Sociology Programs 2023-2024 Edition

Sociology And Anthropology Major

The interdisciplinary Sociology/Anthropology major focuses on social and cultural aspects of humanity. Majors use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to explore from both a macro societal perspective and the micro personal level the causes and consequences of human actions and how those actions shape societal institutions and societal change. They explore societies locally and globally, and through time, so they can better understand both social diversity and social change. By critically exploring contemporary social issues, they learn the roots of those issues, but also how individual, group, and institutional actions can respond to today’s challenges.

Students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the core content of sociology and anthropology
  • Use sociological and anthropological theory to understand the relationship between larger social forces and individual experiences.
  • Analyze the complex problems via sociological and anthropological insights.
  • Use research methods to suggest means to better comprehend the world and find solutions to complex social issues.

Sociology Concentration

The Sociology concentration creates a strong foundation for understanding the sociological perspective on human thought and behavior through required courses on the principles of sociology, research methods, and social theory.  From this foundation, students solidify their understanding by taking a set of elective upper-division courses that can be drawn from a variety of sociological content areas.

Sociology Minor

Students develop a sophisticated sense of the ways in which individual behavior is the product of social experience. Such study helps students gain insight into their own society and culture and provides a critical understanding of the global community.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology and Anthropology Degree Requirements:


Sociology and Anthropology Major Requirements:

Sociology and Anthropology Major Required Courses:
ANTH 242Introduction to Global Anthropology3
or ANTH 243 Honors: The Anthropology of Globalization
SOC 251Principles of Sociology3
or SOC 253 Honors Sociology
ANTH 389Fieldwork in Local Communities3
SOC 454Social Theory: The Study of Isms and Phobias3
SOC 491Sociology Capstone I3
Sociology and Anthropology Major Electives:
Students must pick 5 courses from the list below:
ANTH 301Working for a Sustainable Future3
SOC 351Social Problems Social Solutions3
SOC 352Sociology of Gender, Illness, and Health3
SOC 354Globalization and Childhood3
SOC 355Social Determinants of Health3
SOC 356Sociology of Family3
SOC 359The Sociological Imagination What We See When We Watch T.V.3
SOC 360Sociology of Sport3
SOC 362Sociology of Innovation and Creativity3
SOC 370Crime and Justice3
SOC 391Sociology Internship3
SOC 451Population and Society3
SOC 452Sociology of Work3
SOC 453Race and Ethnicity3
SOC 455Urban Sociology3
SOC 497Directed Study in Sociology3

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for the major.

A minimum of 122 credit hours is required for graduation.

Sociology Concentration Requirements

Required courses
SOC 251Principles of Sociology3
or SOC 253 Honors Sociology
SOC 454Social Theory: The Study of Isms and Phobias3
ANTH 389Fieldwork in Local Communities3
Three additional Sociology courses, at least one at the 400 level9

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for the concentration.

Sociology Minor Requirements

SOC 251Principles of Sociology3
or SOC 253 Honors Sociology
Two sociology courses6
One - 400 level sociology course3

A minimum of 12 credit hours is required for the minor.

Anthropology Courses

ANTH 242. Principles of Anthropology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course studies the consequences of globalization for human beings as they come to understand and value themselves, their relations to others, and their "place in the world." Students discuss a number of challenges to traditional concepts of "culture" important to understanding an anthropological approach to the concept of globalization. The course approaches "globalization," the movement of information, goods, services, capital and people throughout the global space, from a variety of perspectives, including discussion of global migration and diaspora and consideration of the globalization of media.

Fall 2023ANTH 242A1523MWF10:00am - 10:50am(H. Dygert)
Fall 2023ANTH 242B1525MWF11:00am - 11:50am(H. Dygert)
Fall 2023ANTH 242C1526MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(H. Dygert)
Spring 2024ANTH 242A3506MWF9:00am - 9:50am(H. Dygert)
Spring 2024ANTH 242B3507MWF10:00am - 10:50am(H. Dygert)
Spring 2024ANTH 242C3508TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(H. Dygert)
Spring 2024ANTH 242D3509TTh9:30am - 10:45am(A. Perullo)
Spring 2024ANTH 242E3510TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(A. Perullo)

ANTH 243. Honors: The Anthropology of Globalization. 3 Credit Hours.

