Sociology

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 SH
A survey of contemporary American society. Basic sociological theory dealt with through study of present-day American social life and institutions. Listed as social and behavioral sciences general education elective. Every semester. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 101 Social Problems 3 SH
A detailed analysis of selected aspects of contemporary American society, with particular emphasis on social institutions and problems associated with them. Listed as social and behavioral sciences general education elective. Every semester. Prerequisite: SOC 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 200 Concepts of Race and Racism 3 SH
A socio-historical and contemporary look at race and racism, focusing mainly on the United States.  This course explores how global social transformatons, stemming from Western European conquest and colonization, led to the formaton of "race relations."  The course examines the resulting political economy and culture of racism.   The invention of and meanings attached to various racialized identities, both white and non-white, are considered as they transform over time.  The course also investigates white and non-white resistance movements and, more generally, follows the evolution of perspectives and theories of race and racism. Every semester. Prerequisites:  ANT 100, or SOC 100, or SOC 101. General Education:  Social Sciences.

SOC/JLA 201 Criminology 3 SH
An analysis of criminal behavior and its causes in contemporary American society. Fall semester. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or JLA 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 202 Class, Status and Power 3 SH
This course examines the central question: “Who gets what and why?” Emphasis is placed upon the American class system and the ways in which social class affects people’s opportunities and life styles. The course also examines the role that social class plays in shaping both individual tastes and actions and broader conflicts over the direction of American culture. Fall semester of even numbered year. Prerequisite: SOC 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC/ANT 204 Culture and Personality 3 SH
See ANT/SOC 204. Alternate fall semesters. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC/JLA 205 Juvenile Delinquency 3 SH
An analysis of the problem of juvenile delinquency in contemporary society, considering research studies of delinquent youth, theories of delinquency, and treatment, control and disposition of adjudicated delinquents. Problems of youth in a complex society, education, minority group status and youth gangs will also be discussed as they relate to the problem of delinquency. Spring semester. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or JLA 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 210 Urban Sociology 3 SH
Focus will be upon the process of urbanization and an analysis of cities. Emphasizing key demographic and physical characteristics of urban populations, city growth, urban social structure, urban behavior patterns and social relationships and urban problems. FAll semester of odd numbered year.  Prerequisite: SOC 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 211 Latinos in the United States 3 SH
A comparative look at Latinas/os in the United States–both historically and today. Political, economic, cultural and territorial links between Latin America (including the Caribbean) and the US are reviewed, focusing on the effects of these links on the American social structure. The course examines Latinas/os in greater New York, Florida’s Miami/Dade county, California, and along the US/Mexico border. Various issues and topics that may be explored include: westward expansion and imperialism, labor force participation in the world-economy, racism, immigration, anti-immigrant sentiment, identity, language, education, gender, gang involvement and political activism. Every semester. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 221 Human Family Systems 3 SH
Cross-cultural and historical approach, emphasizing the connections of family systems to other aspects of culture and leading to a broad perspective on current developments. Spring semester of odd numbered year. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or ANT 100 or SS 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 230 Sociology of the Community 3 SH
An analysis of the community as a social system from a sociological perspective including discussion of the overall social structure, institutions, power, status system and the role of the community in society. The course will consist of two phases: lecture and discussion of the community and field work. During the field work phase, students will analyze their own communities based on what they have learned during the first phase. Offered periodically.  Prerequisite: SOC 100. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC/ANT 232 Religion & Culture 3 SH
See ANT/SOC 232. Alternate fall semesters. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC/ANT 241 Socio-Cultural Survey of Religions of India 3 SH
See ANT/SOC 241. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC/ANT 242 Buddhism and Culture 3 SH
See ANT/SOC 242. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC/SW 260 Aging 3 SH
See SW/SOC 260. General Education: Social Sciences.

SOC 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

SOC 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

SOC 301 Globalization and Migration 3 SH

Globalization draws the world together economically, culturally, politically and socially by means of international exchanges, including trade, policy and migration.  In countries like the United States, this has given rise to large immigrant populations.  This course evaluates both historic and contemporary effects of globalization on migration processes for both sending and receiving countries, as well as for migrants and their families.  The course reviews associated theories and literatures, using specific examples from various regions of the world that may include:  Western Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  Topics may include:  sex trafficking, refugee, colonial, tourist and labor migrations, the slave trade, transnational experiences, international development, migration policies, the costs and benefits of migration, challenges to national identities and national security, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism.  The course usually includes a tour of New York City, exploring immigrant histories and contemporary communities; there is an added fee for this tour to be determined when offered.  Prerequisites:  ANT 100, or PS 104, or SOC 100, or SOC 101.

SOC 305 Contemporary Family Problems 3 SH
This course is designed to provide an analysis of contemporary family problems which produce crisis situations. The contemporary family as an adaptive system in coping with stress will be evaluated in a variety of forms. Critical issues will be explored in a seminar approach. The functions of the family system will be studied in terms of the role needs for both males and females in a rapidly changing society.  Fall semester of even numbered year.

Prerequisite: SOC 221 or 225 or advanced class standing.

SOC/PS 310 Political Sociology 3 SH
See PS/SOC 310. Alternate spring semesters.

SOC/ANT 322 Comparative Minority Relations 3 SH
See ANT/SOC 322. Alternate spring semesters.

SOC/ANT 330 Social and Cultural Theory 3 SH
See ANT/SOC 330. Alternate fall semesters.

SOC/JLA 334 Organized Crime 3 SH
See JLA/SOC 334

SOC/JLA 336 White-Collar Crime 3 SH
See JLA/SOC 336

SOC/ANT 350 Modern and Postmodern Societies 3 SH
See ANT/SOC 350

SOC 400 Advanced Topics of Sociology 2–6 SH
The content and credit hours of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the interests of the students and faculty. Aspects of sociology not introduced, or not treated in depth, in other courses of the major will be introduced and/or treated in depth. Examples that could be included: technology and work, students and education, welfare planning, social class and modes of communication. The course may be repeated for credit with different content and permission of the department. The department will determine the number of credits prior to the course offering. Offered periodically.  Prerequisite: determined at time of offering. Open to juniors and seniors.


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