Associate Professor Richard Hawkins, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor: Anthony Cortese; Adjunct Professor: Robert Patterson; Adjunct Lecturers: Monty Evans, Michael D. Ranna Lucas, Sonia Oviedo
SOCI 2310 is prerequisite to all courses numbered 4000 and above, except for upper-division students who have obtained permission of the instructor. Note additional prerequisites for some courses. Courses below 4000 are open to students at each level without other prerequisite.
Students wishing to work for distinction in sociology should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies as soon as possible in the junior year.
Requirements for the B.A. Degree. A program of study for students who want a broad liberal education with an emphasis on sociology, but adequate preparation for graduate work in the social sciences or social work. Thirty term hours that shall include 2310 and two of these three courses: 4311, 5313, 5314; 21 additional hours, of which six hours must be at the 4000 or 5000 level. STAT 2331 or PHIL 3360 may be substituted for any 3000-level course in sociology. Twelve hours of foreign language are recommended.
Requirements for the B.S. Degree. A more specialized program than the B.A., providing a sound foundation for doctoral study. Thirty-six term hours, to include 2310, 4311, 5313, and 5314. STAT 2331 or an equivalent statistics course is required. Twenty-one additional hours of sociology, of which nine hours must be at the 4000 or 5000 level. Twelve term hours of foreign language are recommended.
Requirements for Minor in Sociology. Students majoring in other departments may obtain a minor in sociology by completing 2310; one of the following: 4311, 5313, 5314; one additional course at the 5000 level; and two courses at any level for a total of 15 hours.
2310. Introduction to Sociology. The perspective and basic content of sociology, emphasizing the ways in which values and other beliefs influence social behavior.
3300. Social Problems. Selected problems of modern urban life analyzed with an emphasis on American values, the nature of "community," and the manifest and latent functions of proposed solutions to social problems.
3301 (ANTH 3301). Health, Healing, and Society. An examination of beliefs about health and disease in a world context. Texts plus a case history approach are used to examine medical beliefs, concepts of health, mind, and body, together with ecological and ethical issues relating to our changing populations. Fulfills co-curricular requirement for Diversity.
3305 (CF 3310, ETST 2301). Race and Ethnicity in the United States. An interdisciplinary seminar designed to introduce students to the analysis of race and ethnicity in the United States within a global context. No prerequisites.
3310. Wealth, Status, and Power. A study of the social order of privileges and deprivations in American society. Focus on radical and conservative theories of social class, history of the "WASP" establishment, use and abuse of power.
3320 (RELI 3310). The Social-Scientific Study of Religion. An introduction to scientific ways of thinking about the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of religious life. Attention is given to major thinkers and theories dealing with religion in the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and the social-scientific study of religion.
3322 (ANTH 3322). Statistical Reasoning in Sociology. Particular aspects of statistical data processing and reasoning, including the construction of measurement scales, tabular and graphical descriptions, cross-classifications, percentages and probabilities, sampling, and the expression of relationships through the use of models. Lab sessions will investigate sociological data sets through the use of the student version of SPSS for Windows.
3330. Person vs. Society? Social-psychological examination of causes and consequences of conformity and loss of individuality; emphasis on strategies for countering pressures to conform and for achieving personal autonomy.
3345. Media Ethics and Gender. To provide a broad historical and contemporary background to the study of media, ethics and gender imagesboth in the U.S. and abroad.
3340. Global Society. This course intends to provide students with a sociological orientation to the contemporary world, viewed as an evolving network of nation-states. Focusing on the global interdependence of countries, the position of societies in the world system will be related to their internal patterns of social stratification.
3348 (CF 3348, FL 3348). Women in Japanese Culture and Society. Examines various women's issues in Japan through social science, literature, literary works, and contemporary films from interdisciplinary perspectives. Assesses changing women's status and roles in family, education, employment, mass media, and political organizations in the context of the contemporary feminist movement.
