Courses & Schedules

A general overview of the concepts, theories, research methods and findings of sociology. The purpose is to train students to view the world through a sociological perspective. Grade only. Satisfies GE LD D (Social Sciences).

This course examines race and ethnic relations in the US from a theoretical, historical, and comparative perspective. Explores the emergence of racial and ethnic minorities through such historical processes as colonialism, slavery, and immigration. Studies the current relations among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Students of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will examine racial and ethnic dynamics in the United States from theoretical, historical, and comparative perspectives. This course will explore the emergence of racial groups and ethnicity through key political and economic processes: colonialism, immigration, and labor. Grade only. Satisfies GE LD D (Social Sciences).

Consideration of the ways in which sociological questions are formulated and answered. Examination of and practice in conceptualization, theory construction, deductive and inductive reasoning, and other elements of sociological analysis, with an emphasis upon sociological research methods. Required for majors. Prerequisite: SOCI 201 with a grade of C-.

The course focuses on understanding the logic of argument in social statistics and the research process. The course will examine the essentials of statistics – assumptions and techniques underlying descriptive, inferential, bivariate, and multivariate statistical arguments. The course will further engage students in critical interrogation of quantitative reasoning, presentations, and interpretations of real-world information and data. Satisfies GE UD B (Math and Quantitative Reasoning). Completion of GE Golden Four (A1, A2, A3, B4) with a C- or better, completion of lower division GE B coursework and at least 45 units.

Explores careers related to sociology from a sociological perspective, particularly careers undergraduate students can enter. Careers examined across four areas: private/for-profit sector, nonprofit foundations, public sector (city, county, state and federal government), and academia (including graduate school). Professional skills and portfolio also developed. Meets Sociological Experience requirement for majors.
Examines immigration through a sociological lens with attention to the social, political, and historical contexts of immigration and the relationships between migrants and existing institutions and identities. Explores factors shaping migration patterns and compares immigration policies across time and space. Topics include assimilation, immigrant incorporation, and transnationalism.

Considers gender as a social construction and a product of social life. Analyzes how gender inequalities shape social structures, institutions, and interaction for both women and men. Challenges biological explanations for gender differences and inequalities. Focuses on analysis of gendered experiences as they relate to race/ethnicity, class, and sexualities. Prerequisites: Open to Sociology and WGS majors/minors.

The social causes and consequences of insanity, delinquency, criminality, addiction, social unconventionality and other “deviant” behavior. Examines the conversion and commitment to deviant world views, and the social processes involved in the transformation to a deviant identity. Crosslisted with CCJS 441.

Analysis of the social processes through which human beings are inducted into social groups, in both childhood and adulthood. Particular attention is given to the socializing effects of schools, work, family, and friends.

Emphasizes the social context and social development of emotional expression and feeling, especially as linked to self, identity, and socialization. Addresses the relation of emotion to social structure, social institutions, and social change. Analyzes variations in emotional display and experience across culture and time.