In this course, students interpret global transformations through studying anthropological texts and films that provide in-depth analysis of local-level instances of globalization. These ethnographic studies allow students to improve their specific knowledge of people and places throughout the world and also to develop more theoretically rigorous approaches toward explaining what is meant by the term globalization. To this end, students examine, among other themes, ethnicity to better comprehend issues of power, resources, and land in conflict situations; the movement of textiles to recognize post-Fordist social and economic practices; human trafficking to conceptualize commodification of the human body; and refugee migrations to understand transnationalism. In short, this course offers micro-level case studies, methods, and approaches toward learning about and explaining broad social and cultural processes.
Prerequisites: Honors Program.

Fall 2023ANTH 243HN1524TTh9:30am - 10:45am(A. Perullo)

ANTH 301. Working for a Sustainable Future. 3 Credit Hours.

Sustainability requires finding ways to meet our needs in the present without compromising those of future generations. It involves comprehending the connections between social, economic, and environmental factors, and finding ways to better use and manage resources. In this course students learn about important issues that impact the ability of humans to live sustainably, such as resource mining, deforestation, water pollution, fast fashion, and climate change. They then work on potential solutions to these problems, including formulating practical ideas that can be implemented on campus and in local communities.

Spring 2024ANTH 301A3623TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(A. Perullo)

ANTH 389. Fieldwork in Local Communities. 3 Credit Hours.

This course uses qualitative research methods to document and understand local communities. Students learn to conduct interviews, surveys, participant-observation, and other methods to interpret and understand complex social issues. Students also attain skills in taking photographs; capturing high quality audio recordings of live performances; and producing short documentary films. During the course students have the option of creating an academic research paper, a policy proposal intended for government agencies or nonprofit institutions, or a documentary film. The course provides valuable skills in research methods that can be applied to a number of social science and humanities disciplines.

Fall 2023ANTH 389A1600TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(A. Perullo)
Fall 2023ANTH 389B1601TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(A. Perullo)

Sociology Courses

SOC 251. Principles of Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

Students survey and appraise the basic concepts, including theory and method, social processes and structure, culture, groups, socialization, inequality and social institutions.
Session Cycle: Fall, Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2023SOC 251A1299TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(D. Ciliberto)
Fall 2023SOC 251B1300MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(K. Taylor-Costello)
Fall 2023SOC 251C1301MWF9:00am - 9:50am(K. Taylor-Costello)
Fall 2023SOC 251D1302MWF10:00am - 10:50am(K. Taylor-Costello)
Fall 2023SOC 251E1303TTh9:30am - 10:45am(J. McDonnell)
Fall 2023SOC 251F1304MWF11:00am - 11:50am(A. Fontaine)
Fall 2023SOC 251G1305MF2:00pm - 3:15pm(A. Fontaine)
Fall 2023SOC 251H1306TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(D. Ciliberto)
Fall 2023SOC 251I1307MWF1:00pm - 1:50pm(A. Fontaine)
Spring 2024SOC 251A3188TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(A. Fontaine)
Spring 2024SOC 251B3189TTh9:30am - 10:45am(A. Fontaine)
Spring 2024SOC 251C3190MWF10:00am - 10:50am(K. Taylor-Costello)
Spring 2024SOC 251D3191MWF1:00pm - 1:50pmTBD
Spring 2024SOC 251E3192MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(K. Taylor-Costello)
Spring 2024SOC 251G3194MWF11:00am - 11:50amTBD
Spring 2024SOC 251H3195TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(A. Fontaine)

SOC 253. Honors Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a more advanced introduction to sociology, allowing students to explore social theory, research methods, social structure, culture, groups, socialization, social interaction, inequality, and social institutions more deeply than in the standard introductory course.
Prerequisites: Honors Program
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2024SOC 253HN3196MWF9:00am - 9:50am(K. Taylor-Costello)

SOC 351. Social Problems Social Solutions. 3 Credit Hours.

