Courses

Courses

The sociology major is designed to give students an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the field of sociology, and also to enable them to design their coursework according to their personal academic and career interests. All majors take a set of six required core courses, one diversity course, plus three advanced sociology courses. Explore the links here for more details about courses.

B.S. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

All of the following courses:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology | Sociological inquiry, including concepts and principles of sociology; institutional features of modern society; and structure and dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 214 Social Inequality | Theories of structural social inequality. Formation and change of inequalities among social classes and class structures, gender, and race. Inequalities and their interactions in modern societies. Consequences of inequalities. Current inequality trends.

SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I | Design and execution of research on social behavior and institutions, data collection, structure, and quality, descriptive analysis, and presentation of conclusions.

SOC 282 Methods of Social Research II | Selected quantitative techniques of data analysis.

SOC 488 Sociological Theory (W) | Development of sociological theory, problems of theory construction, and current theoretical perspectives.

SOC 499 Social Issues and Change in Contemporary Society (W) | Learn about selected major social problems in contemporary societies, sources and consequences of social change, and application of sociological theory to selected cases.

One of the following courses:

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity | Learn about racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society; Prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender | Learn about social structural and social psychological perspectives on gender, and issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as economy, family, education, and politics.

Student must also complete a minimum of three additional Sociology courses at the 300 level or higher. One of which must be at the 400-level. The following is a comprehensive list of all 300 and 400 courses offered.

SOC 310 Global Migration | Theory and research on the causes and consequences of human migration. Sociological, social psychological, historical, and demographic perspectives.

SOC 315 Family and Society | Family development. Diversity of family form and organization in relation to personality, class, race, and gender.

SOC 316 Youth and Society | Behavioral analysis of youth. Youth subcultures. Youth at risk. Social change and youth behavior.

SOC 331 Political Sociology | Social power theories, dynamics, and structures. The economy and the polity. Power elites and democracy. Social bases of political behavior and participation. Sociopolitical movements.

SOC 361 Contemporary Communities | Approaches to the study of contemporary communities. Differential levels of community complexity. Social problems and dynamics of community change and development in local settings and their relation to external institutions.

SOC 362 Developing Societies | Dynamics of agricultural and industrial transformations in developing nations. Structural problems, behavioral patterns, and institutional changes at local and societal levels. Socioeconomic interdependencies in the world system.

SOC 368 Science, Technology & Society | Role of science and technology in social change. Values and ethics in contemporary perspectives, controversies, and cases. Science and technology as forms of knowledge.

SOC 375 Urban Sociology | Social theories and research on urban development, organization, and change. Urban social life. Sociological aspects of urban planning and redevelopment.

SOC 412 Animals, People and Nature | Sociological overview of the intersecting roles of animals, culture and nature in contemporary society.

SOC 427 Environmental Toxicology & Society | Impact of environmental chemicals on health and modern society. Cellular and organ functions and their interface with the environment. Limitations of scientific investigation and environmental regulations.

SOC 452 Seminar in Environmental Sociology | Environmental conditions and social organization. Relation to resources, pollution, energy, and risks. Growth and limits to growth. Environmental attitudes, actions, movements, and regulation.

SOC 463 Politics of Food | Social power and its influence in US agrifood system. Structural and cultural issues related to politics of food consumption, production, labor, processing, retail, techno-science, policy, resistance movements.

SOC 475 Health and Society | Social causes of Health and disease. Health disparities related to race-ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and family. Organizations, professions and institutions of health care. Medical standards and evidence. Global public health.

SOC 480 Advanced Research Methods | Advanced training in methodologies commonly used in specific sub-fields of sociology.

SOC 488 Sociological Theory (W) | Development of sociological theory. Problems of theory construction. Current theoretical perspectives.

Finally, complete a 1 credit experiential learning experience through one of the following options, approved by the student's academic advisor.

SOC 496 Individual Readings | Supervised individual readings and study in sociology.

SOC 497 Individual Research | Supervised individual research in sociology.

SOC 498 Sociology Internship | Practical experience with a public, private, or nonprofit organization.

One of the following courses in computer science:

CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies | Core concepts in computing including information storage, retrieval, management, and representation. Applications from specific disciplines. Applying core concepts to design and implement solutions to various focal problems, using hardware, multimedia software, communication and networks.

