Spring 2022 Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions

SOC 5020 – Introduction to Statistics (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 5080 – Comparative Historical Sociology (3)

Reed, enrl 12, M 3:30pm – 5:00 pm

This course will focus not so much on methodological as on substantive issues of macro sociological inquiry.  Although issues of method – or the relations between history and sociology, and of the uses of history in sociological analysis – will inevitably arise, they will be considered within the context of the discussion of particular topics where history and sociology most naturally meet.  The topics are selected for their intrinsic interest as much as for their usefulness in revealing the interplay of history and sociology.  Among the topics covered will be: the state, power, revolution, nationalism and class formation.

SOC 8031 – Sociology ProSeminar (3)

Bair, enrl. 12, T 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 8040 – Sociological Issues (1)

Bair, enrl. 25, R 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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

SOC 8410 – Race and Ethnicity (3)

Parham, enrl. 12, T 2:00pm – 4:30pm

This course provides a graduate level introduction to the field of Race and Ethnicity.  As such, it attempts to cover a broad spectrum of topics, focusing on the theoretical and consequential aspects of conceptions of race and ethnicity.  Of necessity, the course also has a historical focus, since modern-day debates over race are strongly conditioned by the past.  Moreover, to really understand issues of race and ethnicity, we must take a cross-cultural perspective, since these debates have often been skewed by a focus on the wrenching problems produced by racial/ethnic conflict in the United States.  By adopting these perspectives, the course seeks to provide insight into the complexities that surround issues of race and ethnicity.

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.