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Sociology (Soc)

This discipline is in the Division of the Social Sciences.

Objectives—The sociology curriculum (with support from anthropology courses) is designed to acquaint students with the concerns, theories, and methods of the science that deals with groups, cultures, and interpersonal relations of human beings. In addition to an introduction to sociology as a science, an effort is made to relate human values broadly to the theories, methods, and data of sociology. The courses are designed to meet the needs of liberal arts students as well as students preparing for graduate school.

Requirements for a Major include a minimum of 45 credits in sociology and anthropology, 35 of which must be in 3xxx courses; Soc 3230 and either Soc 3601 or Anth 3810; and a 5-credit independent project completed under the supervision of a sociology-anthropology faculty member. Math 1150 is strongly recommended. The student should choose a faculty adviser as early as possible after declaring the major. The adviser will help the student choose appropriate tracks or combinations of classes and assist in arranging the independent study project and internships. Five credits of coursework with the grade of D are allowed to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—Students seeking teacher licensure in any of the social sciences must complete a social science major. Sociology majors seeking teacher licensure must also complete a social science major and the required professional education courses including methods (SScE 3940) and student teaching in social studies. Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

Course Descriptions

Soc 1100f,w. Introductory Sociology. (E4; 5 cr)

Basic concepts, theories, and methods of sociology; survey of some of the institutional areas in which sociologists specialize.

Soc 3111w. Social Policy. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100)

Survey of sociological and social science contributions and reactions to social policy in industrialized countries. Social policy areas such as education, health, welfare, and economic well-being.

Soc 3150f,w. Social Problems. (E4; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Advanced course on the general and specific theory necessary for understanding selected social problems. Desirability of various social policy approaches.

Soc 3230w. Research Methodology. (C2; 5 cr; prereq 1100)

Developing a research design and applying it to a concrete problem. Questions of validity and reliability examined in the context of research projects developed by the student.

Soc 3240. Aging in Contemporary Society. (E1, E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110 or Psy 1201 or 1202; offered when feasible)

Status of the elderly in contemporary society, social and biological processes associated with aging, and social-psychological interaction between the elderly and the rest of society.

Soc 3305s. Stratification. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110 or Econ 1100)

Hierarchies of power, wealth, and prestige; analysis of various theories of stratification. Class, status, race, minorities (e.g., African Americans, American Indians), caste, and sex evaluated in terms of stratification.

Soc 3315. Social Institutions. (E3, E4; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110; offered when feasible)

In-depth examination of one or two social institutions such as the law, education, religion, the family, or the economy in America and other societies. Topics vary and are announced in advance.

Soc 3330s. Selected Topics in the Cultures and Societies of the Americas. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110)

Same as Anth 3330. Use of archaeological, historical and contemporary materials. Topics may include political institutions, media, popular culture, ethnicity, class, ecology, and cultures.

Soc 3340. Topics in Social Structure. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100, Anth 1110; offered when feasible)

In-depth study of one topic in sociology such as African American social institutions, the economic and social elite, bureaucracy, urban communities, social control, population, and demography.

Soc 3360. Social Development. (W; 5 cr; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110 or Econ 1102; offered when feasible)

Sociological and anthropological approach to understanding the problems and issues involved in social and economic development. Emphasis on the Third World but comparison with other systems.

Soc 3380s. Sociology of Modernization. (E3, E4, Non-W; 5 cr)

Process of modernization in non-Western societies. Social, economic, and political impact of modernization from different theoretical perspectives. Assessment of those theoretical perspectives as a means to understand dynamics of change in Third World countries.

Soc 3401f. Sociology of Gender. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110)

Relationships among sex, gender, and society. Sex as a factor in stratification systems, social interaction, and institutions such as the economy, the family, and religion.

Soc 3410w. Sociology of the Family. (E3, E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100)

Status of the family in society, effects of the life cycle on the shape of the family, and dynamics of family relationships.

Soc 3416s. Prejudice, Discrimination, and Systems of Oppression. (E3, E4, Non-W; 5 cr; prereq Soc 1100 or Anth 1110, Soc 3305)

Patterns of group dominance, exploitation, and hate in the United States and globally. Emphasis on sexism, racism, and homophobia with some attention to other systems of oppression such as ageism and ableism.

Soc 3450f. World Population. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 1100)

Population theory and demographic method. Dynamics of fertility and mortality as the basis of population forecasting and its policy implications. Emphasis on the tie between Third World demographic trends and population issues in the rest of the world.

Soc 3480. Communication, the Individual, and Society. (E1, E3, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 10 cr in soc or anth or psy; offered when feasible)

Same as Anth 3480. Relationship between individuals and the larger groups and institutions to which they belong, with particular reference to communication issues. Interactions among mass media systems, advertising, entertainment, news, and social behavior.

Soc 3525w,s. Social Psychology. (E1, E4; 5 cr; prereq Psy 1201, 1202 or Soc 1100 or #)

Same as Psy 3525. Theories and research in the study of interpersonal behavior. Role, self, social learning, exchange, person perception, cognitive consistency, and interpersonal transactions.

Soc 3540f,w. Tutorial in Social Psychology. (W; 1-5 cr; prereq 3525 or #; offered when feasible)

Same as Psy 3540. Individualized and seminar instruction in an area of student and staff interest. Typically the student completes a library or empirical research paper. May be taken spring by permission.

Soc 3550w. Sociology of Deviance. (E4; 5 cr; prereq 5 cr in Soc or #)

Theoretical and empirical issues recurring in the sociological literature on deviant behavior.

Soc 3601f. Sociological Theory. (W; 5 cr; prereq 10 cr in Soc or #)

Survey of major developments in sociological theory, with attention to both classical and contemporary variants. Emphasis on sociological ideas in relation to the principal intellectual currents of European and American society.

Soc 3602w. Tutorial in Sociological Theory. (3-5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3601; offered when feasible)

Examines specific theorist(s). Topics vary according to student and staff interests and are announced in advance.

Soc 3620s. Area Studies. (E3, E4, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 1100 or Anth 1110; not offered 1998-99)

Same as Anth 3620. In-depth study of societies and cultures (values, religions, politics, economic institutions, kinship, family organization) of a particular part of the world, e.g., Africa, India, China, Pacific Islands.

Soc 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Individualized instruction. Content and manner of instruction depend on student and staff interests.

Soc 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

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