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Sociology Department

Students of sociology learn to evaluate and explain the complex interactions among people and societies; thus, sociology is an integral part of a liberal arts education. At Emory, the study of sociology covers a wide range of topics, including the study of small group interaction; the study of institutions (education, media industries, the criminal justice system, health care systems); the study of social inequality; the relationship between culture and society; and the comparative study of different societies.  Students also are trained in the social research process (different methods of data gathering and analysis) to further their examination of social problems. Emory sociology majors have the opportunity to learn by doing as well as by studying, and several courses offer the opportunity for hands on research.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Karen Hegtvedt
P1837202
Professor

Education

  • BA, Washington State University, 1976
  • MA, Washington State University, 1978
  • PhD, University of Washington, 1984

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • social psychology
  • emotions
  • group processes
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Tracy Scott
P4191817
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • AB, Stanford University, 1983
  • MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1989
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1999

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • qualitative methods
  • culture and religion
  • gender
  • work and occupations
  • preventive healthcare
Core Faculty
Robert Agnew
P0353075
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1980

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • criminology and delinquency
  • social psychology
  • theory
John Boli
P4377695
Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1970
  • MA, Stanford University, 1973
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1976

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • global analysis
  • culture
  • organizations
  • theory
Irene Browne
P6797939
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1979
  • MA, City University of New York, 1987
  • PhD, University of Arizona, 1991

Departments

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • social inequality
  • race, gender, class intersections
  • immigration
  • labor markets
Sam Cherribi
P7219361
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • MA, University of Rabat, 1982
  • MA, University of Amsterdam, 1987
  • PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2000

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • European ethnicity and politics
  • political elites
  • sustainable development
  • European Islam
  • public media and contestation
Timothy Dowd
P5651937
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Grand Canyon College, 1986
  • MA, Arizona State University, 1988
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1996

Departments

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • culture
  • music
  • media
  • formal organizations
  • economic sociology
Tyrone Forman
P9422888
Associate Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2001

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • intergroup prejudice and discrimination
  • comparative race and ethnic relations
  • American youth and public opinion
  • health and well-being
  • survey research methods
  • social policy
Roberto Franzosi
P7004507
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Genoa, 1975
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1981

Departments

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • methods
  • culture
  • historical sociology
  • social protest
Karen Hegtvedt
P1837202
Professor

Education

  • BA, Washington State University, 1976
  • MA, Washington State University, 1978
  • PhD, University of Washington, 1984

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • social psychology
  • emotions
  • group processes
Alexander Hicks
P4729307
Professor

Education

  • BA, McGill University, 1969
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, 1973
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1979

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • political sociology
  • political economy
  • public policy
Ellen Idler
P6485246
Professor

Education

  • BA, College of Wooster, 1974
  • MA, Rutgers University, 1976
  • PhD, Yale University, 1985

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • sociology of health, aging, and the life course
  • sociology of religion
  • social epidemiology
Cathryn Johnson
P4985831
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Illinois, 1979
  • MSW, University of Illinois, 1981
  • PhD, University of Iowa, 1990

Departments

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • social psychology
  • organizations
Corey Keyes
P0503609
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1988
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, 1991
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, 1991
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1995

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • mental health
  • aging
  • social psychology
  • public health
Sabino Kornrich
P6652315
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Washington, 2009

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
Frank Lechner
P6667872
Professor

Education

  • BA, Katholieke Hogeschool, 1978
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh, 1982
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1985

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • global change
  • culture
  • religion
  • theory
Amanda Lewis
P3809249
Associate Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2000

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • race and ethnic relations
  • sociology of education (particularly urban schools)
  • gender. qualitative and ethnographic research methods
Jeffery Mullis
P5836528
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1986
  • MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1988
  • PhD, University of Virginia, 1995

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Legal and Medical Sociology
  • Conflict Management
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Richard Rubinson
P8951752
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1968
  • MA, Stanford University, 1972
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1974

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
Tracy Scott
P4191817
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • AB, Stanford University, 1983
  • MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1989
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1999

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • qualitative methods
  • culture and religion
  • gender
  • work and occupations
  • preventive healthcare
Kathryn Yount
P1492340
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1991
  • MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Public Health, 1994
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Public Health, 1999

Department

  • Sociology, Core Faculty

Courses

Sociology 100-Level Courses
SOC 101: Intro To General Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Study of human social behavior. Social and cultural aspects of the emergence, maintenance, modification, and adjustment of human groups.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 103: Intro: Human Socialization
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Processes in individuals' acquisition and modification of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and self-concepts as they become functioning members of society.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 105: Intro Populatn & Human Ecology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Effects of social activities on the environment and how these effects interact with social conditions, population change, fertility, mortality, economic growth, quality of life, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 110: Dynamics of Black Communities
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 110: Dynamics of Black Communities
Course Description

