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SOC 1800 General Sociology (3) Explores the relationships of individuals, groups, and society in the context of changing social institutions. Addresses basic concepts and subfields in sociology.

SOC 1830 Social Problems (3) The sociology of social problems; background and analysis of selected social problems such as race, crime, population, civil rights, poverty; social changes in light of social controls and democratic values.

SOC 2805 Introduction to Social Research (3) An overview of the concepts and practice of research including measurement, sampling, design, basic descriptive statistics and ethics. Attention to both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

SOC 2825 Marriage and the Life Course (3) Theory and research on husband and wife and parent-child relations are examined. Other topics include dating, cohabitation, and blended families. Prerequisite: SOC 1800.

SOC 2845 Social Inequality (3) A theoretical and methodological examination of the relationships between social class, inequality, and mobility. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sociology or consent from instructor.

SOC 2850 Institutions and Social Action (3) Introduces theoretical approaches to modern social institutions and offers a critical examination of strategies of social action intended to intervene within institutional contexts. Prerequisite: SOC 1800 or concurrently.

SOC 3810 Culture and Society (3) Examines culture including art, popular culture, folk/ethnic culture, consumer culture, and postmodern culture. Emphasis on meaning and power. Prerequisites: 3 semester hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 3820 Popular Culture (3) Exploration of the major theories of popular culture including production, consumption, taste, resistance, and audience.

SOC 3825 Race and Ethnic Relations (3) The study of principles, processes and consequences of interracial and ethnic group relations. Emphasis on the social construction of ethnicity, ethnic stratification, and ethnic movements. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 3870 Personality and Society (3) Emphasizes theories of micro-sociological principles. Focuses on interpersonal relationships and how issues such as socialization and identity impact human behavior and views of the self. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sociology or consent from instructor.

SOC 3885 Globalization and the Future (3) This course explores the impact of the globalization phenomenon upon the future development of the world's economic, political and socio-cultural aspects. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sociology or consent of instructor.

SOC 3890 Criminology (3) The nature and characteristics of crime and criminals; the historical perspectives of criminology; theoretical analysis of criminal behavior. 

SOC 4805 Environment and Society (3) Examination of the social debates around the environment including wilderness, natural resource use, agriculture, recreation, environmentalism, and green production and consumption.

SOC 4810 Urban Sociology (3) Urbanization, rise and growth of cities; attention to demography, ecology and changes in urban society; social problems such as land utilization, housing, slums, politics, crime, and living standards. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SOC 4815 Special Projects in Sociology (1-6) Study, interpretation, and discussion of special topics and problems in sociology. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours.

SOC 4820 Collective Behavior (3) An application of social-psychological principles to various forms of collective phenomena, including cults, civil disturbances, and social movements. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4825 Sociology of Education (3) Education as a social institution; its relationship to other institutions and the community. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4830 Media, in Post-Industrial Society (3) The purpose of this course is to provide students with a critical political economy framework for understanding the effects of mass media on society. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4840 Sociology of Sport (3) An investigation and analysis of the relationships between sport and society. Focus will be upon the development and changing nature of sport as an institution in modern society.

SOC 4845 Social Deviance (3) Exploration of the major theories of social norms and social deviance across a variety of social contexts including legal and non-legal, underprivileged and privileged. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4850 Work and the Modern Society (3) Critical inquiry into the workings of modern society and its cultures and subcultures, ideologies, institutions, elites, classes, and the processes of power relations. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4855 Sociology of Gender (3) Explores impact of gender stratification and roles on the attitudes and behavior of women and men, gender and social institutions, theories of gender, and sexuality. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4860 Sociological Thought (3) Assessment of current sociological thought as it is reflected by outstanding scholars in the field. Prerequisite: SOC 3800 and 3 additional semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4875 Medical Sociology (3) Social factors and institutional settings for physical and mental health care; public needs and medical services; research in medical sociology. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4885 Religion and Society (3) The structure and function of religion in society; social sources of religions; religion and the individual. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4890 Social Survey Research (3) Major concepts in research and methodology; the structure of research design, methods of data collection in quantitative research, statistical inferences and computer applications. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4894 Sociology of Aging (3) The aging process and its consequences for the individual and society; an examination of the problem of aging in terms of demographic, economic, psychologic and sociologic implications; and emphasis on sociological principles and perspectives. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sociology, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

SOC 4895 Senior Seminar in Public Sociology* (3) For senior Sociology majors to explore the use and application of Sociology in public life and as a career. Cumulative senior project required. Prerequisite: Sociology major and senior standing or consent of department chair. *Not available for graduate credit.