101. The Sociological Perspective (3) provides an introduction to the
traditions, concepts, and methods of social inquiry. Students examine such
topics as culture, social interaction, deviance, inequality, and social change.
120. Perspectives in Multicultural Leadership (1) provides an opportunity for students to examine leaders in the community and identify their own strengths to assist others. Through service-oriented action, students come to a greater understanding of being socially responsible in a multicultural setting. Prerequisite: Completion of LEAP Workshop or permission of instructor.
216. Social Problems in Contemporary America (3) examines the origins and
consequences of some of the major social problems and dilemmas facing
Americans today. Behavior related to problems such as race, class and gender,
chemical dependency, sexual variation, crime and the environmental crisis are
studied from the sociological perspective.
270. American Corrections (3) uses a sociological perspective to examine the history, institutions, and practice of American corrections; specifically, issues of incarceration, probation, prisoner release, and criminal justice. Prerequisite:
101. See listing under Criminal Justice 366
301. American Society: Class and Culture (3) surveys some of the major
theories and scholarly studies on social stratification, national power structure,
and corporate culture. Prerequisite: 101 or 216
320. Racial and Cultural Minorities (3) examines the way in which certain
groups in society are defined as minorities and subjected to discrimination. The
social-psychological, historical, cultural, and sociological sources of prejudice
and discrimination are covered as well as the dynamics of change in relations
between dominant and minority groups. Prerequisite: 101
321. Social Psychology (3) examines psychological principles and concepts
involved in causal attribution, social cognition, attitude formation and change,
social influence, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: Psychology 101
and one additional psychology course. See listing under Psychology 321
330. Human Sexuality (3) explores the social influences that impact concepts of
sex, sexuality, reproduction and gender. Emphasis is placed on historical,
political, global and technological issues. The course also includes fundamental
instruction in reproductive anatomy and physiology. Prerequisite: Sociology 101
335. Social and Political Philosophy (3) considers theories of the nature and
legitimacy of the state and its laws, the rights and responsibilities of citizens
and groups, ethics in political decision-making economic justice, punishment,
race and gender oppression, the nature and value of political and cultural
identity, and the value and meaning of democracy. See listings under
Philosophy 343, Political Science 343
342. Gender. Film, and Society (3) applies a sociological lens to gendered aspects f film and their socetal correlates. Prerequisite: 101.
345. Sociology of the Family (3) examines the various forms and functions of
the family in the United States as well as other cultures. The developmental
cycle of the family is followed through mate-selection, marriage, parenthood,
and old age. Family change is also analyzed by covering such topics as
industrialization and sex roles. Prerequisite: 101
350. Social Change in an International Perspective (3) focuses on the
international aspects of social change such as the gap between the rich and
poor countries, social movements in Third World countries, and the theoretical
perspectives that illuminate and explain such change. Case studies are drawn
from current events. Prerequisite: 101 or Anthropology 201
352. Selected Topics in Sociology (3) presents an opportunity to read and
discuss in depth topics not covered or only partially covered in regular
courses. Prerequisite: 101 or Anthropology 201
360. Social Research Methods (3) introduces the student to the research
process through the analysis of research designs and the various methods of
collecting data and of drawing inferences from that data. Emphasis is placed
on practical experience in developing research skills. Prerequisite: 101 or
369. Peacemaking (3) takes a multidisciplinary approach towards peacemaking.
Moves back and forth between personal applications in one’s daily life on the
one hand and more academic applications of the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, history, psychology and criminal justice) and humanities on the
other. Emphasis on writing and class discussion.
370. Environmental Sociology (3) constructs a framework for the study of how cultures and societies influence and in turn are shaped by the natural environment Prerequisite: 101.
380. Visual Sociology (3) explores documentary filmmaking as a method of
sociological research. Documentary filmmaking is of increasing interest to
sociologists as an effective form of public sociology, activist sociology and
sociology as a form of service learning that involves sociologists and students
in community issues.
418. Deviance and Crime (3) surveys trends and theories of criminal behavior
and crime control. Major emphasis is on the relationship between social and
cultural patterns and deviant behavior. Prerequisite: 101, 216 recommended.
See listing under Criminal Justice 418
422. Sociological Theory (3) offers a descriptive and analytical survey of
intellectual traditions and trends in the discipline of sociology from its origin to
the present. Prerequisite: 101
490. Round Table (1) encourages free and open conversation between students
and faculty on sociological issues and applications. Graded S/U. Prerequisite:
15 hours in Sociology/Anthropology
495. Senior Studies (2) provides an opportunity for the student to engage in
the groundwork for guided independent study on an approved topic.
Prerequisite: 101 or Anthropology 201
496. Senior Studies (2) enables the student to complete a guided independent
study on an approved topic. Prerequisite: 495
201. Cultural Anthropology (3) is an introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and
methods of cultural anthropology. It deals with the origin, nature, and dynamics of
culture, and provides a cross-cultural comparison of the ways of humankind.
352. Selected Topics in Anthropology (3) See Sociology 352.