Ideologies and selected aspects of the black community. Focus on twentieth-century urban black experience and institutions of America. Provides basic information and a framework for further study of the black diaspora and interrelations in black/white America.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 190: Fresh Sem: Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A small class on topics of sociological concern that fosters a highly interactive and a mutually collaborative learning environment, both among students and between the students and the teachers. Examples of seminars include: Making Sense of Globalization, Sociology of Film, Race and Ethnicity in the United States, and Introduction to General Sociology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Sociology 200-Level Courses
SOC 201: Organizations And Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course introduces students to major theories of organization and examines modern organizational settings. Organizations studied include prisons, corporations, religious cults, drug trafficking, the antiabortion movement, right-wing militias, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 205: Urban Communities & Regions
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Origins and structure of metropolitan communities, with special attention to population and economic changes, social class systems, urban institutional forms, and the nature and limitations of metropolitan planning programs.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 213: Sociology Of The Family
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Organization, functions, and present status of the family, primarily in the United States. Problems of partner selection and marital adjustment treated on the basis of recent and current research in the field.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 214: Class/Status/Power
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Nature, causes, and consequences of social stratification focusing on class, race, and gender. Examination of factors facilitating continuity and/or change in systems of stratification.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 215: Soc Problems Of Modern Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Social and cultural conditions of stress and tension in a changing society. Evaluation of efforts to solve social problems.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 215N: Social Problems
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 220: Juvenile Delinquency
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories of delinquency causation and treatment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 221: Culture And Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the sociological study of culture. Examines relationships between values, beliefs, and expressive symbols, on the one hand, and the institutional structure of society on the other. Attention to art, media, religion, and ideology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 225: Sociology Of Sex And Gender
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
WGS 231: Sociology Of Sex And Gender
Course Description

An examination of the nature, causes, and consequences of sex roles in our society, including how male and female roles are learned through socialization, and how they affect work and family.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 230: Sociolog Aspect Health/Illness
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Social etiology and ecology of disease, sociological factors affecting treatment and rehabilitation, and the organization of medical care and medicine as a social institution.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 245: Individual & Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Conditions and processes of group formation and change, and the effects of these on individual behavior and adaptation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 247: Racial & Ethnic Relations
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 247: Racial & Ethnic Relations
Course Description

Relations between and within groups, and conflict and cooperation in light of a number of models of social interaction. Application of principles to racial, religious, and ethnic minorities.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 249: Criminology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Antisocial behavior in relation to cultural, social biological, and psychological factors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 266: Global Change
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the study of globalization. Describes and explains development of the modern world system. Provides global perspectives on major institutions and conflicts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 271: Political Change in Korea
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
KRN 271: Political Change in Korea
EAS 277: Political Change in Korea
Course Description

This course explores the historical dynamics of political change in Korea since the establishment of the First Republic up to the current period, the may factors that shaped its political trajectory and democratization, and the key issues that have defined South Korean politics to this day.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 289: Special Topics in Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
SOC 289W: Special Topics in Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Sociology 300-Level Courses
SOC 307: Sociology Of Education
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EDS 307: Sociology Of Education
Course Description

The modern school system as part of the functioning of modern communities in the United States. Attention to problems of interrelating school and community in the light of population change, social class differences, and shifting values.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 311: Political Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to major sociological perspectives in the study of politics and on interrelations between society and polity in industrialized democracies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 324: Literature And Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or equivalent. This course examines how literature reflects, influences, and interacts with society. Focus on the social production and consumption of literature from both historical and current perspectives.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 324W: Literature And Society
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
SOC 101: Intro To General Sociology
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or equivalent. This course examines how literature reflects, influences, and interacts with society. Focus on the social production and consumption of literature from both historical and current perspectives.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 325: Sociology Of Film
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the social origins and dimensions of the production, distribution, contents, form, and reception of film

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 327: Language & Symbols of Media
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 327: Language & Symbols of Media
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 330: Mental Health And Well-Being
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Explores the development of conceptions of mental health, both negative (depression) and positive (well-being) forms. Examines the intrapersonal, interpersonal, social and cultural theories, and underpinnings of mental health and well-being.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 333: Sociology Of Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Origins, structures, and functions of religious institutions and their roles in the maintenance and change of social systems. Emphasis on the religious response to the problems of ultimate meaning in various societies, including the United States.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field research
SOC 337: Social Movements
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination and analysis of sociopolitical, economic, and cultural movements that wreak social change. Topics include but are not limited to: moblization, power and authority, revolution, civil society, and identity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 343: Mass Media & Social Influences
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Processes and conditions of opinion formation and change, and the function of opinion in group life.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 347: Gender and Global Health
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
WGS 347: Gender and Global Health
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 348: Aging In Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study of age and the aging process. Social aspects of growing old are examined with attention to the problems of the elderly and to the consequences for society.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 349: Gender and Crime
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
WGS 349: Gender and Crime
Course Description

