Undergraduate Courses


SOC 1010 - Introductory Sociology (3) Session III
Krieger, enrl 25, July 18 - August 11, MTWRF 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

SOC 2220 – Social Problems (3) Session I
Platts, enrl 25, May 23 – June 18, MTWRF 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm

SOC 2320 – Gender and Society (3) Session I
Zeno, enrl 25, May 23 – June 18, MTWRF 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm

SOC 3120 - Sociology Research Workshop (3) Session I
Nicholls, enrl 25, May 23 – June 18, MTWRF 10:30 am - 12:45

SOC 3130 - Introduction to Social Statistics (3) Session III
Babineau, enrl 25, July 18 – August 11, MTWRF 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

SOC 4530 – Topics in Sociology of Health (3) Session III
Skubby, enrl 25, July 18 – August 11,  MTWRF 10:30 am – 12:45 pm

Fall 2022 Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions

SOC 1010 – Introductory Sociology (3)

Foster, enrl 300, MW 12:00pm - 12:50am

The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology with special attention to sociological theory and research methods. Survey of the diverse substantive fields in the discipline with a primary emphasis on the institutions in contemporary American society.

Discussion Required.

SOC 2052 – Sociology of the Family (3)

Wilcox, enrl 180, MW 9:00am - 9:50am

Comparison of family organizations in relation to other social institutions in various societies; an introduction to the theory of kinship and marriage systems.

Discussion Required.

SOC 2220 – Social Problems (3)

TBA, enrl 35, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

An analysis of the causes and consequences of current social problems in the United States: Race and Ethnic relations, poverty, crime and delinquency, the environment, drugs, and problems of educational institutions.

SOC 2230 - Criminology (3)

Buckelew, enrl 240, TR 11:00am – 11:50am

Socio-cultural conditions affecting the definition, recording, and treatment of delinquency and crime.  Examination of Theories of deviant behavior, the role of the police, judicial and corrective systems and the victim in criminal behavior.

Discussion Required.

SOC 2280 – Medical Sociology (3)

Aviles, enrl 60, MW 1:00pm - 1:50pm

This course examines how the medical system is shaped by cultural and societal forces, analyzing unique dimensons of medicine from varying perspectives prominent in the discipline of Sociology. Topics will focus upon the interaction of social categories (e.g., socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality) upon the distribution of diseases, experiences of illness, and relationships between patients and medical professionals.

Discussion Required.

SOC 2320 – Gender & Society (3)

TBA, enrl 35, TR 5:00pm – 6:15pm

This course emphasizes gender in the United States in today’s world. We begin with how gender role socialization, education, language and the media teach us our places as female and male. Then we go on to examine how the genders fare in the major social institutions of our society: the family, the economic sector, the polity, the military, the criminal justice sector, the religious sphere and the health/sports sector. We examine how we got to where we are and how we compare with other women and men in other ages and other places. We conclude by assessing where the genders are heading in the 21st Century.

SOC 2442 – Systems of Inequality (3)

TBA, enrl 35, MW 4:00pm – 5:15pm

This course will examine various types of inequality (race, class, gender) in the US and abroad. We will discuss sociological theories covering various dimensions of inequality, considering key research findings and their implications. We will examine to what extent ascriptive characteristics impact a person's life chances, how social structures are produced and reproduced, and how individuals are able or unable to negotiate these structures.

SOC 2559 – New Course in Sociology – Topic: Sociology of Ignorance (3)

Mullins, enrl 35, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

People often mistake ignorance as the mere lack of knowledge or that which we do not yet know.  They fail to consider that ignorance exists in a variety of different forms, or that ignorance is often produced and maintained through sets of practices—whether intentional or not.  This course investigates both ignorance and the consequences that particular forms of ignorance have upon our society.

SOC 2595 - Immigration and Society (3)

Vickerman, enrl 60, MW 3:00pm – 3:50pm

Immigration is a deceptively simple process, involving, at the simplest level, merely the movement of people across international borders.  But why they move, how they move, and how the process is sustained over time are difficult questions to answer. This course examines these key questions and others from a global and historical perspective, with the goal of deepening our understanding of theoretical and policy issues related to immigration.

