Sociology (SOC)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours. Analysis of human societies, organizations and groups, and the interrelations among individuals, groups, and societies.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 105 Social Problems 3 hours. Contemporary social problems examined from the perspectives of social institutions, culture, inequality, organizations and groups, political and economic structure, social change, and social policy. May be substituted for SOC 100 as a prerequisite for other sociology courses.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 125 Introduction to Asian American Studies 3 hours. Overview of Asian American experiences and perspectives in socio-historical context.  Introduction to major concepts, issues, and debates in the field of Asian American Studies.   Same as ASAM 125.   Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 201 Introductory Sociological Statistics 4 hours. An introduction to the basic statistical methods used in the analysis of sociological data. 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or SOC 105; and either MATH 090 or MATH 092 or MATH 118 or the equivalent or consent of the instructor. 
SOC 203 The African American Family in the United States 3 hours. Examination of the structure and functioning of the African American family. Historical and contemporary analyses. Same as AAST 203. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 or SOC 100 or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 212 Human Sexuality: Social Perspectives 3 hours. Historical and cultural perspectives on contemporary American sexuality; knowledge, attitudes, and practices; sexuality over the life cycle, socialization; affection, interpersonal attraction; marriage, law, other institutions. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100. 
SOC 215 Sociology of Childhood and Youth 3 hours. Explores the meanings and social position of children and youth in society and examines how contemporary ideas about these categories emerged. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or SOC 105; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 224 Gender and Society 3 hours. Sociological perspectives on gender as a factor in social stratification; gender role acquisition; individual and social consequences of changing social definitions of gender roles. Same as GWS 224. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or GWS 101 or GWS 102.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 225 Racial and Ethnic Groups 3 hours. Sociological and social-psychological analysis of racial, religious, and other ethnic groups; consideration of historical and current social problems arising from their relationships in society. Same as AAST 225 and LALS 225. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 226 Latinas in the United States 3 hours. Socioeconomic conditions and cultural experiences of Latinas in the U.S. Historical and contemporary views of labor, health, education, family, identity formation and leadership. Same as GWS 276, and LALS 276.  
SOC 228 Sociology of Asia and Asian Americans 3 hours. Asian and Asian-American culture, institutions, and organization; immigration, population, settlement patterns; occupations and poverty; family and ethnic identification; inequality and politics; values, prejudice, discrimination. Same as ASAM 228 and ASST 228. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 229 Sociology of Latinos 3 hours. Examines social, political and economic issues affecting Latino groups.   While focusing on the process of racialization, the course also examines immigration, language rights, gender and sexuality, labor market, media, and youth. Same as LALS 229. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or LALS 102 or SOC 105 or LALS 103; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 231 Criminology 3 hours. Introductory survey of the literature developed by criminologists in their study of crime in American society. Same as CLJ 220. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 101. 
SOC 241 Social Inequalities 3 hours. Dimensions of inequality: economy, education, housing, health care; power, status and self-esteem; inequality, and social policy. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 244 Sociology of Work 3 hours. Impact of bureaucracy, technology, and automation; changing composition of labor force: women, youth, elderly, racial and ethnic minorities; international comparisons; policy implications. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or SOC 105; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 245 Marriage and Family 3 hours. The family as an interactional system, an organization, and a social institution; extended family ties, mate selection, marital roles, socialization, marital dissolution, family life course and change. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 246 Sociology of Religion 3 hours. Analysis of the structures and functions of religious institutions in modern society.Special attention to the interplay between religion and other social phenomena, such as economics, politics, and secular culture. Same as RELS 246. Occasional field trips. Prerequisite(s): One social sciences Course Distribution Credit  (CDC) course and sophomore standing.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 251 Health and Medicine 3 hours. Health care systems; special emphasis on United States; dimensions of wellness and sickness including mental health; health providers, organizations, and institutions and their relations. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or SOC 105; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 258 Race and Urban Life 3 hours. Examines the experiences of Blacks in urban areas since the 1900's. Same as AAST 258.
SOC 265 Sociology of Politics 3 hours. The exercise of power and power structures; alternative political systems; relationship between state and society; political attitudes, participation, and organizations; political change, reform, and revolution. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100.  Individual and Society course.
