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Sociology & Anthropology

Sociology

Our Sociology courses focus on topics germane to our current global society and issues of race/class/gender across the curriculum.  Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

Click here for a general degree plan for sociology majors.

  • 34-000 SOCIOLOGY ORAL FINAL/FIELD TEST
  • 34-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-114 SOCIAL PATTERNS AND PROCESSES
    This is a survey course in sociology that uses the sociological imagination and the field's major theories (conflict theory, functionalism and symbolic interactionism) and methodologies to explore social interaction, inequalities, institutions and change.Principles of sociology are taught by application to topics which may include race and residential patterns, family and gender relations, social change and political movements. (Each semester) (ScS) (SJ)
  • 34-124 SOCIAL PROBLEMS
    This course focuses on the sociological imagination and fosters an understanding of how individuals lives are shaped by larger social and historical forces through an examination of specific social problems that may include welfare policy, crime and delinquency, and stratification by race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Some time will also be devoted to progressive solutions that have been advanced. (Each semester) (ScS) (SJ)
  • 34-214 CRIMINOLOGY
    This course examines the sociological foundations of crime including factors such as residential segregation, economic inequality, and masculinity. Some attention will also be devoted to American and international perspectives on criminal justice. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124.
  • 34-224 DEVIANCE, IDENTITY & SOCIAL CONTROL
    A study of the societal definition of deviant behavior, causes of deviant behavior and social control. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124.
  • 34-234 GENDER AND SEXUALITY
    The course examines the historical, social and cultural construction of gender, focusing on the ways that femininities and masculinities are constructed from infancy through adulthood in the United States. Also included is an exploration of the construction of sexualities, and the effects of constructing some sexualities as deviant and others as normal. The class will analyze the patterns and fluctuations in sexual and gender constructs across and within racial, ethnic and social class categories. Also Feminist Studies 04-234. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124.
  • 34-244 FAMILIES IN SOCIETY
    The study of families in historical, social and cultural perspective, including analysis of variation in family experience by race and ethnicity, class and gender. Processes of mate selection, marriage patterns and the formation of families, households and kin groups are covered. Also Anthropology 35-244 and Feminist Studies 04-244. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (Annually)
  • 34-264 RACE AND ETHNICITY
    This course examines the ways that race and ethnicity have historically been and currently are constructed, maintained and challenged individually, institutionally and culturally. In addition, the class explores how our American experiences, as well as our life chances, are shaped and modified by our ethnic and racial group histories and memberships. Also Feminist Studies 04-524. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124.
  • 34-274 CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
    This course examines the social worlds of children and youth. It analyzes the ways that young peoples peer cultures intersect with gender, race, class and major social institutions.Students are required to complete 20 hours of community-based learning and write an ethnographic paper. Also Feminist Studies 04-294. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (Fall)
  • 34-284 GLOBALIZATION: CONTEMPORARY WORLD
    This course is intended to enrich students experiences of the contemporary world by drawing upon sociological perspectives. Issues including globalization, economic inequality, terrorism and environmental change are explored. Students are required to attend SPSS lab sessions (during normal class time). They will perform quantitative analyses using a recent wave of global survey data and write a paper based on the results. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124. (IP)
  • 34-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 34-311 RESEARCH METHODS LAB
    This course acquaints majors and minors in sociology with the procedures for gathering and analyzing sociological data. Students in Research Methods will meet for weekly lab sessions in addition to the lecture and discussion times. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, Mathematics 52-114, and sociology major or permission of the instructor. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 34-313 RESEARCH METHODS
    This course acquaints majors and minors in sociology with the procedures for gathering and analyzing sociological data. Students in Research Methods will meet for weekly lab sessions in addition to the lecture and discussion times. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, Mathematics 52-114, and sociology major or permission of the instructor. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
  • 34-324 SOCIAL CLASS IN THE U.S.
  • 34-334 LATINA/OS & EDUCATION IN U.S.
  • 34-344 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
    Contributions made to sociological theory beginning in the mid-19th century to the present. This course will survey select classical theorists and contemporary theorists with an emphasis on how their theories can be applied to understanding human behavior through a sociological lens. Prerequisites: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, and sociology major or permission of the instructor. (Spring)
  • 34-354 DEMOGRAPHY (WORLD POPULATION GEOGRAPHY)
    The study of the processes of fertility, mortality and migration and how these are interrelated with urbanization. Students will examine global demographic patterns and trends in all world regions, with specific case studies in a number of countries.The analysis of urban patterns employs the two theoretical traditions of urban ecology and political economy. Particular attention is paid to the emergence of global cities. Population growth and urbanization are explored in relation to environmental issues.Also Environmental Studies 49-354. (ScS) (IP)
  • 34-364 SOCIOLOGY OF WORK
  • 34-614 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
    See Political Science 32-614. (SJ)
  • 34-764 ADVANCED RESEARCH SEMINAR IN LATIN
    See Political Science 32-764.
  • 34-901 TUTORIAL
  • 34-902 TUTORIAL
  • 34-903 TUTORIAL
  • 34-904 TUTORIAL
  • 34-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Prerequisite: Sociology major of junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 34-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
  • 34-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
  • 34-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
  • 34-946 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Prerequisite: Sociology major of junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 34-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 34-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 34-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 34-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and a minimum of 3.0 grade point average during the previous semester. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 34-964 SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR
    The Sociology capstone requires students to develop a major empirical paper that incorporates knowledge they have learned from their sociology courses to date, particularly sociological theory and research methods. Students will construct a coherent research question, collect and analyze data to explore the question, and apply sociological theories and literature to their findings. They will present their findings at the end of the semester to the professor, their classmates and others. In seminar format, students will discuss common readings and constructively critique one anothers research. Peer review, with class periods devoted entirely to students research work, will be a core component of this course. Prerequisite: senior Sociology major and permission of instructor. (Fall) (WA)
  • 34-984 HONORS
    By invitation only.