SOC 286 - Blues and the Spirit: A Seminar and Service Learning Experience on Chicago Blues and Gospel Music3 hours A seminar and service learning opportunity offered in conjunction with a university-sponsored public conference, the Blues and the Spirit Symposium. Students will be required to attend four seminars prior to the symposium and attend all events in conjunction with the symposium, which is normally held biannually in the early summer.
SOC 285 - The Racial and Musical Legacy of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta3 hours An exploration of the Southern roots of American music and its relationship to the struggles over civil rights in the 20th century, through a five-day excursion to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. The experiential component of the course will be supplemented with readings, lectures, and musical performances. The trip is normally scheduled for the second week of June, from Wednesday through Sunday.
SOC 281 - Native American Culture and Spirituality3 hours Listed also as THEO 381
SOC 280 - Discrimination and Society3 hours An examination of the causes and effects of discrimination in U. S. society as it relates to several social identities. The course is based on a sociological principle that discrimination is “constructed”: discrimination as not naturally occurring but as the result of conflict regarding what is normal, what is valued, and what should and should not change in society.
SOC 268 - Cultural Anthropology3 hours Introduction to the anthropological study of the structure and meaning of culture as a systematic basis of all human action. Consideration will be given to the structures of social relationships and belief systems that operate in different world cultures with an emphasis on the Global South.This course will satisfy the social sciences core area and multicultural core requirements.
SOC 250 - Urban Sociology3 hours An examination of cities as structures of life in society and of urbanization as a process of social change. Consideration will be given to patterns of residence and group interaction, family and neighborhood relations, and work, leisure, and technology.This course will satisfy the social sciences core area requirement.
SOC 245 - Contemporary Social Problems3 hours An examination of the major problems confronting societies in the contemporary world. Social problems to be explored include institutionalized discrimination (sexism, racism, ageism), ecology (population, energy), and/or economy (poverty, development). Consideration will be given to the nature and forms of specific social problems as well as the social costs and consequences of their existence.This course will satisfy the social sciences core area requirement.
SOC 240 - Self and Society3 hours An examination of the social science paradigms that address how human action and human actors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. This course emphasizes sociological social psychology and will focus on the social construction of self and the social context of everyday behavior in terms of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and age.
SOC 230 - Sociology of Gender3 hours An examination of how the social existence, roles, and identities of women and men are constructed, with an emphasis on the pervasive influence of gender at the individual level as well as in the very organization and working of society. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the diversity and complexity of gendered experiences in terms of class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age.Listed also as SWG 230 .This course will satisfy the social sciences core area requirement.
SOC 225 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare3 hours Introduction to social service systems and the major fields of practice within the profession of social work. Consideration is given to child and family welfare, health and occupational social work, juvenile delinquency intervention, and/or other modes of practice in criminal justice.