Sociology (SOC)

SOC-331  Globalization in India and China: Comparative and Cross-Cultural Perspectives    4 Credits

Prerequisites: LS-201 or SSCI-201 and HUMN-201
This course will provide a broad overview of the socioeconomic, political, and cultural changes occurring in India and China-the two fastest growing economies of the world-and examine their implications for the United States. It will also introduce students to theoretical and empirical issues concerning globalization. The main objective of this course is to equip students to develop a nuanced understanding of the massive changes taking place in Asia in the context of globalization and appreciate the opportunities and challenges that come in their wake.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

SOC-332  Contemporary Social Problems    4 Credits

Prerequisites: SSCI-201 and HUMN-201
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: As needed
This course analyzes how and why particular issues become identified and defined as a problem in society. Cases investigated are selected from broad areas such as global interconnections, institutional crises, inequalities, and environmentalism. Competing accounts of problems are examined for what they tell us about the causes of, interconnections between and possible solutions to the identified problems.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

SOC-335  Analysis of Social Dissent    4 Credits

Prerequisites: SSCI-201 and HUMN-201
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: As needed
A sociological analysis of the causes, processes and consequences of social dissent is analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the impact of dissent in changing society. Examples will be drawn from the U.S. today, from American history and, for comparison, from other times and societies.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

SOC-337  Religion in Society    4 Credits

Prerequisites: SSCI-201 and HUMN-201
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: As needed
A study of the relationships between religion and society. A broad range of religious practices and beliefs selected from diverse human societies will be examined using social scientific perspectives.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

SOC-338  Gender and Society    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: As needed
A study of social expectations concerning men’s and women’s behavior, personalities, and abilities. These gendered expectations influence both private, intimate relationships and the roles found in social institutions such as education and work. Several perspectives that explain the origins of these expectations and changes in them are explored.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

SOC-391  Special Topics in Sociology    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Terms Offered: As needed
An interdisciplinary advanced course focusing on a specific topic. This course is a one-time offering whose content is determined by current faculty interest, and provides a comprehensive and coherent examination of the chosen topic. This course may be repeated for credit under different topic.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0