3350. Social Welfare. Problems of poverty, insecurity, and opportunity; critique of social programs and agencies.
3351. Marriage and Family. Husband-wife and parent-child relations in the United States; traditions and alternatives.
3353. Black Family. U.S. Role of changing family structure in the African American community. Impact of other institutions, like the church, on family patterns in recent times.
3355. Family Conflict. Domestic violence, conflict over child custody in divorce, incest and child abuse, neglect and failure to support are topics in the changing family in America. Intergenerational issues and problems also discussed.
3360. Law and Society. This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the history and functions of our major legal institutions and their relationship to American culture and social structure.
3363. Crime and Delinquency. Extent of the problem; casual theories; prevention and public policy.
3368 (ANTH 3368). Urban Problems: A cross-cultural perspective. Evolution, development, and differentiation of Western cities compared to non-Westernized cities. Fulfills co-curricular requirement for Diversity.
3370. Minority-Dominant Relations. The nature, origins, and consequences of relationships between unequal groups; U.S. and other societies compared. Fulfills co-curricular requirement for Diversity.
3371. Changing Sex Roles. Roles of men and women in American Society; analysis of the acquisition, content, and consequences of sex roles; social movements and implications for social change. Fulfills co-curricular requirement for Diversity.
3372. Chicanos in the Southwest. Contemporary Chicano life and culture in the Southwest; effects of racism and rapid urbanization.
3383 (CF 3385). Race, Culture, and Social Policy in the Southwest. This interdisciplinary seminar introduces students to conceptualizing social problems. Focus is on the distinctive conditions defined and treated as social problems in the American Southwest.
4311. Research Methods. Integration of conceptual models, methodology, and statistical analysis of sociology. Prerequisite: SOCI 2310 or permission of instructor.
4198, 4298, 4398. Individual Research. Prerequisite: SOCI 2310 or permission of instructor.
4360 (CCAC 4360). Social Effects of Mass Media. Critical analysis of research on the influence of mass media messages on individuals and groups. Attention is focused on communication theory and how society puts such theories into practice in using the media for information, entertainment, and persuasion. Upper division.
4399. Honors Seminar. Prerequisite: Permission of director of undergraduate studies.
5313. The Sociological Tradition. Introduction to ideas and theories of 19th- and early 20th- century sociologists.
5314. Contemporary Sociological Theory. Recent trends in sociological theory and research.
5321. Population Problems. Causes and consequences of population growth and change in the United States and the world. SOCI 4311 and STAT 3312 suggested but not required.
5331. Human Behavior in Groups. Processes through which groups develop structure, and change; factors affecting morale and efficiency.
5335. Collective Behavior. Nature, causes, and consequences of crowds, riots, fads, public opinion, social movements, revolution.
5353. Political Sociology. Political movements, the impact of politics on other institutions in America, issues of power and control are discussed. Global issues of economics and political power included.
5355. Sociology of Law. Various theories of how the law operates; includes criminal, civil and administrative law within the U.S. Also issues of international law and crimes against humanity are discussed.
5356. Sociology of Sport. Role of professional and amateur sports in society. Impact on educational systems, child-parent relationships, and value orientation among the young and old alike. Economic dimension of professional sports also included, as well as issues of racism and sexism in sport.
5363. The Administration of Justice. Law enforcement and criminal court systems; the ideal of justice and public policy.
5364. Correctional Systems. The history of punishment, adjustment to incarceration, and comparison of prisons for men and women. Constitutional issues of criminal punishment discussed.
5366. Deviant Behavior. Causes and consequences of deviant behavior; evaluation of leading theories.
5373. Social Inequality. Unequal distribution of power, prestige, and opportunity within society; causes and consequences.
5374. Social Change. Review of major social change theories emphasizing: technology, modernization, social power, impact of change on individuals and institutions; possible solutions to resulting problems. Seminar format.
5375. Complex Organizations. Changes within bureaucracies and in their relationships with other social structures.
5398, 5399. Practicum. Prerequisite: Permission of director of undergraduate studies.