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101 SURVEY OF SOCIOLOGY
A survey of the discipline of sociology and an introduction to the basic concepts, processes, and institutions which are the subject matter of sociology as an academic discipline. Required for all Sociology Majors and Minors. Satisfies University Core requirement for Social Justice theme area.

103 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
An introduction to the criminal justice system, including police, courts, correctional facilities and community based corrections. Required for the Criminal Justice Concentration.

104 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
An introduction to a major sub-field of Anthropology which explores the origins, development and diversity of human cultures. Satisfies University Core requirement for Global Diversity theme area.

106 SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND SOCIAL POLICY
A study of major social problems in American society, including poverty, violence and environmental decline. Required for students in the Social Policy Concentration. Satisfies University Core requirement for Faith and Reason theme area.

124 GLOBAL SOCIOLOGY
Global sociology has two emphases: the sociological study of non-US cultures, and the study of large-scale social processes such as globalization. Satisfies University Core requirement for Global Diversity theme area.

200 CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
An intensive review of basic sociological principles and a study of selected classical theories and schools of thought. Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Either 200 or 200W is required for all Sociology Majors.

200W CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
An intensive review of basic sociological principles and a study of selected classical theories and schools of thought. Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Either 200 or 200W is required for all Sociology Majors.

201 SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS I
A discussion and application of the techniques and research procedures used in sociological research. Prerequisite: SOCI 101. Required for all Sociology Majors.

202 SOCIOLOGIAL METHODS II
A study of quantitative research methods used in social science. Emphasis is placed on the application and interpretation of statistics using computerized statistical packages such as SPSS.
Prerequisites: SOCI 101, 201, and MATH 125. Required for all Sociology Majors. All students must be concurrently enrolled in SOCI 202L.

202L SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS II LAB
THIS IS A ONE CREDIT COURSE. This lab provides guided computer training in quantitative analysis including data set construction utilization and analysis.
Prerequisites: SOCI 101, 201 and MATH 125. Required of all Sociology Majors. All students must be concurrently enrolled in SOCI 202.

203 SOCIOLOGY OF AGING
An examination of the social and cultural forces that impact the process of aging and the statuses and roles of the aged in human societies. Required of students seeking the Certificate In Gerontology.

205 PERSON AND SOCIETY
A study of the person's interaction with societal groups, organizations and institutions.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

207 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
What social and cultural factors affect the health of human populations? This coursex examines the social organizations and social processes related to well-being and sickness in various societies.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

208 RACIAL AND ETHNIC GROUPS
A comprehensive survey of roles performed and problems faced by racial and ethnic groups. Concentration. Satisfies University Core requirement for the Social Justice theme area.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

209 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
The class system, with a primary focus on the US.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

210 SOCIOLOGY OF SEX AND GENDER
The study of how conceptions of masculinity and femininity are influenced by social institutions; how gender shapes the self, behavior and social relationships, and the characteristics of gender inequality.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

211 SOCIAL DEVIANCE
A study of the forms and consequences of social deviance and law.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

212 DRUGS AND SOCIETY
Drug use as a socially constructed deviant activity. The political, practical, and personal effects of substance use on society and individuals.

213 CRIMINOLOGY
A study of sociological explanations of criminal behavior.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

214 HELPING PROCESS
An analysis of the helping relationship, both as a formal professional intervention and as an informal response to anyone in need. Knowledge of the techniques of helping and their application are among the goals of the course.

215 MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY
The study of the role of mass media in contemporary societies by examining the social, economic, political, and cultural contexts within which they operate.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

216 DELINQUENCY AND SOCIETY
The nature of juvenile delinquency. Theories regarding the causes of juvenile delinquency. Evaluation of policies designed to lessen juvenile delinquency.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

217 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
A study of sociological theories of social movements; an exploration of contemporary examples.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

218 TREATMENT AND COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
Community and institutional rehabilitative programs are considered in terms of treatment methods used and their effectiveness.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

219 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES
This course is an overview of the policies and practices of human services programs. It is designed to introduce the student to the interventions, activities, skills, values, and techniques typical of human services workers and agencies.

220 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
This course provides an introduction to the sociology of the environment. Intended for majors and non-majors alike, this course gives students an overview of sociology with a specific emphasis on the many complex interactions between contemporary societies and environmental issues. The course will invite students to examine the scope, nature, and human causes of environmental problems, as well as the implications of environmental changes for societies.