CSE 131 Technical Computing and Problem Solving | Use of computing systems for technical problem solving in engineering and science.

CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I | Introduction to programming using Python. Design, implementation and testing of programs to solve problems such as those in engineering, mathematics and science. Programming fundamentals, functions, objects, and use of libraries of functions.

One of the following courses:

STT 200 Statistical Methods I | Data analysis, probability models, random variables, estimation, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, and simple linear regression.

STT 201 Statistical Methods II | Probability and statistics with computer applications. Data analysis, probability models, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, simple linear regression. Weekly lab using statistical software.

STT 421 Statistics I | Basic probability, random variables, and common distributions. Estimation and tests for one-, two-, and paired sample problems. Introduction to simple linear regression and correlation, one-way ANOVA.

STT 422 Statistics II | Goodness of fit and other non-parametric methods. Linear models including multiple regression and ANOVA for simple experimental designs.

Student must also take 11 or 12 credits in the following programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Chemistry, Entomology, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Statistics and Probability, and Zoology

B.A. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

All of the following courses:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology | Learn about the nature of sociological inquiry, including concepts and principles of sociology; institutional features of modern society; and structure and dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 214 Social Inequality | Theories of structural social inequality. Formation and change of inequalities among social classes and class structures, gender, and race. Inequalities and their interactions in modern societies. Consequences of inequalities. Current inequality trends.

SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I | Design and execution of research on social behavior and institutions. Data collection, structure, and quality. Descriptive analysis. Presentation of conclusions.

SOC 282 Methods of Social Research II | Selected quantitative techniques of data analysis.

SOC 488 Sociological Theory (W) | Development of sociological theory. Problems of theory construction. Current theoretical perspectives.

SOC 499 Social Issues and Change in Contemporary Society (W) | Selected major social problems in contemporary societies. Sources and consequences of social change. Application of sociological theory to selected cases.

One of the following courses:

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity | Learn about racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society, and prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender | Learn about social, structural, and social psychological perspectives on gender, and issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as the economy, family, education, and politics.

SOC 330 Social Stratification | Theories of structural social inequality. Formation and change of social classes and class structures. Socioeconomic classes in modern societies. Consequences of social stratification. Current stratification trends.

Student must also complete a minimum of three additional Sociology courses at the 300 level or higher. One of which must be at the 400-level. The following is a comprehensive list of all 300 and 400 courses offered.

SOC 310 Global Migration | Theory and research on the causes and consequences of human migration. Sociological, social psychological, historical, and demographic perspectives.

SOC 315 Family and Society | Family development. Diversity of family form and organization in relation to personality, class, race, and gender.

SOC 316 Youth and Society | Behavioral analysis of youth. Youth subcultures. Youth at risk. Social change and youth behavior.

SOC 331 Political Sociology | Social power theories, dynamics, and structures. The economy and the polity. Power elites and democracy. Social bases of political behavior and participation. Sociopolitical movements.

SOC 361 Contemporary Communities | Approaches to the study of contemporary communities. Differential levels of community complexity. Social problems and dynamics of community change and development in local settings and their relation to external institutions.

SOC 362 Developing Societies | Dynamics of agricultural and industrial transformations in developing nations. Structural problems, behavioral patterns, and institutional changes at local and societal levels. Socioeconomic interdependencies in the world system.

SOC 368 Science, Technology & Society | Role of science and technology in social change. Values and ethics in contemporary perspectives, controversies, and cases. Science and technology as forms of knowledge.

SOC 375 Urban Sociology | Social theories and research on urban development, organization, and change. Urban social life. Sociological aspects of urban planning and redevelopment.

SOC 412 Animals, People and Nature | Sociological overview of the intersecting roles of animals, culture and nature in contemporary society.

SOC 427 Environmental Toxicology & Society | Impact of environmental chemicals on health and modern society. Cellular and organ functions and their interface with the environment. Limitations of scientific investigation and environmental regulations.

SOC 452 Seminar in Environmental Sociology | Environmental conditions and social organization. Relation to resources, pollution, energy, and risks. Growth and limits to growth. Environmental attitudes, actions, movements, and regulation.

