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SOCY 1001 (3) Introduction to Sociology

Examines basic sociological ideas including social relations, social interaction, social structure, and social change. Examples are drawn from societies around the world.

Additional Information: GT Pathways: GT-SS3 -Soc Behav Sci:Hmn Behav, Cult, Soc Frame
Arts Sci Core Curr: Contemporary Societies
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology
MAPS Course: Social Science

SOCY 1004 (3) Deviance in U.S. Society

Examines the social construction of deviance in the U.S., the process of acquiring a deviant identity and managing deviant stigma, and the social organization of deviant act, lifestyles, relationships and careers.

Additional Information: GT Pathways: GT-SS3 -Soc Behav Sci:Hmn Behav, Cult, Soc Frame
Arts Sci Core Curr: Ideals and Values
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 1006 (3) The Social Construction of Sexuality

Discusses the social determinants of sexuality. Analyzes the economic, psychological, and cultural influences on human sexuality. Interactional perspective of human sexuality is presented.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 1006
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Diversity-U.S. Perspective
Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 1016 (3) Sex, Gender, and Society 1

Examines status and power differences between the sexes at individual and societal levels. Emphasizes historical context of gender roles and status, reviews major theories of gender stratification.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 1016
Additional Information: GT Pathways: GT-SS3 -Soc Behav Sci:Hmn Behav, Cult, Soc Frame
Arts Sci Core Curr: Human Diversity
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Diversity-U.S. Perspective
Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 1021 (3) United States Race and Ethnic Relations

An examination of race and minority problems in U.S. society, including the psychological, social, and cultural sources of prejudice and discrimination.

Additional Information: GT Pathways: GT-SS3 -Soc Behav Sci:Hmn Behav, Cult, Soc Frame
Arts Sci Core Curr: United States Context
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Diversity-U.S. Perspective
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 1022 (3) Ethics and Social Issues in U.S. Health and Medicine

Explores current ethical and policy issues in U.S. health and medical practices. Includes such issues as alcohol and drug abuse, organ transplants and substitutes, genetic engineering, contraception, abortion, occupational safety and health, and euthanasia.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Ideals and Values
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 1841 (1-6) Independent Study in Sociology

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 7.00 total credit hours.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 2011 (3) Contemporary Social Issues and Human Values

Explores contemporary societies on a global scale. Focuses on such issues as capitalism, socialism, race and ethnic problems, sex discrimination, poverty and the concentration of wealth, crime and deviance, human rights and human values, peace and war.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 2031 (3) Social Problems

Examines various social problems in the U.S. through a traditional sociological framework focused on race, class, and gender. Considers such problems as economic, racial, and gender inequality as manifestations of broader structural dynamics rooted in unequal relations of power. Addresses topics such as mass incarceration, poverty, segregation, drug use, immigration, and war and terrorism.

Additional Information: GT Pathways: GT-SS3 -Soc Behav Sci:Hmn Behav, Cult, Soc Frame
Arts Sci Core Curr: Ideals and Values
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 2034 (3) Drugs in United States Society

Examines the relationship between drugs and social contexts. Lends insight into why people find consciousness alteration meaningful, what kinds of experiences and problems arise, and what types of social policies emerge to control drug use.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 2044 (3) Crime and Society

Explores issues related to crime, the criminal justice system, and crime-related public policy. It addresses what we know about crime and how we know it, how our society responds to crime, how the institutions designed to address crime (police, courts, corrections) function, and diversity in experiences with the criminal justice system.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ETHN 2044
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 2061 (3) Introduction to Social Statistics

Introduces students to quantitative analysis of social phenomena. Emphasizes understanding and proper interpretation of graphs; measures of central tendency, dispersion, and association; and the concept of statistical significance. Assumes students have only limited mathematical background.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Quant Reasn Mathmat Skills
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning Math
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology
MAPS Course: Mathematics

SOCY 2077 (3) Environment and Society

Examines interactions between societies and their natural and built environments through the lens of inequality. Describes how environmental problems vary along, are shaped by, and exacerbate disparities along lines of race, socioeconomic status, and other forms of social status. Also examines collective efforts to address social and environmental problems.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Ideals and Values
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 2080 (3) Sociology of the Helping Professions

