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Tori Barnes-Brus (chair), Erin Davis, Mary Olson, Misha Quill

Sociology (SOC)

Major: A minimum of eleven course credits. Ten in Sociology, which include SOC 101 or SOC
102, 483, 484, 487; and a minimum of three 300-level courses; and one statistics course (STA
201 or 347-348). One course credit in individualized research (SOC 290/390 or 485) and one
course credit in internship (SOC 280/380) may count toward the major.

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.

Note: Students may not combine a major in Sociology with the joint major in Sociology and

Teaching Certification: Students who are interested in pursuing K-12 certification to teach
social studies should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the Education
department section for application and certification information (pages 109-111).

Minor: A minimum of six course credits in Sociology which include SOC 101 or SOC 102, 483,
484, and a minimum of two 300-level courses. 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 Thinking
Do you wonder why people do the things they do? Why society works as it does? Ever think the
world is “unfair”? Sociologists study people in the world, looking at patterns, at differences, at
inequalities. Thinking sociologically is like “entering a new and unfamiliar society--one in which
things are no longer what they seem.” It creates “culture shock without geographical
displacement.” This course requires us to look at society with a new perspective, to question our
taken-for-granted assumptions, to investigate people's actions, and to explore the organization
of society. It provides a basis for being engaged citizens, thinking about social alternatives, and
imagining possibilities for social justice. Credit may be given for either 101 or 102, but not for
both. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. (Social Science)

102. Topics in Sociological Thinking
The course is a version of Sociological Thinking (SOC 101) with a more specific topic focus. See
Topics Courses for current topics and descriptions. Credit may be given for either 101 or 102, but
not for both. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. (Social Science)

246. Gender Diversity
This course will focus on diverse gender identities, bodies, and social presentations. Social
practices and pressures of gender will be examined in order to gain insight into the larger
contemporary social meanings of gender. We will explore how individuals interpret and present
their gender identities, the constraints on such interpretations and presentations, and the larger
social implications of gender diversity and gender regulation on cultural ideals. Alternate years.
This course may count toward the SOC, SAN, or GSS major. Prerequisites: SOC 101,SOC 102 or
GSS 171. (Social Science)

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