Courses

SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology

The study of human society and the relationship of culture, social interaction, and group life to personality and human behavior. 

SOCI 1323: Social Problems

This course helps students understand contemporary social problems facing United States society.

 

SOCI 3301: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

Measures of central tendency and variability; statistical inference; correlation and regression. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3310: Sports and Society

This course investigates the relationship between sports and society by examining the role and impact of agents of socialization such as family, the peer group and the mass media on athletes and their personalities. This course also explores the issues of racism, sexism and violence in various sports. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3312: Environmental Sociology

Throughout the course students will be challenged to think about how the structural, hierarchical, and cultural elements of society shape environmental change. The overall goal of the course is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the influence of our collective lives on the natural world. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3313: Criminology

An introduction to Criminology. Emphasis on diverse theoretical approaches to the study of crime, its causes, consequences, reactions to, and social treatment. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3324: Sociology of Health

Analysis of basic problems in the classification, maintenance, and preservation of mental and physical health and delivery of health care services. Topics may include social construction of disease, environmental sources of disease, patterns of disease distribution, differential experiences of illness by race, gender, class, and other sociodemographic factors, family cohesion, strain, and resources as affected by illness and bioethics. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3325: Social Psychology

An introduction to social psychology as practiced within the field of sociology. Emphasis on diverse theoretical approaches and substantive areas, such as socialization, self-development and presentation, social influence, interpersonal attraction, groups, intergroup relations, and the linkages between self and social structure. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3333: Urban Sociology

The culture, history and growth patterns of cities; demographic, ecological patterns, and trends. Problems of housing and community organization. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3344: World Religion in a Comparative Perspective

This course is designed to familiarize students with different religions from around the world using a sociological perspective. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3345: Sociology of Mass Communication

The course examines the reciprocal relationship between mass communication and modern culture. Students will become familiar with select political, economic. and cultural analyses of the mass media. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3346: Hispanics in Global Society

An exploration into the historical development of cultures that merged into contemporary Spanish-speaking peoples rooted in European, Native American, and African ancestries. The concept “Hispanities,” developed by Carlos Fuentes serves as a theoretical structure to understanding the modern societies of Spain, Latin America, and the growing “Latino” population of the United States Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3347: Sociology of Immigration

The course examines and analyzes selected social issues related to immigration and other forms of population movement. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3348: Disaster & Society

The course examines the relationship between disasters and society from a sociological perspective. Key themes involve preparedness, warning response, mitigation, social vulnerability, long- and short-term recovery, and international hazard management. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3363: Sociology of Religion

A sociological analysis of religious beliefs, practices, and organizations in the United States and in other societies. This course examines the reciprocal influence between religion and society. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3380: Religion, Race, & Ethnicity

A sociological analysis of the intersection of religion and race/ethnicity in the United States. Topics may include religion and new immigrants, non-Christian religions, racial segregation, the Black Church, and the influence of religion on racial attitudes and intergroup relations. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 3393: Sociology of Aging

An analysis of aging within a social context. This course examines societal level issues of age across time and across cultures as well as the process of aging for individuals with an emphasis on health, social statuses, social engagement, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisites: 3 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4301: Research Methods

A survey of the research methods used in social science research including varieties of participant-observation, archival analysis, the survey method, and experiment/quasi-experimental design. Emphasis is placed on hypothesis formulation and the linkage between sociological theory and research methods. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4310: Sociology of Gender

This course discusses and explores a wide range of gender-related issues in a global perspective, some of which are controversial. The course covers theories, practices, and issues related to the social construction of gender and the institutional basis of gender inequality that affects our lives as women and men in the United States and other societies. This course encourages students to rethink and reevaluate much of what we have experienced and learned, to gain major vocabulary and analytic skills, to challenge what has been taken for granted, and to formulate a vision for the future.

SOCI 4313: Race & Ethnic Relations

A sociological analysis of relations between racial and ethnic groups in the United States. This course examines the nature of prejudice and discrimination both historically and in contemporary society, as well as racial and ethnic disparities in the economy, education, housing, and politics. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology; OR SOCI 1301 with declared social work major.

SOCI 4314: Sociology of Deviance

The nature and extent of deviancy examined through a review of theory and research on deviant behavior. Selective examination of particular types of individual and subcultural deviance. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology; OR SOCI 1301 with declared social work major.

SOCI 4320: Sociology of the Family

An examination of the family from a comparative historical approach. This course provides an analysis of the changes in the structure and purpose of family across time, variations in family across cultures, and the reciprocal influence between family and other social institutions. It also offers an analysis of the interpersonal aspects of family relationships and variations in these patterns by gender, socioeconomic status, and race and ethnicity. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4323: The Mexican American Experience

Presents an examination of the Mexican American’s economic status, cultural values, style of life, educational attainment, family status, and political participation as affected by current socioeconomic conditions and their historical antecedents. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology; OR SOCI 1301 with declared social work major.

SOCI 4325: Sociology of Culture

This course introduces students to the sociological study of culture, including how culture relates to inequality and social organization. Students will become familiar with empirical work on the production and implications of cultural goods, as well as classic and contemporary theoretical accounts of the role of culture in social life. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4326: Population & Society

This course is an introduction to the concepts and methods of demographic analysis. The course covers major demographic theories and basic measures of mortality, fertility, and migration. It is intended to provide students with a general understanding of global population trends and the processes that shape population size, structure, and dynamics locally, nationally, and in the world. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 and SOCI 4320.

 

SOCI 4333: Social Theory

The nature and function of social theory and its development from the enlightenment to the post-modern trends. Emphasis on the cumulative insights and ideas which have contributed to sociology and on the role of social theory in understanding modern society. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology; Must be Sociology Major or Minor.

SOCI 4343: Sociology of Globalization

The course examines selected readings on the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of globalization. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4352: Social Stratification

Students will examine the distribution of wealth, status, political power, and other valued resources by class, race/ethnicity, gender, and other axes of stratification in the United States. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology; OR SOCI 1301 with declared social work major.

SOCI 4360: Sociology of Education

Social and institutional organization of education and the profession of teaching. Class, ethnic and social factors affecting the educational process and the effect of educational institutions and practices on the community and society. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4365: Sexuality & Society

The course examines the socially constructed nature of human sexualities in the Unites States and cross-culturally. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4373: Latin American Society

The aim of this course is to present a general perspective of social change in Latin America and how the United States is being affected by this change. Gender and ethnic issues, industrialization, democratization, the illicit drug trade, economic and political integration, and the growing northbound tide of Latin American unskilled migrant workers will be examined. Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4380: Social Protest & Movements

This course introduces students to the field of social movement theory and research. Through case studies, students will become familiar with diverse approaches to the study of protest and movement organizations (e.g., resource mobilization, cultural framing, political process models, etc.). Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.

SOCI 4383: Independent Studies

Designed to give students experience in research or in-depth theoretical/empirical readings in a substantive area not normally covered within standard courses. Research projects or advanced readings will vary according to student interest and faculty availability. Sequential registration for up to 9 hours is permitted as topics vary. Prerequisites: 9 hours of sociology and consent of the instructor.

SOCI 4385: Special Topics in Sociology

Selected topics in sociology, Prerequisites: 6 hours of sociology.