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Sociology

 

Information

 

Paul M. Van Auken, Chairperson

Department Office: Sage 4611
Department Telephone: (920) 424-2040

Code 92 or SOC

 

Faculty

Bohr
Hauser
Son
Van Auken

 

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Sociology can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.
  • Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program. However, students who complete a major in our Department may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in these programs: the Master of Business Administration program, the Master of Public Administration or Master of Science in Education-Counseling programs. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin. Graduate programs in Wisconsin that offer both M.A/M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology are at the University of Wisconsin Madison and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
 

Summary of Fields of Study

1. The Goal(s)

  • The Sociology program is guided by the following:
    • Vision: The UW Oshkosh Sociology Department is made up of faculty and staff who are energetically and effectively engaged in teaching, research and community building.  Sociology classes are rigorous, inclusive, inspiring, and well connected to the work outside the classroom.  Students develop sociological imagination while gaining enriching experiences and tangible skills that will lead to future success.  The university holds the department in high regard, and the surrounding communities recognize its value.
    • Mission: The UW Oshkosh Sociology Department provides a high quality, inclusive educational experience that challenges and prepares students to become engaged and effective members of their communities; engages in interesting and relevant scholarship; and interacts regularly with stakeholders from wider communities, producing valuable public sociology.To achieve these goals and reach the desired vision for the department the Sociology faculty developed a set of desired learning outcomes for its students.  Upon completion of the program, students will:
    • Understand the Scope and Content of Sociology
      • Develop their sociological imagination (the ability to relate personal troubles to public issues, connecting individual lives to what is happening in society).
      • Develop a sociological perspective that encompasses the distinctive concepts and paradigms of the field.
      • Develop an understanding of the intersectionality of the dimensions and interconnections of the important social, political, and economic inequalities in society.
    • Develop Critical Thinking and Research Skills
      • Develop proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
      • Be able to identify key arguments of a published sociological study and to critique its theoretical framework, methodology, and findings.
      • Be able to effectively present research in written and oral form. Be able to design and complete a research project that illuminates a sociological topic through a comprehensive literature review, original analysis, and interpretation.
    • Practice Synthesis and Engagement
      • Be able to make meaningful connections between Sociology and the University Studies Program’s signature questions as well as the university’s Essential Learning Outcomes and Core Values.
      • Become public sociologists by using their sociological training to engage in the wider world.
    • Comment: The Sociology Department offers courses that encourage students to think more carefully about the social relationships they experience and observe. These courses aid the student in thinking more clearly about interpersonal relationships, social organization, the nature of modern society and how to put this knowledge into practice. New majors must be prepared for a challenging intellectual experience.

2. The Major(s)

    • The Department offers one major: 1) Sociology

3. The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers one minor(s): 1) Sociology
 

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, students must receive a grade of “C” or better in each sociology course intended to count as part of the total required for the sociology major or minor. If a student receives less than a “C” in a sociology course, it would not be counted toward graduation in the major or minor.
  • Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their minor in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.
 

Required Core Courses

  • None
 

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

 

1. Sociology Major

Recommended for students who seek a broad social science background at the bachelor’s level as preparation for graduate work and employment in a wide variety of occupations in both the public and private sector (including teaching, general management, the helping professions, survey and market research, law, human resources and health care administration), as well as graduate work in sociology, other social sciences, counseling, business administration and urban planning.

  • Required Credits: 33 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Sociology: Sociology 203, 275, 281, 301, 381, 481
    • ETS Major Field Test in Sociology
  • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department’s offerings in Sociology to meet the Minimum Requirement.

Emphases: Majors and minors have the option to complete an emphasis, which provides depth in a particular area and is noted on transcripts as such. It is earned after a student has completed a minimum total of 15 credits from the courses listed under the particular emphasis, inclusive of a 1-3 credit internship in a related field.

Electives for Majors who do NOT elect an Emphasis: If a major does not choose depth and applied focus through the above, they shall achieve breadth in their electives. They would need to complete a minimum of 15 credits of electives and at least one course from each of the above subject areas (the three areas of Emphasis).

A. Organization, Community, & Environment. This Emphasis is geared towards students interested in fields of study and careers in areas such as organizational leadership, human resources, community organizing, community development, planning, public health, and sustainability.