Investigates how today's helping professionals are trained and socialized to care for clients, the challenges they face in working within modern bureaucracies and with advanced technologies and the importance of inter-professional care.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 2091 (3) Topics in Sociology

Variety of courses taught by visiting and regular faculty. See current departmental announcements for specific content. Students may receive credit for this course up to three times for different topics.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 2092 (3) Sex, Power and Reproduction

Examines fertility, contraception and abortion with an emphasis on demographic trends, social stratification and policy impacts. Sociological, demographic and public health perspectives will be presented.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences

SOCY 3001 (3) Classical Theory

In-depth study of classical sociological theorists, particularly Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Examines their roles in defining the discipline of sociology.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3002 (3) Population and Society

Examines population, its structure and processes, and its relationships to selected areas of the social structure. Examines Malthusian, neo-Malthusian, and Marxist perspectives.

Requisites: Restricted to Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 3011 (3) Contemporary Theory

Continuation of SOCY 3001. In-depth study of modern and post-modern theories of the 20th century, including structural-functionalist, conflict, symbolic interactionist, feminist, and world system theories.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 3001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3012 (3) Women and Development

Investigates the status of women in the context of globalization and social and economic development.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 3012
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 3001.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Human Diversity
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Diversity-Global Perspective
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue
Departmental Category: Asia Content

SOCY 3016 (3) Marriage and the Family in the United States

Comparative and historical examination of marriage and the family within the U.S. Emphasizes changing family roles and family structures. Also considers alternatives to the nuclear family and traditional marriage exploring new definitions of family.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 3016
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 3001.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: United States Context
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 3032 (3) Social Epidemiology

Explores the role of medicine and medical systems in society. How does society shape health, how does health shape social position and how do societies make sense of health and illness? Topics may include epidemiology, social demography of health, social stress, health behavior, experiences of illness and recovery, health care provision and health care delivery systems.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3041 (3) Self and Consciousness

Explores human development from a psychosocial perspective, focusing on the interplay between psychological patterns and social forms. Issues such as self-image and social consciousness are studied within the larger context of individual and collective forces leading to transformation.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: INVS 3041
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 3001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3042 (3) Topics in Population and Health

A variety of courses in population and/or health will be taught, usually by visiting lecturers. See current departmental announcements for specific content.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 3044 (3) Race, Class, Gender, and Crime

Overview of race, class, gender and ethnicity issues in offending, victimization and processing by the justice system. Examines women and people of color employed in the justice system.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ETHN 3044 and WGST 3044
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 1001 or SOCY 1004 or SOCY 1021 or SOCY 2044.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 3045 (3) Sociology of Death and Dying

Addresses sociological aspects of thanatology (the study of death and dying). Includes study of the social meaning of death and its normative treatment in western civilization, with a focus on the contemporary United States.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 or SOCY 3001 (minimum grade D-).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 3046 (3) Topics in Sex and Gender

Faculty present courses based on their area of expertise and specialization in the field of sex and gender. Students should check current sociology department notices of course offerings for specific topics.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 3046
Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 3052 (3) Medical Sociology

Explores the role of medicine and medical systems in society. How does society shape health, how does health shape social position, and how do societies make sense of health and illness? Topics may include epidemiology, social demography of health, social stress, health behavior, experiences of illness and recovery, health care provision, and health care delivery systems.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-).
Grading Basis: Letter Grade
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 3141 (3) Social Movements in the U.S

Considers theory and research about American social movements. Emphasizes leadership, ideology, recruitment, strategy, organizational dynamics, public response, and reasons for success or failure.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 3001.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3151 (3) Self in Modern Society

Explores how modern social institutions and culture shape our personal experiences, how personal experiences can affect the nature of those, institutions and culture, and how strategies can be developed for achieving balance between the individual and society.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 3001.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Ideals and Values
Arts Sci Core Curr: United States Context
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3161 (3) Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity

Addresses various subtopics of race and ethnicity from a sociological perspective, such as ethnic and racial identity construction, migration, and race and ethnicity in Latin America.

Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 1001 or SOCY 1021.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3171 (3) Whiteness Studies

Uses the conceptual framework of the sociology of race and ethnic relations to explore whiteness as a racial category that is centered and privileged in American society. Investigates the development of whiteness from past white supremacy, current colorblindness, to possible future multiculturalism. Analyzes the consequences of whiteness as a racial identity and a social structure.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3201 (3) Sociological Research Methods

Introduces students to the logics and methods of sociological research. This requirement for majors teaches ways to answer sociological questions by collecting and analyzing different types of data. Students are trained in research ethics and learn how to collect their own data and conduct original sociological research. Collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data are included.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of SOCY 2061 or ANTH 4000 or EBIO 4410 or ECON 3818 or GEOG 3023 or IPHY 2800 or MATH 2510 or PSCI 2075 or PSYC 2111 or EDUC 4716 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Grading Basis: Letter Grade
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3301 (3) Survey Methods

Teaches quantitative research methods and, particularly, methods of survey research. Topics include sampling, interviewing, schedule construction, data analysis, computer methods, index construction, and statistical analysis. Students participate in a survey project, design, collect data, and prepare a research paper on the basis of collected data.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of SOCY 2061 and SOCY 3001 (all minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 3314 (3) Violence Against Women and Girls

Focuses on aspects of the victimization of women and girls that are "Gendered" - namely, sexual abuse and intimate partner abuse. Also explores the importance of race, class, and sexuality in gendered violence.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ETHN 3314 and WGST 3314
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 1016 or WGST 1016.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 3401 (3) Field Methods

Skill development prepares students to conduct qualitative sociological research. Emphasizes ethnographic techniques, including intensive interviewing, direct observation, coding, participant observation, and report writing. Students conceive and execute a field research project with data collection, analysis, and a report.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 3001 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4000 (3) Gender, Genocide and Mass Trauma

Studies the persistence of genocide and the effects of mass trauma on women and girls. Within the framework of political and social catastrophe, examines cataclysmic world events and the traumatic consequences for women of religious persecution, colonialism, slavery and the genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 4010
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 1016 or WGST 1016 or WGST 2000 or SOCY 3314 or WGST 3314.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 4002 (3) Sociology of Aging

Studies present and future roles of the aged in the family, the community, and the larger society. Considers economic, political, and health consequences of various retirement systems.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 3001.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 4004 (3) Advanced Topics in Criminology

Variety of courses in criminology. See current departmental announcements for specific content.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 1001 or SOCY 1004 or SOCY 2044.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 4007 (3) Global Human Ecology

Examines global environmental issues from sociological perspectives. Focuses on such problems as overpopulation, world hunger and poverty, pollution, resource shortages, environmental impact of technology and population dynamics, public policy, and strategies for change.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: SEWL 2000
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 4014 (3) Criminology

Examines the scientific study of types of criminal behavior and explanations for criminal behavior, with special attention to social factors affecting criminal behavior.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 or SOCY 1004 or SOCY 2044 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 4016 (3) Sex, Gender and Society 2

Studies status and power differences between the sexes at individual, group, and societal levels. Examines empirically established sex differences, and reviews biological, psychological, and sociological explanations for gender differences.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 4016
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1016 or WGST 1016 or WGST 2000 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 4017 (3) Animals and Society

Examines the role of non-human animals in human society. Investigates the social construction of the human/animal boundary. Challenges ideas that animals are neither thinking nor feeling. Examines the many ways humans rely on animals. Considers the link between animal cruelty and other violence. Explores the moral status of animals.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 4024 (3) Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Examines the history, incidence and prevalence of delinquent behavior among youth.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 or SOCY 1004 or SOCY 2044 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Contemporary Societies
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 4027 (3) Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment

Focuses on the structural forces affecting environmental degradation and environmental behavior by examining the relationships between (a) inequality and democratic decision making and (b) undemocratic decision making; U.S. and corporate food and energy policy; and global environmental degradation. Focuses on the role that global inequality plays in fostering environmental degradation.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ENVS 4027
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 4030 (3) Sociology of Climate Change

Examines the human drivers and causes of climate change, the health and security risks it creates and the efforts of societies to mitigate and adapt to its effects.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ENVS 4030
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 4031 (3) Social Psychology

