Course Listings

Sociology

SOC 114 Racism & White Supremacy in the U.S. (1)

This course examines the historical, political, economic and sociological dynamics of race, racism, and white supremacy in the United States. It investigates how institutions and culture reproduce the structures of inequality that impact the self-concept, interactions, opportunities and life chances of all people in the United States. This course focuses on the various ways race and ethnicity are created and re-created in society, and the way these social constructions permeate all aspects of societal life, despite remaining largely invisible and normalized. By analyzing the complex intersections of race, racism and white supremacy within the U.S. political and social structures, students gain a critical analysis of historic and contemporary racial inequality, and consider the effectiveness of the various solutions put forth by public policy, academics, and community activists.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: First and second year only
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Drew

SOC 121 Gender in Society (1)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental of human gender socialization and performance. It will emphasize social and cultural constructions of gender and examine the fluidity of gender in various cultures worldwide. Further, it will examine how gender inequality is built into the structure of social institutions such as family, media, and education, and how we actively construct the system of gender relations in our daily lives. Consideration will be given to the ways that gender intersects and interacts with other social categories such as race, class, ethnicity, age, ability and sexuality.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: Freshman and Sophomores only
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Aguilar

SOC 124 Global Sociology: Nation/Empire/Race/Gender (1)

Why do nation-states go to war? Can international institutions promote peace? And how do people organize across borders to address injustice? This course examines the politics and sociology of war, peace, and knowledge-making across borders and investigates how race, class, gender and colonial legacies structure the world. We will think about power, inequality and resistance from a “global perspective” and reflect on the ways that global events shape our everyday lives.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: First and second year students only
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Koomen

SOC 131 Sociological Inquiry (1)

This course introduces students to the nature of sociological inquiry through the exploration of a specifically defined topic. Emphasis will be given to how sociologists methodologically and theoretically study and derive meaning from the world around us. Topics of critical investigation may include, but are not limited to, art worlds, globalization today, our aging society, technology and the future, childhood and adolescence, religion and spirituality. Students may take this course multiple times for credit if the topic is different.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 132W Sport and Society (1)

The world of sport touches all of us in one way or another. We participate in sports. We watch sports. We read about sports. Why are sports so important to us? What are their benefits socially and individually? In this course, we are interested in examining the sociological significance of sport as it relates to topics such as culture, social organizations, socialization, social stratification, race, gender, economics, and the mass media. Attention will be paid to the national and international influence of sport among individuals, groups, and societies. Freshmen and Sophomores only or consent of instructor.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: First or second year students only
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 145 Latina/o Sociology (1)

Latina/o Sociology is the systematic inquiry into the social lives of Latinas/os in the U.S. This course examines the ways in which Latina/o communities have developed and the social, political, and economic structures that have influenced them. Latina/o Sociology analyzes the ways in which hierarchical power relations and Latina/o resistance to domination have shaped their life chances across time and space in the U.S. and along the U.S.-Mexico border region. Major themes include identity, immigration, assimilation, gender, education, media, language, employment, and activism. Through these themes, the course will examine the barriers to opportunity and equity Latinas/os experience and the strategies they employ in order to resist such barriers.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: 1st and 2nd years only
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Niño

SOC 199 Topics in Sociology (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Sociology. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

SOC 201 Navigating Social Worlds (1)

This course is organized as a "gateway" to the discipline of sociology, which is the study of processes and relationships we all know as "society." The course introduces the student (a) to the four primary dimensions into which sociology is loosely organized -- social systems, social institutions, human agency and interaction, and culture; (b) to the ways in which sociologists ask and analyze research questions; and (c) to the theories and research methods sociologists use to examine social relationships. The course emphasizes reading primary sources, class discussions, and other appropriate pedagogical methods. By the end of the course, students will have developed their own "sociological imagination" and, in particular, a critical perspective on relationships of power, on social inequality, and on social change.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: Freshmen or Sophomores Only
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 299 Topics in Sociology (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Sociology. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

SOC 303 Sociological Theory (1)

