Major: A minimum of nine course credits, including eight in Sociology, which include SOC 101, 387, 398; a minimum of two courses in one of the three subfields, and a minimum of one course in each of the other subfields; and one statistics course (STA 201 or 347-348). The three subfields are: Hierarchy and Inequality (SOC 248, 315, 343, 348, 366, 376); Social Institutions and Social Control (SOC 255, 273, 314, 370); Identity and Culture (SOC 316, 317, 365, 367, 368). Selected topics may also fulfill subfield requirements. See Topics Courses.
Students planning to attend graduate school are encouraged to include an individual research project (SOC 290/390 or 485) in their major. Students planning careers in human services are encouraged to include an internship (SOC 280/380) in their major. One course credit in individualized research (SOC 290/390 or 485) or one course credit in internship (SOC 280/380) may count toward the major. Not more than two 200-level courses may be counted toward the minimum eight course Sociology requirement.
Note: Students may not combine a major in Sociology with the joint major in Sociology and Anthropology.
Teaching Major: Same as above. In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
Second Teaching Area in Sociology: The following program in conjunction with a teaching major in Anthropology (individualized major), Economics and Business, History, Politics, or Psychology will enable the student to apply for certification to teach both the major subject and Sociology: four course credits in Sociology approved by the chair of the Department.
Minor: A minimum of six course credits in Sociology which include SOC 101, 387, 398, and one course selected from each of the three subfields (Hierarchy and Inequality; Social Institutions and Social Control; and Identity and Culture). SOC 280/380, 290/390, and 485 may not be counted toward the minor. Note: The Sociology minor is not available to students with a Sociology and Anthropology major.
101. Sociological Perspectives: Structure, Diversity, and Interaction
Analyzing social life in order to understand the relationship between ourselves and the world around us. Consideration of the major areas of sociological investigation; socialization and culture, social institutions, race, gender, and class stratification, and social change. Emphasis on the United States and industrial societies. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. (Social Science)
248. Contemporary Native Americans
Distinctive aspects of Native American tribes and analysis of the ways in which contemporary tribal cultures are influenced by their unique relationship with the federal government. An analysis of treaty rights, the nature of tribal self-determination, and the goals of current tribal activism. Topics covered include tribal efforts to control reservation development, to protect sacred environments, and to preserve tribal cultures. Alternate years. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or EST 123. (Social Science) OLSON [Hierarchy]
255. Media and the Public Mind
An examination of the underlying organization of the broadcast, print, and electronic media and their role in shaping perceptions, ideologies, and behavior. Special emphasis given to the news, advertising, media representations, and the political economy of the media. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (Social Science) BARNES-BRUS [Institutions]
273. Families in Social Context
Focuses on the family as an ideology and an institution, including an examination of the archetype of the traditional family, and the salience and continued impact of these family norms and ideals. Investigates current debates on "The Family" from a sociological perspective, with an emphasis on the complex and diverse family experiences and patterns in the contemporary United States. Special emphasis is given to the meanings, relationships, and institutions of the family, the role of the family in our private and public lives, and the ways that the larger social and cultural contexts impact family life. Registration, when the course is taught off campus, entails additional costs. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) DAVIS [Institutions]
Explores different types of communities in the U.S. and contemplates the influence of politics, economics, and culture within them. Analyzes Americans' understanding of a "sense of community", explores concerns over declining community involvement, efforts at community development, and the role of community for individuals, the nation, and the world in which we live. Registration, when the course is taught off campus, entails additional costs. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) BARNES-BRUS [Institutions]
315. Wealth, Power, and Inequality
Emphasizes the importance of socio-economic class by exploring the meaning and measurement of social class, how social classes are formed, and how they change. Explores issues of social mobility, investigates the relationship between various forms of inequality (i.e., social class, race-ethnicity, gender, sexuality) and contemplates the role of culture and social institutions, (e.g., work, the health care system, schools, families, the political systems, etc.) in perpetuating, legitimizing, and sometimes challenging social inequality. Prerequisite: SOC 101. (Social Science) BARNES-BRUS [Hierarchy]
316. Cultural Sociology
Theoretical and sociological investigation of the concept of "culture." Explores the connections between culture, structure, and society as a whole; specifically addresses the ways that symbols, language, and other forms of knowledge work to create meanings, constitute power, and form the basis for understanding social life including relationships, politics, sexuality, and work. Considers the creation and reception of culture; the relationship between culture and inequality; issues of domination and resistance, and the connections between culture and social/historical change. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Recommended prerequisite: one additional sociology course. Alternate years. (Social Science) BARNES-BRUS [Identity]
317. Reproductive Practices, Reproductive Policies
This course emphasizes the social construction of female reproductive processes and how culture and institutions shape our understandings and expectations of such processes. This course introduces topics pertaining to a variety of reproductive practices, experiences and ideologies and explores issues from social reproduction and birth control to menstruation and the construction of fetal personhood. We will discuss ideas about womanhood, motherhood, fatherhood, sexuality, eugenics, and reproductive freedom, as well as uncover the historical role and effect of the state, medical institutions, and women themselves as they struggle over, and shape such issues. The focus will be on the U.S., but we may also look at cases from other countries in order to examine our assumptions about reproductive practices and strategies. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) BARNES-BRUS [Identity]