222 INTRODUCTION TO PEACE AND JUSTICE
An introduction to conceptual, practical, and spiritual dimensions of peace and justice. Peace and justice are treated as the by-products of intra-psychic, interpersonal, situational, organizational, regional, national, and global conflict. Satisfies University Core requirement for the Social Justice theme area.

225 FAMILY SYSTEMS
A study of the family institution and its interaction with other community institutions.

233 SOCIOLOGY OF CATHOLICISM
This course draws upon the Catholic Intellectual Tradition from the time of the Early Christians and Church Fathers, through medieval and Counter-Reformation moments, into the modern and postmodern age through the lens of sociological and anthropological theory. It focuses on how the Catholic tradition shapes the understanding of religion, and the social realm alike. Satisfies University Core requirement for Faith and Reason theme area.

250 ITALY THROUGH ITALIAN FILM
Examine Italian culture through the lens of Italian cinema to understand how Italians survived W.W. II, interpreted the twentieth century legacy of fascism and adapted to a contemporary culture of material wealth and high style. Satisfies University Core requirement for Social Justice theme area. Italian campus only.

264 POLICE AND SOCIETY
The occupation of policing; an analysis of the role of police in the community, and an examination of critical issues in law enforcement.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

270 ANTI-SEMITISM
This course explores the nature of anti-Semitism in the Western world through a sociological examination of its roots in the pagan world and Christianity and through an examination of racial, political and economic forms of anti-Semitism in the medieval and modern world. Satisfies University Core requirement for Social Justice theme area.

272 PERSPECTIVS ON THE HOLOCAUST
In Perspectives on the Holocaust, multiple disciplines--sociology, history, literature and others are used in order to shed light on one of the most important and history changing events of the twentieth century-the mass murder of European Jews by the Nazi regime. Many topics will be explored including the perspectives of the victims, perpetrators and bystanders, life in the ghettoes, Jewish resistance, the literature of the Holocaust and European anti-Semitism. Satisfies University Core requirement for Social Justice theme area.

301W CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
A study of selected contemporary theories and schools of thought.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

310 THE LAW AND THE JUVENILE OFFENDER
A survey of those aspects of the legal system that relate to the identification, processing, and rehabilitation of the juvenile offender.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

311 THE LAW AND THE ADULT OFFENDER
The legal procedure from arrest through sentencing emphasizing applicable state statutes and U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

314 THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Development of local, state, and federal court systems, the operation of these courts and the issues in administration and case law.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

315 SOCIALIZATION AND THE LIFE COURSE
An examination of the socialization process throughout life, with a particular focus on the adult years. A study of stability and change in statuses and roles among age groups.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

318 SOCIOLOGY OF THE CITY
This course provides an overview of the patterns, problems and persistence of cities. We study the relationship between cities and society; including how this relationship has changed as societies have developed.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

321 WHITE COLLAR CRIME
The study of the character, causes, and consequences of white-collar crime in the United States.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

332 SPORTS AND SOCIETY
This course investigates organized sports in North America, including the structures, processes and problems of sports as an institutionalized social system and as an institution that shapes and guides society.

333 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
This course explores the role of religion in contemporary society and the cultural and social forces that shape religious beliefs and practices. Satisfies University Core requirement for Faith and Reason theme area.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

360 ITALIAN CULTURAL STUDIES
The sociological study of Italian culture, including but not limited to family life, Italian character and personality; the evolving role of religion, population dynamics and migration, Italian cinema, fashion, food, and the built environment. Satisfies University Core requirement for the Global Diversity theme area.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course or permission of the instructor.

369 RACE, GENDER AND CRIME
This course examines how different races, genders, and social classes experience crime, both as offenders and victims.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

NOTE: SEVERAL OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES ARE CROSS-LISTED WITH THE GRADUATE CENTER FOR SOCIAL AND PUBLIC POLICY.

404/504 THE SOCIAL LANDSCAPE: PLACE, SPACE AND SOCIETY
This course examines relationships between social systems and their environments. Students learn to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map and analyze social, economic and political patterns impacting communities, land use and the environment.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

408/508 POPULATION
This course examines interrelationships among population processes and social, economic and political patterns of development. Specific emphasis is placed on the demographic contexts and consequences for policies in developing and developed societies.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

409/509 CORRECTIONAL POLICY AND PRACTICE
In this course we examine the methods and motives of punishing criminals. In addition, we investigate the history of correctional policy and practice.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course. Recommended course: 103.