SOC 268 Introduction to Comparative Sociology 3 hours. Comparisons of population, culture, economics, politics, and social relations among contemporary societies. Relations among institutional areas and among societies. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of social science courses.  Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
SOC 271 African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration 3 hours. Examination of the status of African Americans as offenders, victims, and personnel within the criminal justice system. Same as AAST 271 and CLJ 271. Previously listed as SOC 371. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 or CLJ 101 or SOC 100; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 276 Urban Sociology 3 hours. Examination of the history, patterns, and consequences of urban places and life in those places. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
SOC 296 Supervised Study or Research 1 TO 3 hours. Special projects arranged in advance by faculty or student initiative. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours with approval. Students may register in more than one section per term. Approval to repeat course granted by the department. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours of sociology, consent of the instructor, and approval of the department prior to registration. 
SOC 298 Internship in Sociological Applications 3 hours. Placement in a university or external organization where students participate in a project using sociological skills under the direction of a field supervisor. Prerequisite(s): SOC 201 and SOC 202; and approval of the department. 
SOC 300 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods 4 hours. Survey of the principal methods of social research; problem and concept formation, research design, sampling reliability, internal and external validity, control of alternative explanations, ethical responsibilities of researchers. Previously listed as SOC 202. Prerequisite(s): SOC 201; and sophomore standing or above; or SOC 201 and one additional 200-level course in sociology. 
SOC 385 Introduction to Sociological Theory 3 hours. A survey of the major approaches to explaining social pheomena drawn from representative nineteenth and twentieth-century social theorists.  Emphasis on present-day applicability of these approaches. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above and two 200- or 300- level elective courses in sociology or consent of the instructor.
SOC 401 Sociological Statistics 4 hours. Descriptive and inferential statistics for graduate and advanced undergraduate sociology majors and related fields. Tests of means, regression, correlation, analysis of variance, and related topics. Prerequisite(s): SOC 201 and two additional 200-level sociology electives; or graduate standing or consent of the instructor. 
SOC 402 Intermediate Sociological Statistics 4 hours. Covers general linear models emphasizing regression, analysis of variance and covariance, simple structural equation models, simple categorical methods and elementary matrix algebra. Prerequisite(s): SOC 401. 
SOC 405 Writing in the Social Sciences 3 OR 4 hours. Leads to effective, clear writing for a social science audience. Teaches how to organize ideas, avoid tiresome jargon, and write with precision. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of upper-division social science courses. 
SOC 406 Urban Ethnography 3 OR 4 hours. The study of processes and meanings in African American communities in urban areas, interviews, participant observation, focus groups. Same as AAST 405. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100; and junior standing or above.
SOC 407 Seminar in Comparative Racialization 3 OR 4 hours. Provides an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the making and remaking of "race" and the resultant racialized experiences of different groups in the U.S. and globally. Same as AAST 407. Prerequisite(s): AAST 247 or AAST 248 or AAST 340 or SOC 225; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 424 Sociology of Gender 3 OR 4 hours. Variety and change in gender roles; patterns and consequences of gender inequality; gender and sexuality; gender and social institutions such as family, economy. Same as GWS 425. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 224, or any 100- or 200-level GWS course and an additional 200- or 300-level elective in sociology or gender and women studies; junior standing or above; or graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 425 Race and Ethnicity 3 OR 4 hours. Critical examination of the conceptual frameworks and empirical findings in the study of race and ethnicity. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 225 an additional 200- or 300- level elective in sociology; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 426 Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3 OR 4 hours. Intensive examination of a specialized topic in race, ethnicity and gender.  The specific topic of the course varies depending on the faculty offering it. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 times. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): SOC 224; or SOC 225; and junior standing or above and an additional 200- or 300-level elective in sociology; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 428 Asian/Asian American Women in the Global Economy 3 OR 4 hours. Examines the racialization and feminization of a global division of labor and focuses primarily on Asian and Asian American women's participation and incorporation as workers and key actors in the development of the global economy. Same as ASAM 428 and GWS 428. 3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): ASAM 125 or ENGL 125 or SOC 125 or AAST 225 or LALS 225 or SOC 225 or ASAM 228 or ASST 228 or SOC 228 or ASAM 290; or two 200-level courses in either SOC, GWS or ASAM, or a combination of these.
SOC 433 Latin American Migration to the U.S. 3 OR 4 hours. Latin American migration to the U.S. International migration theories, family remittances, transnational linkages, dual citizenship, and past and current U.S. immigration policy debates. Same as LALS 433. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.
