Sociology (SOCL)

SOCL 101 UNDERSTANDING OUR SOCIAL WORLD (4 credits)

An introduction to the sociological perspective. Emphasis on major concepts, theories and methods used by sociologists to understand human groups and societies. Explores how individuals shape and are shaped by interactions and large scale social forces, including deviance, crime, inequalities of race, class, and gender, education and social change.

Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, U.S. PLURALISM)

SOCL 201 CRIME, DEVIANCE, AND SOCIAL CONTROL (4 credits)

A sociological approach to the study of crime and deviance. Emphasis on the social construction of crime/deviance, social causes of criminal/deviant behavior, and mechanisms used to control and punish those who break laws and violate social norms. Exploration of issues such as violent behavior, white- and blue-collar crime, drug use, gangs, and disparities in the criminal justice system.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, U.S. PLURALISM)

SOCL 297 TOPICS IN APPLIED SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK (3 credits)

Introductory-level course focusing on key issues in social work and applied sociology, such as addictions, homelessness, domestic violence, and poverty. May be repeated once for credit with different content.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES)

SOCL 335 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (4 credits)

Examines the sociological principles that relate to education in the United States. Topics include theoretical approaches to education, educational inequality (class, race/ethnicity, and gender), adolescent behavior and subcultures, the relationship between education and other institutions, and educational reform.

Prerequisites: SOCL 101 or consent of instructor.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, U.S. PLURALISM)