Sociology Undergraduate Courses
SOC 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
SOC 1301 - (SOC 111) - This course is designed to help students better understand the social world in which they live as well as provide a foundation for other in sociology. It provides an overview of major concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, social order, social control, social stratification, sex and gender, race and ethnicity, social deviance, social institutions, and social change.
Texas Common Course Number (SOCI 1301)
SOC 1306 - Social Problems
SOC 1306 - (SOC 112) - A critical discussion of the sociological perspective on studying descriptions, causes, and prevention of social problems such as crime, mental illness, drug abuse, environmental degradation, poverty, terrorism, and declining quality of life in today’s world.
Texas Common Course Number (SOCI 1306)
SOC 310 - Psychology and Sociology of Diverse Populations
This course will examine the variables which affect the perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors of various micro cultures which comprise our population. The course will include, but will not be limited to, culture as a function of socioeconomic status, religion, sex and gender, language, age, exceptionality, geographical origins and ethnicity. Included in the course will be an analysis of issues related to race, age, sex, and handicap. Prerequisite Junior standing.
Cross Listed/ Same As Same as Psy 310; equivalent to Psy 311
SOC 311 - Social Class, Wealth, and Power
The relations among social classes are examined as systems of privilege with inequalities of wealth, power, and prestige among individuals and groups. Forces giving rise to social classes, how one’s position in a class system affects behavior and personality, class conflict, and the impact of other social institutions, especially the economic and political, are studied.
SOC 316 - Marriage and Family
This course is a general introduction to marriage and family relationships in the United States, along with comparative examples of other cultures for critical thinking. Topics covered include an overview of the institution of marriage and family, theoretical perspectives on the institution, research approaches in studying the institution, gendered identities, love and intimacy, human sexuality, dating and courtship, the single life, kinship responsibilities, cohabitation, communication, dual career marriages, conflict and divorce, aging process, and marital adjustment and enrichment.
SOC 318 - Urban Sociology and Anthropology
This course examines the city and urban life in international perspective. Sociological and anthropological studies will be used to examine the development and growth of cities the course examines concepts such as urbanism, over-urbanization, and urban primacy as well as social problems characteristic of contemporary urban life.
Cross Listed/ Same As Same as Anth 318
SOC 320 - Deviant Behavior
An introduction to the general phenomenon of social deviance. The course focuses on criminal as well as non-criminal deviance such as mental disorders, drug use, and prostitution. Theoretical approaches which seek to explain deviance will be critically explained.
SOC 323 - Sociology of Health and Illness
This course examines the social contexts of health, illness, and medical care. It gives prominence to the debates and contrasting theoretical perspectives which provide insight into the political, economic and cultural factors which affect the recognition, distribution and response to illness and disease. Topics include the social construction of health and illness; the global nature of the AIDS epidemic; the patient’s perspective on illness; the development of the health professions and the health work force; alternative systems of healing; ethical issues in medicine as they relate to medical technology; and comparative health care reform.
SOC 331 - Introduction to Social Research
An introduction to the process, logic, and skills of social science research inquiry. The range of research designs, their strengths and weaknesses, the specific research tools needed for the collection of sociological data, and introductory analytical techniques are examined.
Note Required of all Majors and a prerequisite for Sociology 332.
SOC 332 - Methods of Sociological Analysis
Hours: 4 Lecture Lab/ Clock Hours (3 lecture, 1 lab)
The course is an in-depth examination of the research methods used by sociologists. The selection of appropriate research methods, ethical and practical issues, data collection and preparation, analytical techniques, an introduction to the computer and computer software, and evaluation research are some of the topics to be covered. Prerequisite Sociology 111, and 331 or SWk 350, and Math 141 or 175 or 179.
SOC 333 - Social Psychology
The study of the importance of others’ influence on one’s attitudes, perceptions, motivations, and behavior, the dynamic fragility and power of group participation, and the extent to which human potential is enhanced or severely limited in the context of group life.
SOC 335 - Global Social Issues
This course examines a variety of social issues from a global perspective. In today’s world nations are linked by vast networks of trade, communication, and travel. As a result, social issues once thought of as “local” are rapidly becoming globalized. Issues associated with these increasing linkages are the focus of this class. They include human rights issues, the implications of global media, the transnationalization of crime and terrorism, global environmental issues, international migration, urbanization, and global social and economic inequalities.
SOC 341 - Sociology of Complex Organizations
This course analyzes large-scale bureaucratic organizations. Topics covered within this class are (but not limited to): the characteristics of bureaucracy; the uses of power by organizations; the effectiveness of organizations; and the impact of organizations on societal change.
SOC 350 - Drugs and Society
This course examines the major categories of drugs—stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and narcotics. It also investigates other drug related topics and events such as the use of steroids and inhalants; the abuse of over-the-counter drugs; dependency and addiction; and intervention topics. This course includes critical thinking about the drug culture, and emphasis is placed on a cross-culture perspective. Integrating the viewpoints of other disciplines and professions about the drug culture is also a goal of this course.
SOC 370 - Minority Groups
A general survey of race, ethnic, and minority relations in the United States. Emphasis is placed on theories of prejudice/discrimination and institutional racism in education, politics, and economics.
SOC 436 - Sociological Theory
This course examines the nature of theory and reviews major sociological theories, especially structural-functionalism, conflict theory, exchange theory, and interaction. Special attention is given to leading figures representative of the above schools of thought. Prerequisite Sociology 1301 or its equivalent.
SOC 470 - Sociology Internship
This course will be an academically-based work experience within selected organizations related to the discipline of sociology. The purpose of the internship is to provide an arena for the application of classroom principles within the context of the day-to-day reality of the professional world of employment. The internship includes field supervision as well as classroom experiences. Prerequisite SOC 1301 and SOC 331.
SOC 485 - Senior Seminar in Sociology
The course examines ways sociology majors can synthesize sociology curriculum and apply the sociological perspective to the real world, along with their knowledge and skills outside the academic world in real work settings. In addition, this course will guide students in the process of resume preparation, interviewing skills, graduate program, and career opportunities available with a sociology major. Special attention will be given to leadership skills needed in the world of work. Prerequisite SOC 111, 331, 332, 436, and a senior status.
SOC 489 - Independent Study
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite Consent of head.
Note May be repeated when the topic varies.
SOC 497 - Special Topics
Note May be repeated when topics vary.