Fall 2020 Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions

Courses at the 5000-level are open to advanced undergraduates. All such courses have a prerequisite of six credits of sociology or permission of the Instructor; some have additional prerequisites as noted.

SOC 5020 – Introduction to Statistics (Grad) (3)

Slez, enrl 12, W 9:30am-12:00pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates.  Lab required.

SOC 5020 will serve as an introduction to multivariate regression, with an emphasis on applications in the field of sociology. Along the way we will review basic concepts related to probability and inference. More specifically, this course will cover ANOVA, t tests, OLS regression, and logistic regression. In sum, the course is designed to teach graduate students in sociology how to use basic statistics to address concrete sociological problems.

SOC 5030 – Classical Sociological Theory (3) (History of Sociology)

Kumar, enrl 12, R 9:30-12:00pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates

Seminar focusing on the writing of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and other social theories.  Open to students in related disciplines.

SOC 5320 – Sociology of Gender (3)

Pugh, enrl 12, M 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course will explore the social construction and consequences of gender, covering such topics as work, care, sexuality, identity, politics and inequality.  Readings will include the classics as well as newer works in the field. 

SOC 5140 – Qualitative Methods (3)

Greenland, enrl 12, R 12:30pm - 3:00pm

This course is designed as an introductory overview of qualitative research methods.  The course begins with a review of the logic of social enquiry and the basis for claiming sociological knowledge.  We then consider a variety of analytic and interpretive approaches to sociological research.  The methods covered include interviewing, grounded theory, content analysis, field methods/ethnography, and historical and comparative sociology using documentary/archival materials.  We will be reading theoretical, didactic and exemplary materials.

SOC 7980 – Graduate Research Workshop (3)

Greenland, enrl 12, T 1:00pm – 3:30pm

This class is designed to help graduate students write professional, sociological articles.  Students will come in with (at a minimum) a solid literature review plus data collected and analyzed, and leave with a submission-ready manuscript.  We will discuss each article section, present and critique work, consider audience, sharpen arguments and improve writing.  Required of 3rd year students; open to others later in the program.

SOC 8030 – Sociological Issues (1)

Bair, enrl. 25, R 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Contemporary issues affecting sociology as a science, as an academic discipline, and as a profession.  Frequent guest lectures.

SOC 8031 – Sociology ProSeminar (3)

Bair, enrl. 12, M 9:30am - 12:00pm

The ProSeminar provides an introduction for first year graduate students to the discipline and profession of Sociology, as well as to the Sociology Department.

SOC 8054 – Political Sociology (3)

Wang, enrl. 12, T 9:30am – 12:00pm

Explores the relationships between social structure and political institutions.  Competing theories about such topics as power structures, political participation, ideology, party affiliation, voting behavior, and social movements are discussed in the context of recent research on national and local politics in the United States.

SOC 8998 – Non-Topical Research, Preparation for MA Research (1-12)

For Master’s research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

SOC 8999 – Non-Topical Research (1-12)

For Master’s thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director

SOC 9998 – Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research (1-12)

For Doctoral Research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

SOC 9999 – Non-Topical Research (After Ph.D. Proposal) (1-12)

For Doctoral Research, taken after a dissertation director has been selected.