SOC 463 Politics of Food | Social power and its influence in US agrifood system. Structural and cultural issues related to politics of food consumption, production, labor, processing, retail, techno-science, policy, resistance movements.

SOC 475 Health and Society | Social causes of Health and disease. Health disparities related to race-ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and family. Organizations, professions and institutions of health care. Medical standards and evidence. Global public health.

SOC 480 Advanced Research Methods | Advanced training in methodologies commonly used in specific sub-fields of sociology.

SOC 488 Sociological Theory (W) | Development of sociological theory. Problems of theory construction. Current theoretical perspectives.

Finally, complete a 1 credit experiential learning experience through one of the following options, approved by the student's academic advisor.

SOC 496 Individual Readings | Supervised individual readings and study in sociology.

SOC 497 Individual Research | Supervised individual research in sociology.

SOC 498 Sociology Internship | Practical experience with a public, private, or nonprofit organization.

SOCIOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Both of the following courses:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology | Learn about the nature of sociological inquiry, including concepts and principles of sociology; institutional features of modern society; and structure and dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 214 Social Inequality | Theories of structural social inequality. Formation and change of inequalities among social classes and class structures, gender, and race. Inequalities and their interactions in modern societies. Consequences of inequalities. Current inequality trends.

One of the following courses:

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity | Racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society. Prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender | Social structural and social psychological perspectives on gender. Issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as economy, family, education, and politics.

Student must also complete three elective courses in Sociology at the 300-400 level. One of which must be in the 400-level. The following is a comprehensive list of all 300 and 400 courses offered.

SOC 310 Global Migration | Theory and research on the causes and consequences of human migration. Sociological, social psychological, historical, and demographic perspectives.

SOC 315 Family and Society | Family development. Diversity of family form and organization in relation to personality, class, race, and gender.

SOC 316 Youth and Society | Behavioral analysis of youth. Youth subcultures. Youth at risk. Social change and youth behavior.

SOC 331 Political Sociology | Social power theories, dynamics, and structures. The economy and the polity. Power elites and democracy. Social bases of political behavior and participation. Sociopolitical movements.

SOC 361 Contemporary Communities | Approaches to the study of contemporary communities. Differential levels of community complexity. Social problems and dynamics of community change and development in local settings and their relation to external institutions.

SOC 362 Developing Societies | Dynamics of agricultural and industrial transformations in developing nations. Structural problems, behavioral patterns, and institutional changes at local and societal levels. Socioeconomic interdependencies in the world system.

SOC 368 Science, Technology & Society | Role of science and technology in social change. Values and ethics in contemporary perspectives, controversies, and cases. Science and technology as forms of knowledge.

SOC 375 Urban Sociology | Social theories and research on urban development, organization, and change. Urban social life. Sociological aspects of urban planning and redevelopment.

SOC 412 Animals, People and Nature | Sociological overview of the intersecting roles of animals, culture and nature in contemporary society.

SOC 427 Environmental Toxicology & Society | Impact of environmental chemicals on health and modern society. Cellular and organ functions and their interface with the environment. Limitations of scientific investigation and environmental regulations.

SOC 452 Seminar in Environmental Sociology | Environmental conditions and social organization. Relation to resources, pollution, energy, and risks. Growth and limits to growth. Environmental attitudes, actions, movements, and regulation.

SOC 463 Politics of Food | Social power and its influence in US agrifood system. Structural and cultural issues related to politics of food consumption, production, labor, processing, retail, techno-science, policy, resistance movements.

SOC 475 Health and Society | Social causes of Health and disease. Health disparities related to race-ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and family. Organizations, professions and institutions of health care. Medical standards and evidence. Global public health.

SOC 480 Advanced Research Methods | Advanced training in methodologies commonly used in specific sub-fields of sociology.

SOC 488 Sociological Theory (W) | Development of sociological theory. Problems of theory construction. Current theoretical perspectives.

SOC 496 Individual Readings | Supervised individual readings and study in sociology.

SOC 497 Individual Research | Supervised individual research in sociology.

SOC 498 Sociology Internship | Practical experience with a public, private, or nonprofit organization.