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Course Clusters


The Sociology department has organized some of its common course offerings in “clusters” reflecting substantive themes or emphases, designed to guide undergraduate students interested in a particular topic.  Two of these clusters (Crime, Law and Power and Global Economy, Organizations and Work) are also official concentrations.  The other clusters do not appear on transcripts; instead they are merely informal groupings to help students see which courses are related.  Courses can be listed in multiple clusters. While the courses below are taught by current faculty, with some predictably taught every semester or year, there is no guarantee that a given course will be offered in a particular semester or year.  Undergraduates may contact faculty to ask if a particular course might be on the horizon.   We hope this helps your planning!

Crime, Law and Power:

Soc 2210: Drugs & Society         

Soc 2055: Law and Society 

Soc 2220: Social Problems          

Soc 2230: Criminology

Soc 2380: Violence & Gender 

Soc 4230: Deviance & Social Control 

Soc 4260: Race Crime & Punishment 

Soc 4660: Sociology of Power & Authority 

Soc 4055: Law, Inequality and Social Change 

Culture, Art and Media:

Soc 2559: Sociology of Culture

Soc 3056: Culture and Power

Soc 3490: Cities and Cultures

Soc 3559: Sociology of American Film

Soc 4070: Sociology of Art

Family, Intimacy and the Self:

Soc 2052: Sociology of the Family

Soc 3310: Sociology of the Self

Soc 4057: Family Policy

Soc 4058: Unequal Families

Global Economy, Organizations and Work: 

Soc 2900: Economy and Society 

Soc 3559: Sociology of Innovation 

Soc 3440: Chinese Society 

Soc 3470: Sociology of Development 

Soc 3480: Sociology of Globalization 

Soc 3710: Organizations 

Soc 4140: Sociology of Consumption 

Soc 4190: Gender and Work 

Soc 4290: Sociology of Money 

Soc 4480: Sociology of Professions 

Soc 4510: Topics in Sociology of Work: The Ethics of Insecurity

Globalization and Development:  

Soc 2630: Environmental Sociology 

Soc 3440: Chinese Society 

Soc 3470: Sociology of Development 

Soc 3480: Sociology of Globalization  

Soc 4350: Comparative Gender Stratification

Health, Wellness and Emotions:  

Soc 2559: Drugs and Society 

Soc 3180: Sociology of Emotions  

Soc 3700: Health and Society 

Soc 4280: Sociology of Mental Health & Illness

Politics, Memory and Social Change: 

Soc 3640: Human Society in History 

Soc 3820: Social Movements 

Soc 4054: Political Sociology 

Soc 4740: Trauma, Atrocity & Responsibility

Religion, Morality and Knowledge: 

Soc 3059: Sociology of Science & Knowledge 

Soc 3090: Philosophical Foundations of Social Theory 

Soc 4052: Sociology of Religious Behavior 

Soc 4410: Sociological Phenomenology 

Soc 4690 Scientists & Intellectuals in Society 

Soc 4860: Sociology of Religion

Social Inequalities: 

Soc 2220: Social Problems 

Soc 2230: Criminology 

Soc 2320: Gender and Society  

Soc 2442: Systems of Inequality 

Soc 2595: Immigration & Society 

Soc 3290: Sociology of Childhood  

Soc 3410: Race and Ethnic Relations 

Soc 4053: Sociology of Education 

Soc 4100: Sociology of the African-American Community 

Soc 4190: Gender and Work 

Soc 4230: Deviance and Social Control 

Soc 4350: Comparative Gender Stratification 

Soc 4559: Race, Crime and Punishment 

Soc 4640: Urban Sociology 

Soc 4750: Racism