Sociology Courses (SOCI)

1301* Introduction to Sociology

An overview of major subjects in sociology, including sociological perspective, culture, social interaction, social stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social groups, organizations, family, religion, population, urbanization and social changes.

1306 Social Problems

This course applies sociological principles to the numerous explanations of and potential solutions to contemporary social problems. The course seeks to develop critical thinking skills in addressing social concerns ranging from drug addiction and violence to inequalities of class, race, and gender.

2301 Marriage and the Family

This class critically examines traditional and contemporary families including controversies regarding single-parent families, alternative lifestyles, "working women," reproductive rights,fathers rights,and their public policy implications

3306 Race and Ethnic Relations

Examines the impact of race and ethnicity upon the distribution of power, opportunity, and privilege in a global world. Major theoretical perspectives on racial and ethnic prejudice and discrimination will be examined along with diverse patterns of interracial and interethnic contact, which develop in different societies.

3310 Sociology of Gender

From a social constructionist view of gender, this course examines the ways in which masculinity and femininity are constructed in Western society as well as the different forms it takes around the world.

3311 Medical Sociology

Study of the social and demographic influences on health and diseases, social epidemiology, health care professions, alternative medicine, US health care system and crises, and health care systems in other societies.

3315 Single Women in the U.S.

This course will explore single women population in the US from historical and cultural perspectives.  How have changes in the culture of love, romance, and in the institution of marriage affected single women will be discussed.

3326 Social Psychology and Social Life

The objective of this course is to provide theory and research to the student to examine human interaction within social relationships at the advanced level.  Topics include socialization, attitudes, identity, communication, group dynamics, altruism, aggression and interpersonal attraction.

3330 Urban Sociology

Study of the city growth and urbanization in the Unite States and the world, the urban ecological structure and process, urban sprawl, education, crime, transportation, and various urban problems.

3340 Sociology of Sexuality

Investigates sociological explanations of human sexuality using a gender constructionist framework.  Trends in sexual attitudes will be explored, along with issues of sexual expression/desire, gender socialization, sexual aggression and sexual diversity.

3350 Human Sexuality

Investigates sociological explanations of human sexuality using a gender constructionist framework. Trends in sexual attitudes will be explored, along with issues of sexual expression/desire, gender socialization, sexual aggression and sexual diversity.

3355 Sociology of Culture

This course will discuss a wide range of topics this semester from theoretical questions of what is culture to examinations of postmodern culture to specific examples such as tabloid talk shows’ discussions of sex.

3365 Social Stratification

Theory and research that examines historical and current patterns of social inequality, class, differentiation and mobility.  Power, status and socioeconomic variations among groups and populations are explored

3375 Deviance Behavior

The objective of this course is to enable the student to examine deviance with a broader perspective and understanding. Theories of deviance, types of deviance, and the inequality inherent in the imposition of the deviant label are introduced.

3380 Criminology

Nature and significance of criminality.  Significant social factors on criminal statistics, perceptions, and public knowledge of crime are examined.  Etiology of illegal behavior, trends in social reactions to crime and criminals, evolution of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of criminal behavior are introduced.

3390 Juvenile Delinquency

An overview of the criminological theories regarding juvenile offending and the juvenile justice system.  Attention is given to the history, development, and roles of theoretical positions and practices in the areas of juvenile delinquency. 

4300 Seminar in Sociology

Focus on a selected topic of contemporary concerns and significance in sociology. The course may be repeated for credit no more than three times when the topic varies.

4301 Directed Studies in Sociology

Individual study with an instructor in an area of mutual interest. This course may be repeated for credit when topic varies.

4310 Population Problems

Introduction to demographic theories, concepts, and issues of population study, with emphasis on trends, compositions, and implications of social problems.

4320 Sociology of Education

Multicultural influences on the school system and the democratic society will be examined in this course.  The course will use sociological analysis to address the major problems in schools and education today.

4325 Aging Population and Health

This course provides a demographic study of the human aging experience and the older population from a global and cross-cultural context. The course recognizes aging studies as providing a multidisciplinary perspective in the study of biological, psychological and social changes that occur during the life cycle. Special attention is given to the global demography of aging populations.

4330 Comparative Family Studies

This course explores various sociological perspectives to integrate material on race-ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation on contemporary diverse families.  This course will focus on the family issue from comparative point of view.  Historical and cross-cultural study will be explored to understand the impact on family across culture and time.

4335 Global Health Disparity

This course provides different perspective on global health and stratification.  Various issues on health, human right, global public health, and environment influence will be covered in the course. 

4340 Change and Social Movements

This course examines the role of social movements as important vehicles of societal change. It explores how and why ordinary people erupt into the streets and try to exert power in confrontations with elites, authorities or opponents, as well as the impact these confrontations have on the public, the media and the state. The course includes historical and cross-cultural research on social movement activism, mobilization, and change.

4342 Epidemiology and Global Health

This course will Focuses on a selected topic of contemporary concern and significance in social epidemiology and global health.   Topics on social determinants, global inequality, working conditions, and environment of health in a global setting are covered.

4345 Terrorism and Political Violence

An examination of selected aspects and dynamics of terrorism and political violence. Identify social, cultural, historical, and technological factors that escalate conflict and fuel terrorism.

4350 Sociology of Religion

Using the conceptual tools of sociology, we examine religious beliefs, practices, symbols, and rites, as well as the formation of religious movements, sects, and institutionalization. The course will also address how religion intersects with social class, gender, race and ethnicity.  The material incorporates cross-cultural and historical studies.

4365 Chinese Society

The goal of this course incorporates both in classroom and field trips to introduce China, its history, political system, culture, economic development and current state of contemporary Chinese society.

4380* Research Methods

Philosophy and methods of social research, including research design, methods of data collection, data analysis and uses of other sources of social data. Qualitative and quantitative techniques of inference, analysis, and research writing.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301, PSYC 2317 (or MATH1342).

4385* Data Analysis

Basic concepts and statistical techniques for applied social research. Introduction to use of SPSS statistical software to data entry and statistical analysis, including correlation, bivariate analysis, and multivariate analysis.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301, PSYC 2471 (or MATH1342).

4390* Social Theory

Development of social theory from the perspectives of early thinkers, such as Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, to contemporary schools of functionalism, conflict, interactionalism, feminism, exchange, and postmodern theory.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1301, and 6 credit hours of sociology courses or other equivalent social science courses.

* These courses (1301, 4380, 4385, 4390) are required for sociology and minor students.