An exploration of major contemporary social problems, examining the key explanations for them. These explanations are used to assess the likely success of current and proposed social solutions. Key problems studied include inequalities linked to race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, education, age, and criminal justice—as well as overpopulation and environmental degradation. U.S. problems and their possible solutions are illuminated with cross national comparisons.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

Fall 2023SOC 351A1308MWF10:00am - 10:50am(A. Fontaine)

SOC 352. Sociology of Gender, Illness, and Health. 3 Credit Hours.

Focusing on the role that gender plays in the opportunity for health and the likelihood of illness, this course explores the causes and consequences of different health outcomes for women and men and the myths and stereotypes about each group. For example, many believe that women have higher rates of mental illness than men but what, if any, is the evidence for this view? The course is U.S. based but it will cover some cross-cultural comparisons of gender, health and illness.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 or SOC 250SL
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Varies.

SOC 354. Globalization and Childhood. 3 Credit Hours.

Globalization and Childhood examines the impacts of globalization on children and childhood across the globe. Issues include children as producers and consumers, as soldiers and victims of violence, and other topics.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 355. Social Determinants of Health. 3 Credit Hours.

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are conditions, forces, and systems that influence health outcomes. Structural determinants include economic and social policies that impact food security and early childhood development; governing processes that influence the funding and support for equitable education and fair housing; legal policies that shape access to medical resources and safe working conditions; and forms of discrimination that unjustly favor some populations over others. In this course, we examine SDOH in different global contexts and draw on the field of medical anthropology to explore policies and approaches to solving public health issues. During the semester, we learn broadly about human behavior and health through drawing on an interdisciplinary source of readings, films, and ethnographies. Students work on both comprehending the sources of health problems and designing solutions that can foster more equitable health outcomes.
Prerequisites: LCS 121
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2024SOC 355A3197MWF12:00pm - 12:50pm(H. Dygert)

SOC 356. Sociology of Family. 3 Credit Hours.

The central goal of this course is to lead students to a deeper understanding of the ways in which American families are changing. Through an examination of the family in sociological and historical perspectives, students gain insight into the mythology of the "traditional American family" and its formation. We discuss the diversity of current family forms and the ways in which the family is tied into the larger structure of society. The course also examines hooking up, partnering, parenting, the division of household labor, and divorce.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 359. The Sociological Imagination What We See When We Watch T.V.. 3 Credit Hours.

This course uses the Sociological Imagination as the lens through which to analyze of the content of television. We will apply "The sociological imagination" (C. Wright Mills famous concept) to episodes of "The Wire", an HBO series that ran for five years. We will examine the lives of the characters and "urban space" as chronicled in "The Wire" including the work, neighborhoods, the city, morality, sexuality, politics, "childhood," gender and gender expression, race and social justice. We will also consider the relationship between social structures, culture, structure and agency. This course is cross-listed with COM 359.
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2023SOC 359A1484TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(J. McDonnell)

SOC 360. Sociology of Sport. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the discipline of sociology of sport. The course focuses on the global aspects of sport, with an emphasis on the relationship between sport and race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and national identity. It provides students with the theories, concepts and perspectives that allow them to better understand the relationships between sport, society and culture.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2024SOC 360A3198TTh9:30am - 10:45am(J. McDonnell)

SOC 362. Sociology of Innovation and Creativity. 3 Credit Hours.

This course takes a sociological perspective on creativity and innovation exploring the sociological context of each. Combining readings and lectures, class activities and a community-based project, students will learn about the social context of creativity and innovation and also understand more deeply their own creative processes and strengthen these through projects and portfolio building.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 370. Crime and Justice. 3 Credit Hours.

This course applies sociological theory and research to the study of crime and social control. Students engage in policy debates and research projects focused on the philosophy, design and operations of the criminal justice systems in education, immigration, drug control, and other areas.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2023SOC 370A1311MWF1:00pm - 1:50pm(K. Taylor-Costello)

SOC 390. Research Methods in Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to systematic strategies to gather, analyze, and interpret sociological data via survey research. Students learn the basics of SPSS statistical analysis software to learn the art and science of data analysis and interpretation.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 391. Sociology Internship. 3 Credit Hours.

