Sociology (SO)

SO-100 Introduction to Sociology

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW

The nature of group behavior and social interaction viewed through analysis of structure, norms, and values.

3 Credits

SO-110 Cultural Anthropology

Cross-cultural analysis of the human capacity for adaptation and technological and ideological development. Significant field studies will be examined.

3 Credits

SO-190 Sport and Society

LASC Categories: HBS, USW, DAC

Analysis of sport as a social system. The implication of sport within interrelational contexts of other social systems.

3 Credits

SO-193 First Year Seminar Sociology

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students. Offered only as a First Year Seminar.

Every year. 3 Credits

SO-199 Special Topics in Sociology

Foundations in a selected sub-field of sociology ; announcement made at pre-registration time.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SO-200 Contemporary Social Problems

LASC Categories: HBS

Analysis of social, political, urban, and economic changes which have introduced specific problems into contemporary society.

3 Credits

SO-201 Prejudice, Privilege, and Power

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

This course is an introduction to the social psychological foundations of identity and its relation to prejudice, privilege, and power in micro-interactions and social structures. Students will engage with social psychological understandings of categorizations and their implications at the individual and structural levels.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-207 First Generation to College: Campus Diversity and College Inequality

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW, DAC

First generation to college is a term for the increasing numbers of students who are first in their families to attend college. As college has been increasingly framed as the primary mechanism for social and economic mobility, college attendance has reached historic highs for nearly every demographic including for historically marginalized communities. This has created increasingly diverse campuses and it has increasingly bound colleges to broader patterns of inequality. This course examines the racial and economic politics facing first generation to college students as well as the structural inequalities shaping college and its promises of social and economic mobility.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-215 Medical Sociology

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW

Prerequisites: SO-100

The structure of health care delivery systems and levels of health care personnel, patients, and families of patients.

3 Credits

SO-220 Sociology of the Family

LASC Categories: HBS

Prerequisites: SO-100

A comparative approach to the study of the structure of family systems with emphasis on changing patterns of family life.

3 Credits

SO-228 Latina-Latino Experiences in the U.S. and the World

LASC Categories: TLC, USW, DAC

This course surveys current theoretical approaches used to explain Latina/o experiences and provides an empirical overview of how social institutions affect the daily lives of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. and the world.

3 Credits

SO-230 Political Sociology

Prerequisites: SO-100

Foundations of social movements in political phenomena, social conditions, and emerging political institutions; the structural basis of social change and politics.

3 Credits

SO-235 Music and Social Change

LASC Categories: CA, HBS

Using case studies, social theory and historical materials, this course explores the role of music in social change.

3 Credits

SO-240 Sociology of Education

Prerequisites: SO-100

Study of modern educational systems, emphasizing the social, political and economic factors that influence its organization and its functions.

3 Credits

SO-250 Sociology of Religion

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW, DAC

Prerequisites: SO-100

A cross-cultural comparative study of the nature of religious institutions as systems of socially determined and socially relevant beliefs and practices.

3 Credits

SO-255 Sociology of Disability

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW, DAC

Using theory and practical application, this course explores the impact of impairment and disability within a societal context.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SO-270 Social Theory I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: SO-100

Fundamental concepts and intellectual traditions, especially the contributions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Toennes, Durkheim, and Simmel.

3 Credits

SO-275 Social and Behavioral Statistics

LASC Categories: QAC

Prerequisites: SO-100 and any 200 Sociology course. SO 280 recommended

Data tabulation; graphing; measurement of central tendency, variability, and correlation; hypothesis testing applied to psychological and sociological data. Hand and computer analysis. Prerequisite: SO 100 and any 200 Sociology course.

Fall and Spring. 3 Credits

SO-280 Research Methods of Sociology

Prerequisites: SO-100

An analysis of the research function in sociology; the conduct of research appropriate to undergraduate students; the formal presentation of research papers.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SO-285 Race, Class and Gender

LASC Categories: HBS, DAC

An introduction to dominant-minority group relations through the investigation of the patterns and dynamics of differentiation, inequality and discrimination.

Fall and Spring. 3 Credits

SO-295 Sociology of Death & Dying

LASC Categories: DAC, HBS, ICW

Prerequisites: SO-100

The course explores the sociological concepts and perspectives as they relate to death and dying and how American society deals with illness, dying, death and bereavement.

Every year. 3 Credits

SO-299 Special Topics: Sociology Concepts, Realities and Representations

Prerequisites: SO-100.

Intermediate level topics.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SO-300 Social Change

Prerequisites: 2 Sociology courses at 200 level, EN-102.