Studies individuals in social context. Reviews philosophical and sociological treatments of the relation between the individual and society. More specific topics include the socialization process,theories of human development and personality formation, language acquisition, conformity, aggression, sex differences in personality and gender identity, and the relation between attitudes and overt behavior.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 3001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4037 (3) Hazards, Disasters and Society

Explores the societal dimensions of hazards and disasters, emphasizing disaster theory and research, key issues in the sociological study of disasters, social vulnerability, the impacts of disasters in the U.S. and worldwide and the U.S. Emergency Management System.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: SOCY 5037
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 2077 (minimum grade D-).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 4042 (3) Economic Sociology

Defines relationship between economy and society; sociological approach to study of economic activity and organization; difference from the theoretical and methodological assumptions orienting the discipline of economics; tackles these questions in two ways: studies foundations as established in works of Smith, Marx, Weber, Polanyi, and Schumpeter, and considers current research in economic sociology, focusing on concepts of markets, networks, and embeddedness.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 4047 (3) Topics in Environment and Society

Variety of courses taught by visiting and regular faculty. See current departmental announcements for specific content.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 4052 (3) Social Inequalities in Health

Focuses on social inequalities in health in both U.S. and international contexts. Reviews the link between health status and various types of social statuses, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, gender, race and ethnicity. Explanations for the relationships between these factors and various health outcomes are discussed. Focuses on multiple levels of analysis, from the physician-patient interactions to health care systems and social policies. Students have the opportunity to develop their own specific research interests in this field.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Diversity-U.S. Perspective
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 4062 (3) Suffering and Care in Society

Examines how modern societies understand and respond to the reality of human suffering, how care systems are organized, and the experiences of professional caregivers.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 4063 (3) Risk and Resilience in Society

Explores the growing dangers of modern life and the ability of society and its members to recover from epidemics, terrorism, financial disasters, natural catastrophes and other harmful events. Special attention is given to the social (as opposed to the individual) sources of risk and resilience and their implications for the helping professions.

Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4071 (3) Social Stratification

Studies theories of class, ethnic, sex, and age stratification. Examines social inequality in the United States and analyzes the resulting conflicts.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: SOCY 5071
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 3001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4081 (1-3) Sociology of Education

Analyzes the school as a social organization. Among topics considered are power and control in the school; classroom interaction and its relation to learning and personality development in students; roles of educators; and reciprocal relations of school and community.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4084 (3) Punishment, Law and Society

Places the current state of punishment in the U.S. in historical and cross national context. Examines key features of penal systems and key sociological theories about the relationship between punishment and society.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ETHN 4084
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 1001 or SOCY 1004 or SOCY 2044.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 4086 (3) Family and Society

Studies the changing relationship between family and social structure. Examines variations in family organization and considers political, social, ideological, demographic, and economic determinants of family formation.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 4086
Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 3001.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 4104 (3) The Death Penalty in America

Examines the historical and international use of capital punishment, and then focuses on its use and status in the United States in this century, with a special look at Colorado. Critically examines the arguments for and against capital punishment. The inmates on death row and their families will be examined, as well as the needs of families of homicide victims.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 4014 (minimum grade C-).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 4117 (3) Food and Society

Examines the food system along the lines of social justice and environmental sustainability. Investigates the institutional and cultural supports of major food system problems and contemporary efforts to address those problems, including the realms of food production, processing, distribution, marketing, policy, regulation, consumption, and activism.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 4121 (3) Sociology of Religion

Examines complex interactions between religious and other social structures, such as the economy, government, and the family, and how globalization is affecting religious traditions across the globe. Includes discussion of how various religions are used or misused to justify terrorism and other acts of violence.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Recommended: Prerequisite SOCY 3001.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Core Curr: Ideals and Values
Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4131 (1-3) Advanced Topics in Sociology

Variety of advanced specialty courses taught by visiting and regular faculty designed for upper division sociology majors. See current departmental announcement for specific content.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4132 (3) Gender, Islam and Modernity

Examines gender in contemporary Muslim societies, with emphasis on Asia and the Middle East. Explores issues such as veiling, feminism, sexuality, family, women's participation in politics and social movements.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences

SOCY 4141 (3) The Social Psychology of Friendships

Studies friendships between individuals and groups, applying social psychological theories of interaction and group processes. Examines the effects of hierarchies of status and power and of norms and social pressure on friendships. Attempts to answer questions like how social categories like gender, race, and class affect friendships, what are the unwritten rules of behavior among friends in different situations, and what happens when we violate them.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4160 (3) Designing Social Innovations

Introduces students to theory and research on social entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the role of design thinking.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences

SOCY 4161 (3) Executing Social Innovations

Introduces students to the skills and strategies involved in developing a business plan for a social business or an organization wanting to increase its social impact.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Social Sciences

SOCY 4441 (3) Senior Honors Seminar 1

Helps students design and initiate an honors thesis based on original sociological research.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of SOCY 3001 and SOCY 3301 (all minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sciences Honors Course
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4451 (3) Senior Honors Seminar 2

Helps students complete an honors thesis based on original sociological research. Emphasizes analyzing data, writing research reports, and presenting results.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of SOCY 3001 and SOCY 3301 (all minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Arts Sciences Honors Course
Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4841 (1-8) Independent Study in Sociology

Upper-division variable credit. Instructor consent required.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 8.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 3001 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4911 (1-3) Teaching Sociology

Students participate in a teaching seminar under the supervision of a faculty member. Includes pedagogical strategies for implementing concrete educational goals and encouraging higher levels of creativity and analysis in a large, lower-division class. Emphasizes mentorship and personal development. Instructor consent required.

Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 1001 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4931 (1-6) Internship in Sociology

Provides an academically supervised opportunity for junior and senior sociology majors to work in public or private organizations to gain practical knowledge and experience, and allows students to make a connection between sociological theory and the "real world". Instructor consent required.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours.
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 3001 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Sociology (SOCY) majors only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 4932 (3) Internship in Care, Health and Resilience

Provides an academically supervised opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in the helping professions to work in a job that provides them valuable hands-on experience, allows them to apply insights learned in their formal coursework and helps them make informed career choices upon graduation. This course cannot be applied to the SOCY major or minor requirements.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 5031 (3) Research Design

Principles and practice of social research, including the nature of scientific explanation, the relationship between theory and research, research design, measurement problems, sampling questionnaire construction, interviewing, ethnographic methods, and statistical analysis.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 5037 (3) Hazards, Disasters and Society

Explores the societal dimensions of hazards and disasters, emphasizing disaster theory and research, key issues in the sociological study of disasters, social vulnerability, the impacts of disasters in the U.S. and worldwide and the U.S. Emergency Management System.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: SOCY 4037
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 5111 (3) Data 1: Introduction to Social Statistics

Introduces statistical analysis in the social sciences. Introduces basic techniques of inferential statistics and several bivariate statistical techniques including t-test for the difference in means, chi-square independence, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation, and simple regression (OLS). Prepares students for the required course on multivariate regression techniques (Data 2).

Requisites: Restricted to Sociology (SOCY) graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 5181 (3) Logics of Qualitative Inquiry

A required first-year seminar that introduces the logics of qualitative inquiry in sociology. Introduces the history of qualitative epistemology. Considers the logic of common qualitative methodologies and qualitative research representations. Engages with the logics of inquiry in classic and more recent well regarded qualitative sociological works.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Grading Basis: Letter Grade
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 5201 (3) Graduate Seminar in Sociological Theory

Examines theoretical approaches to core issues and problems in sociology, including the nature of society, the relationship between society and the individual, the role of culture and social structure, the sources of social power, and the conceptual structure of sociological knowledge itself.