Explores the intersection between gender and crime. Course topics include gender differences in offending, social constructions of offending, the criminalizing of bodies, and experiences with the court system.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 350: Sociology Of Law
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the sociological study of law, this course deals with the organization, profession, and practice of law and with the relationships between law and social change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 352: Happiness: The Sociology of
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 355: Social Research I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to research design and data analysis, including logic of research, methods of data collection, elementary statistics, and computer analysis.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 355W: Social Research I
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to research design and data analysis, including logic of research, methods of data collection, elementary statistics, and computer analysis.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 356: Social Research II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Sociology 355 (or 355WR). Advanced topics in data analysis and research, including measurement, multivariate analysis, inferential statistics, and computer analysis.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 360: Ethnic Minority Families
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 360: Ethnic Minority Families
Course Description

Examines a variety of ethnic groups in terms of strengths as well as weaknesses, lodging these characterizations in historical socioeconomic contexts and focusing on the structure and functioning of family life.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 366: World Inequality&Underdevelopm
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study of the political, economic, and social causes of underdevelopment in the third world. Focus on the relationships among developed and underdeveloped countries, and the inequalities within and between them.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
ENVS 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
POLS 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
Course Description

Open only to undergraduate students by permission of the instructor. Additionally, this course is required for all students seeking to apply for the fellowship in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
POLS 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
SOC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
Course Description

Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
SOC 370BW: Planning Community Initiatives
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
POLS 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
SOC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
Course Description

Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 370L: Planning Comm. Initiatives-Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370: Planning Comm. Iniatives-Lab
ENVS 370L: Planning Comm. Iniatives-Lab
POLS 370L: Planning Comm Initiatives-Lab
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 372: Social Movements, East & West
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 380: Social Movements, East & West
KRN 372: Social Movements, East & West
Course Description

This course examines social movements in the East and West from a comparative perspective. The goal is to better understand the varying cultural, historical and institutional contexts and dynamics through which social movements emerge, evolve and leave traces.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 372W: Social Movements, East & West
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 380W: Social Movements, East & West
KRN 372W: Social Movements, East & West
Course Description

This course examines social movements in the East and West from a comparative perspective. The goal is to better understand the varying cultural, historical and institutional contexts and dynamics through which social movements emerge, evolve and leave traces.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 377: Public Policy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
POLS 360: Public Policy
Course Description

How national public policies develop. Focus on who American governing actors and elites are, what they control, how they work together, and how issues thereby develop, recur, and evolve into policy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 378: Compar State & Stratification
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
POLS 378: Compar State & Stratification
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Sociology 214 or 311 or Political Science 321, 324, 326, or 327. Comparative sociology of state social and economic politics in advanced industrial democracies, 1880 to present.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
SOC 389: Spec Tops In Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A seminar or lecture series on topics of special sociological concern.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 390: Sty Abr: Hlth Care/Society Sem
General Information
Credit Hours
8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A comparative study of political, economic, and organizational dynamics of health care institutions in the United States and Britain through seminars, site visits, and a survey research project in London, England.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
300
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
250 - 290
Additional Course Plus Component
This study abroad course has always had multiple plus components; periodic field research, periodic field trips, and group meetings
Sociology 400-Level Courses
SOC 443: Senior Sem: Sociology of Music
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This seminar deals with the sociocultural foundations of music, attending to scholarship on the production, content, and reception of various types of music.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 445: Miscarriages of Justice
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 457: Devlpmnt Of Sociol Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: one sociology course or consent of instructor. Analysis of development of sociological theory as tradition of inquiry into organization and change of groups and societies. Covers classical and major contemporary contributions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 457W: Devlpmnt Of Sociol Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: one sociology course or consent of instructor. Analysis of development of sociological theory as tradition of inquiry into organization and change of groups and societies. Covers classical and major contemporary contributions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 465: Social Interaction Processes
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Current issues in social interaction and group processes, including such topics as attraction, altruism and aggression, conformity and deviance, attitudes, and group decision making. Research techniques emphasized

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 466: Women, Culture and Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

We will look at gendered theories of development in the public/private spheres, the family, labor, sexuality, race, population, globalization and the environment, feminism, colonialism, post-colonialism, revolution, and alternatives to development.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 466W: Women, Culture and Development
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

We will look at gendered theories of development in the public/private spheres, the family, labor, sexuality, race, population, globalization and the environment, feminism, colonialism, post-colonialism, revolution, and alternatives to development.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 467: Economic Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Cross-disciplinary study of the economic incentives for social behavior and the social constraints on the market economy. Topics include: organization, bureaucracy, class conflict, crime, and discrimination.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 468: Economic Development in Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AFS 468: Economic Development in Africa
Course Description

