Sociology Courses

*SOC105 Sociology Through Memoir (4)
Explores major themes, theories, and debates the animate discipline of sociology through contemporary memoirs that emphasize interaction with society's institutions and structures. Covers topics such as class, family dynamics, politics, religion, race, gender, and age. Fulfills core Human Person theme.

*SOC106 Sociology of Death (4)
Explores significant cultural responses to questions of why we die, as well as how these responses shape various social practices and institutions. Introduces sociology as primary framework through which to understand social and cultural dynamics. Considers awareness of death as defining feature of humanness. Fulfills core Human Person theme.

SOC221/SWK221 Power, Prestige and Poverty (4)
Analyzes structured social inequality and poverty in human societies. Examines historical systems of stratification based on variety of distributed social resources. Surveys social scientific explanations of stratification, commentaries on its impact on individuals and society, and competing ideologies of inequality. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

SOC232/SWK232 Diversity in U.S. Populations (4)
Surveys social diversity in the spheres of race and ethnicity, gender, religion, and class in the U.S. in order to understand social stratification. Explores various historical, social, and economic forces which have contributed to the emergence and assignment of multiple identities among Americans. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

*SWK250/PCS250 Peacemaking: Personal, Social, Global (4)
Peace scholarship, research, and diverse Christian perspectives on peacemaking as biblical calling. Conflict explored as transformational process in families, organizations, and global contexts. Case studies of faith-based peacemakers and women's narratives in conflict zones examined. Dialogue skills for personal and civic engagement taught and practiced. Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme.

SOC272/REC272 Sociology of Sport (4)
Explores nature, position, functions, and growing importance of sports in contemporary industrial society. Topics include relationships between sport and socialization, social mobility, racism, sexism, gender, deviance, youth sports, politics, economics, and religion.

SOC285 Foundations of Sociological Thought (4)

Studies early development of social thought, social and philosophical roots of sociology, and nature of  19th-century sociological theory. Focuses on works of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Simmel. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

SOC290 Urban Sociology (4)

Explores historical, economic, and cultural factors that contributed to creation of modern urban environment. Examines how contemporary political, economic, and social issues impact lives of urban residents. Special emphasis placed on narratives of postindustrial urban dwellers. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

*SOC291/SWK291 International Seminars in Production and Place (2-4)
Examines impact of global trade in a commodity on locales where the commodity is produced. Involves travel throughout locale; significant exposure to people, culture, and history; hands-on experience with basic processes of production; examination of global commodity chain that moves goods into hands of consumers. With COR210, 211, fulfills core Global Understanding theme. Contact Global Education Office. 

*SOC308 Sociology of Literature (4)
Explores literary text as social context and the role of literary texts as cultural documents. Examines how writers reflect prevailing social realities, social institutions, and structures through their portraits of human character and social phenomena. Uses literary criticism and cultural criticism to study the role of literature to initiate social description and transformation. Fulfills core Human Person theme and literature requirement.

SOC310/SWK310 Statistics for Social Research (4)

Discusses logic of statistical analysis in social research including matters of probability and sampling. Introduces univariate descriptive measures, multivariate statistics, and logic of inference and hypothesis testing. Weekly data analysis assignments employ Statistics Package for Social Sciences. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course for sociology majors or permission of instructor. Lab fee.

SOC311/SWK311 Social Research Methods (4)
Introduces logic of social scientific research. Explores different epistemological stances informing social-scientific inquiry and traces methodological implications. Specific methods covered include survey research, experimental research, archival research, content analysis, evaluation research, comparative-historical analysis, field research, participant observation and others. Course concludes with a research project. Requires development of independent research proposal.

SOC322/SWK322 Social Policy and Institutions (4)
Examines the history, current status and future options of domestic social policies and programs in light of cultural values, economic resources and power distribution.

SOC325 Sociology of Education (4)
Explores ways in which institution of education supports and obstructs student's transition into private and public spheres. Examines ways structural factors such as class, race and gender operate to encourage and limit academic success throughout academic career. Special emphasis on students critically examining their own educational biography while working toward constructing innovative  educational curricula based on their academic experiences and Christian mandates. Alternate years.

SOC328 Sociology of Religion (4)
Introduces and critiques assumptions, methods, and theoretical insights of sociological study of religion. Emphasizes social context of religious behavior and beliefs, role of religion in social change, and development of new religious movements. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

SOC333 Sociology of Gender (4)
Explores way femininity and masculinity have been informed by cultural practices throughout American history. Utilizes research from journalism, social science, women's studies, and psychoanalysis to explore how certain behaviors and attitudes assumed to be naturally feminine or masculine are actually the result of socialization. Grapples with implications of Christian faith for gender identity in contemporary American society. Prerequisite: a 100-level sociology course.

SOC335/SWK335 Social Change and Development (4)
Examines social change and continuity, development and underdevelopment in non-Western societies. Addresses impact of colonialism, modernity, and globalization on cultures of these societies. Evaluates theories and models for development and modernization from Christian perspective. Prerequisites: a 100-level sociology course and junior standing.

SOC340 Women and World Development (4)

Explores various cross-cultural perspectives on gender in contemporary lives of women. Examines impact of traditional social systems on social and economic development of women, and addresses women's critiques and suggestions for democratic social change. Incorporates current multidisciplinary research on gender. Prerequisites: a 100-level sociology course and junior standing.

SOC371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)

Various topics covered on rotating basis. Designed for advanced students interested in topic presented. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Designated as repeatable if different topic.

SOC411 Contemporary Social Theory (4)
Surveys prominent schools of 20th-century social thought. Links developments in sociological theorizing to broader intellectual trends of period. Perspectives surveyed include phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, functionalism, neo-Marxian theory, structuralism and poststructuralism, feminist theory, and rational-choice theory. Prerequisite: SOC285 or permission of instructor.

SOC425 Social Service Internship (Variable)
Supervised combined on-the-job work experience or research and related academic study in agency, business, government office, or community organization. Prerequisites: advanced standing in sociology, minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA and preapproval by instructor and Registrar's Office.

SOC471, 472 Research I, II (2-4)
Individual research for honors thesis. Prerequisites: senior standing and departmental permission.

*Fulfills core common or thematic requirement.