    • Elective Courses: 15 credits from the following list:
      • Sociology 261, 311, 313, 315, 317, 325, 337, 342, 361 + 467 (internship)

B. Social Control, Deviance, & Criminology. This Emphasis is geared towards students interested in fields of study and careers in areas such as counseling, law, public policy, and criminal justice.

    • Elective Courses: 15 credits from the following list:
      • Sociology 321, 339, 351, 353, 355, 365, 369, 371, 373 + 467 (internship)

C. Social Equity and Diversity. This Emphasis is geared towards students interested in fields of study and careers in areas such as social services, organizational leadership, human resources, community organizing, population studies, and public administration.

    • Elective Courses: 15 credits from the following list:
      • Sociology 311, 313, 315, 317, 325, 331, 339, 347, 359, 368, 373 + 467 (internship)
  • Note: On a case-by-case basis students will be allowed to substitute an appropriate independent study or sociology study abroad course for an internship if the student has difficulty in securing an internship or has particular interests.
 
  • Note: No more than three credits of the 33 credit Minimum Requirement for the major can come from arranged courses (Sociology 446, 456, 467).
 

The Minor(s)

1. Sociology Minor
Recommended for students who are majoring in other social sciences, human services, environmental studies, nursing or business administration, but the department has had minors from virtually every other discipline within the natural and physical sciences, social sciences or humanities.

    • Required Credits: 21 minimum
    • Required Courses:
      • Sociology: Sociology 101
    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department’s offerings in Sociology to meet the Minimum Requirement.
    • Note: Minors have the option to declare an Emphasis (see above).
 

The Certificate(s)

1. Social Equity & Diversity

Given that human diversity, in many forms, is the hallmark of modern life, understanding different types of people and being able to relate well to them-to bridge the differences in race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, ability, age, etc. that exist-is key to being a strong employee and 21st century citizen. 

  • Required Credits: 9 minimum
  • Required Courses: Choose three courses from the following list:
    • Sociology/African American Studies 311
    • Sociology/Environmental Studies 313
    • Sociology/Environmental Studies 315 
    • Sociology/Social Justice 317 
    • Sociology 325 
    • Sociology/Social Justice 331
    • Sociology/Women’s and Gender Studies 339
    • Sociology 347 
    • Sociology/Social Justice 359
    • Sociology/Women’s and Gender Studies 368
    • Sociology 373

 

Course Offerings

Sociology    101

3 (crs.)

Introductory Sociology (XS)(ES)

Orientation to the sociological perspective. Basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions.

 

 

Sociology    101Q1

3 (crs.)

Introductory Sociology (XS)(ES)

Orientation to the sociological perspective. Basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions.

 

 

Sociology    103

1 – 3 (crs.)

Honors: Introductory Sociology

Orientation to the sociological perspective. Exploration of basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions. Prerequisite: Enrolled in good standing in the UW Oshkosh  Honors Program and prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175.

 

 

Sociology    111Q1

3 (crs.)

Race, Ethnicity, and Society (XS)(ES)

This course is designed to cultivate and enhance your cultural and racial literacy through the employment of sociological perspectives. Broadly defined, sociology is an inquiry about the relationships between society and people, and in this course, the focus is on developing a sociologically-based intercultural and interracial knowledge and understanding. The course explores the ways in which social forces shape the ways we tend to think and act as social beings, the opportunities and obstacles that are unevenly distributed along racial/ethnic lines, and the consequences and implications of such inequities.

 

 

Sociology    151

3 (crs.)

Modern Social Problems (XS)

A study of major social problems confronting our society; personal and social disorganization, crime, juvenile delinquency, race and other selected problems.

 

 

Sociology    153Q2

3 (crs.)

Intercultural Exploration of Families (XS)(ES)

This course examines the family system in the U.S. and across cultures, including the ways family structures both reinforce and challenge gender roles. Sociological and gender-based theories of the family are explored as well as the complex relationships among marriage, parenting, work, and family. Students will use ethical reasoning to navigate these relationships. Varieties of family experience are considered, with special attention given to issues concerning competing definitions of the family.

 

 

Sociology    203

3 (crs.)

