SO101 Introduction to Sociology. 3 hours. A study of social interaction and its products; culture, personality, social groups, institutions and social change. Fall.
SO102 Social Problems. 3 hours. A study of the major problems of social and personal disorganization. Spring.
SO150 Introduction to Anthropology. 3 hours. A study of humans and their works from prehistory to the present. Covers the four major sub-fields of anthropology, in addition to anthropological theory and method. Odd-numbered Springs.
SO190 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Introductory course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
SO204 World Cultures. 3 hours. A survey of western and non-western world cultures using anthropological and historical perspectives. Special emphasis on sample groups in Africa, India and Asia. Cross-listed with HI204. Odd-numbered Falls.
SO260 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
SO268 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours.
SO290 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Intermediate-level course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
SO301 Race and Ethnicity in the United States. 3 hours. This course introduces students to contemporary race and ethnic relations in the United States. We examine how race has been socially constructed in the past, how racial identities are created and maintained in the present, the emergence and persistence of racial inequality, current beliefs and discourses about race, and how some groups are resisting racial inequality. We pay close attention to the relations between the dominant society and African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latino-Americans, and Arab-Americans. Prerequisite: SO101 or SO102. Odd-numbered Springs.
SO311 Popular Culture. 3 hours. This course examines contemporary popular culture and its significance in our lives. Students will study sociological perspectives on music, mass media, and ideology, and the distinctions between cultural forms including food, fashion, reading habits, status symbols, issues with identity, and intersectionality. This course also examines cultural issues surrounding contemporary forms of entertainment with a specific focus on gaming. Prerequisite: SO101 or SO102. Odd-numbered Falls.
SO312 Gender and Sexuality. 3 hours. This course examines how our conceptions of gender and sexuality influence our daily lives. The course will focus on how gender and sexuality are socially constructed; on media images of gender, gender inequality, heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality; on political and social issues associated with gender and sexuality, and on the various ways in which sexuality is practiced. Prerequisite: SO101 or SO102. Even-numbered Springs.
SO313 The Sociology of Revolution. 3 hours. An examination of theories of revolution in tandem with a close examination of empirical cases of revolution. Prerequisite: SO101 or HI102 or PS200.
SO314 Social Deviance. 3 hours. Sociological approaches to deviance are reviewed and various forms of social deviance are examined as is the process involved in changing the status of a behavior from deviant to not and vice-versa. Cross-listed with CJ314. Prerequisite: SO101. Odd-numbered Falls.
SO315 Criminology. 3 hours. The nature, extent, causes, control and prevention of crime. Cross-listed with CJ315. Spring.
SO321 Family Relationships and Values. 3 hours. A study of interpersonal relations in courtship and marriage across cultures, with an emphasis on the currently changing values in the United States. There will be a focus on cultural, social, cognitive and emotional bases of intimacy, commitment, and family roles. Cross-listed with PY321. Fall and Spring.
SO324 Social Psychology. 3 hours. The basic principles that underlie social behavior, with emphasis upon the social aspects of personality and the psychological bases of interaction between individuals and groups. Cross-listed with PY324. Prerequisite: SO101 or PY101. Even-numbered Falls.
SO331 Research Design and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences. 3 hours. An introduction to research design, social measurement, analytic strategies and applied statistical techniques relevant to the interpretation of social phenomena. Cross-listed with CJ/HI/PS/PY331. Fall and Spring.
SO334 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis in the Social Sciences. 3 hours. A study of the application of quantitative analytic techniques to data in the social sciences. Cross-listed with CJ/HI/PS/PY334. Prerequisite: MA105 or instructor's permission. Spring.
SO340 Teaching with Historic Places. 3 hours. A multi-dimensional study of historic places for use in the social studies classroom to understand history, historical change, and cultural continuity. Cross-listed with HI340. Prerequisite: HI 117 or HI118. Even-numbered Springs.
SO350 Social Theory. 3 hours. Analysis and application of sociological theory from past to present. Specific attention is given to the contemporary relevance and potential of perspectives and concepts. Prerequisites: SO101 and Junior standing. Even-numbered Falls.
SO351 Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice. 3 hours. A study of basic theories and methods of counseling and psychotherapy, including: behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic approaches to counseling, client analysis, and interviewing techniques. Emphasizes goals, responsibilities, and ethical problems in the counseling relationship. Cross-listed with PY351. Prerequisite: PY101. Fall.
SO360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
SO368 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-5 hours.
SO390 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. Advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
SO480 Senior Thesis (Capstone). 3 hours. Open to Juniors and Seniors majoring in Sociology. This course is a Senior thesis seminar. To receive credit in this course, all students must complete a directed research paper and successfully defend it before the faculty of the Division of Social Sciences. Fall