110 Introduction to Sociology (CCN): Introductory analysis of the nature of society, the interrelationship of its component groups, and the process whereby society persists and changes. (ND:SS)
115 Social Problems (CCN): Sociological analysis of major social problems.
116 Global Social Problems: Sociological analysis of global social problems.
150 Cornerstone in Sociology:This course provides an integrative in-depth survey of the discipline of sociology for sociology majors only. The course will focus on the core areas of the discipline as well as subdiscipline areas. Prereq: SOC 110.
202 Minorities and Race Relations: Analysis of lifestyles and characteristics of racial, cultural, and ethnic groups in society. Review of processes of discrimination, prejudice, and related dehumanizing biases toward minority groups including women. Prereq: SOC 110. (ND:SS)
214 Social Interaction: Examination of issues relevant to the study of individual behavior (e.g., self-concept, attitudes, social perception) in a social context. Cross-listed with PSYC. (ND:SS)
233 Sociology of Organizations and Work: This course examines major types of organizations, their goals, and characteristics. The course focuses on social issues as they relate to organizations and work.
340 Social Research Methods: Overview of the scientific method, the philosophy of science, and the goals of science. Detailed study of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Cross-listed with COMM.
341 Social Research Methods Laboratory: Laboratory to accompany SOC 340. Provides application of conceptualization, operationalization, sampling methods, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and computer statistical analysis. Cross-listed with COMM.
401/601 Sociology of Religion: Study of religion viewed as a social institution with a characteristic history, ecology, structure, behavior, and purpose. Cross-listed with RELS.
403/603 Sociology of the Great Plains: Social and cultural patterns, trends, and problems peculiar to life in the semi-arid Great Plains.
404/604 Community Assessment: Students work with community leaders and their towns to conduct an asset-based community assessment of the town’s human, social, cultural, political, built, financial, and natural capitals.
405/605 Community Development: Study of communities viewed as social systems. Includes political, economic, social, and economic factors affecting community growth and decline. Community development methods are addressed. Prereq: SOC 404/604.
407/607 Deviant Behavior: See Criminal Justice for description.
410/610 Social Inequality: Analysis of social and economic inequities and investigation of the relationship between inequity and life chances.
412/612 Sociology of Gender: This course examines the institutional norms, values, and attitudes that shape gender identity, as well as their affects on women and men's lives. Prereq: SOC 110.
416 Sociology Through Literature: Study of basic concepts of sociology as illustrated in selected literature from 19th and 20th century English, American, French, and Russian novels. Prereq: SOC 110.
417/617 Sociology of the Family: Comparative family types, member relationships, family dynamics in relation to personality, social change, and social values.
418/618 Social Psychology: Examination of both historical and contemporary research and theory in social psychology—the study of the relationship between the individual and the social context. Prereq: SOC 110.
422/622 Development of Social Theory: Sociological theories and systems from Comte, Marx, Durkheim, and Weber through the 20th century. Prereq: SOC 110.
424/624 Feminist Theory and Discourse: Historical overview of feminist ideas and major writings from the 18th century to the present, which includes issues related to women’s personal, social, and public lives.
426/626 Sociology of Medicine: Analysis of the social aspects of health and illness, the health care professions, organization of health care, and related issues.
431/631 Environmental Sociology: Examines the interactions between the biophysical environment and human society, how social processes define, construct, and threaten the environment, and the human causes and consequences of environmental problems and their solutions.
439/639 Social Change: Analysis of the complex nature of social change in communities, the nation, and internationally. Prereq: SOC 110.
440/640 Sociology of Aging: Examination of sociological perspectives on aging. Topics include social theories of aging, retirement, long-term care, chronic illness, and death.
441/641 Death and Dying: Examination of research, theories, and case studies on the sociocultural dimensions of death and dying across time and societies. Topics include suicide, funerals, hospice practice, disasters, afterlife beliefs, grief, bereavement and memory, organ donation, death in popular culture, end-of-life issues, cemeteries and body disposition, euthanasia, art, film, music and literature, genocide, and war. Crosslisted with ANTH.
443/643 International Disasters: Impacts of natural and human-made disasters on industrialized and developing societies; relief and reconstruction post-disaster programs.
445/645 Special Populations in Disasters: Identification of special populations and their needs that arise in emergency or disaster situations both in industrialized and developing countries.
465/665 Applied Demographics: Overview of demographic concepts and principles and their application to business and planning decisions. Emphasis on using databases and information sources available on the Internet.
489 Senior Capstone in Sociology: Synthesis of social research methods, sociological theory, and sub-discipline content material. Emphasis on integrative skills needed to interrelate the basic concepts of the discipline. Prereq: SOC 340 or Senior standing.
700 Qualitative Methods: Advanced analysis of the methods used in qualitative research projects such as intensive interviewing, focus groups, and participant observation. Prereq: SOC 340.
701 Quantitative Methods: Advanced analysis of the methods used in quantitative research projects, such as survey design, experimental design, and evaluation research. Prereq: STAT 330 or 725, SOC 340.
723 Social Theory: Examination of contemporary social theories and theory construction. Prereq: SOC 422/622.