Winter 2021 Courses

Introduction to Sociology

SOC 200 002 - Josh Bass, Fully Online

SOC 200 003 - Wynn Strange, Remote Asynchronous

Sociological concepts and perspectives concerning human groups; includes attention to socialization, culture, institutions, stratification, and societies. Consideration of fundamental concepts and research methodology.

Classical Theory

SOC 301 001 - Josh Bass, Remote Synchronous

Examination and comparison of modes of sociological thinking, from the emergence of a distinctive sociological perspective through sociological theory of the mid-twentieth century. Recommended: Soc 200.

Contemporary Theory

SOC 302 001 - Amy Lubitow, Remote Asynchronous

Developments in American sociological theory from mid-twentieth century to today. Considers impact of social change and social movements on theory, including neo-Marxism, feminism, post-modernism and current new directions. Prerequisite: SOC 301

Alcohol & Other Drugs

SOC 314U 002 - Frances Stehle, Fully Online

Sociological analysis of the behavior and belief patterns relative to alcohol and other drugs in American society. Prevention and intervention strategies are briefly reviewed.

Prejudice, Privilege, & Power

SOC 337U 001 - Carol Holdt, Fully Online

SOC 337U 002 - Jose Padin, Remote Synchronous

Examines the structuring of relationships between dominant and minority groups, including racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and cultural minorities, with primary emphasis on U.S. society. Covers basic concepts and theoretical approaches to the study of majority-minority group relations, including issues of oppression, privilege, adaptation, and intersectionality. Emphasizes the social construction of difference, as well as the structural and historical roots of dominant group privilege and unequal social, economic, and political power.

Marriage & Intimacy

SOC 339U 003 - Carol Holdt, Fully Online

SOC 339U 004 - Carol Holdt, Fully Online

Introduction to sociological and social psychological perspectives on intimate relationships, marriage, and diverse family forms. Examination of the effects of historical and current social contexts and the role of gender, race, and class in shaping personal choices and experiences. Emphasis is on sociological theory and research.

Self, Attitudes, Social Influence

SOC 342  - Kahn, Remote Asynchronous/Synchronous

SOC 342 - Jason Johnson, Remote Asynchronous/Synchronous

Examination of psychological and sociological processes associated with people’s thoughts about and interactions with one another. Particular emphases on self, social identity, social cognition, attitudes, prejudice and persuasion. Expected preparation: Soc 200, or Psy 200 or 204. Credit will not be given for both Soc 342 and Psy 342.

Social Relationship & Groups

SOC 343 - Tessa Dover, Remote Asynchronous/Synchronous

Examination of sociological and psychological processes associated with interpersonal, group, and inter-group behavior. Particular emphases on aggression, pro-social behavior, interpersonal attraction, group influence, conflict and cooperation. Expected preparation: Soc 200, or Psy 200 or 204. Credit will not be given for both Soc 343 and Psy 343.

Gender & Sexualities

SOC 344U 001 - Maura Kelly, Fully Online

Examines the ways in which social constructions of gender both influence and are influenced by the cultural organization of and individual expressions of sexuality. The course explores the intersections among sexuality, culture, gender, and the body and examines a variety of sexualities and emphasizes the multifaceted nature of power, privilege, and oppression.

Social Change

SOC 376 001 - Shirley Jackson, Remote Asynchronous

Deals with the technological and ideological factors which govern the evolution and transformation of society, with special emphasis on the operation of such factors since 1800.

Sports in Society

SOC 380 - Grant Farr, Fully Online

An objective examination of sports in America as social phenomena. Study of various socio-cultural structures, patterns, and organizations or groups involved with sports. Issues such as race, gender, and class within the context of sports will be explored through a critical sociological lens.

Social Statistics

SOC 396 001 - Aaron Roussell, Fully Online

Introduction to the range of techniques for analyzing social science data. Emphasis on the conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement of socially based phenomena. Topics include: level of measurement, operationalization, summary statistics, probability, hypothesis tests, and the use of data analysis software (SPSS).

