Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

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Sociology is the scientific study of all levels of society, that is, people in groups. The discipline’s unique insight is that people are who they are largely because of their social experiences and interactions with others. "The sociological imagination" enables us to understand the relationship between our individual experiences and the broader social context, from the local to the global. Beyond various aspects of social behavior, sociologists study the nature and causes of social problems such as poverty, racism, family instability, and crime. Sociologists strive to apply their understanding in ever more constructive ways for the improvement of society and the common good.
Students intending to major or minor in sociology should consult with the department chairperson to plan their program of courses. The requirements for majoring in sociology are stated in the outline below. Criminal justice studies is also one of the majors listed in this department. View CJS program requirements.

The minors in sociology, anthropology, and social work consist of 15 semester hours. The minor in criminal justice studies consists of 18 semester hours.


Faculty

Leslie Picca, Chairperson
Professors: Curran, Davis-Berman, Donnelly, T. Majka
Associate Professors: Becker, Dasgupta, Jipson, Leming, Picca 
Assistant Professors: Hallett, Holcomb, Longazel, Small, Thompson-Miller
Lecturers: Gibbs, Litka
 

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (SOC) minimum 124 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3
1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences, excluding SOC courses (Includes CAP Social Science)12
Major Requirements 137
SOC 101Principles of Sociology3
or SOC 204 Modern Social Problems
SOC 208Social Research Methods3
SOC 308Data Analysis3
SOC 351Urban Sociology3
SOC 408Senior Project Design1
SOC 388Social Theory3
SOC 409Senior Project Capstone (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Select six SOC courses (May include CAP Components) 218
Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124
1

 May include CAP Components.

2

A total of no more than six semester hours of field experience or internship from SOC 495, SOC 497, SWK 401, SWK 497, ANT 449, or ANT 497 may count toward the required thirty-seven semester hours for a sociology major. Up to nine hours total may be taken in anthropology and/or social work for a sociology major. These hours may also be used toward the completion of a minor.

Minor in Anthropology (ANT)

Anthropology is the study of people at all times and places. It emphasizes understanding total cultural systems. A minor in anthropology consists of 15 semester hours. Students intending to minor in anthropology should consult with the department chairperson to plan their selection of courses.

Anthropology
ANT 150Cultural Anthropology3
Select four ANT courses (300/400 level)12
Total Hours15

Minor in Social Work (SWK)

Social work is the profession sanctioned by society to provide social services. It is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning. The profession also engages in activities aimed at facilitating societal conditions that enhance and/or restore social functioning.

A minor in social work consists of 15 semester hours.

Social Work 1
Select fifteen SWK semester hours 215
Total Hours15

1

No more than six semester hours of field experience credit can be accepted toward the minor. The field experience course requires students to take or have taken SWK 201, Social Work Practice.

2

At least twelve semester hours at the 300/400 level.

Minor in Sociology (SOC)

Sociology
Select fifteen SOC semester hours 115
Total Hours15

1

At least twelve semester hours at the 300/400 level.

 Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501SOC elective3
SOC 1013ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3MTH 114 or 207 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3SCI 210
210L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4
SCI 190
190L (CAP Natural Science w/lab)
4 
 17 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 3513SOC 3083
SOC 2083SOC Elective3
SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3
ANT 150 (CAP Inquiry, Diversity and Social Justice; Social Science - intro level)3Language 1414
Language 1014SCI 230 (INSS Natural Science)3
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 3883SOC 4081
SOC elective3SOC elective3
SOC elective3SOC elective3
CAP Arts / Creative and Performing3POL 201, 202, or 214 (Social Science - elective)3
Language 201 or contextual course3CAP Faith Traditions3
 General elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 409 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3POL or ANT at 300 or 400 level3
CAP Practical Ethical Action3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Integrative3CAP Advanced Historical Studies3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3Literature3
General elective3General elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 126

Anthropology Courses

ANT 150. Cultural Anthropology. 3 Hours

Overview of the basic principles of cultural anthropology. Survey of human adaptation to and transformation of the environment by means of culture. Comparison of ways of life among peoples of the world to better understand human behavior, particularly in relation to colonial histories and current global forces. Required for anthropology minors.