This course introduces the undergraduate to the important theoretical paradigms that have historically oriented the discipline of sociology. Classical sociological theory emerged in the works of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber, among others. Out of the ideas of these thinkers evolved the major schools of modern sociology, in particular Structural-Functionalism, Symbolic Interactionism, Neo-Marxism, and Neo-Weberian theories of modernity. Throughout the 20th century, new critical paradigms have emerged to challenge the modern schools, including postmodern and cultural critiques, as well as feminist, race, and queer theories. More recently, theories of globalization have attempted to synthesize a diversity of sociological paradigms to explain contemporary social phenomena.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course or SOC 201
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Lorenzen

SOC 310 Human Rights: Research and Advocacy (1)

Can activists working across borders change the world? How can researchers and activists promote human rights in the face of repression? This upper division seminar examines scholarship on human rights and transnational advocacy networks. We will study interconnected transnational struggles for women’s human rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, racial justice, and the rights of indigenous peoples.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Koomen

SOC 328 Families (1)

The focus of this class will be on examining the variation of family structures and how decisions, patterns and practices that appear personal are socially patterned. Our examination of families will explore what role the political economy plays on the construction and maintenance of the family, and how race, class, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual identify and other social categories impact childhood, mating, divorce and other experiences of domestic life. We will also examine how family ideologies often ignore the complexities of family life and create false expectations about what families should be.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Aguilar

SOC 331 Applied Quantitative Modeling and Analysis in Social Research (1)

This course trains the student in the logic and procedures of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis as these are applied in social science research. Topics examined include scales of measurement; frequency distributions; data graphing; measures of central tendency and dispersion; sampling distributions; confidence intervals and estimation; hypothesis testing; measures of association; and quantitative modeling using Chi-square, analysis of variance, and linear regression. Students are required to carry out an analysis of sociological data using appropriate methods learned during the term, to organize statistical results appropriately, and to write a summary report of their findings.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Niño, Strawn

SOC 334 Inequality in Society (1)

Social stratification, the hierarchical arrangement of groups of people, creates and maintains inequalities in society based upon status and differential access of legitimized power. The course examines how this core concept in sociology helps to explain empirical questions about the structuring of inequality, its social and political consequences, and its maintenance and transformation. Consideration will be given to how the social systems of gender, sexuality, social class, race, age and disability shape individual life opportunities, institutions, and the cultural norms and values of society.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 341 Methods of Social Survey Design, Sampling, and Data Analysis (1)

This research methodology course teaches students in sociology and related disciplines the core practices of survey and questionnaire design, sampling, and data analysis. In the first unit of the class, students will develop the ability to design and critique appropriate survey questions; will learn to recognize strategic tradeoffs in survey response options, the organization of questions on a survey, and the visual presentation of survey questions; and they will develop a survey of their own on a topic of their choosing. The second unit of the course will examine the basic principles of representative sampling, as well as the challenges and payoffs of various sampling implementation strategies. During this unit, students will determine an appropriate method and generate sample data of their own using the survey they designed in the first unit. In the final unit of the course, students will learn basic strategies for data organization, summarization, and analysis, including both the generation of statistics and graphical representations appropriate to their data. A written report based on their own survey data will be the final project for the course.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Mathematical Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Niño, Strawn

SOC 355 Health and Society (1)

Drawing from a diverse range of theoretical and methodological resources, this course examines contemporary topics in the sociology of health and illness. Topics include the role of sociological theory in understanding health and illness; social meanings and experiences of illness; patient-professional relations in medicine; health inequalities across and between race, class, and gender; health and the life course; healthcare delivery systems and patient outcomes; the Affordable Care Act; and other key developments in the field such as medical ethics and health movements.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Niño

SOC 356 Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality & the Media (1)

Through the study of the media, sociologists ask significant questions about the content, consumption and production of cultural discourse, as well as the social context in which it emerges. Sociological study of the media attends to the significance of this social institution, its relationship with other major societal systems, and the consequences of how and what the media presents in the daily lives and interactions of individuals. As a primary agent of socialization, media have an unprecedented role in shaping group relations and social identity, conditioning consumers into society’s dominant ideologies of racism, classism, sexism & heterosexism. Therefore, transforming these systems to promote social justice necessitates a critical examination of the media’s relationship to race/class/gender/sexuality, as well as how consumers both perpetuate and challenge media-constructed “reality.”

