Sociology (SOC)

SOC 500. Special Topics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Nine hours of core courses or consent of instructor.

Description: Exploration of well-defined topics in Sociology not treated in regular courses. Topic will be announced in Schedule of Courses.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 512. Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare3 Units

Prerequisite(s): 9 hours of social sciences work at the 300 level or above; or consent of instructor.

Description: Introduction to theory and research on labor market and welfare state with focus on gender race/ethnicity as they influence women's experiences of and ideas about work and welfare.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 512 and PAS 512.
Note: Credit may not be earned for both SOC 512/WGST 512/PAS 512 and SOC 612/WGST 612/PAS 612.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 530. Visual Sociology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor required.

Description: A field-oriented, laboratory-based course using the camera as a tool in studying and documenting selected elements of the rich and complex social environment.

Note: Students must have a 35mm SLR camera.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 604. Proseminar in Sociology-MA1 Unit

Description: Designed to provide new graduate students with an introduction to sociology as a profession and to the Department of Sociology.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 605. Voluntarism3 Units

Description: Investigation of issues and topics related to voluntary activity. Includes contact with voluntary organization in the local community.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 609. Statistics I3 Units

Description: Multivariate statistical analyses, focusing on multiple regression using standard computer packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS) operating in Windows.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 610. Statistics II3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SOC 609.

Description: Review of multivariate analytic techniques and a brief introduction to modeling procedures in the social sciences. Students will be instructed in the use of SPSS procedures and are expected to employ these in their work.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 611. Statistics lll3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SOC 610 and SOC 615, or consent of instructor.

Description: Multivariate statistical techniques in both theoretical and applied sociological research settings.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 612. Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Introduction to theory and research on labor market and welfare state with focus on gender and race/ ethnicity as they influence women's experiences of and ideas about work and welfare.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 612 and PAS 612.
Note: Credit may not be earned for both SOC 612/WGST 612/PAS 612 and SOC 512/WGST 512/PAS 512.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 615. Research Methods3 Units

Description: Intensive review of research design, instrumentation, survey procedures, data collection and processing techniques, analysis, and report writing.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 618. Qualitative Research Methods3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SOC 615 or consent of instructor.

Description: Provides opportunities to design and critique field studies in educational and social settings and to practice techniques used to collect and analyze qualitative data. Additional time required outside class for observations and interviews.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 622. Survey Research and Design3 Units

Prerequisite(s): SOC 615 or consent of instructor.

Description: This course will cover comprehensive survey planning, including ethical issues paramount to survey-based research; pros and cons of various modes of administration; instrument design (operationalizing concepts and constructs into measures, question design considerations, response choices, optimizing layout, etc.); pretesting (such as focus groups and cognitive interviews); sampling (including error estimation and power analysis); and administration procedures (e.g., interviewer training, follow-ups, strategies to boost response rates, third party survey platforms/tools).

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 628. Contemporary Theory3 Units

Description: A survey of contemporary theoretical works that build upon, expand, challenge, or lie outside the bounds of classical sociological theories.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 630. Sociology of Education3 Units

Description: Nature and function of mass education in modern society. Issues of politics of skill, dissemination of knowledge and values, and socialization. Focus on the school in urban society and as an instrument of social control, policy, and change.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 631. Sociology of Work and Occupations3 Units

Description: The use of sociological theory in the study of industrial society. The social organization of work, alienation, labor relations, personnel policy, the impact of industrialization on social life and culture.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 636. Sociology of Human Sexuality3 Units

Description: Advanced study of the historical, cultural, structural, and social-psychological factors affecting human sexual expression.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 640. Urban Sociology3 Units

Description: Systematic critical examination of the history and application of social theory to the urban place. Specific attention is given to the utility of classical and contemporary theory in predicting and explaining human behavior in the urban environment.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 642. Sociology of Disabilities3 Units

Description: Intensive examination of sociological perspectives on medicine, culture, and science to examine the meanings, experiences, demographics, and impacts of disability in historical and contemporary social contexts.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 615.
Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and SOC 442 or WGST 415.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 650. Sociology of Families3 Units

Description: Study of the institution of the family, including intensive analysis of selected aspects of family group processes.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 660. Crime and Correction3 Units

Description: An intensive theoretical analysis and/or field investigation of selected aspects of criminal behavior, juvenile delinquency, penal philosophy, correctional institutions, and/or probation and parole.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 661. Comparative Criminology3 Units

Description: A cross-cultural study of criminal behavior with special emphasis on crime causation.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 670. Advanced Demography3 Units

Description: Advanced study in topics related to population structure, composition, distribution, size, change, and growth.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 672. Feminist Research and Methods in the Social Sciences3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate or MA degree program, or admission to Sociology MA program, or permission of instructor.

Description: Through readings across social sciences disciplines (i.e., in sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, political science), course will analyze many ways feminist theory and methodology have influenced research in the social sciences.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 602.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 685. Race and Ethnicity3 Units

Description: Current and historical issues in race, racism, and ethnicity. Focus on U.S. with reference to other societies.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 690. Independent Study1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of director of graduate studies.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 691. Topical Seminar in Sociology3 Units

Description: An exploration of a specific topic or problem area of importance in contemporary Sociology.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 693. Research Study Administration3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of director of graduate studies.

Description: This course requires students to conduct the research portion of their study, specifically a secondary data analysis, survey research, or qualitative research.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 695. Research Study1-6 Units

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 704. Proseminar in Sociology-PhD1 Unit

Description: Designed to provide new PhD students with an introduction to Sociology as a profession and to the Department of Sociology.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 706. Doctoral Exam Preparation3-9 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Consent of graduate coordinator.

Description: Provides opportunity to prepare for comprehensive doctoral exams.

Note: May be repeated for a total of 9 credit hours.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 707. Internship Preparation3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of core and elective doctoral courses; consent of graduate coordinator.

Description: Provides opportunity to prepare for internship.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 708. PhD Internship3-9 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of director of graduate studies.

Description: An assignment related to the student's area of interest with a public or private agency or with a local business.

Note: May be repeated for a total of 9 credit hours.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 725. Organizational Theory3 Units

Description: This course will survey the intellectual foundations of organizational theory, including analyses of the origins and structure of major organizational forms. This course will also survey contemporary micro-level organizational perspectives and theoretical debates.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 730. Fundamental Assumptions of Sociology3 Units

Description: Implicit and explicit assumptions including the character and science, paradigms, evolution, humans and groups that are common to all areas of sociology.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 735. Classical Theory3 Units

Description: A survey of the important writings of the major theorists in classical sociology.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 740. Social Policy3 Units

Description: Advanced study on the formation, enactment, and consequences of social policies.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 750. Program Evaluation3 Units

Description: Evaluation of social programs through experimental and quasi-experimental design, multi-variate models, and impact analysis.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 760. Social Stratification3 Units

Description: Critical analysis of sociological theories of and research in social inequality and social stratification. Discussion of classical and modern works. Focus on the concept and reality of social class.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 790. Independent Study-PhD1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of director of graduate studies.

Description: Opportunity for the student, under the supervision of a sponsoring faculty member, to pursue individualized study.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

SOC 795. Dissertation Research3-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of director of graduate studies.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes