Courses & Schedules

An overview of stratification in the United States. Analysis of the effects of this system on those who participate in it, through the study of theoretical, ethnographic, and community studies. Analysis of how class affects power, prestige, opportunity, culture, and consciousness, as well as the interaction of ethnicity, gender, and class.
Examination of the social psychology of urban and community life. Particular attention will be paid to the analysis of the culture of public life, place and place attachment, patterns of interaction in urban and neighborhood settings, and the sociological debate surrounding loss of community.

An overview of sexuality across institutions of society. Uses theoretical, conceptual, and empirical tools to analyze sexuality as a social fact. Explores the social construction of sexuality and how sexuality is socially created organized and constrained. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology majors/minors and Queer Studies minors only.

An exploration of the nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, with emphasis on serious or violent crime. The major theories of delinquency causation will be reviewed. The course will be devoted to the juvenile justice system and how it processes youths accused of crime. The nature and function of all major segments of the juvenile justice system will be discussed, including law enforcement, juvenile court, and corrections. The legal rights of juveniles will also be reviewed. Finally, the current policy issues in juvenile justice will be explored. Cross-listed as CCJS 497.

Investigates social life utilizing transgender experiences and identities as analytical frames. Theoretical and historical frameworks explore the socially constructed nature of transgender and cisgender identities and experiences in everyday life and social institutions. Topics include contemporary issues facing transgender persons in transition, embodiment, relationships, and private/public interactions. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology and WGS majors/minors and Queer Studies minors only.

A critical analysis of conspiracies in society using Power Elite and State Crimes Against Society theories applied to modern historical events using cultural, social psychological, public propaganda, and power perspectives: topics include political assassinations, election fraud, threats of terrorism, 9/11, and permanent war.

A critical examination of the writings of major classical and contemporary sociological theorists, including Marx, Weber and Durkheim. This course will involve students in critical analysis of central sociological theories and offer them tools for understanding the development of sociological theory and its unique role in sociology. Prerequisites: SOCI 201 with a C- or better.

An overview of political sociology, emphasizing political processes in the United States and global contexts. Major themes include power structures that characterize society; the state; economic and political power; power relations that sustain social inequalities; and political struggles that lead to social transformation. 

An introduction to problems of population growth and the interrelationships between population and social organization. Discusses concepts related to the measurement and explanation of historical and contemporary trends in aging, birth rates, marriage, divorce, mortality, and migration/immigration.
Social movements are a significant source of social change in modern societies. This course analyses the structure and dynamics of social movements, with attention to the roles of organizations, resources, leadership, recruitment, commitment, values, ideology, political culture, and countermovements. Case studies will emphasize the civil rights, women's rights, and environmental movements in the United States.