Discussion Required.

SOC 2680 - Introduction to Demography (3)

Sullivan, enrl 25, MWF 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Demography is the scientific study of human populations. We will emphasize fertility, mortality, and migration, and the social and economic factors that affect them.

SOC 2900 – Economy and Society (3)

Wang, enrl 35, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Markets, firms, and money are part of everyday experience. Economists insist that they should work similarly independently of their social context. The central idea of economic sociology is that economic institutions are 'embedded' in social relations.  We will study what embeddeness means, and what it implies. We look at how institutions constitute markets; how rationality varies; and how money interacts with social relations in unexpected ways.

SOC 3020 – Introduction to Social Theory (3)

Polillo, enrl 60, MW 3:00pm – 3:50pm

An introduction to the major theoretical issues and traditions in sociology, especially as developed in the writings of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, Sociology majors are expected to take this course in their third year.

Discussion Required
Required core course for SOC major.

SOC 3120 – Sociology Research Workshop (4)

Skubby, enrl 72, MW 10:00am - 10:50am

An introduction to data analysis and data processing, as well as the conceptualization of sociological problems.  Emphasis on individual student projects.

Discussion Required.
Required core course for SOC major.

SOC 3410 – Race & Ethnic Relations (3)

Buckelew, enrl 60, TR 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Introduces the study of race and ethnic relations, including the social and economic conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, and segregation. Examines contemporary American conditions, and historical and international materials.

Discussion Required.

SOC 3440 – Chinese Society (3)

Wang, enrl 35, TR 9:30am – 10:4am

This seminar provides a survey of Chinese society and social changes in the reform-era (1979 to the present). It uses sociological analysis to comprehensively examine various aspects of contemporary Chinese society including: economic development, social inequality, governance, political reform, nationalism, religion, ethnicity, and popular culture.  Meets Non-Western Studies Requirement.

SOC 3490 – Cities and Cultures (3)

Makarova, enrl 35, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Explores the ways in which physical environments shape and are shaped by social life.  Examines the relationship between urban space and culture in different historical and social settings, though there is a particular focus on the rise and development of modernity as expressed through the experience of particular cities.

SOC 3640 – Human Society in History (3)

Kumar, enrl 35, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Human societies exist in time. This course will examine the historical development of a variety of societies from earliest times to the present. Its focus will be on the relation of the West to the rest of the world. The course is particularly intended for social scientists, to make them aware of the historical dimension to human society; but it is open to all.  Meets Historical Studies requirement.

SOC 3700 – Health & Society (3)

Skubby, enrl 60, MW 2:00pm - 2:50 pm

This course explores the social dimensions of health and illness, focusing especially on the social experience of illness, the social determinants of disease, and the role and meaning of medicine and public health in modern U.S. society. The class examines how we define health problems and their solutions, and it considers the ways in which race, gender, class, age, and sexuality matter for understanding health- related experiences and discourses.

Discussion Required.

SOC 3710 – Organizations, Institutions, Markets (3)

Gorman, enrl 35, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

This course examines how large organizations-such as corporations, professional firms, and government agencies-interact with environments defined by social institutions and markets.  Topics studied include organizational structure, employment practices, deviance, conflict, networks, and survival or failure.

SOC 3820 – Social Movements (3)

Slez, enrl 35, TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Social movements are an historical and global phenomenon of great complexity and variety.  Because the topic can be so broad, the course is organized around case studies of civil rights, the industrial workers’ movement, environmentalism, religious fundamentalism, and the counter movements to globalization.  These cases will be used to illustrate variety of themes and principles, and you will learn about specific events, personalities, organizations, and dynamics that shaped these movements.  By this method, you will gain specific knowledge about important social movements, as well as an overview and general orientation to the sociology of this dynamic area of social life.

SOC 4054 – Political Sociology (3)

Mullins, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

Political sociology focuses on the social foundations and patterns of political behavior and the socio-historical mechanisms for political stability and political change. Its focus is not restricted to the formal rules that characterize a given political system, such as laws, regulations, or electoral systems: political sociology rather emphasizes how power, in its multifaceted and complex nature, is socially configured and reproduce global power.