Foundations of Sociology

This course is the first in the sequence of required courses for the Sociology major. It covers the major areas of sociology: theory, methods, core concepts, social institutions, and social change. The course emphasizes active learning through critical reading, writing, discussion, research projects, and presentations. It is designed for newly declared majors and for students considering a sociology major. It is required of all sociology majors and a prerequisite for most upper level courses.

 

 

Sociology    209

3 (crs.)

Special Topics in Sociology

Application of sociological principles and procedures to current public issues or special topics in sociology. The topics studied will reflect areas of special demand or new developments in sociology.

 

 

Sociology    209Q3

3 (crs.)

Special Topics in Sociology: Dynamics of Modern Homelessness

This course seeks to understand who the homeless person is, thesocial dynamics that may have led him to that point, the experiences of her reality of homelessness, and the social structures that they are interacting with. The course will explore social perceptions of the homeless, the historical context of homelessness, and the basis for current community, state and national responses to homelessness.

 

 

Sociology    261

3 (crs.)

Environment and Society (XS)

Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments; compares different modes of production and cultural systems. Examines economic, political and ideological structures of industrial and industrializing societies. Analyzes the impact of these structures upon natural environments and analyzes the impact of natural environment upon these structures. Sociology 261/Environmental Studies 261/Political Science 261 Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

Sociology    261Q3

3 (crs.)

Environment and Society (XS)

Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments; compares different modes of production and cultural systems. Examines economic, political and ideological structures of industrial and industrializing societies. Analyzes the impact of these structures upon natural environments and analyzes the impact of natural environment upon these structures. Sociology 261/Environmental Studies 261/Political Science 261 Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

Sociology    275

3 (crs.)

Applied Sociology

This is a course about practicing sociology, involving a fieldwork experience in applying sociological principles and methods to everyday life, while learning more about careers in sociology and developing professional skills.

 

 

Sociology    281

3 (crs.)

Social Statistics

Basic descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, interval estimation, hypotheses testing, and measures of association. Introduction to computerized statistics using SPSS for Windows. Prerequisites:  Math 104, 107, or PBIS 187, 188, 189 with a grade of C or better or placement at a level higher than Math 104 via the math placement exam.

 

 

Sociology    301

3 (crs.)

Sociological Theory: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

The course surveys the major sociological theoretical traditions, both classic and contemporary, exploring their historical contexts as well as their relevance to current issues in Sociology. The connections between early major European and contemporary U.S. and international theorists will be explored in an analysis of key areas of sociological inquiry. The course will cover theories framed by both classical theorists such as Durkheim, Marx and Weber as well as more contemporary theories and theorists such as Parsons, Merton, Mills, Goffman, Blumer, and Hochschild (among many others. Prerequisites: Soc 101, 151 or 203 or consent.

 

 

Sociology    307

3 (crs.)

Propaganda and Public Opinion

A study of the ways in which attitudes and beliefs are influenced in modern society by means ranging from mass media to interpersonal influence.  Public opinion measurement.  Propaganda techniques.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    311

3 (crs.)

Sociology of the Modern City

For the first time in history, more people in the world now live in urban areas than rural areas. This course explores urban places and urban people, in historical context and via current affairs, from our largest cities to the local level. It focuses in particular on these topics that impact urban places: suburbanization and sprawl; stratification, immigration, community, and organizations; population diversity, hop-hop culture, and racism; and, politics, globalization, planning and environmental issues. Cross-listed: Sociology 311/African American Studies 311. Students may only receive credit for one of the two cross-listed courses.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

Sociology    313

3 (crs.)

Rural Sociology

In recent decades, our world has become an urban one, yet rural places remain sociologically interesting. This course covers topics including community, agriculture, immigration and demographic change, consumption and the environment, and modern life in rural Wisconsin. In particular, it explores two important trends taking place in the rural U.S., including Wisconsin: the rise of large-scale industrialized agriculture and the simultaneous increase in popularity of community-supported agriculture and small-scale farms. Sociology 313/Environmental Studies 313 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

Sociology    315

3 (crs.)