ANT 300. Evolution of People & Culture. 3 Hours

Survey of human biological and cultural evolution from prehuman ancestors to settled city-states. Consideration of contemporary peoples at various levels of social complexity.

ANT 306. Culture & Power. 3 Hours

Exploration of how culture and power are intertwined in the process of transformation of cultural beliefs and practices around the world. Focus on the ways in which anthropologists have studied modern state formation, and the attendant cultural politics, in local, regional, national, and global contexts. Sophomore standing or higher.

ANT 310. Culture & Personality. 3 Hours

Survey of studies investigating the relationship between cultural environment and the individual. Material drawn from both literate and nonliterate societies.

ANT 315. Language & Culture. 3 Hours

Students examine the relationship between language, thought, and behavior centering on human interaction and social justice in a variety of cultural contexts.

ANT 320. Anthropology of Childhoods. 3 Hours

Survey of anthropology research on issues related to children and childhood. Cross-cultural comparison of changing conceptions and varied experiences of the developmental stage known singularly as 'childhood', with a special emphasis on children as social agents and childhoods as lived experiences. Sophomore standing or higher.

ANT 325. Anthropology of Human Rights. 3 Hours

An overview of anthropological approaches to human rights, weighing human rights universals against situations of cultural particularity. Sophomore standing or higher.

ANT 335. Urban Anthropology. 3 Hours

Survey of anthropology research on urban issues. Considers how cities arose and how urban people make a living, organize, and think. Considers urban futures.

ANT 336. Epidemics, Power & the Human Condition. 3 Hours

Epidemics, Power and the Human Condition.

ANT 350. Anthropology of Tourism. 3 Hours

Students examine the study of tourism as an academic discipline, including its historical development, current sub-fields and theoretical approaches, and the future of this industry in the globalized world.

ANT 352. Cultures of Latin America. 3 Hours

Survey of Latin American culture from an anthropological perspective, ranging from the pre-Colombian era through colonial and up to the contemporary period. Themes include race, gender, colonialism, economics, politics, kinship, religion, tourism, immigration, food, and popular culture. Sophomore standing or higher.

ANT 356. Cultures of Africa. 3 Hours

Examination of Africa through the lens of anthropology. Exploration of late colonial and postcolonial eras, with a focus on gender, kinship, ethnicity, politics, religion, and prospects for the future. Consideration of the production of knowledge about and dominant representations of Africa. Sophomore standing or higher.

ANT 360. Making of Modern South Asia. 3 Hours

Historical survey and an anthropological exploration of the major political, economic, social, ecological, and cultural developments that have contributed to the making of region we now know as ‘South Asia:’ India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. Prerequisite(s): HST 103 or equivalent.

ANT 368. Immigration & Immigrants. 3 Hours

Perspectives on immigration and ethnicity. Studies of social and economic adaptation of new immigrants and the second generation in communities, cities, and societies. Ethnic change, conflict, and contemporary national and international issues, with an emphasis on human rights. Sophomore standing or higher.

ANT 392. Special Topics in Anthropology. 1-6 Hours

Intensive examination of current thematic, theoretical, or methodological issues from the viewpoint of anthropology. May be repeated as topics change. Sophomore standing or higher.

ANT 449. Anthropological Field Work. 3 Hours

Students learn anthropological methods of data collection (participant observations, interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, archives, scholarly research) and analysis. Prerequisite(s): ENG 200; SSC 200.

ANT 477. Honors Thesis. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

ANT 478. Honors Thesis. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

ANT 497. Service Learning Experience. 1 Hour

Supervised community research or service experience that complements a specific upper division course in Anthropology. Repeatable up to three semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): A 300-400 level Anthropology course.

ANT 498. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours

Research problems or readings of special interest investigated under the guidance of an anthropology staff member. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

Social Work Courses

SWK 201. Social Work Practice & Profession. 3 Hours

Study of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the social work profession. Study of social work practice theory and technique.

