SOC 455 - Internship1-8 hours Internships in a variety of agencies and organizations involved with the delivery of social services, health care administration, social justice advocacy, and/or research and policy analysis are available under faculty supervision. Student participants enhance their research proficiency while gaining valuable work experience in an area of their interest.
SOC 450 - Independent Study1-8 hours An opportunity to do independent research or study under faculty supervision.
SOC 409 - Contemporary Social Theory3 hours A critical examination of social theory from the Chicago school to the present. Consideration will be given to interactionist, ethnomethodological, structuralist, critical, feminist, rational choice, and postmodern perspectives, with special emphasis on the legacy of Robert Merton, C. Wright Mills, and Erving Goffman, as well as Dorothy Smith, Anthony Giddens, and Patricia Hill Collins.
SOC 407 - Classical Social Theory3 hours A critical examination of the origins of social theory from its sources in philosophy through the Chicago school of the early 20th century. Special emphasis will be placed on the legacy of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber, as well as Harriet Martineau, W.E.B. DuBois, and Jane Addams.
SOC 390 - Theoretical Approaches to Health, Society, and Aging3 hours A critical examination of social theories and empirical analysis of health concerns specific to aging. Consideration will be given to life course, conflict, functionalist and symbolic interactionist theories, among others, to understand the micro and macro forces that drive the changes and adaptations that individuals makes as they age.
SOC 385 - Critical Theoretical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity3 hours An examination of race theory in the United States from a “critical” perspective. In doing so, it highlights the ideologies, attitudes, behaviors, and structures that produce and maintain racial inequality. This perspective focuses on race (and racial inequality) as grounded in both past and current structures and social interactions. Critical race theory provides a perspective that recognizes and emphasizes that racial inequality stems from sources beyond the individual (i.e. the social structure).
SOC 382 - Social Change3 hours An examination of the various aspects of social change. In particular, this course explores why social movements occur, how they are formed, who joins and the changes they produce. This course applies the course content to classic and contemporary social issues.
SOC 381 - Transnational Feminist Theories3 hours Listed also as SWG 381
SOC 380 - Social Inequality3 hours A critical examination of social theories and empirical analysis of class, wealth, income, age, race and gender inequality, and stratification. Consideration will be given to classical and contemporary sociological theories, historical and comparative analyses of the structure of inequality, the U.S. class structure, and global perspectives on poverty, wealth, welfare, and social mobility.Listed also as BWS 381
SOC 372 - Law and Society3 hours Listed also as CRIM 372 and BWS 372 .