Undergraduate Course Catalog

Sociology

R. Wojtkiewicz, Chairperson

Sociology is the systematic study of human society and social interaction. Sociologists study the effects of groups upon individuals, interactions among groups and organizations, and cultural beliefs that direct human behavior within a local and global context. Sociological research involves collecting information about social processes, which is used to test and develop sociological theories.

Through their course work, sociology majors develop practical skills in writing, analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, and research methods, which are valued and sought after in the job market. In addition to these skills, a degree in Sociology provides students with the ability to consider social issues within the context of society as a whole and in relation to complex social systems.

Sociology majors find employment in business, non-profit, and government organizations. Many students pursue advanced degrees in Sociology while others find themselves well prepared for graduate study in social work, counseling, law, and business.


MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY, 36 hours

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492

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21 hours of electives in SOC
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Students must earn a grade of C or better in SOC 100, 380, 382, 402, 492 for the course to count toward major requirements.

MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY, 15 hours

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12 hours of electives in SOC
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TEACHER EDUCATION

TEACHING MAJOR IN SOCIAL STUDIES, 57-66 hours

(See Teaching Major in Social Studies, College of Sciences and Humanities for total requirements for this area.)
Sociology area, 15 hours

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Women (3)
Deviance (3)
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320
421
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470

Global (3)
Inequality (3)
Minorities (3)
Family (3)
Religion (3)
Population (3)






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Each student must satisfactorily compile artifacts from sociology courses for the Social Science Teacher Education Portfolio in accordance with Department Standards.

SOCIOLOGY (SOC)

100 Principles of Sociology. (3)
An introduction to sociology. Gives an understanding of theories and research on social structures, processes, and problems.

221 African-Americans. (3)
Social organization of African-American life in the United States: demography, culture, economy, and politics. Topics include family life, education, segregation, and discrimination.

224 Family and Society. (3)
Introductory analysis of the interrelationship between family and society. Examines family within a historical, structural, and cultural context with an emphasis on demography, stratification, race/ethnicity, and power dynamics.

227 Spirituality, Self, and Society. (3)
Introduces the sociological study of spirituality. Uses sociological methods and theories to examine a range of spiritual expression, emphasizing individual experiences, changing spiritual landscapes, and the intersection of spirituality with social institutions. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

228 Globalization and the Third World. (3)
Examines the process of globalization especially as it occurs in the Third World. Social problems affecting the Third World, social change models, and ideologies are also discussed.

235 Sociology of Women. (3)
Analysis of women’s roles, in basic institutions of society.

241 Deviance. (3)
Overview of theory and research on deviance.

242 Social Problems. (3)
Discussion and analysis of current social problems within American society. Examines political, economic, and social dimensions of problems, their causes, and possible solutions.

260 Society and the Individual. (3)
Analysis of the interaction between people and their social environment. Examines the effects of groups and society on individuals. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

299X Topics in Sociology. (3)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester. Students may not repeat topics for additional credit. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

312 Leisure. (3)
Focuses on recreation, hobbies, media consumption, sports, folk arts, high culture, travel, and leisure industries. Quality of life issues and effects on the natural environment are also discussed. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

320 Social Inequality. (3)
Examines causes and consequences of social class, status, and mobility in the United States and other countries. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

329 Work and Society. (3)
Examines work organization in historical and contemporary societies. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

333 Sociology of Media. (3)
Describes, compares, and analyzes national and international media from a sociological perspective. Representations of race, class, and gender will be considered. The social effects of media will also be explored emphasizing the development of media literacy. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

341 Sociology of Health and Illness. (3)
Analysis of relationships between diseases and the social structure and efforts to cope with sickness. Topics include social factors in the distribution of disease, social stress, the sick role, conventional and alternative healers, and the medical-care system. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

369 Internship Experience—Paid. (3)
Paid supervised field experience in a business, industrial, governmental, educational, or other setting. Supervision will be jointly provided by sociology faculty and employers. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit total from internships SOC 369 and 488. 
    Prerequisite: permission of sociology internship coordinator and the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

380 Sociological Research Methods. (3)
Examines the basic principles of conducting and analyzing sociological research. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

382 Applied Social Statistics. (3)
Calculation, application, and interpretation of statistics used in social and behavioral sciences. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 or permission of the instructor.

390 Honors Colloquium in General Sociology. (3)
Designed to acquaint honors students with sociological perspectives on a wide variety of social issues. 
    Prerequisite: junior standing in the Honors College.

402 Sociological Theory. (3)
Focuses upon sociological theories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Modern society, contemporary events, and probable future trends are examined in terms of major sociological theories. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

421 Racial and Cultural Minorities in the United States. (3)
Examines the causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination toward minority groups in America. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

422 Social Trends in Contemporary Societies. (3)
Analysis of social trends in contemporary societies. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

424 Family. (3)
Advanced topics in the sociology of the family. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

425 Sociology of Law. (3)
Provides a sociological understanding of law. Specifically focuses on the reciprocal relationship between law and the social world. Uses sociological theory to help recognize, evaluate, and appreciate law in society. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

427 Sociology of Religions. (3)
An analysis of religion as a social institution. Special consideration of religious conversion, religious conflict, fundamentalism, secularization, the formation of sects and cults, and the relationship of religion and gender, race, and politics. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

431 Aging and the Life Course. (3)
Examines the effects of social and cultural factors on the aging process including an analysis of policies and programs designed to meet the needs of older adults. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

433 Sociology of Mental Health. (3)
Mental disorders and their definition, prevalence, and distribution. Also includes analysis of help-seeking behaviors, the experience of treatment, the psychiatric industry, and the insanity plea. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

434 Sociology of Human Sexuality. (3)
Analyzes gender and sexual issues. Topics include gender identity, sexual deviance, and sociological factors that affect sexuality. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

441 Social Change. (3)
Analyzes social movements and resistance to these movements. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

450 Sociology of Education. (3)
Focuses on current theory and research in the sociology of education. Topics include the role of education in stratification, cross-cultural comparisons of educational systems, and the organization and culture of schools. (May not be used as a substitute for EDFON 420.) 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

470 Population and Society. (3)
Contemporary demographic patterns and their implications for the future. Addresses the composition, distribution, and growth of human populations. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

472 Urban Dynamics and Problems. (3)
Functions and institutional dynamics of the city with special reference to contemporary urban problems. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

474 Seminar on Middletown Studies. (3)
Focuses on two works by the Lynds, Middletown and Middletown in Transition, and more recent studies about Muncie, Indiana. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.

488 Internship Experience—Unpaid. (3)
Unpaid supervised field experience in a business, industrial, governmental, educational, or other setting. Supervision will be jointly provided by sociology faculty and employers. 
    May earn up to 6 hours of credit total from internships SOC 369 and 488. 
    Prerequisite: permission of sociology internship coordinator and the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

490 Independent Study of Sociology. (1-3)
Provides opportunities to conduct sociological investigations supervised by instructors who possess expertise in the subjects involved. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

492 Capstone Course in Sociology. (3)
Capstone study expanding the scope of the undergraduate education via immersive learning experience. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 380, 382; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: SOC 402. 
    Open only to SOC majors with GPA of 2.5 or greater in the major or senior standing. 
    
499 Advanced Topics in Sociology. (3)
Explores advanced topics relevant to the discipline. Topics will be announced before each semester. Students may not repeat topics for additional credit. 
    Prerequisite: SOC 100 plus 6 SOC hours, or permission of the instructor.