Population Problems

How many people, of what kind, are where? How come? And so what? These questions are often tied to so-called population problems, and this course explores important questions like these, by studying fertility, mortality, and immigration in the U.S. and around the globe. Learning what these components of demography are, how to measure them, and what they mean is critical to not only understanding current affairs but also the future of human populations. Sociology 315/Environmental Studies 315 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    317

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Health & Illness

Patterns of health and illness related to social organization and institutions. Issues include the social aspects of physical and mental illness, health related to culture, social structure, class, race, gender and ethnicity, social constructions of the body, changes in patterns of health and illness over time, health organizations and the socio-economic basis of the health care system. Sociology 317/Social Justice 317 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    321

3 (crs.)

Social Psychology

The relationship of the individual to others, social groups, and society.  The development of personality and the self. Motivation, attitudes, communication, prejudice, and leadership.  (Sociology 321 and Psychology 205 may not both be counted toward the units (crs.) needed for graduation.)  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    325

3 (crs.)

Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Collective Behavior provides an analysis of spontaneous, emergent and transitory behavior in relatively unstructured social situations. Social Movements considers formation and dynamics of collective efforts to change or maintain the status quo or to return to some antecedent state. Sociology 325/Social Justice 325 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.  Strongly recommended: Minimum of 6 units (crs.) in Sociology.

 

 

Sociology    327

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Religion

Religion as a fundamental institution in society including diverse cultural systems combining meaning, practice and organization. Trends in participation in organized religion, beliefs and values. Sociological comparisons of communities and organizations, social movements related to change, and structures of power and authority. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    331

3 (crs.)

Social Stratification

Systems of hierarchical ranking in American and other societies.  Castes, estates, and social classes.  Stratification theory.  Significant American studies of social class structure, power and mobility. Sociology 331/Social Justice 331 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    335

3 (crs.)

Social Gerontology

An analysis of the phenomena of growing old. Primarily for upper division students who have interests in working in some area of social gerontology. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    337

3 (crs.)

Work, Industry, and Occupation

Social organization of work including history and variety of work experiences, relationship to other social institutions, impact of technology and megacorporations, discrimination, unemployment, future of work.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    339

3 (crs.)

Sociology of the Family

The course examines the family system in the U.S. and elsewhere, including the ways family structures both reinforce and challenge gender roles. Sociological and gender-based theories of the family are explored as well as the complex relationships among marriage, parenting, work, and family. Varieties of family experience are considered, with special attention given to issues concerning competing definitions of the family. Cross-listed: Women’s and Gender Studies 339Sociology 339. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    342

3 (crs.)

Social Ecology

Social Ecology: n1: a coherent radical critique of current social, political, and anti-ecological trends. 2: a reconstructive, ecological, communitarian, and ethical approach to society. As concerns about environmental problems have arisen in recent decades, people have increasingly recognized that what appear to be environmental issues are actually social in origin. This course examines various theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to these issues, with a focus on “going local.”  Prerequisites: Sociology 101, 151, 203 or consent of instructor. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

Sociology    347

3 (crs.)

World Systems and Global Inequality

Examines the relationship between core countries and peripheral countries. Consequences of the relationship for multi-national corporations and indigenous people. Discussion of development and maldevelopment. Relationship between private profits and the military. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151 or 203, junior or senior standing or consent of the instructor.

 

 

Sociology    351

3 (crs.)

Criminology

The study of criminal behavior.  Theories of causation and societal reactions to crime and criminals.   Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.  Strongly recommended: Sociology 151.

 

 

Sociology    353

3 (crs.)

Juvenile Delinquency

Varieties and extent of delinquency.  Causal explanation and research findings.  Programs for treatment of delinquents and prevention of delinquency.   Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    355

3 (crs.)

Social Control

A study of major aspects of social power; means and techniques of social control; and contemporary problems of social control in relation to individual freedom and liberation. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    359

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (ES)

Racial and cultural minority groups in the United States, prejudice, types of discrimination and social processes in intergroup relations. Sociology 359/Social Justice 359 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    360

3 (crs.)

Sex & Sexuality

This course offers a sociological overview of issues in human sexuality. We investigate the origins, nature and consequences of varying customs and ideals of human sexuality. Among topics that may be covered are: sex and family life, contraception, consent, violations of sexual norms, sex work, etc. This is not a course on sexual ethics. Instead we will be turning a sociological eye to issues that surround sex and sexuality and analyze patterns of sexual behavior. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    361

3 (crs.)

