Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
Principles of Sociology (SSO 100)
Examines the social and cultural forces that shape the lives of individuals and groups; the socialization of the human person throughout the stages of life; the multiple functions of social groups, institutions, and culture; and introduction to sociological theories. Fall semester and ADP Session 1. 3 credits.
Race, Class, and Gender (SSO 200)
Reviews research on cultural definitions of race, class, and gender and their consequences for social life; institutional stratification and efforts to reduce inequalities; and attempts to revise the meaning of race, class, and gender in American culture. Spring semester and ADP Session 1. 3 credits.
Environment and Society (SSO 235)
This course uses a systems perspective to analyze the interrelations between human societies and the environment. The focus is on explaining how these interactions contribute to problems such as resource depletion, changing weather conditions, hunger, and war around the world, and on emerging strategies to combat these problems. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Sociological Theory (SSO 245)
A comparative analysis of the sociological theories that seek to explain the interrelationships among individuals and groups in society; focus on select classical and contemporary theories. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: (SEL106 or SEL107) and (SSO100 or SSO200). Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Sociology of Deviance (SSO 280)
Studies cultural constructions of deviance and the changing nature of deviance in American society; various forms of deviant behavior, including organized crime and governmental and corporate deviance; and societal responses to deviance. Spring semester and ADP Session 2. 3 credits.
Anthropology of Tribal Cultures (SSO 285)
Introduction to the theories and methods of the discipline of anthropology, providing an overview of tribal cultures, social organization, kinship patterns, and religions. Using case studies drawn from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, focuses upon the interactions between tribal cultures and modern nation states, particularly as a result of globalization. Prerequisite: SSO100. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Latinos in the United States (SSO 305)
Employs sociological perspectives in examination of historical, social, economic, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the U.S. Topics include: U.S. involvement in Latin America and establishment of Latino communities; immigration paths of Latin American populations to the U.S.; and adaptation of Latino subgroups into U.S. society. Other issues include those related to gender, race, and culture within Latino communities and construction of Latino identities. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.
Genocide in Comparative Perspective (SSO 306)
Places the Holocaust and other cases of genocide in comparative historical and cultural context. Investigates factors that cause genocide, the use of survivor testimony in documenting genocide, and the role of the international community in responding to acts of genocide. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. ADP session 3. 3 credits.
Applied Research Methods (SSO 355)
Provides experience in all phases of the research process. Emphasis upon case study research in a community setting. Develops skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. Prerequisite: SSS251. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Aging and Old Age (SSO 365)
Theoretical and applied examination of aging and the aged in American society. Primary emphasis on the roles of the aged and identity structures offered them. ADP session 1, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Peace and Justice (SSO 372)
This course examines critical concepts, methods, and challenges facing individuals and groups who aspire to bring peace to persons and groups whose lives are marked by violence. It offers a critical analysis of why it is that we spend little time and resources on exploration of peaceful alternatives to the use of power and domination through non-violence. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Contemporary Topics (SSO 375)
This course examines various contemporary topics using sociological analysis. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semester, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.
Law and Society (SSO 385)
Reviews philosophies of law and visions of social justice developed over the course of American history. Considers the role laws have played in promoting and impeding democracy and equality. Focuses on pivotal and controversial laws and cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years, and ADP session 3, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Health and Society (SSO 390)
Considers cultural understandings of health, illness, and healing. Examines the health care system in the United States and its problems. Studies the growing forms of alternative medicine in our society and the controversies surrounding them. Prerequisite: SSO100. Spring semester, even-numbered years, and ADP Session 5 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Internship (SSO 430)
A supervised and evaluated experience enabling upper-level students to enrich their academic program through work responsibilities at a social agency or institution. A contract is developed by the student, faculty advisor, and field supervisor. Repeatable for credit. Fall, spring, and summer. Permission required. 2 or 3 credits.
Sociology Seminar (SSO 431)
The capstone course of the sociology major. Integrates field experience with classroom discussion. Focus on practical applications of sociological knowledge and skills. Includes the completion of the senior portfolio. Open only to junior and senior sociology majors. Fall semester. 1 credit.
Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)
Designed to develop quantitative literacy, enabling students to produce, understand, and communicate statistical information. Prepares students to conduct research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics that include parametric (Z, t, F) and non-parametric (chi-square) probability distributions. Ability to make recommendations based upon interpretation of statistical software output is emphasized. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. 3 credits.
Research Methods (SSS 251)
Introduces students to the procedures that are used in conducting research in the social sciences. Provides practice in designing research studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.