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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 contemporary 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.

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

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

202 SOCIOLOGICAL 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: 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 1 CREDIT COURSE. This lab provides guided computer training in quantitative analysis including data set construction and analysis. Required of all Sociology Majors. Prerequisites: 101, 201 and MATH 125. 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 study 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. 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.  Satisfies University Core requirement for Social Justice and Global Diversity theme areas.

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 Faith and Reason theme area.

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 tradituion shapes the understanding of religion and the social realm alike. Satisfies University Core requirement for Faith and Reason theme area.

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

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 an 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 medical and modern world. Satisfies University Core requirement for Social Justice theme area.

300W HISTORY OF SOCIAL THOUGHT: An introduction to Western thought which predates the formal discipline of Sociology and an examination of the social context which led to the development of these ideas. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

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 of 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.

320W ORGANIZATIONS: A critical examination of organizations in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the sociological interpretations and critical/analytical understandings of contemporary social organization. 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 as institution that shapes and guides society. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course.

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. Prerequisite: Any Any 100-level Sociology course. Satisfies University Core requirement for Faith and Reason theme area.

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. 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 and senior standing.

405 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION: A sociological study of the educational institution in a variety of societies and cultures with a focus on lifelong education including some emphasis on childhood socialization and educational structures serving both adolescent and adult education. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course or permission of the instructor.

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 and senior standing.

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 and senior standing.

411/598 AGING AND MENTAL HEALTH: A study of emotional and cognitive processes and conditions associated with later life. Special focus is given to learning dynamics, emotional changes and illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease. 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 and senior standing.

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 and senior standing.

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 and senior standing.

427 VISUAL SOCIOLOGY: 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. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Sociology course. Also listed as JMA 415 Cultural Photography.

440/540 FAMILY AND POLICY: A survey of the wide range of policy analyses and proposals from various perspectives concerning 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 and senior standing.

450 FIELDWORK: variable credit (3,6,9 or 12). Internships in a number of different settings. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: Majors must have completed twenty-one credits in the major.

454 SELECTED READINGS: (1 - 3 credits). Independent supervised reading. Prerequisite: 27 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: 21 completed credits in the major. Required for Sociology Majors who graduate without a concentration, and for all students who choose our Social Policy Concentrations.  This course is offered in the SPRING only.  SENIORS AND MAJORS ONLY.

456W SENIOR SEMINAR-CRIMINAL JUSTICE: A seminar designed to serve as a capstone to the student’s academic career. Prerequisite: 21 completed credits in the major. Required for Sociology Majors with a Criminal Justice emphasis. This course is offered in the FALL only.  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.