Students must select 9 credits in any sociology (SOCL) courses at the 3000/4000 level.
SOCL 3000 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3 credits)
Introduction to qualitative research designs commonly used in the social sciences. Discussion of data collection methods such as participant observation and interviewing, focus groups, case studies and ethnographies. Prerequisites: SOCL 1020 or ANTH 1020
SOCL 3100 - Sociology of Religion (3 credits)
The class will explore religion from a sociological perspective. We will use theory to examine churches, cults, and sects across the globe. In addition, the class will explore the concepts of tradition, belief, ritual, spirituality, and fundamentalism. The class will also look at how religion interacts with other sectors of society such as politics, economics, and social movements. Prerequisites: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H and SOCL 1020 or ANTH 1020.
SOCL 3150 - Social Movements (3 credits)
This course examines how and why people attempt to bring about social change as well as forces that oppose social change. Various theoretical viewpoints will be used for analysis. Concentration is on twentieth and twenty-first century social movements from case study perspectives. Prerequisite: SOCL 1020.
SOCL 3250 - Social Theory (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the historical development of sociological theory with special reference to its European origins. It will also provide a comparative study and critique of various theoretical accounts on the rise and of the transformations of modern society in the 19th and 20th centuries. Selected topics include the individual, society, and polity; economy, class, and status; organization and ideology; religion and society; moral and instrumental action. Prerequisite: SOCL 1020.
SOCL 3350 - Gender, Society, and Culture (3 credits)
This course examines women and men in the context of society and culture to ascertain what gender means and how gender plays a role in everyday lives and social institutions. Gender will be examined in regard to various areas including: relationships, work, economy, education, media, justice, deviance, politics, religion, and health. Prerequisite: SOCL 1020 or ANTH 1020.
SOCL 3600 - Environmental Sociology (3 credits)
This course examines the relationships between societies and the physical environment in the U.S. and at the global level as well as the ways in which environmental problems are also social problems. It will explore materialism, technology, development, population, and environmental activism and attitudes including the pivotal role that social inequality plays in relation to environmental problems. Prerequisites: SOCL 1020 or ENVS 1100 or ENVS 1200.
SOCL 3800 - Family Life Cycle (3 credits)
A study of family functioning over the life span of the family. Various issues such as culture, class, race, and gender will be covered and how these impact family functioning. Emphasizes marriage, divorce, remarriage, death, and other major determinants of family operation. Prerequisite: SOCL 2130.
SOCL 4010 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Cultures (3 credits)
This course examines topics in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultures from theoretical, historical and political perspectives. Topics might include an examination of the essentialist versus constructionist debates and their respective implications, sex policing, political resistance, and the politics of AIDS. Prerequisite: SOCL 1020.
SOCL 4880 - Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Students will analyze and integrate information from a variety of sub-disciplines within sociology. Topics may include, but are not limited to, sociological perspectives on race/ethnicity, gender, environment, religion, medicine, deviance, sexuality, and family. Each seminar will have a focal theme that will require students to develop and use their sociological imagination, as well as apply knowledge from prior courses and experiences. This course is presented as a capstone experience, therefore students with advanced standing within the sociology major will benefit the most from the seminar. Prerequisites: SOCL 3000 or SOCL 3200.
SOCL 4950 - Internship in Sociology (3 credits)
A 10-20 hour per week, paying or nonpaying work experience for 16 weeks (or more) in the student's major area of study. Consult academic division for specific details and requirements. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 36 or more credit hours, and permission of academic director.