Social Research Methods

SOC 397 - Melissa Thompson, Remote Asynchronous

Study of the structuring of sociological inquiry, conceptualization and measurement, operationalization, computers in social research, analysis of bivariate and multivariate relations, the logic of sampling and inference. Course includes lecture (4 hours per week) and an introductory research laboratory (2 hours per week).

Social Research Project

SOC 398 - Hyeyoung Woo, Fully Online

Development and execution of a research project integrating some aspect of sociological theory with social science research methodology. Students work in teams to identify a research problem, design and conduct research bearing on this problem, and write a research report. Soc 397 and 398 are to be taken as a two-term sequence.

SEM: Pop Culture: Drag

SOC 407 001- Maura Kelly, Remote Synchronous

This one credit course focuses on drag in popular culture from a sociological perspective. We will examine the ideologies about gender present in depictions of drag in popular culture, focusing on how ideologies from mainstream culture are both reflected and resisted. We will assess what these portrayals suggest about our social understanding of what it means to be a man, woman, non-binary, masculine, feminine, a drag king, and a drag queen. We will also examine depictions of drag kings’ and drag queens’ intersecting identities (e.g. man/woman/non-binary, cis/trans, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, body size, ability). We will assess how depictions of drag in popular culture address the serious issues impacting drag queens and kings as well as people in queer and trans communities more broadly.

TOP: Social Problems

SOC 410 001 - Shirley Jackson, Remote Synchronous

Is hate crime a social problem? Is sex trafficking a social problem? Is there really an opioid crisis? Is homelessness a social problem? How do you know if something is a social problem? In this course, we answer these questions and how claims and rhetoric are used to construct social problems. We explore who makes claims, how they are defined, their framing in the media, and how policies and solutions are developed in response to social problems claims-making.

Sociology of Mental Illness

SOC 419 001 - Frances Stehle

An overview of sociological perspectives on mental health and illness. Informs understanding of mental health and illness by challenging dominant views of mental illness, examining how social relationships play a role in mental illness, questioning the goals and implications of mental health policy and presenting research on how mental health services are organized and provided. Prerequisite: SOC 200.


SOC 444/544 - Jose Padin, Remote Synchronous

Analysis of the emergence, persistence and meaning of definitions of racial, ethnic and national statuses in selected areas of the modern world. Consideration of the consequences of changing definitions for intergroup and global relations.

Sociology Death & Dying

SOC 466/566 - Tina Burdsall, Fully Online

This course will explore the nature of dying and death in the U.S. Topics will include: where death occurs, how social policy affects the experience of dying, how medical perspectives affect the experience of dying, how death affects family members, and race, class, gender differences in dying and death.

Sociology of Aging

SOC 469/569 - Hyeyoung Woo, Fully Online

A study of social determinants of the human life course, including biological and demographic conditions, age status patterns, age grading, rites of passage, socialization, generational phenomena, and youth and old age movements.

Integrated Qualitative & Quantitative Methods

SOC 538/638 - Aaron Roussell, Remote Asynchronous

Research designs for combining qualitative and quantitative methods that have reasonably well-understood benefits, and can be implemented in a relatively straightforward fashion. The value of pragmatism as a philosophical paradigm for doing mixed methods research will also be considered.

Qualitative Methods

SOC 592 - Amy Lubitow, Remote Synchronous

Strategies for acquisition and analysis of data using such approaches as participant observation, content analysis, field and case studies. Attention to the special problems of validity and reliability in such research. Consideration of ethical issues and researcher responsibility in qualitative research. Recommended prerequisite: graduate status.

Quantitative Methods

SOC 593 - Dara Shifrer, In Person/Remote Synchronous

The application of quantitative methodology to sociological problems. Topics include: science and logical empiricism; measurement of association; procedures of statistical inference; multivariate and log linear analysis; computer application for social research.