Analysis of economic behavior in low income countries, with attention to factors that promote or inhibit sustainable development, such as local cultural practices, migratory patterns, and foreign investment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
ENVS 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
POLS 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
Course Description

Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
SOC 494R: Internship In Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. Credit, four to twelve hours. Application must be approved by the department. Supervised work in a social services agency or other appropriate setting, and participation in a related seminar.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 494RW: Internship In Sociology
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. Credit, four to twelve hours. Application must be approved by the department. Supervised work in a social services agency or other appropriate setting, and participation in a related seminar.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 495A: Honors
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, eight hours for the sequence. Open to departmental majors at the invitation of the director of undergraduate studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
SOC 495BW: Honors
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, eight hours for the sequence. Open to departmental majors at the invitation of the director of undergraduate studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes
SOC 497R: Directed Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Supervised work on a faculty member's research project, normally for students who have demonstrated superior performance in sociology

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 498R: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisite: permission of faculty member required and consent of the director of undergraduate studies. Supervised reading, normally for students majoring in sociology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
SOC 499R: Independent Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisite: research plan, permission of faculty member required prior to registering, and consent of the director of undergraduate studies. Normally open only to majors. In consultation with a faculty member, students formulate, design, conduct, and write a research project of their own choosing.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable

Honors Program

To be eligible to apply for the honors program the following qualifications need to be met:

  1. An overall GPA of at least 3.5 after fall semester of junior year.

  2. A sociology major GPA of at least 3.7 after fall semester of junior year.

  3. Maintain these GPA minimums spring semester of junior year; any acceptance to the program will be contingent on spring grades.

At the beginning of the spring semester of the junior year, eligible students (i.e., those with sufficiently high GPAs overall and within the major) are contacted and informed about the application process for the honors program.

The application process includes:

  • Prior to submitting an application, students must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Dr. Tracy Scott). Please set up an appointment early spring semester if you are interested in applying.

  • The application materials must be submitted by February 15 of the junior year.

  • The Application materials include:

  1. Statement of Research Interest (1-2 pages): Students should describe their potential topic area for the honors thesis.  Students should discuss potential research questions, ideas about methods, and the empirical data they might use for their research.

  2. Proof of at least one class taken in the thesis topic area of interest (e.g., gender; race/ethnicity; culture; globalization).

  3. The names of 2 or 3 potential faculty honors advisors who know the student’s work, and/or who teach/conduct research in the student’s area of interest. The student SHOULD NOT submit letters of recommendation.

The Sociology Department faculty will review the applications and select the participants for the Honors Program.  Only students who submit these application materials will be eligible for consideration.

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology (Dr. Tracy Scott) for further details.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

SOC 390: Health Care/Society Seminar.  The Department of Sociology offers a six-week program in London focusing on issues and problems in health care delivery in Great Britain and the United States.  Emphasis is on the comparative social organization of the two systems, contrasting the evolution and current state of the two health care systems.  The program includes seminars with British professors; a short internship experience in a healthcare setting; and a survey research project.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

To declare a major or minor in sociology, please see Neema Oliver in the Sociology Department Office, 225 Tarbutton Hall, to complete paperwork.

Neema Oliver will review the sociology requirements, sociology opportunities, and assign students to a regular faculty adviser. Faculty advisers will be your main source of information about the program, course planning, and career options.

All minors are advised by Dr. Tracy Scott, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology.

Internship

An internship in sociology consists of supervised work in a social service agency or other type of organization.  Students are responsible for locating and securing their own internship (please email the Sociology Internship Coordinator for a list of past sites if you are having trouble locating an appropriate internship).  Your internship must be unpaid.  Interns take part in a special seminar and receive academic credit (four to twelve hours for SOC 494R).

Awards and Honors

Sociology majors can become members of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honors society. Eligible students are invited at the beginning of the spring term and are inducted in April. The eligibility requirements are:

  • junior (or 3rd year) student majoring in sociology

  • completion of at least 5 courses (20 hours) in sociology

  • at least a 3.4 GPA overall

  • at least a 3.6 GPA in sociology

In addition, the Department of Sociology annually recognizes an outstanding senior for distinguished undergraduate scholarship in sociology. This award is made possible by a gift from the Sara Smith Sutker and Solomon Sutker Fund.

Independent Research and Study

Students may have opportunities to assist faculty members on their research projects.  These opportunities are dependent on the current research needs of the faculty.  The best way to pursue research is to get to know the faculty with whom you take classes, and then talk with them about research opportunities. Remember that doing well in a class is the best way to show you would be a good research assistant. Students who do find a research assistant opportunity will be enrolled in SOC 497R: Directed Research. In the recent past, students have assisted on projects focused on the experimental analysis of interaction in small groups, the causes of delinquency, and the trends in transnational corporations.

Please see Dr. Tracy Scott if you would like to talk more about how to pursue research opportunities in the Department of Sociology.