Social Networks & Organizations

Theoretical and empirical analysis of the role that social networks and formal organizations play in modern social life and society. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    365

3 (crs.)

Processes of Social Disorganization

Sociological and non-sociological conceptions, explanations and theories of social problems and of social control. Analysis of factors underlying social and personal maladjustment.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    368

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Gender

Analysis of the social construction of gender, which shapes the lives of men and women through the organization of roles or patterns of expectations related to order in society, including sex-typed behavior and self-expression, sexualities, the division of labor, the organization of households, parenting, power and gender-based forms of discrimination. Sociology 368/Women’s and Gender Studies 368/Social Justice 368. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    369

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Deviance

Sociological conceptions of the nature of deviance, its origin, its control, and the social processes which define behavior as deviant. Fieldwork included.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    370

3 (crs.)

Sociology Through Documentary Film

This class will aid students in exploring and analyzing topics through the use of both documentary film and reading material. Students will employ both “sociological imagination” and critical thinking skills in making connections between film material and current issues. Prerequisites: Sociology 101, 151, 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    371

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Mental Disorder

Sociological contributions to the understanding of mental disorder and its treatment. Sociological theories and research dealing with epidemiology, societal stresses and social reactions to the problem. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    373

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Law

The relationship between law and society; sociological analyses of the law in action. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    381

3 (crs.)

Social Research

Critical examination and interpretation of the research process.  Methods and theory used in the behavioral sciences in obtaining, interpreting, and presenting data.  Prerequisite: Sociology 281 (with a grade of C or better), or department consent.

 

 

Sociology    382

3 (crs.)

Society Through Film

Films are employed to illustrate significant sociological concerns. Discussion of selected films is designed to promote critical analysis and insight into the social world in which we live and a critical analysis of films from a sociological standpoint. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor. Strongly recommended: 6-9 units (crs.) in Sociology.

 

 

Sociology    389

3 (crs.)

Sociology of Education

Includes a consideration of formal and non-formal education and of social factors that influence what is learned. The process of learning in interaction with others is considered. (Sociology 389 does not substitute for General Education 403)  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    390

3 (crs.)

Sociology Study Abroad

This course is designed to provide students opportunities to gain insights about our global society. This course aims at cultivating students’ sociological imagination in a global context, in which they will gain an understanding of social and historical contexts to shape their perspectives and lived experiences. Being situated within a different social context, they will also have a unique opportunity to develop a comparative perspective to deepen their knowledge and understanding about not only the country they visit but also their own within the global context. We will explore and learn about various social features of a non-U.S. society such as culture, economy, technology, modern history, and politics using sociological perspectives. In doing so, students will have opportunities to explore social environments as a powerful force to construct the human experience as well as what it means to be part of the globalizing world and its effects through a sense of connectedness. The sample syllabus provided here is only an example. Each course will have lecture hours as well as the field trip experiences to justify three credit hours earned. Prerequisites: Instructor consent.

 

 

Sociology    407

1 – 4 (crs.)

Special Topics in Sociology

Application of sociological principles and procedures to current public issues or special topics in sociology. The topics studied will reflect areas of special demand or new developments in sociology.  This course is repeatable for credit, provided that it has a different subtitle and content for each enrollment. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    446

1 – 3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    456

1 – 3 (crs.)

Related Readings

See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    467

1 – 8 (crs.)

Internship in Sociology

Supervised field experience accompanied by sociological analysis through relevant reading and writing assignments determined by student and instructor. Students must have an instructor from the Sociology Department and an approved internship outside of the department. Student, instructor, and internship supervisor will sign an internship contract based upon the department’s template. Course is repeatable for up to eight credits. Prerequisite: Sociology 275 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    474

1 – 6 (crs.)

Honors: Thesis (SS)

Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student’s major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ‘Honors Thesis.’ Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Sociology    481

3 (crs.)

Senior Seminar

This course serves as the Capstone for the sociology major. It focuses upon the formation, completion, and presentation of individual research projects that incorporate the skills and knowledge students have developed through their study of sociology. Class meetings function as seminars and focus upon these research projects, foundational and contemporary readings, and post-college plans, with discussion often led by students. Prerequisites: Sociology 203, 281, and 381 (all with a grade of C or better), and a declared major in sociology.