Students engage in individually supervised work-study arrangements and learn to apply social science theory and principles in their work environment. Students must work at least ten hours per week on the job, meet periodically with a supervising faculty member, research literature related to the field of the internship, and prepare a substantive report on their internship experience and the studies involved.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253,Junior/Senior standing; approval of a supervising faculty member and department chair.

SOC 451. Population and Society. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the determinants and consequences of population processes and structures. Students explore the relevance of population to several social policy issues, including economic development, gender equality, immigration, civil discord, poverty, social security, health care, and the environment. The course uses illustrations from the United States and a variety of developed and developing countries.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

Spring 2024SOC 451A3626TTh2:00pm - 3:15pm(A. Fontaine)

SOC 452. Sociology of Work. 3 Credit Hours.

The sociology of work is an exploration of the meaning of work in our lives and in our culture. The course is organized in a seminar format in which students read and discuss a series of important books in the field. In addition to guiding students toward developing their own sociological insight, the course will challenge some of their basic assumptions about the social organization of work and about the relationship between the economic and the non-economic spheres of our lives.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Varies.

SOC 453. Race and Ethnicity. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines and uses theories to understand the treatment and life chances of racial and ethnic subpopulations, with an emphasis on U.S. society. Students explore the many ways stereotypes, prejudice, racism, and privilege become part of our everyday interaction and reinforce institutional discrimination.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2024SOC 453A3200TTh11:00am - 12:15pm(J. McDonnell)

SOC 454. Social Theory: The Study of Isms and Phobias. 3 Credit Hours.

This seminar is first and foremost a study of classical and contemporary social theory. It also examines the ways in which a variety of these theories, both classical and contemporary, view and explain social inequalities. More specifically, we will use theories, theorists, and concepts from theories to help us better understand "isms and phobias" including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, ethnocentrism and xenophobia.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253, Junior standing or permission of the instructor
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Fall 2023SOC 454A1312TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(J. McDonnell)

SOC 455. Urban Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

Because most of us have urban or suburban backgrounds, and because of the huge cities all over the globe, we assume that most of the world’s population have urban experiences. This has not the case- at least until now. The world of the future will be urban. It is important that we understand how and why cities come into being, and how urbanism affects people’s lives and behavior. Students will use urban theory to analyze the relationship between larger social forces and individual experiences in selected substantive areas of urban sociology.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253
Session Cycle: Winter
Yearly Cycle: Varies.

Spring 2024SOC 455A3199MWF1:00pm - 1:50pm(K. Taylor-Costello)

SOC 460SL. Applied Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship. 3 Credit Hours.

Social entrepreneurs create innovated solutions to the world's most vexing problems. This course provides students background knowledge in the emerging field and hands on experience in social entrepreneurship.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and Sophomore standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

SOC 491. Sociology Capstone I. 3 Credit Hours.

Designed for student majoring in Sociology and Social Research, this senior-level capstone seminar asks students to explore, either as an individual directed-study or as part of a weekly seminar, some aspect of an important social issue as it relates to the operation of a social institution: marriage and family; religion; work; politics; urbanization; or sports.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and Junior standing
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.

Spring 2024SOC 491A3561TTh12:30pm - 1:45pm(J. McDonnell)

SOC 492. Sociology Capstone II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course may follow SOC 491--offering the student a chance to tackle a large, in-depth study by providing a second semester to research their topic of interest.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253 and SOC 491 and Junior standing
Session Cycle: Varies
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.

SOC 497. Directed Study in Sociology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an opportunity for students to do independent, in-depth study or research for academic credit. The student works on an individual basis under the direction of a member of the sociology faculty. The main requirement of the course is the development of a substantial paper or project.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253.

SOC ST300. Special Topics in Sociology From Womb to Tomb A Sociological Perspective on Sexuality. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines how sexuality is defined throughout the life cycle. This course will use a sociological perspective to examine the cultural, political and legal aspects of human sexuality. Recent studies on human sexuality have highlighted that sexual aspects are of major importance in building up personal identity, social interaction and the social evolution of individuals.
Prerequisites: SOC 251 or SOC 253.