Requisites: Restricted to Sociology (SOCY) graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 5611 (3) Teaching in Sociology

Learn how to teach sociology more effectively while developing a new content area and a clearer sense of the field. Choose a content area within sociology as the basis for planning a course and developing and practicing different teaching techniques. Department enforced prerequisite: enrollment in the Sociology graduate program.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 5841 (1-6) Independent Study in Sociology

Graduate variable credit. Instructor consent required.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 7.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 5937 (1-6) Graduate Research Internship in Environmental Sociology

Offers the opportunity for sociology graduate students specializing in environmental sociology to work with local governmental or non-profit organizations on research assignments. The research topic, academic reading list, and expectations for the final project will be developed collaboratively with a faculty sponsor and organizational representative.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 6004 (3) Topics in Criminology

Variety of courses in criminology to be taught by visiting lecturers. See current departmental announcements for specific content.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 6007 (3) Foundations of Environmental Sociology

Provides overview of environmental sociological theory and research including topics such as: public environmental perception, concern, and knowledge; environmentalism as a social movement; environmental justice; energy, technology, and risk; human dimensions of environmental change; and natural hazards and disasters.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ENVS 6007
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 6012 (3) Population Issues, Problems, and Policies

Presents contemporary perspectives on relations between population and society. Focuses on mortality, fertility, and migration, the major demographic areas, with reviews of specific demographic phenomena and controversies.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 6016 (3) Topics in Sex and Gender

Covers diverse specializations of faculty in the area of sex and gender. See current departmental announcements or online Schedule Planner for specific content.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours.
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 6017 (3) Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment

Focuses on the structural forces affecting environmental degradation and environmental behavior by examining the relationships between a) inequality and democratic decision making and b) undemocratic economic and political decision making, U.S. and corporate food and energy policy; and global environmental degradation. Focus will also be placed on the role that global inequality plays in fostering environmental degradation.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 6041 (3) Cultural Sociology

Explores "the cultural turn" in sociology and related disciplines. Reviews basic themes in cultural studies: distinguishing "cultural" and "social"; narrative as catalyst between symbols and practices; cultural production processes; self as embodied; culture and power; methods and epistemological issues. Students present their own projects in class and as research papers.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6111 (3) Data 2: Data Analysis

Introduces students to mainstream multivariate regression techniques used in the social sciences. The majority of the course focuses on the Ordinary Least Square model and on the extension of this model to nominal, ordinal and count dependent variables. Students analyze data of their choosing with statistical software packages including SPSS, SAS, and STATA. Department prerequisite: SOCY 5111 or equivalent.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6121 (3) Qualitative Methods

Training in the systematic observation of people in situations, finding them where they are, staying with them in a role acceptable to them that allows intimate observations of behavior. Students report their findings in ways useful to social science but not harmful to those observed.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6821 (1-2) Graduate Sociology Forum 1

Introduces first-year graduate students to the full range of substantive topics, research programs, and other projects in which graduate sociology faculty are engaged. Provides a forum in which issues of the discipline are presented and discussed. Features weekly presentations by graduate sociology faculty.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6831 (1) Graduate Professional Seminar

Offers guidance and instruction on topics related to advanced graduate study and academic life beyond graduation. Discussions will include writing journal articles; creating a vitae; writing dissertations; applying for grants and other sources of funding; the academic job search; and what to expect as a junior faculty member.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6841 (1-6) Guided Research in Sociology

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 7.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6851 (2) Interdisciplinary Social Science Professional Socialization

Trains graduate students and provides professional socialization in interdisciplinary social science research. Open to all interested students, with programming provided by the Institute of Behavioral Science. Sessions include IBS-housed colloquia and workshops in professional socialization, technological tools, interdisciplinary research, ethics, grant writing, etc. Students workshop and submit a research paper.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: PSYC 6831 and PSCI 6851
Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 4.00 total credit hours.
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Grading Basis: Pass/Fail
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6861 (1-2) Interdisciplinary Training in the Social Sciences Methods Course

This is a new course number for a series of interdisciplinary graduate methods seminars created as part of the new Interdisciplinary Training in the Social Sciences program, which is co-funded by the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences. These courses, which have rotating topics, train graduate students in qualitative and quantitative methods. CARTSS/IBS will arrange three one-credit advanced methods mini-courses each Spring semester. The mini-courses will be taught weekly (two hours per week) for five weeks. The courses will change each spring; topics include a wide variety of advanced statistical analysis methods, machine learning for social sciences, text analysis, experimental techniques, network analysis, survey design, interview protocols, etc. Open to all interested graduate students, with programming provided jointly by the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) and the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS).