SWK 303. Community Practice & Research. 3 Hours

Study of the design and implementation of community research, including needs assessment and program evaluation in the social service system. (Same as SOC 309.) Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204; permission of instructor.

SWK 305. Social Services in the Health Field. 3 Hours

The role of social services in health care facilities and governmental health programs. U.S. health care policies and programs; methods of social work intervention in medical settings.

SWK 307. Mental Health Services. 3 Hours

Study of historical perspectives, deinstitutionalization, the community mental health movement, inpatient care, and innovative approaches. Policy and practice implications are examined. This course is normally taken in the Junior or Senior year.

SWK 310. Law & Human Services. 3 Hours

Orientation to the legal system as it affects the provision of human services and the profession; social legislation and court decisions as they affect child welfare, public assistance, mental health, housing, and probation and parole services.

SWK 325. Child Abuse. 3 Hours

Comprehensive study of child abuse: its history, scope, causal factors, indicators for detection, treatment resources and modalities, and community responsibility.

SWK 327. Parenting: Social Welfare Role. 3 Hours

Comprehensive study of historical and contemporary perspectives on parenting, future of parenting (assessing trends and choices in family structure and function), cross-cultural comparisons, policy and legal aspects of parenting, societal influences on parenting.

SWK 330. Perspectives on Aging. 3 Hours

An introduction to the field of gerontology. Focus on the major physical, psychological, and social dynamics of aging. Selected issues will be highlighted. This course is normally taken in the Junior or Senior year(Same as SOC 330.).

SWK 331. Death, Dying and Suicide. 3 Hours

Applied study of the phenomena of death and dying. The role and responsibility of the professional in working with the dying and their survivors. Study of suicide in contemporary U.S. society. This course is normally taken in the Junior or Senior year.

SWK 335. Social Work & Environmental Justice. 3 Hours

Study of the impact of environmental degradation upon individuals and communities and the role of social work in advocating for environmental justice. Topics include health, disasters, environmental degradation, human rights, and advocacy.

SWK 360. International Social Work. 3 Hours

Study of the role of social workers in international contexts. Topics include migration, globalization, development, conflict, and the ethical implications of social workers practicing internationally.

SWK 370. Social Welfare Policy. 3 Hours

Study of U.S. social welfare policy and its impact upon populations of interest to social workers and other helping professionals. Topics include history of social welfare policy, ideologies that inform social welfare policy, attention to the gendered nature of social policy, international social welfare policy, contemporary policy debates and the role of social workers and allies in the policy arena.

SWK 392. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours

Exploration of special topics related to the field of human services. Assessment of appropriate literature and research. May be repeated as topics change.

SWK 3XY. Non-equivalent transfer. 3 Hours

SWK 401. Community Field Experience. 5 Hours

Supervised field experience for students working in a micro or macro practice setting. Concurrent seminar includes intensive basic communication and interviewing skill development. Students spend 150 hours in the agency. Prerequisite(s): SWK 201; permission of instructor.

SWK 465. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours

Individual research, study, and readings on specific topics and/or projects of importance to social work. Under individual faculty direction. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

SWK 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

SWK 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

SWK 497. Service Learning Experience. 1 Hour

Supervised community research or service experience that complements a specific upper division course in Social Work. Repeatable up to three semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): A 300-400 level Social Work course.

Sociology Courses

SOC 101. Principles of Sociology. 3 Hours

Study of social groups, social processes, and society; the individual's relationship to society, social structure, social inequality, ethnic minorities, cities and human populations, and social institutions such as the family, education, religion, and government.

SOC 204. Modern Social Problems. 3 Hours

Course to familiarize nonsociology majors with contemporary problems in society; historical development, current status, and analysis of problems, using modern social theories. Content may vary from section to section.

SOC 208. Social Research Methods. 3 Hours

Study of the logic of research design, data-gathering strategies, types of measurement, and sampling techniques. Both inductive and deductive approaches. Participation in research projects. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204.

