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Course Descriptions

SO 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3)
This course introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of the discipline of Sociology. It provides an introduction to sociological theories and methods. Emphasis is placed on social structure and process, including social groups, culture, social institutions, social stratification, social problems, and social change. SO 101 is a prerequisite for all 200-400 level Sociology courses. (Fall, Spring)

SO 204 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3)
This course will provide a critical approach to the study of social problems. The goal is to encourage students to seriously and critically analyze the causes and implications of many of the most pressing social problems confronting people today. Potential solutions to these problems are also explored. (Fall). Prerequisite: SO 101

SO 261 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3)
An analysis of the behavior and experience of individuals in group settings, examining such topics as leadership, conformity, rumor, mass media, and intergroup/intragroup relations. Prerequisite: PY 101 or SO 101. Also listed as PY 261 (Spring)

SO 270 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS (3)
An orientation to the principles and practices of social science methodology, examining the nature of the scientific method and basic techniques in social research design as applied to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: SO 101. Also listed as PY 270. (Spring)

SO 301 RACE AND ETHNICITY (3)
The social construction of racial and ethnic categories are explored. The course also surveys historical and contemporary patterns of prejudice and discrimination, especially as experienced by major racial and ethnic groups in America; theoretical views and interpretations of majority-minority group relations. Prerequisite: SO 101 (Fall)

SO 312 GENDER AND SOCIETY (3)
This course analyzes the relationship between gender and society. The course explores gender as a dominant form of social organization. Gender is analyzed as one part of an interlocking system of oppression. Students are encouraged to consider ways in which systems of oppression can be dismantled to create social change. Prerequisite: SO 101; (Spring alternate/odd years)

SO 321 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND CHANGE (3)
A focus on the complex relationship between social change and social movements. More specifically, the course explores the role social movements have played in shaping American society. The course consciously examines the ways in which groups and individuals actively participate in and shape movement origins and outcomes. Prerequisite: SO 101, SO 204 (Spring)

 
 

SO 322 POPULAR CULTURE (3)
This course will provide a critical analysis of mass media and popular culture. The creators and consumers of popular culture are analyzed. A primary goal of this course is to provide students with the conceptual tools to intellectually understand popular culture and its components. Prerequisite: SO 101; (Spring, alternate/even years)

SO 421 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3)
A study of the historical development of social thought and of social theory, including classical and contemporary; social theory as an integrating and explanatory frame of reference for social phenomena; the reciprocal influence of theory and research. Prerequisite: SO 101 (Spring, alternate/odd years)

SO 422 URBAN SOCIOLOGY (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of urban sociology. The course examines migration from rural to urban areas, the rise of cities, and various urban processes such as urban renewal, gentrification, and the suburbanization of America. We will also examine the development of urban sociology as an academic subfield within the discipline of Sociology. Prerequisite: SO 101; Spring, alternate/ even years)

SO 423 SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY (3)
This course serves as a culminating experience for the major in sociology. As the capstone course for sociology majors, this seminar asks students to synthesize and build upon previous work in sociology, especially its central themes, theoretical perspectives, research methods, and substantive research findings by conducting an original research project on a topic related to a service learning assignment. Prerequisites: Senior Status; Sociology majors only. Permission required.