411/511 AGING AND MENTAL HEALTH
A study of emotional and cognitive process and conditions associated with later life. Special focus is given to learning dynamics, emotional changes and illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease. This course is cross-listed with PSYC 427, Developmental Psychology Three.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course or permission of the instructor.

415/515 HEALTH, ILLNESS AND SOCIAL POLICY
This course considers the major health and illness issues apparent in both regional and national areas. An opportunity to study the nature of and developments in social policy with special reference to HIV, smoking and illness, and national health insurance. National and International data set analysis is possible.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

416/516 MINORITIES AND PUBLIC POLICY
The historical evolution of American public policy toward minorities. This includes the legal/constitutional changes, migratory patterns, social institutions and political mobilization. Contemporary problems and issues are evaluated within this context.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

421/521 CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY
An examination of policies related to the criminal justice system. Analysis and evaluation of existing and proposed policies, including special topics such as capital punishment and rehabilitation are the focus of the course.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course. Recommended course: 103.

427 VISUAL SOCIOLOGY
Visual Sociology is a course in which students take photographs to study social life. Readings are drawn from sociology, photojournalism, documentary photography and philosophy and conventional issues in sociological methodology frame the discussion. This course is cross-listed with JMA 415, Cultural Photography.
440/540 FAMILY AND POLICY
A survey of the wide range of policy analyses and proposals from various perspectives concerning the modern family life. Critical evaluation of these policies is based on an examination of the theoretical and conceptual foundations, the empirical bases, and the consequences that flow from the policies.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

450 FIELDWORK (Variable credit-3 - 6 credits).
Internships in a number of different settings. A minimum of 2 hours in placement per week (or 50 hours per semester) and one hour of meetings with the instructor per week (or 15 hours per semester) is required for 3 credits. This course may be taken for 6 credits a semester. A minimum of 4 hours in placement per week (or 100 hours per semester) and two hours of meetings with the instructor per week (or 30 hours per semester) is required for 6 credits. This course may be repeated once.
Prerequisite: Majors must have completed twenty-one credits in the major. All students must meet with the Fieldwork Instructor before registering.

454 SELECTED READINGS:
(One to three credits). Selected readings under instructor guidance followed by regularly scheduled conferences with the instructor.
1 credit requires 1 hour of directed study per week (or 15 hours per semester) and a half hour (or 7.5 hours per semester) of meetings with the instructor per week.
2 credits require 2 hours of directed study per week (or 30 hours per semester) and one hour (or 15 hours per semester) of meetings with instructor per week.
3 credits require 3 hours of directed study per week (or 45 hours per semester) and 90 minutes (or 45 hours per semester) of meetings per week with the instructor.
Prerequisite: twenty-seven completed credits in the major.
SENIORS AND MAJORS ONLY.

455W SENIOR SEMINAR - SOCIOLOGY
A seminar designed to serve as a capstone to the student's academic career.
Prerequisite: twenty-one completed credits in the major. Required for all Sociology Majors except those with the Criminal Justice concentration. THIS CLASS IS OFFERED ONLY IN THE SPRING SEMESTER. SENIORS AND MAJORS ONLY.

456W SENIOR SEMINAR - CRIMINAL JUSTICE:
A seminar designed to serve as a capstone to the student's academic career.
Prerequisite: twenty-one completed credits in the major. Required for Sociology Majors with a Criminal Justice concentration. THIS CLASS IS OFFERED ONLY IN THE FALL SEMESTER. SENIORS AND MAJORS ONLY.

471 URBAN INVESTIGATION
The course combines the methods of sociology and journalism to investigate social issues. The specific topic of the course is the broad reality of incarceration: the philosophies that lie behind the incarceration to the latent effects of jailing people, to public views of the effectiveness of our present system. We use a comparative framework, looking at incarceration in other countries and historical eras. We consider alternatives, social costs, and unintended consequences of social policies. Also listed as JMA 471.
Prerequisite: Any 100 level Sociology course.

498 SPECIAL TOPICS:
These courses cover new and noteworthy topics of sociological interest. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.