SOC 440 Topics in Organizations and Institutions 3 OR 4 hours. Intensive examination of a specialized topic announced when the class is scheduled. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 times. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): SOC 244 or MGMT 340, and an additional 200-level sociology elective, and junior standing; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 441 Social Stratification 3 OR 4 hours. The nature of systems of differentiation and ranking in societies and their consequences; emphasis on class structure in the United States; prestige, status, power, and social mobility in the United States and other societies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 241 and an additional 200- or 300-level elective in sociology; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 445 Sociology of the Family 3 OR 4 hours. Variety and change in family patterns; family formation and break-up; parents' and childrens' effects on each other; influences of culture and political economy; consequences for other institutions. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 224, or SOC 245 and an additional 200 or 300-level sociology elective; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 446 Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Religion 3 OR 4 hours. Religious institutions in the U.S. as a crucible for racial, ethnic, and gender identities, group formation, and intergroup relations; major world religions represented in the U.S. Same as RELS 446. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 246 and an additional 200- or 300- level elective in sociology; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.
SOC 447 Organizations 3 OR 4 hours. Characteristics of business, government, and not-for-profit organizations; approaches used to study organizations; theoretical and empirical analysis of organizational processes. Same as MGMT 447. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 241 or MGMT 340 or SOC 244 and an additional 200- or 300-level elective in sociology; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 448 Sociology of Development 3 OR 4 hours. Historical, economic, political, social, and geographic factors shaping national and international development experiences and outcomes. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of upper-division social science courses or consent of the instructor. 
SOC 451 Medical Sociology 3 OR 4 hours. Survey of major topics in sociology of health and medicine including social definitions of health and illness, patient practitioner interaction, the organization of health institutions and professions. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of upper-division sociology or consent of the instructor. 
SOC 455 Topics in Medical Sociology 3 OR 4 hours. Intensive examination of a specialized topic announced when the class is scheduled. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): SOC 451 or consent of the instructor. 
SOC 465 Topics in Sociology of Politics 3 OR 4 hours. Intensive examination of a specialized topic announced when the class is scheduled. Same as POLS 465. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of upper-division sociology or consent of the instructor. 
SOC 471 Population 3 OR 4 hours. The measurement and study of major trends and differentials in fertility, mortality, migration, growth, and compositional characteristics of the population of the United States and other nations. Same as EPID 471. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 201 and an additional 200- or 300-level course in sociology; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 473 Cities and Regions 3 OR 4 hours. Characteristics, conditions, and consequences of structure and change of cities and metropolitan regions. Spatial, political economy, cultural perspectives. Census, ecological, historical, comparative data for cities. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 201 and an additional 200- or 300-level course in sociology; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 476 Topics in Urban Sociology 3 OR 4 hours. Intensive examination of a specialized topic announced when the class is scheduled. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of upper-division sociology or consent of the instructor. 
SOC 485 Classical Social Theory 3 OR 4 hours. Survey and analysis of classical European and American social theory. Examination of how theorists such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Veblen and Park defined and described society within their own social contexts and how we derive meaning from these theories. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 385; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 487 Current Social Theory 3 OR 4 hours. Review and evaluation of major currents in sociological theory since the 1940s. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 385; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
SOC 490 Senior Research Experience 4 hours. The course integrates theory, methods and analytical skills to a substantive area of sociology.  Students will gain hands-on experience by collecting data, analyzing data, writing up their findings and presenting their projects to the class. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours, with approval of the deparment. Students may register for more than one section per term. Previously listed at SOC 400. Prerequisite(s): SOC 300 and SOC 385; and senior standing or above and one 400-level elective in sociology and consent of the instructor. 
SOC 496 Independent Study or Research 1 TO 9 hours. Extensive readings in specialized areas of sociology or empirical research for advanced undergraduate or graduate students. May be repeated with approval. Students may register in more than one section per term. Approval to repeat course granted by the department. Undergraduate students may repeat course for maximum of 9 hours of credit. Prerequisite(s): 18 hours of sociology, excluding SOC 296 and SOC 299, consent of the instructor, and approval of the department. 
SOC 499 Senior Thesis 1 TO 4 hours. Individual study for students working on a senior thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  This course is required for students graduating with highest departmental distinction. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours, with approval of the department. Students may register for more than one section per term. Previously listed as SOC 299. Prerequisite(s): SOC 490; and senior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.