Selected sociology electives (Go to Checkmarq for specific course offerings each semester and prerequisites):


SOCI 2200: The Family

The structure and function of family types including analysis of marital and parent-child relationships. The relation of the family to other social institutions. Changing patterns of relationships and structure in the family.

SOCI 2480: Sport and Society

The symbiotic relationship between sport and society. Topics that will be examined include the connections between sports and social mobility; sports and race; sports and gender; and sports and community identification. The course will show how sports are a pervasive feature of everyday urban life.


SOCI 3280: Race and Family

Focuses on the family structures and dynamics of major racial and ethnic groups in the United States and/or other societies. Topics considered may include major perspectives on race and family, historical and contemporary family patterns and practices, the diversity of family forms and relationships, social policies affecting race and family, cultural factors affecting race and family, and multiracial families.


SOCI 3200: Social Problems in Urban Society

Analysis of selected social problems within the framework of modern American society from the viewpoint of their nature, extent, contributing factors, and programs of prevention and treatment. Concepts and theories related to the analysis of social problems and deviant behavior.


SOCI 3550: Race, Gender and Medicine

Historical overview of medical ideas regarding race and gender. Examination of medical and scientific models of mind, body, race, and gender, and their implications for health assessment, medical treatment, and health care policy. Consideration of social, cultural, and political dimensions of medicine in relation to race and gender. 


SOCI 3700: Social Movements

Examines collective action and social movements, explores the interactions between individuals and social and cultural changes, the strategies, tactics and goals of collective action and social movements, and how institutional, governmental and cultural resources are used. Social movements covered may include: civil rights, women’s rights, lesbian/gay rights, labor movements and AIDS movement.

SOCI 3720. Environment and Society

Examines environmental challenges to modern civilizations: overuse of natural resources to support and absorb the consequences of human activities. Focuses on human abilities to cope with these challenges by exploring features of human action, culture, economic structure, organizational forms, and values, such as sustainability. Prereq: SOCI 1001 recommended.

SOCI 3750. Food, Water and Society

Explores individual and sociocultural meanings of, and relationships to, food and water.   Examines national and international inequalities and policies regarding access to food and water from multiple perspectives. Topics may include: social movements, food taboos, food insecurity, food aid, potable water shortages, and cooperation and conflict over water.

SOCI 4250: African-American Social Thought

Examination of historical and contemporary writings of Black social theorists. The impact of historical, social, economic, and cultural factors on Blacks in the United States and alternative strategies for change. 


SOCI 4400: Social Inequality

Theories and systems of social class in modern society. Societal structures and processes resulting from stratification phenomena.


SOCI 4450: Sociology of Sex and Gender

Biological and cultural bases of sex and gender patterns. Impact of major social institutions and processes on maintenance of gender patterns, with questions of power and dominance central to discussion. Benefits and costs of stereotypic gender patterns. Mechanisms and alternative directions for change. Historical and cross-cultural research included.

SOCI 4660: Law and Society

The social components of legal organizations and procedural systems. The role of law as an instrument of social control and social change.


SOCI 4680: Sociology of Mental Illness

Review of major sociological and social psychological models of madness. Analysis of definitions and responses to mental illness. Study of the social processing involved in the production, recognition and treatment of mental illness.


SOCI 4700: Political Sociology

The interrelationship of politics and society. Special consideration of leadership analysis, party systems, public opinion, electoral behavior and conflict situations.

SOCI4730. Capitalism and Society

Explores the relationship between capitalism and society. Examines the ways in which capitalism is an engine for freedom, prosperity and efficiency and a source of exploitation and inequality. Topics may include: the role of capitalism in the environment, the health care system, economic inequality and government.


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