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Drew

SOC 358 Special Topics in Sociology (.5 or 1)

This course offers timely exposure to a variety of relevant topics in sociology. Topics might include the study of homelessness, poverty, death and dying, or cultural diversity.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 361 Sociology of Education (1)

This course analyzes education as a major social institution that influences individuals, groups, and society. It considers both classic and contemporary theoretical formulations of education and schooling and methodological approaches to the sociological study of education. This course will examine the historical, social, political, and economic forces that shape educational experiences. It will explore separate and intersecting effects of race, class, gender, and immigrant status on educational attainment and achievement.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 362 Sexualities (1)

This course will examine and challenge essentialist and biologically determinist perspectives regarding sexual identity, desire, and expression. It will use a sociological perspective to analyze social influences on sexuality and the consequences of the sexual stratification system in place in U.S. society. Particular attention will be placed on examining techniques of social control, sites of sexual injustice and oppression, and how sexual inequality is built into and stems from the structure of social institutions. Consideration will be given to how sexuality intersects and interacts with other social categories, such as race, class, ethnicity, age, ability, and gender.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Aguilar

SOC 384 Transnational Feminism (1)

Many feminists try to think, dialogue, and organize transnationally. This raises challenging questions: Is there a global sisterhood of women? Can feminists promote solidarity across divides of class, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and language? This course asks students to critically examine these questions through the study of black feminisms, critical race theory, anticolonial and postcolonial theories, and other approaches. The course will examine the emergence of transnational feminism as interdisciplinary field of study, introduce students to key concepts such as identity, difference, solidarity, and intersectionality, and explore the dilemmas and opportunities of transnational feminist theory and praxis.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course or one AES course at any level
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Koomen

SOC 387 Pan-African Revolutions and Black Liberation (1)

This course examines Pan-African revolutions, black liberation struggles, and anti-colonial solidarity movements around the world. Through the texts of Pan-Africanist thinkers and revolutionaries, we will investigate the history of black internationalist theorizing and organizing and examine international political sociology through anticolonial and Afro-centric lenses. Case studies may include black liberation struggles, revolutions and solidarity movements in Burkina Faso, Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, the Pacific, South Africa, Tanzania, the USA, Western Europe, and their transnational reach.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Koomen

SOC 399 Topics in Sociology (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Sociology. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

SOC 402W Qualitative Methods of Social Research (1)

This course will introduce students to qualitative research methods in sociology and cover the major forms of qualitative inquiry including research design, data collection, data coding and analysis, and research ethics through the study of a specific research topic in sociology. The relationship between theory and research will also be considered as it pertains to the topic under analysis. Students will be required to conduct original research, write a literature review, and produce a research report of their findings.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201 and SOC 303
  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 429 Topics in Sociology (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Sociology. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

SOC 490 Research and Independent Study (.5 or 1)

This course is intended only for the qualified advanced student with a solid preparation in the theory and methods of sociology who wishes to do an intensive research analysis or advanced independent study in an area not covered by an existing course in the department.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201, SOC 331, SOC 303, and SOC 402W
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 495W Internship in Sociology (1.25)

This course provides an opportunity for students to work in selected social service and other organizations supervised by on-site professionals. Opportunity to observe the operation of agencies and develop some skills in working with people. Students spend 12 to 15 hours a week interning and attend a weekly seminar.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201, and SOC 331 or SOC 341, and SOC 303, and SOC 402W
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

SOC 499W Senior Seminar in Sociology (1)

Through an original research project, students will apply the theoretical and methodological knowledge gained in the major to a concrete research question (or issue) studied throughout the semester. This research project, as well as weekly seminar discussion around a selected topic, will allow students to consider the range of sociological sub-specialties composing the discipline, collect and analyze relevant data to enhance sociological knowledge, and effectively communicate research and the research process.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: SOC 201, and SOC 331 or SOC 341, and SOC 303, and SOC 402W
  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Staff