ACADEMICS

  • Sociology Courses

    SO 100 Introduction to Sociology
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Introduction to the scientific study of social life through the identification and analysis of regularized patterns of
    human behavior and relationships.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 110 Cultural Anthropology
    Cross cultural analysis of the human capacity, for adaptation and technological and ideological development.
    Significant field studies will be examined.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 190 Sport and Society
    Analysis of sport as a social system. The implication of sport within interrelational contexts of other social systems.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    SO 193 Special Topics in Sociology for First-Year Students

    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 199 Special Topics
    Introductory level topics. Topic announced at pre-registration.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 200 Contemporary Social Problems
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Analysis of social, political, urban, and industrial changes which have introduced specific problems into
    contemporary society.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 205 Issues in American Society
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    Identification and analysis of current social issues facing contemporary American society, and critique of policies
    and programs designed to resolve these issues.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    SO 215 Medical Sociology
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being
    Prerequisite: SO 100

    The structure of health care delivery systems and role interaction between levels of health care personnel, patients,
    and families of patients.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 220 Sociology of the Family
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisite: SO 100

    A comparative approach to the study of family systems with emphasis on the changing patterns of family life.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 225 Family in Middle Eastern Societies
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    Study of family systems in the Middle East and the forces of change affecting traditional family patterns.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 230 Political Sociology
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    Foundations of social movements in political phenomena, social conditions and emerging political institutions; the
    structural basis of social change and politics.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 235 Music and Social Change
    LASC—Creative Arts, Human Behaviors and Social Processes
    Using case studies, social theory and historical materials, this course explores the role of music in social change.
    Offered every 3 years: 3 credits.

    SO 240 Sociology of Education
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    Study of modern educational systems, emphasizing the social, political and economic factors that influence its
    organization and its functions.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    SO 250 Sociology of Religion
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: SO 100

    A cross-cultural comparative study of the nature of religious institutions as systems of socially determined and
    socially relevant beliefs and practices.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    SO 255 Sociology of Disability
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Using theory and practical application, this course explores the impact of impairment and disability within a societal
    context.
    Offered every 2 years: 3 credits.

    SO 270 Social Theory I
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    Fundamental concepts and intellectual traditions, especially the contributions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Toennes,
    Durkheim, and Simmel.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 275 Social and Behavioral Statistics
    Prerequisites: SO 100 and any 200 Sociology Course; SO 280 recommended
    Data tabulation; graphing; measurement of central tendency, variability, and correlation; hypothesis testing applied
    to psychological and sociological data. Hand and computer analysis.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 280 Research Methods of Sociology
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    An analysis of the research function in sociology; the conduct of research appropriate to undergraduate students;
    the formal presentation of research papers.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 285 Race, Class and Gender
    LASC—Diversity Across the Curriculum; Human Behavior and Social Processes
    An introduction to dominant-minority group relations through the investigation of the patterns and dynamics of
    differentiation, inequality and discrimination.
    Offered every semester. 3 credits.

    SO 299 Special Topics
    Prerequisite: SO 100
    Intermediate level topics. Topic announced at pre-registration.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 300 Social Change
    LASC—Social Processes and Community Well-Being; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level, EN 102

    A study of the conditions, patterns, and consequences of social transformations with emphasis on institutional and
    individual patterns of adjustment and adaptation.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 305 Applied Sociology and Community Research
    Prerequisites: SO 100, SO 280; SO 275 recommended
    Explores the theory and methods of applied sociology, including ethnographic, institutional, participatory research
    techniques in community settings.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 310 Formal Organizations
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    The structure and function of, and communications systems within, formal and complex organizations; primary focus
    on theoretical aspects of organizations.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 315 Collective Behavior
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    Processes by which new norms and forms of social organization emerge from group behavior, aggregate behavior,
    and social movements.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 330 Criminology
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    Theoretical perspective on crime, criminals and the social aspects of interrelationships within, and between the
    components of the criminal justice system.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 335 Juvenile Delinquency
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    Dynamics of small group involvement and other environmental influences in the shaping of an individual’s personality.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 340 Social Psychology
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    Dynamics of small group involvement and other environmental influences on the shaping of an individual’s personality.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 345 Sociology of Deviance
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    Study of the nature and consequences of deviant behavior with emphasis on socialization, social relationships,
    and patterns of social control.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 350 Social Stratification
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level, EN 102

    Investigation of the recurrent patterns of social differentiation, social ranking, and the unequal distribution of rewards.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    SO 355 Gender and Sexuality
    This course introduces the sociologist study of gender and sexuality. This course examines how social institutions and
    cultural norms construct particular gender roles and sexual identities within society.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 360 Urban Sociology

    Prerequisites: Two courses at 200-level
    A cross-cultural study of urban social systems and the phenomena and problems connected with the planning process.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    SO 375 Contemporary Social Theory
    Prerequisites: SO 270
    Review of sociological theories, analytical tools, and conceptual schemes prevalent in contemporary debate
    and consensus.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    SO 400 Independent Study
    Prerequisites: Four prior courses in sociology and consent of instructor/chair.
    For advanced sociology majors only; topic to be approved by an independent study advisor.
    Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

    SO 410 Field Work
    Prerequisites: Four prior courses in sociology and consent of instructor/chair.
    Data collection based on participant observation within a social service organization; assignment approval by
    field work advisor.
    Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

    SO 420 Seminar in Sociology
    Prerequisites: Four prior courses in sociology and consent of instructor/chair.
    Advanced study topics in selected areas of sociology; announcement made at pre-registration time.
    Offered every 3 years. 1-3 credits.

    SO 425 Global Development
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum
    This course gives an overview of the field of development and processes of development and underdevelopment
    in developing countries.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    SO 435 Introduction to Social Enterprise
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: 60 undergraduate credits, EN 120
    This course examines social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in a global context.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    SO 499 Sociology Capstone
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisites: SO 270, SO 275, SO 280

    This course is an overview of the discipline of sociology, emphasizing mastery of the discipline at an undergraduate
    level.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.