratification, as well as school organization and reform. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

SOC 590 - Thesis Proposal in Sociology

For thesis students only. Development of thesis proposal. Awlays scheduled.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

SOC 591 - Thesis Research in Sociology

For thesis students only. Implementation of research design from approved thesis proposal and written presentation of findings. Always scheduled.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SOC 600 - Directed Independent Study and Research

With permission of the department. Not to be taken in lieu of thesis seminar. Always scheduled.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017