Sociology Courses and Minors

Date

05/20/19

If you are interested in the Criminology, Law and Society Minor, it is quite popular and many courses are full for the fall.  We added an online second 8-week session of SOC 275.  Freshmen interested in the minor may want to consider SOC 163: Social Problems.  It is one of the introductory options for the minor and still has openings.

SOC 163 Social Problems credit: 3 Hours. CRN#67451

A study of social problems in the United States necessarily entails a discussion of global issues. To that end, this course will examine many contemporary social issues such as crime, war and terrorism, the environment, inequality, poverty, discrimination, the economic recession, and others, through a global framework. Many of the topics we will cover could motivate an entire semester's study in their own right; indeed, some scholars devote their entire careers to but one of these topics. However, this breadth allows us to think broadly about the issues that are identified as social problems and the ways in which individuals and groups attempt to resolve those problems; both processes are revealing about the time and society in which we live. One of the main objectives of this class is to learn about how sociologists examine social problems through analysis and research. Alongside that process, you will improve your critical thinking skills and become a better/more informed consumer of information.

Criminology, Law, and Society Minor

Please see the Criminology, Law, and Society Minor Worksheet if you are interested.  The minor may be declared at any time.  The link to the minor is included: .  While courses offerings are limited this fall due to faculty on leave we will be offering a larger selection during Spring of 2020 including SOC 101, 275, 310, 373, 375, and 378.

The following SOC courses meet General Education requirements and still have spaces available (SOC 366 may be of interest to transfer students coming in with a higher level of credit hours and looking to fill Social Science, Cultural Studies – Western, and LAS advanced hour requirements).

SOC 160 Global Ineq and Social Change credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces sociological concepts of poverty, inequality, and social change within a global context. Themes explored include basic food security, poverty and hunger; population and resource distribution; foreign aid and development institutions; and social policies and movements for change. Course approach is historical and transnational, and typically includes case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

SOC 162 Intro to Intl Health Policy credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces students to international health policy. Students will learn about data sources, basic analytical techniques, and theoretical frameworks for understanding international health policy. From a sociological perspective, students will explore why health issues are essential components to discussion of globalization, immigration, and migration. Students also will learn how health policy and foreign policy decisions in the developed world influence health policy and health care delivery in the developing world.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci
Cultural Studies - Western

SOC 270 Global Demography credit: 3 Hours.

Critically examines the meaning and measurement of demographic change across time, levels of socio-economic development, national boundaries, and socio-cultural groups. Discussions focus on theories, trends, and measurement of mortality, fertility, migration and the relationship of these core demographic issues to macro and micro level trends in stress, inequality, infrastructure, and global warming. Same as RSOC 270.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

SOC 280 Intro to Social Statistics credit: 4 Hours.

First course in social statistics for students without mathematics beyond the high school level; topics include the role of statistics in social science inquiry, measures of central tendency and dispersion, simple correlation techniques, contingency analysis, and introduction to statistical inference; includes the statistical analysis of social science data using personal computers. Same as GEOG 280. Credit is not given for SOC 280 if credit for a college level introductory statistics course has been earned. 
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Quantitative Reasoning I

SOC 366 Postsocialism Eastern Europe credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the sociological realities of state socialism and postsocialism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Prerequisite: One of the following: SOC 100SOC 101SOC 163HIST 142PS 100, or any REES course.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci
Cultural Studies - Western