SOC-100 Introduction to Sociology3
An introduction to the basic concepts used in the analysis of societies and human group behavior through consideration of the scientific method in: sociology, culture and society, social stratification and human groupings, social change, and collective behavior.
SOC-130 A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: David Foster Wallace and the Sociology of Entertainment3
In the 1990s and 2000s, fiction author David Foster Wallace published a series of essays on Americans' efforts to entertain themselves. The essays consider topics such as television consumption, state fairs, talk radio, and luxury cruiseliners. Challenging, provocative, and funny, Wallace's essays explore rich sociological questions about what drives us to be entertained and how entertainment choices impact our thoughts, identities, and relationships with other people. Students will read and discuss selections from Wallace's work, and the course will culminate in a project that allows students to analyze an entertainment of their own choosing.
ATHSOC-290 Seminar in Social Science Research Methods3
Prerequisites: SOC-100 or ATH-100
An introduction to the methods of qualitative field research and quantitative data analysis. Students will formuulate and carry out an independent research project and formally present the results.
SOC-294 Independent Study1
Prerequisites: One course in sociology
Readings in a specific area of sociology, requiring a formal paper summarizing the study. See independent study guidelines.
SOC-304 The Sociology of Religion3
This course provides students with an opportunity to: 1) gain an overview of the world's major religious traditions from a sociological perspective; 2) explore different facets of "religiosity", including belief, behavior, and identity from a sociological perspective; and 3) consider influential sociological theoretical perspectives on the causes and consequences of various types of religiosity.
SOC-320 Family Sociology3
A study of the history of the family and family systems in primarily industrial societies. Includes romantic love and mate selection, marriage and parenting, family dysfunction, and the criteria for marital success.
SOC-325 Social Interaction and Microsociology3
Sociology is the study of society and social interaction. "Macrosociology" refers to the former, and "microsociology" refers to the latter. In this course, we will consider (1) what drives social interaction, (2) what makes interactions more or less successful, and (3) how small-scale social interactions impact large-scale social phenomena. Students will engage with the work of sociologists such as Georg Simmel, G.H. Mead, and Thomas Scheff. Special emphasis will be placed on the work of Erving Goffman as students examine in detail the dynamics of conformity and deviance. The course will culminate in a project in which students observe and analyze social interactions in the local community.
SOC-330 Criminology and Deviance3
A general survey of crime in the United States. Includes theories of crime and delinquency, societal responses to crime, and the social organization of correctional agencies. Includes field trips to local corrections institutions.
SOC-349 Social Stratification3
An examination of the processes by which people become differentiated from one another and arranged in graded strata based on social class, race, ethnicity, and gender with varying degrees of wealth, power, and prestige. Attention will be given to classical and modern theories explaining the causes and consequences of stratification, as well as to changes in social inequality over time.
SOC-480 Sociological Theories3
Prerequisites: SOC-100 and Sophomore standing
A study of the history and development of theories of society and group behavior. Classical and contemporary sociological theories emphasized.
ATHSOC-490 Anthropology/Sociology Senior Seminar2
A culmination of each student's educational developmental trajectory which should connect to their intended career or graduate school; students will complete individualized portfolio projects combining methods, data and theory and present their work to the department. Each Anthropology/Sociology major must complete the Senior Seminar; however, departmental honors or a significant internship (if it's the first) may substitute.
ATHSOC-492 Anthropology/Sociology Portfolio1
Students who minor in anthropology/sociology will enroll in ATHSOC-492 in their final semester before graduation. Six weeks before the end of the semester they will submit an electronic portfolio of relevant work completed, such as exams and papers (up to 3 in total), and an assessment of the program. This assessment of the most important academic lessons learned and skills acquired during their course of study will be 1000 to 1500 words in length. The evaluation must also provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the Anthropology/Sociology PEAK minor. The portfolio will be graded Pass/Fail.
ATHSOC-493 Human Service Portfolio1
Students who minor in Human Services will enroll in ATHSOC-493 in their final semester before graduation. Six weeks before the end of the semester they will submit an electronic portfolio of relevant work completed, such as exams and papers (up to 3 in total), and an assessment of the program. This assessment of the most important academic lessons learned and skills acquired during their course of study will be 1000 to 1500 words in length. The evaluation must also provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the Human Services PEAK minor. The portfolio will be graded Pass/Fail.
SOC-494 Independent Study1
Prerequisites: Instructor permission
Intensive reading or field research in a specific area of sociology, requiring a formal paper summarizing the study. See independent study guidelines.
Prerequisites: Instructor permission
Supervised work or research with approval of department. A term paper or formal report is required. Reading assignments may be required. See internship guidelines.