SOC 4057 – Family Policy (3)

Wilcox, enrl 20, MW 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

The relationship between family and society as expressed in policy and law.  Focus on the effects of formal policy on the structure of families and the interactions within families.  The American family system will be examined as it has responded to laws and policies of government and private industry and to change in society.

SOC 4140 - Sociology of Consumption (3)

Makarova, enrl 20, TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor

This course considers the nature and effects of consumer society; it explores the theories, practices, and politics of modern consumption. Topics include the historical development of consumer society; the role of consumption in creating personal and political identities; the cultural and social meanings of seemingly impersonal objects like money; the commodification of social life; the effects of globalization on the practices of consumption.

SOC 4280 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

Skubby, enrl 20, TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course explores mental health and illness in social context, focusing especially on the history, definitions, social and cultural determinants, and consequences of conceptualization and treatment of mental illness.  It includes an examination of perceptions of mental illness in popular culture, and the spread of psychiatric ideas in more global context.

SOC 4559-001– New Course in Sociology – Topic: Race, Racism and Democracy

Mullins, enrl 20, TR 9:30am – 10:45am

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (Feb 23, 1868–Aug 27, 1963) was a uniquely American scholar and activist whose work has renewed significance today. His analysis of the US reveals both the social causes and consequences of racial stratification, while his political activism offers possible solutions. A controversial figure in his time, he helped to found the American sociological discipline and yet was marginalized within it.

SOC 4559-002 - New Course in Sociology - Topic: American Dream and Its Limits (3)

Vickerman, enrl 20, MW 4:00pm – 5:15pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

In 1932, referring to the American dream, James Truslow Adams portrayed America as a nation in which life can be “better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” To subsequent generations of Americans and immigrants this meant endless upward mobility and material prosperity but, also, the denial of persistent social inequality. This course examines both sides of the American Dream.

SOC 4559-003– New Course in Sociology – Topic: Culture Wars In America (3)

Hunter, enrl 20, MW 4:00pm – 5:15pm

This class proposes to examine the theoretical, historical, and present-day relationship between culture and politics. This relationship is deeply fraught, in part because it touches on the more fundamental relationship between culture and both power and authority. Though we will touch on this relationship historically and cross-nationally, our particular focus will be on cultural and political conflict in the America.

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

SOC 4720 – Nations and Nationalism (3)

Kumar, enrl 20, TR 9:30am – 10:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

Despite the frequent predictions of its demise, nationalism continues to thrive in the modern world. Why is that so? What is nationalism, and what are the sources of its appeal? This course will consider leading accounts of the origins, growth, and persistence of nationalism. Topics to be considered are: the nation and national identity; ethnicity and nationalism; empire and the nation-state; gender and nation; globalization and the nation-state.

SOC 4780 – The Politics of Data (3)

Sullivan, enrl 20, MW 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Prerequisites: Six credits of sociology or permission of instructor.

This course examines the many uses of data from the Federal Statistical System for governance, environmental and human health, and private sector uses.  We will examine how the data are produced and disseminated and how assertions of data manipulation may be evaluated.  We will examine characteristic data errors and how social scientists and data scientists identify and possibly correct data errors.

SOC 4980 – Distinguished Majors Thesis Research (3)

Gorman, enrl 12, T 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Prerequisites: Admission to the Distinguished Majors Program in Sociology.

Independent research, under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser, for the DMP thesis.


For more course information please visit the University Registrar, SIS Schedule of Classes or the Summer Session / JTerm Offices.

J-term and Study Abroad courses do not automatically count toward the Sociology major or minor; a student must obtain pre-approval from Professor Thomas Guterbock, Director of Undergraduate Studies. See Sociology Major Handbook for more information.

*If a student neither contacts the instructor in advance nor appears at the first class meeting, the Sociology Department and/or instructor reserves the right to cancel the student's enrollment.

**Additionally, if upon being given ad hoc enrollment permission, a student is told by the instructor to enroll in a specific dependent section, and the student does not enroll in that specified section, the Sociology Department and/or instructor reserves the right to cancel the student's enrollment.

***Undergraduate students may enroll in Graduate Sociology courses at the 5000 level only with instructor permission, and if they have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and fourth year status.