Sociology Secondary Emphasis - 2020/2021 Academic Year and Later

Core Courses (13 Credits)

The Secondary Emphasis in Sociology introduces students to the value of adopting the “sociological imagination.” It provides an understanding of the ways in which sociologists and other social scientists build knowledge. It encourages students to use the theoretical and conceptual tools of sociology as they seek to bring about positive, ethical change in their future families, workplaces and communities.

SO-101 Introduction to Sociology
Fall & Spring;  Yearly;  Credits: 3;  S;
The study of human social groups and the social processes that lead to both structural and cultural integration and differentiation primarily within contemporary American society. 


SW-214 Integrated Research Methods & Stats I
Variable;  Yearly;  Credits: 3;  S, WK-SI;
An integrated course sequence applying processes of social inquiry to the assessment of historically oppressed and vulnerable populations, and of the interventions used to help those populations. This course integrates key research concepts and commonly used quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences, with the ability to communicate effectively about research with written and verbal skills. The course teaches students not only to conduct social science research but also to consume and utilize social science research in a critical way, including in practice as a helping professional. 


SW-215 Integrated Methods and Stats II
Credits: 3;  ;
 Prerequisites: SW-214


SO 2XX Social Institution Analysis Seminar
Credits: 1;  ;
 Prerequisites: SO-204 or PS-101 or PS-221 or EB-105 or EB-223 or RL-120 or RL-265 or ED-110 and ED-111


SO-401 Sociology Senior Seminar
Spring;  Yearly;  Credits: 3;  S;
Sociology Senior Seminar is the capstone course for students who have focused their academic work in the sociological discipline. The course provides an opportunity for students to apply key curricular components previously explored during their undergraduate sociology coursework. The course is a designated service learning and experiential learning course. Students will assume substantial responsibility for the exploration of materials and presentation of those materials to their student colleagues. Students will also interact with campus and community partners during the semester. The course uses a student-led seminar format, coupled with community engagement and service learning components. Prerequisite: Senior standing.


Electives (6 Credits)

Minimum of 6 additional credits reflecting a more in-depth exploration of social issues drawn from Sociology electives at the 300 level or above. The following upper level courses will be most frequently offered:

SO-302 Social Deviance and Criminology
Spring;  Yearly;  Credits: 3;  S;
Examines contemporary psychological and sociological theories of behavior deviation, including crime, delinquency, substance abuse and selected other categories. Typologies for classifying and studying crime are developed and evaluated. Trends in behavior deviation, including the characteristics of offenders and victims, are critically explored. Informal and formal, as well as proactive and reactive, social control systems aimed at managing behavior deviation are described and analyzed. Prerequisites: SO101 or AN151.


SO-305 Gender and Society
Spring;  Yearly;  Credits: 3;  S;
This course is designed to explore the history and discourse related to the experiences and sociological definitions of gender roles across global and domestic contexts. Students will participate in critical analysis of the scholarship of gender roles using classical and contemporary works. The course will explore domestic and international experiences of men and women in biological, cultural, economic, environmental and political contexts. Prerequisites: SO101 or PY101.


SO-320 Wealth, Power, & Society
Fall;  Variable;  Credits: 3;  S, CW;
An investigation of the stratification of American society. The roots and repercussions of social inequalities are studied with special emphasis given to inequalities relating to social class, race, ethnicity and gender. Social structures through which these inequalities are sustained are critically examined.  Prerequisites: SO101 and Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing.


SO-335 Social Change
Spring;  Variable;  Credits: 3;  S, CW;
Exploration of causes and consequences of social change. Forms of social change are examined through case study analysis of significant economic and political developments, revolutions and wide-spread shifts in normative social patterns and their socially constructed meanings. Forces that drive social change will be studied, including changing demographics and technological innovation, as well as social movements and other intentional efforts to stimulate change through human agency. Prerequisites: SO101 and sophomore, junior or senior standing.


SO-350 Social Movements
Fall;  Yearly;  Credits: 3;  S;
This course provides a comprehensive critical analysis of collective action and social movement in global society. The course explores sociological literature on social movements and collective behavior. Students will produce a final video exploring a modern social movement. Students' projects will include the selected movements' history, leadership and membership, the impact of new media, public policies impacting the movement. Prerequisites: SO101 and SO, JR, or SR standing.


SO-399 Special Topics
Variable;  Variable;  Credits: 1-4;  ;
Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.


SO-492 Sociology Internship
Fall & Spring;  Yearly;  Credits: 2-9;  S;
Minimum GPA of 2.50 and good academic standing required for internship eligibility. Development of internship proposal must occur a minimum of six weeks prior to start of internship. Corequisite: SO495. Prerequisite: 2.50 GPA, Permission and Junior or Senior standing.


Sociology Secondary Emphasis - 2019/2020 Academic Year and Earlier

The sociology program offers two options for secondary emphasis concentration.  The generalist option is designed for students who seek a broad based exploration of the discipline.  The social focus option is designed for students who have a specific interest in scholarly exploration of a specialized sociological topic.

SECONDARY EMPHASIS IN SOCIOLOGY OPTION ONE:
GENERALIST OPTION

The 23 credit designated concentration (Secondary Emphasis) in Sociology requires the following courses.

Course Number

Title

Credits

Prerequisites

Dist.

Skills

SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
 
S
 
SO 203 Minority Experience
3
SO 101 or AN 151
S
 
SO 204 American Families
3
SO 101 or AN 151
S
 
ND.SS 214 Statistics for Social Science
4
 
S
QS
ND.SS 215 Social Science Research Methods
4
ND.SS 214
S
 
SO 320 Wealth, Power and Society
3
SO 101 & sophomore standing
S
CW
SO 401 Senior Seminar
3
Senior Standing with POE in SO
or seniors with permission

 S
 

 

SECONDARY EMPHASIS IN SOCIOLOGY OPTION TWO:
SOCIAL ISSUES FOCUS

The designated concentration (Secondary Emphasis) in Social Issues is designed for students whose interests are in specified areas of sociological scholarship.  This option would be most appropriate for students who have designed an individualized POE with a specific concern for social issues represented in the curriculum.
This option requires the completion of a designated set of core courses and a minimum of 2 additional courses (minimum 6 credits which must be 300 level or above) reflecting the breadth and depth of sociology curriculum offerings reflecting the students individualized POE focus.  The advising process will be used to establish the best configuration of courses to give appropriate coverage for the social issue selected for exploration

SOCIOLOGY SECONDARY EMPHASIS: SOCIAL ISSUES FOCUS (20 Credits)
REQUIRED CORE

Minimum of 6 additional credits reflecting a more in depth exploration of social issues drawn from SOCIOLOGY electives at the 300 level or above

Course Number

Title

Credits

Prerequisites

Dist.

Skills

SO 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

 

S

 
ND.SS 214 Stats for Social Sciences
4
 
S
QS
ND.SS 215 Social Science Research Methods
4
ND.SS 214
S
 
SO 401 Senior Seminar
3
 
S