SOC 305. Criminological Theory. 3 Hours

Study of the major theories of crime; consideration of the implications of theory for the criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204.

SOC 308. Data Analysis. 3 Hours

The analysis and interpretation of both quantitative and qualitative social science data. Prerequisite(s): SOC 208. Corequisite(s): SOC 308L.

SOC 308L. Data Analysis Laboratory. 1 Hour

Training in appropriate computer programs and computer analysis of social science data. Prerequisite(s): SOC 208. Corequisite(s): SOC 308.

SOC 309. Community Practice & Research. 3 Hours

Study of the design and implementation of community research, including needs assessment and program evaluation in the social service system. (Same as SWK 303.) Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 310. Perspectives on Education and Social Justice. 3 Hours

This Inquiry course gives students a set of lenses to critically evaluate contemporary issues around schools and schooling from a social justice perspective. The course focuses on educational and social scientific research methodologies used for investigating educational inequalities.

SOC 321. The Sociology of Work & Occupations. 3 Hours

Survey of the major features of work and occupations in industrial society. The meaning of work, occupational choice and recruitment, occupational socialization, career patterns, and occupational rewards. Unemployment, underemployment, sex-typing, automation and alienation.

SOC 322. Sex Roles & Society. 3 Hours

Research findings and major analytical approaches to study social and cultural influences on the development of personal sexual identity and relationships between men and women. Major social issues concerning human sexuality.

SOC 323. Juvenile Justice. 3 Hours

The environmental and internal factors that influence or determine delinquent behavior; roles of individual juvenile offenders, parents or guardians, school, church, police, business community, community agencies, and the juvenile justice and correctional system in preventing and treating delinquent behavior. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 325. Deviant Behavior. 3 Hours

Description of various types of deviant behavior; for example, mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction, the professional criminal. Study of explanations for the consequences and the role of deviant behavior in modern society. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 326. Law & Society. 3 Hours

Study of the legal system and practices from a sociological point of view; the historical origin and role of the law in society, issues relating to the law as an instrument of social control and/or social change; analysis of the legal profession.

SOC 327. Criminology. 3 Hours

Social and cultural nature, origin, and development of law; criminal behavior; crime control. The influence of society in the creation and organization of legal and crime control systems. Biological, psychological, and sociological factors leading to criminal behavior. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 328. Racial & Ethnic Relations. 3 Hours

Study of the historical and contemporary experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the United States and globally. Examines how racial and ethnic relations function in the political, social, legal, and economic systems, and how this impacts privilege, oppression, and resistance.

SOC 330. Perspectives on Aging. 3 Hours

An introduction to the field of gerontology. Focus on the major physical, psychological, and social dynamics of aging. Selected issues will be highlighted. (Same as SWK 330.).

SOC 331. Marriages & Families. 3 Hours

The course focuses on patterns of family formation and contemporary trends in family life. Topics covered include gender, sexuality, dating, mate selection, singlehood, marriage, reproduction, work and families, divorce, remarriage, and families in later life. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 332. Gender and Society. 3 Hours

Overview of the ways that sociologists study and understand gender. Course includes a foundation in gender theory as well as investigation of empirical topics such as media, education, work, health, crime, and sexuality. Course is intersectional in approach, examining the ways that gender intersects with other identity categories, such as race, class, age, and sexuality.

SOC 333. Sociology of Sexualities. 3 Hours

Examination of theoretical, ethical, and conceptual issues, empirical research and social policies germane to the sociological study of human sexualities. Topics include: sexual identity and orientation; sexuality throughout the life-course; sexual assault and coercive sexuality; social control of sexuality; social locations (race, class, and gender) and sexuality; and the relationship between sexuality and the socio-political process. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 334. Religion & Society. 3 Hours

Definitions of religion and its role in society. Traditional and nontraditional expressions of religious life from the viewpoint of society. Varieties of religious experience and the interrelations between religious phenomena and other social institutions and societal behavior. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 336. Organizations in Modern Society. 3 Hours

