Sociology Courses

SOCI 2300 – Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be used as a framework for critical analysis. Students will learn to investigate group and societal connections in major social institutions-religion, family, politics, economics, education. (ACTS Course Number SOCI 1013) Prerequisites: Recommended: RHET 1311. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3316 – Japanese Culture and Society
The anthropological and sociological study of Japanese culture and society; covers Japanese history, major social institutions, and aspects of culture that are unique to Japan.
Prerequisites: ANTH 2316 or SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3330 – Racial and Minority Groups
Analysis of social processes in a pluralistic society, with emphasis on the cultural contributions and ethos of the different ethnic groups.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3333 – Women in a Changing Society
An analysis of the socialization of women for their ascribed roles, with emphasis on the molding forces of culture and the changes taking place in women’s roles in contemporary, US, and other societies.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3340 – Experiences of Black Americans
The experiences of blacks in America are subdivided into significant periods with corresponding motifs. Attempts will be made to conceptualize the major influences from each motif-period in the struggle of blacks for sociopolitical and economic equality in a dominantly white society.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3343 – Social Stratification
Analysis of selected theories of stratification, various lifestyles, other bases of social differentiation, and their consequences for individuals and society.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3346 – Family Sociology
The family as a major unifying force for the individual, the community, and the total society, with emphasis on parental and marital dynamics; analysis of the changes associated with the emergence of urban industrial societies.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3350 – Family Violence
A consideration of abuse, neglect, and conflict within the family. Review of basic theories of interpersonal violence and conflict resolution. Focus on abuse of children, siblings, spouses, and elders. Discussion of social policy responses and appropriate interventions. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3381 – Social Statistics
Basic statistical techniques and their corresponding theoretical premises, which are often used in statistical reasoning in sociology. Qualitative variables, characteristics of attributes, measures of their variation, correlation, and tests of significance are stressed.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Recommended: MATH 1321 or MATH 1301 or equivalent. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3383 – Classical Sociological Theory
The conceptual and historical framework of classical sociological theories will be considered. Special emphases will be given to pre-twentieth-century theory and the philosophical underpinnings of sociological theory.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3384 – Contemporary Sociological Theory
Introduction to and critical examination of contemporary sociological theory. The course offers an overview of the concepts, methods, and theoretical perspectives employed by contemporary sociologists. Students are encouraged to take this course after completing SOCI 3383.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3385 – Research Methods
Methods of research in sociology; trends in methodology and use of computers in processing data and presentation of research reports.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Recommended: MATH 1321 or MATH 1301 or equivalent. Three credit hours.

SOCI 3392 – Environmental Sociology
The environment is viewed from a sociological perspective. The environmental movement and issues, such as the transition to an ecologically sound society, as they relate to the social structure of United States society.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 4302 – Special Topics in Sociology
The special topics course will address themes that are timely and/or absent from the regular course catalog. These courses will apply a sociological lens to a variety of interesting issues. Taken together, the topics this course may cover will demonstrate the breadth of issues sociology may address and the relevance of the discipline to either current events or student interests. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as SOCI 5302. Three credit hours.

SOCI 4320 – Sociocultural Change
See ANTH 4320. Three credit hours.

SOCI 4321 – Religion, Society, and Culture
See ANTH 4321.

SOCI 4328 – Internship
Practical experience consisting of at least 90 hours of supervised work in a community agency or any other context of sociological interest. The objective is for students to apply theoretical orientations to real world situations and to develop working skills. May be repeated one time.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300, senior standing, or consent of chairperson. Three credit hours.

SOCI 4332 – Life, Death, and Data
This course is an advanced introduction to the social scientific study of population in the contemporary world. Major areas within sociology are integrated with the study of population dynamics, including child survival and mortality, family and households, social and economic inequality, gender, aging, urbanization, and international migration. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as SOCI 5332. Three credit hours.

SOCI 4365 – Sociology of Organizations
Examination of a variety of complex organizations in modern society, including; schools, hospitals, corporations, universities, and government. Organizational structures and processes are analyzed with emphasis on inter­organizational and organization-environment relations. The students will learn the meanings and significance of the statement “Ours is an organizational society.” This course systematically introduces various sociological and organizational theories, concepts, and ideas as well as macro- and micro-sociological readings and case studies. Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as SOCI 5365.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300. Three credit hours.

SOCI 4376 – Sociology of Health and Illness
A critical examination of how cultural, social-structural, and institutional forces shape our understanding and experience of health and illness. We will discuss several topics such as how gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES) affect health outcomes. We will explore these topics using multidisciplinary and international perspectives.  Dual-listed in the Graduate Catalog as SOCI 5376.
Three credit hours.

SOCI 4387 – Senior Capstone Seminar
Capstone experience designed to review and apply fundamentals of sociological understanding and research.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300, SOCI 3381, SOCI 3383 or SOCI 3384, SOCI 3385, and senior standing.

SOCI 4190/4290/4390 – Independent Study
Advanced assignments in selected areas.
Prerequisites: SOCI 2300, 3181, SOCI 3381, SOCI 3383 or SOCI 3384, SOCI 3385, 3185 or 15 hours in departmental courses, senior standing, or consent of chairperson.
One, two, or three credit hours.

SOCI 4393 – Sociology Internship in the SNRC
Students will work under the direction of the directors of the SNRC in areas
Prerequisites: declared major, 60 hours of course work completed, consent of the department chairperson and director of the Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC).