SOCY Course Listing

Introduction to Sociology (SOCY 100, 3 Credits)

An introduction to the basic concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods in sociology. The objective is to apply sociological imagination, perspectives, and research to uncover patterns of social behavior. Topics include culture, socialization, groups, deviance, stratification, institutions, and social change. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 102 or SOCY 100.

The Asian American Experience (SOCY 198H, 1 Credits)

A study of the diversity of the Asian American experience, including the problems of discrimination and changing identity and the varying strategies for social mobility and accommodation with the dominant culture. Emphasis is on the geographical, cultural, and religious backgrounds of the various Asian American communities, and the diverse factors that have led to immigration to the United States.

American Society (SOCY 300, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An intermediate-level survey of the structure and organization of American society, with special reference to recent social changes. The aim is to describe trends and patterns of social change in American society; compare American and global perspectives of American social values; and apply sociological theories to examine the character, structure, values, and ideology of contemporary American social thought. Topics include individualism, community commitment, and improving tolerance and equity in American society.

Social Demography (SOCY 309, 3 Credits)

(Formerly SOCY 410.) Prerequisite: SOCY 100. A study of social demography. The goal is to identify, evaluate, and interpret key demographic concepts and develop an understanding of global population dynamics. Topics include types of demographic analysis, demographic data, population characteristics, migration, mortality, fertility, population theories, world population growth, and population policy. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOCY 309 or SOCY 410.

Family Demography (SOCY 312, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100 or SOCY 243. A study of the family and population dynamics. The aim is to identify, evaluate, and interpret data sources and develop an informed opinion about family trends and current policy. Discussion covers issues of fertility (such as teenage pregnancy, the timing of parenthood, and determinants and consequences of family size) as they relate to family behavior (such as marital patterns, the use of child-care options, and the relationship between work and the family).

The Individual and Society (SOCY 313, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An examination of changing concepts of the interaction between the individual and society. The objective is to analyze the roles of the individual and society in the creation of and change in persistent social problems, such as poverty and social inequality. Analysis employs the framework of classical functional conflict and social constructivist theories, as well as the context of rapidly changing communication technology and globalization and their impact on the individual. Topics include the construction of social order; the role of trust in social interaction; and work, power, social organization, and the social self. Selected readings are taken from the sociologies of work, gender, modernity, postmodernism, globalization, and social change. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 312, SOCY 311, or SOCY 313.

The Sociology of Gender (SOCY 325, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An inquiry into how gender is socially constructed and reconstructed in contemporary society. The aim is to assess the interaction between gender and other social identities.

Contemporary Social Problems (SOCY 350, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of various personal, institutional, cultural, historical, and global problems that confront American society today. Problems discussed range from crime, domestic violence, and alienation in modern society to the environment and political conflict. Emphasis is on issues of technology and social change. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOCY 105, SOCY 210, or SOCY 350.

Special Topics in Sociology (SOCY 398, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. A study of topics of special interest. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

Intermediate Sociological Theory (SOCY 403, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. A study of major theoretical approaches to sociology, including functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism. Original works of major theorists are examined in historical perspective.

Race and Ethnicity: A Global Perspective (SOCY 423, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An analysis of race, ethnicity, and human relations in global society. The goal is to analyze, communicate, and project future trends in racial and ethnic relations in the United States and abroad. Discussion covers factors such as inequality, prejudice, discrimination, power, and privilege that affect race and ethnic relations. Topics include theories of race relations; the historical emergence, demographic projections, development, and institutionalization of racism; effects of racism; conflicts that are racially and ethnically based; and contemporary issues.

Sociology of Religion (SOCY 426, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. Recommended: BEHS 220 or HUMN 350. An advanced examination of religion from a sociological perspective. The aim is to evaluate the influence of social location on religious beliefs and attitudes; examine relationships between church and state; and analyze current religious conflicts and controversies. Topics include fundamentalism versus extremism; modernity; religious conflicts; and the relationship of religion with race, class, gender, sexuality, and politics.

Sociology of the Family (SOCY 443, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of the family in society. The aim is apply major sociological theories to understand family as a social institution; describe the changing definitions of family; examine demographic changes in marriage and family patterns; and contrast micro- and macro-level interactions among individuals, families, and society. Topics include family research, single parenting, blended families, cultural differences in families, families over the life course, and governmental policies regarding families.

Women in the Military (SOCY 462, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of women in the military from a sociological perspective. The objective is to understand gender, power, and the changing roles of women in the military; assess how policies affect women in the military; examine military, community, and family support systems for military women; and compare the roles and duties of women in the U.S. armed forces in war and peacetime with those of military women in other countries. Topics include the social construction of gender and sexuality of the armed forces; the history of women in the military; violence against women in the military; rank, status, and advancement of women in the military; and postmilitary transitions and career options for women.

Military Sociology (SOCY 464, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of the U.S. military from a sociological perspective. The aim is to differentiate the roles of officer and enlisted corps; analyze health, morale, and welfare issues in today's armed forces; evaluate the legal and political components of military/civil relations; and assess the changing impact of the U.S. military nationally and globally. Topics include military structure, military doctrine, ethics, justice, sustainability, and the future of the U.S. military. Discussion analyzes current military events from a sociological perspective.

Cities and Communities (SOCY 473, 3 Credits)

An advanced sociological study of cities and the urban landscape. The aim is to apply major sociological theories to investigate interdependencies between social action, urbanization, and the environment. Focus is on current issues relevant to the challenge of building livable and sustainable cities. Topics include urban social networks, suburbanization, social problems of urbanization, and urban planning and policies.