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: LING 6861
Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Grading Basis: Letter Grade

SOCY 6941 (1) Master's Candidate for Degree

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours.
Grading Basis: Pass/Fail
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 6951 (1-6) Master's Thesis

Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 7002 (3) Social Disparities in Health

Presents social disparities in health in their social context. Includes the sociology of health behavior; links between health status and social statuses including gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status; fundamental causes and other explanations for social disparities in health; environment and health; health insurance disparities; the physician-patient interaction and its consequences.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 7004 (3) Criminological Theory

Examines the major criminological theories of the 18th through 21st centuries in Europe, Australia, and the U.S. Emphasizes the historical contexts and paradigms of knowledge influencing these theories.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 7006 (3) Sociology of Sex and Gender

Theoretical and empirical examination of sex stratification, sex role differentiation, and sex differences in socialization, personality, institutions, and culture.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 7012 (3) The Social Demography of Race

Introduction to relevant, timely research within sociological and social demographic research on race and ethnicity. Specific areas will include conceptual/measurement issues; population size, growth, and migration; health and mortality; marriage, family, and fertility; socioeconomic context; and policy considerations. Course content will be structured around current empirical pieces in sociology literature with emphasis on methodological approach in analyses.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: Population and Health Issue

SOCY 7014 (3) Gender, Race, Class, and Crime

Examines crime and the criminal legal system practices through the lens of intersecting oppressions, particularly racism, sexism, heterosexism and classism.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ETHN 6014
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 7017 (3) Population and Environment

Reviews research on human-environment interactions, with a focus on ways in which demographic processes influence, and are influenced by, the environmental context. Specific topics include conceptual and analytical frameworks; methodologies; intervening factors shaping human dimensions of environmental change; and regionally-focused research.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Environment and Society

SOCY 7024 (3) Punishment and Social Control

Exploration of sociological perspectives on the criminal justice process. Considers organization of criminal law responses, including enforcing and sentencing. Race, class, gender, and age differences in treatment and sentencing are analyzed.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 7026 (3) Feminist Research Methods

Epistemological and methodological issues generated by feminist research and students' own projects.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 7034 (3) Capital Punishment in the United States

Surveys the history and current status of capital punishment in the United States, with a critical examination of arguments both for and against the death penalty.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Deviance and Criminology

SOCY 7036 (3) Feminist Theory

Examines the main schools of feminist thought and their impact upon sociological theories. Also examines current feminist theoretical debates and their relevance to feminist sociology.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: Sex and Gender

SOCY 7111 (3) Data III--Advanced Data Analysis

Denotes third graduate course in sequence of quantitative methods. Following basic inferential statistics (SOCY 5111) and multivariate regression analysis (SOCY 6111), students study advanced statistical techniques such as event history analysis, multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and latent class analysis.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours.
Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of SOCY 6111 (minimum grade D-). Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 7121 (3) Qualitative Analysis

Drawing on data gathered through participation, observation and in-depth interviewing, students focus on developing theoretical analyses and exploring classical and post-modern ethnographic writing formats. Students present and revise their papers as well as review journal articles. Department enforced prerequisite: SOCY 6121.

Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 7131 (3) Seminar in Social Psychology

Studies the individual in social context. Focuses on theoretical perspectives and substantive issues specific to sociological and social psychology, including socialization, the self, social roles, language, deviance, gender, collective behavior, group processes, attitudes and behavior, social norms,and conformity.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 7141 (3) Third-year Paper Seminar

Guides graduate students through the creation of the required third-year paper and helps establish productive writing habits. Includes assigned readings, discussion, peer review, and specific tasks related to scholarly writing. Students will revise and defend the paper during the semester following the seminar. Department enforced prereqs., SOCY 5111 and SOCY 5201.

Requisites: Restricted to Sociology (SOCY) graduate students only.
Grading Basis: Letter Grade
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 7171 (3) Special Topics

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 9.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.
Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology

SOCY 8991 (1-10) Doctoral Dissertation

All doctoral students must register for not fewer than 30 hours of dissertation credit as part of the requirements for the degree. For a detailed discussion of doctoral dissertation credit, refer to the Graduate School section.

Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 30.00 total credit hours.
Additional Information: Departmental Category: General Sociology