343. Women: Oppressions and Resistances
Consideration of gender inequality as lived reality and locus of struggle. Topics include: cross-cultural analysis of sexual/racial violence, including violence in war; slavery and domestic service; women's resistances in civil rights, indigenous, development and human rights struggles. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) OLSON [Hierarchy]
348. Race and Ethnic Relations
Various theoretical perspectives on race and ethnic relations, focusing on the United States. Topics include assimilation, ethnic conflict and U.S. immigration policy, the history of the civil rights, treaty rights and migrant farm worker struggles, the social construction of race, and signs of change in contemporary race and ethnic relations. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or EST 123. (Social Science) OLSON [Hierarchy]
Investigates sexuality as a social phenomenon, focusing on the "social construction of sexuality" or the myriad ways that individuals and societies regulate and attach meaning to emotions, desires, interactions, and relations. Examines the social organization of sexuality, social control over sexual behavior, and the historical and cultural diversity of sexual attitudes, behaviors, identities and signifiers. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) DAVIS [Identity]
366. Gender and Social Institutions
Examines gender as a social category-created and recreated through people's social practices and ideas and shaped by economic, political, and social processes. Explores a number of theoretical perspectives and looks at how the social world shapes our knowledge, interpretation, and performance of gender. Special emphasis on how social interactions and institutions may reproduce gender difference and gender inequality, and at times, challenge contemporary gender roles, norms, and stereotypes. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) DAVIS [Hierarchy]
367. Self and Identity
Examines the construction, negotiation, and representation of the self and social identities. Explores differing theoretical approaches to understanding identity, considers the tensions and conflicts of identification, and investigates the relations between social identities, groups, cultures, and institutions. Identities, cultures, and social movements developed around sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, disability and other social statuses are examined. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Recommended prerequisite: one additional course in Sociology beyond 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) DAVIS [Identity]
368. Sociology of the Body
This course examines social, cultural and political perspectives on the body, with a focus on body modifications. We will consider material and symbolic aspects of the body; body modifications as social practices; social regulation of bodies, the negotiation of the self within various social conditions, contexts, and ideologies; and the relationship of bodies to gender, class, race/ethnicity, and nationalism. Special emphasis given to the construction of ‘normal’ bodies (linked to medicine, technology, consumption, and other institutions) as well as the construction of ‘deviant’ or ‘transgressive’ bodies. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) DAVIS [Identity]
370. Religion, Spirituality, and Community
Examines the religious experience; the provision of meaning and belonging; religious commitment and conversion; official and nonofficial religion; the dynamics of religious collectivities; religion, cohesion, and conflict; religion and social inequality; and religious movements and social change. Topics include women's spirituality and modern witchcraft communities, Native Americans and the sacred earth, and civil rights and faith-based social change. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) OLSON [Institutions]
376. Civil Rights and Western Racism
Examination of the modern Civil Rights Movement through text and film. Consideration of the development of the movement through social protest and legal action, goals of the movement from integration to Black Power, and factors involved in emergence of the movement including the development of a Western racial worldview and the emergence of anti-colonial movements worldwide. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Alternate years. (Social Science) OLSON [Hierarchy]
387. Research Design and Data Analysis
Focus on the logic and procedure of sociological research. Explores the epistemological and methodological principles that form the basis of social research, including developing research questions, forming measurable concepts, determining appropriate research strategies, confronting ethical dilemmas, collecting and analyzing data, and revising theories in light of empirical data. Exploration and evaluation of various research methodologies as well as the development of an independent research project. Prerequisites: two courses in Sociology, including SOC 101, and one statistics course (STA 201 or 347-348). (Social Science) BARNES-BRUS or DAVIS
398. Sociological Theory
Classical theories of social structure and social change, focused on the works of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Prerequisites: SOC 101 and one 300-level Sociology course. (Social Science) OLSON
485. Readings/Research in Sociology (1/2-1)
Student-designed individual research in selected areas. May be repeated for credit; however, no more than one term of 485 may be counted toward the Sociology major or the Sociology and Anthropology major. Prerequisites: two courses in Sociology, including SOC 101. (OP)
487. Advanced Research and Writing in Sociology and Anthropology
Course explores current theoretical and methodological issues in the field of sociology, and in the interdisciplinary field of sociology and anthropology through the production of student-designed individual research. Students will develop advanced research and writing skills through the completion of an independent research project. The project requires the integration of theory and research/practice through a qualitative or quantitative research report, policy white paper, grant application, internship analysis, and/or some other form of advanced sociological and/or anthropological writing. Prerequisite: senior standing with a declared Sociology major or Sociology and Anthropology Interdisciplinary major. (Social Science)