Sociology Courses

Courses in sociology (designated SOCY) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the behavioral and social sciences
  • a major in social science
  • a minor in sociology, diversity awareness, or women's studies
  • electives

Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits, SOCY 100)

An introduction to the basic concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods in sociology. The objective is to apply sociological imagination, perspectives, and research to uncover patterns of social behavior. Topics include culture, socialization, groups, deviance, stratification, institutions, and social change. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 102 or SOCY 100.

American Society (3 Credits, SOCY 300)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An intermediate-level survey of the structure and organization of American society, with special reference to recent social changes. The aim is to describe trends and patterns of social change in American society; compare American and global perspectives of American social values; and apply sociological theories to examine the character, structure, values, and ideology of contemporary American social thought. Topics include individualism; community commitment; and attitudes regarding work, leisure, and recreation in American society.

The Sociology of Gender (3 Credits, SOCY 325)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An inquiry into how gender is socially constructed and reconstructed in contemporary society. The aim is to assess the interaction between gender and other social identities.

Contemporary Social Problems (3 Credits, SOCY 350)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of various personal, institutional, cultural, historical, and global problems that confront American society today. Problems examined range from crime, domestic violence, and alienation in modern society to the environment and political conflict. Emphasis is on issues of technology and social change. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOCY 105, SOCY 210, or SOCY 350.

Race and Ethnicity: A Global Perspective (3 Credits, SOCY 423)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An analysis of race, ethnicity, and human relations in global society. The goal is to analyze, communicate, and project future trends in racial and ethnic relations in the United States and abroad. Discussion covers factors such as inequality, prejudice, discrimination, power, and privilege that affect race and ethnic relations. Topics include theories of race relations; the historical emergence, demographic projections, development, and institutionalization of racism; effects of racism; conflicts that are racially and ethnically based; and contemporary issues.

Sociology of Religion (3 Credits, SOCY 426)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. Recommended: BEHS 220 or HUMN 350. An advanced examination of religion from a sociological perspective. The aim is to evaluate the influence of social location on religious beliefs and attitudes; examine relationships between church and state; and analyze current religious conflicts and controversies. Topics include fundamentalism versus extremism; modernity; religious conflicts; and the relationship of religion with race, class, gender, sexuality, and politics.

Sociology of the Family (3 Credits, SOCY 443)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of the family in society. The aim is apply major sociological theories to understand family as a social institution; describe the changing definitions of family; examine demographic changes in marriage and family patterns; contrast micro- and macro-level interactions among individuals, families, and society; and evaluate the influence of media and technology on the perception and cohesion of the modern family. Topics include family research, single parenting, blended families, cultural differences in families, families over the life course, and governmental policies regarding families.

Women in the Military (3 Credits, SOCY 462)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of women in the military from a sociological perspective. The objective is to understand gender, power, and the changing roles of women in the military; assess how policies affect women in the military; examine military, community, and family support systems for military women; and compare the roles and duties of women in the U.S. Armed Forces in war and peacetime with those of military women in other countries. Topics include the social construction of gender and sexuality of the armed forces; the history of women in the military; violence against women in the military; rank, status, and advancement of women in the military; and postmilitary transitions and career options for women.

Military Sociology (3 Credits, SOCY 464)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100. An advanced examination of the U.S. military from a sociological perspective. The aim is to differentiate the roles of officer and enlisted corps; analyze health, morale, and welfare issues in today's armed forces; evaluate the legal and political components of military/civil relations; and assess the changing impact of the U.S. military nationally and globally. Topics include military structure, military doctrine, ethics, justice, sustainability, and the future of the U.S. military. Discussion analyzes current military events from a sociological perspective.