Analysis of the dynamics of organizations in modern industrial society. Organizational social psychology, organizational structure and process, and organization-community relations. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 337. Political Sociology. 3 Hours

Study of political power. Political influence by economic elites, impact of bureaucracies, competing ideologies, alienation and nonvoting, and social movements as challenges to power structures. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 339. Social Inequality. 3 Hours

Study of the historical and contemporary experiences of groups in society in terms of social inequality. Examines social structures and how they contribute to social hierarchy and inequality. The students will examine the wealthy, middle class, and the poor in society. Emphasis on the processes that divide people into unequal groups based on wealth, income, status, and power. The effects of social inequality on an individuals' life chances will be examined in this course.

SOC 340. Social Psychology in Society. 3 Hours

Survey of the basic principles, concepts, theories, and methods of social psychology from the sociological perspective. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 341. Self & Society. 3 Hours

Study of the relationship between self and others. Socialization, self conceptions, deviant behavior, social influence, and social control.

SOC 342. Collective Behavior. 3 Hours

Study of social protest, crowds, social movements, revolution, fads, fashion, public opinion processes, propaganda, and political and social responses to these phenomena. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 343. Mass Communication in Modern Society. 3 Hours

Social-psychological analysis of the structure and processes of mass communication related to advertising, patterns of social behavior, social change, propaganda, censorship, media control, and social institutions.

SOC 344. Interaction Processes. 3 Hours

Study of the interaction processes of social life. Bargaining and negotiation, cooperation, social influence, solidarity, competition, and conflict. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204.

SOC 345. Sociology of Extremism. 3 Hours

Study of the social understanding and social construction of identity, otherness, difference, and extremism in such cases as the development of white racial extremism in the United States. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 348. Crime, Film & Society. 3 Hours

This course will examine the portrayal of crime and justice in feature length films and how these films influence how our society views issues related to crime. The primary focus will be on the American criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts, and corrections) and the broader topic of justice. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 350. Art and Social Practice. 3 Hours

Exploration of varying modes of collaborative art production, for both artists and non-art students, towards the end of understanding and organizing for effective social change and/or inquiry within studio and community settings. Students organize, produce and exhibit an inter-disciplinary group project developed utilizing a sociological lens in an off-campus or social media space.

SOC 351. Urban Sociology. 3 Hours

The study of the development of urban life from ancient times to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary urban population characteristics, social-economic-political structure, and problems. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204.

SOC 352. Community. 3 Hours

Study of the interaction of groups and individuals related by common situations, problems and intentions; creation, maintenance, eclipse, and restoration of close social ties in urban neighborhoods, small towns, and groups with similar interests and lifestyles.

SOC 353. Internet Community. 3 Hours

The relationship between information and communications technologies, particularly the Internet, in contemporary society is examined. Topics will range from differential access to cultural production with an emphasis on the intersections of online and offline communities. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore status.

SOC 354. Perspective on Childhood. 3 Hours

No description available.

SOC 355. Families & the Economy. 3 Hours

The relationship between families and their socio-economic environment. Consideration of public issues including family policy and government programs to assist families. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 360. Sport and Bodies. 3 Hours

Critical examination of the historical and contemporary ways in which the human body is altered/modified, displayed/portrayed, valued/devalued, and included/excluded in terms of gender, race, social class, and ability status within sports. This course will examine how sport and bodies function in the political, social, and economic systems of the U.S. and globally. Using the perspectives of health and sport sciences and sociology, this course examines sport and bodies from macro and micro perspectives.

SOC 368. Immigration & Immigrants. 3 Hours

Perspectives on immigration and ethnicity. Studies of social and economic adaptation of new immigrants and the second generation in communities, cities, and societies. Ethnic change, conflict, and contemporary national and international issues, with an emphasis on human rights. Sophomore standing.

SOC 371. Sociology of Human Rights. 3 Hours

Study of the sociological theories and research about human rights violations in the United States as well as globally. The course examines economic, cultural, social, health, and political rights. Human Rights are examined as gendered, racialized, and sexualized.