A study of the conditions, patterns, and consequences of social transformation with emphasis on institutional and individual patterns of adjustment and adaptation. Prerequisite: Two sociology courses at 200-level.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SO-305 Applied Sociology and Community Research

Prerequisites: SO-100 SO-280

Explores the theory and methods of applied sociology, including ethnographic, institutional, participatory research techniques in community settings.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SO-307 Puerto Rican Diaspora

Prerequisites: College Writing II

This course surveys a wide range of Puerto Rican experiences and provides an overview of how social structures shape the daily lives of Puerto Ricans in the United States. Through a focus on diasporas, the course centers on migration as a key experience within Puerto Rican imaginaries. The course explores the sociological themes of identity, race, ethnicity, language, gender, sexuality, social class, and stratification through the lens of Puerto Rican struggle and resistance. Puerto Rican diasporic communities are examined at the intersections of colonialism, modernity, and neoliberal globalization.

Alternating and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-312 Youth, Race, and Public Space

Prerequisites: SO 100 or SO 200.

The course studies young people as agents of social change through key debates and local/global case studies across the academic subfields of youth studies, critical race theory, and public space scholarship. Students in this course engage with youth experiences of increased surveillance and regulation in public space as well as creative forms of subversion and resistance. Through the discussion and analysis of cutting-edge scholarship, students in this course craft critical ethnographies at the multiple intersections of youth, race, and public space.

Alternating and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-315 Social Movements

Prerequisites: two Sociology courses at the 200 level

Processes by which new norms and forms of social organization emerge from group behavior, aggregate behavior, and social movements. Prerequisite: Two Sociology courses at 200-level.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-320 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

LASC Categories: GP, USW, DAC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102.

This course focuses on historical and contemporary discussions of Race and Ethnicity within Sociology. The course will familiarize students with central threads in the study of race and ethnicity and work to identify gaps, particularly as they are relevant for the academic and social sphere of today.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-321 Wealth, Poverty and Power

LASC Categories: HBS, DAC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 and two Sociology courses at the 200-level or above.

Sociological examination of economic stratification; focuses on the translation of class into power via politics, education and collective struggle.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-332 Contemporary Immigrant Experiences

LASC Categories: GP, USW

Prerequisites: EN-102.

In this course students will examine immigrants' lived experiences in the U.S., and learn about the legal systems immigrants must navigate and their experiences with incorporation into different areas of society. Students will be exposed to current debates in the field and engage with theories of immigration, immigration policies, and other laws that shape immigrants' lives. This course will facilitate an understanding of how communities respond to practices that curtail immigrants' basic rights as they navigate intersecting structures of power in American society. Students will be encouraged to look at local examples to make connections between policies, theories, and debates.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-340 Social Psychology

Prerequisites: two Sociology courses at the 200 level

Dynamics of small group involvement and other environmental influences on the shaping of an individual's personality. Prerequisites: Two Sociology courses at 200-level.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-350 Wealth, Poverty, and Power

LASC Categories: HBS, WAC, DAC

Prerequisites: EN 102 and two Sociology courses at the 200-level or above.

Sociological examination of economic stratification; focuses on the translation of class into power via politics, education and collective struggle.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-355 Gender and Sexuality

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW, DAC

This course introduces the sociologist study of gender and sexuality. This course examines how social institutions and cultural norms construct particular gender roles and sexual identities within society.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SO-360 Urban Sociology

Prerequisites: 2 SO courses 200-level or above.

A cross-cultural study of urban social systems and the phenomena and problems connected with the planning process. Prerequisites: Two Sociology courses at 200-level.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-375 Contemporary Social Theory

Prerequisites: SO-270

Analytical devices, conceptual schemes, and models used by contemporary theorists with emphasis on structural sociology.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SO-400 Independent Study

For advanced sociology majors only; topic to be approved by an independent study advisor. (Requires eight prior courses in sociology.)

1-6 Credits

SO-403 Environmental Sociology

Prerequisites: 9 credits from the Sociology Department or permission from instructor.

This course explores the relationship between environment and society through a focus on political ecology, sociological dimensions of environmental crisis and dynamics of social change.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

SO-408 Directed Study

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

1-3 Credits

SO-410 Field Work

Data collection based on participant observation within a social service organization; assignment approval by field-work advisor. (Requires eight prior courses in Sociology.)

Every year. 1-6 Credits

SO-420 Seminar in Sociology

Prerequisites: 9 credits From Department SO; Or permission from instructor.

Advanced study topics in selected areas of Sociology.

Every 2-3 years. 1-3 Credits

SO-425 Global Development

LASC Categories: HBS, GP, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

This course gives an overview of the field of development and processes of development and underdevelopment in developing countries.

Every year. 3 Credits

SO-435 Introduction to Social Enterprise

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 and complete at least 60 undergraduate credits.

This course examines social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in a global context.

Every year. 3 Credits

SO-499 Sociology Capstone

LASC Categories: CAP

Prerequisites: SO-270 SO-275 SO-280 EN-102

This course is an overview of the discipline of sociology, emphasizing the mastery of the discipline at an undergraduate level.

Every year. 4 Credits