SOC 384. Food Justice. 3 Hours

Diversity, social inequality and social justice are integral aspects of the fields of health science, sociology, and humanities. These issues particular to food are relevant in thinking about the challenges that people in Dayton and around the globe face. Through the combined analysis of at least two academic units, students will learn how to perform descriptive and normative analysis, as well as how to focus on pragmatic opportunities to address and ameliorate food injustice. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore-status.

SOC 388. Social Theory. 3 Hours

Consideration of the works of classical and modern theorists and major trends in historical and contemporary social thought. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204.

SOC 392. Selected Topics in Sociology. 1-6 Hours

Examination of a current topic of general interest in sociology. Majors and nonmajors may enroll. Consult composite for topics. May be repeated as topic changes. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 394. Popular Culture. 3 Hours

Introduction to an understanding of popular culture and the entertainment industry, culture trends, popular entertainers and performers and what they reveal about society. This course examines the nature of musical choice, television, radio, Internet, genres and styles, distribution, performance, and the social construction of popular culture. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 398. Social Science Scholars' Seminar. 3 Hours

Study and seminar discussion of selected sociological writings and the analysis, interpretation and criticism of these works. Open only to students in the Berry Scholars Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 198; HST 198.

SOC 408. Senior Project Design. 1 Hour

Preparation for sociology capstone course with a focus on a workable research topic, literature review, and research methods design. Required for Sociology majors. Prerequisite(s): SOC 308, SOC 388.

SOC 409. Senior Project Capstone. 3 Hours

Capstone experience for sociology majors consisting of a seminar on research and writing in sociology, an empirical research project, and a written and oral presentation of the research. Students will reflect on how sociological research will influence their professional and personal activities and how they will serve their communities. Prerequisite(s): SOC 408.

SOC 410. Victimology. 3 Hours

The study of victimization including the relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions of victims and the criminal justice system and other social groups and institutions. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204; 12 hours of course work in the social sciences.

SOC 426. Leadership in Building Communities. 3 Hours

Investigation of the processes by which urban neighborhoods develop themselves from the inside out. Students cultivate their own interdisciplinary appreciation of urban communities through extensive interaction with one neighborhood's visioning process. Topics include asset-based community development, social capital, citizenship, adaptive leadership, and community building strategies and tools. Same as POL 426. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

SOC 432. Structure of Privilege. 3 Hours

Study of the theoretical and conceptual issues, empirical research, and social policies germane to the sociological analysis of privilege. Topics include whiteness, men and masculinities, class-privilege, heterosexuality and heterosexism, and intersectionality. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 435. Sociology of Globalization. 3 Hours

Sociological analysis of modern economic institutions, with an emphasis on classical themes. Topics include capitalism, industrialism and social consequences of contemporary economic trends. Empirical research will be required. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 437. Marx & Sociology. 3 Hours

Study of Marx's writings on topics relevant to the social sciences. Comparison of contemporary Marxian scholarship in such areas as social inequality, political structures, urban change, ideology and consciousness, and models for the future. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204; junior or senior standing.

SOC 438. Urban Poverty. 3 Hours

Study of the social factors that contribute to poverty in cities. Consideration of the social effects of government and other programs to alleviate poverty. Sophomore standing or higher.

SOC 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

SOC 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

SOC 492. Special Topics in Sociology. 1-6 Hours

Intensive examination of current theoretical or methodological issues; faculty-advised research project or library work. Consult composite for topics. May be repeated as topic changes. Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 204; permission of instructor.

SOC 495. Sociology Internship. 1-6 Hours

Supervised work experience related to course work in sociology in appropriate government, social service, and private organizations. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

SOC 497. Service Learning Experience. 1 Hour

Supervised community research or service experience that complements a specific upper division course in Sociology. Repeatable up to three semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): A 300-400 level Sociology course.

SOC 498. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours

Research or special readings on problems of interest to the student under the guidance of sociology staff member. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.