Department of Sociology

http://www.wku.edu/sociology

Douglas Smith, Department Head
Grise Hall 101
(270) 745-3759
sociology@wku.edu

Faculty

Professor

Holli R. Drummond, PhD (Sociology), University of Georgia, 2004

Stephen B. Groce, PhD (Sociology), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1986

Anne B. Onyekwuluje, PhD (Sociology), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995

Matthew V. Pruitt, PhD (Sociology), North Carolina State University, 1995

Douglas C. Smith, PhD (Sociology), PA State University Main Campus, 1996

Associate Professor

Nicole D. Breazeale, PhD (Sociology, Distributed), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010

Gerhard K. Daday, PhD (Sociology), University of New Mexico Main Campus, 2004

James W. Kanan, PhD (Sociology), PA State University Main Campus, 1996

Amy C. Krull, PhD (Sociology Anthropology), Purdue University Main Campus, 2000

Donielle M. Lovell, PhD (Rural Sociology), University of Missouri-Columbia, 2009

John M. Musalia, PhD (Sociology), Indiana University at Bloomington, 2000

Carrie Trojan, PhD (Criminal Justice), City University of New York, 2009

Assistant Professor

Lauren N. McClain, PhD (Sociology), Bowling Green State University, 2009

Pavel V. Vasiliev, PhD (Sociology), University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2013


Criminology Courses

CRIM 525   Survey of Criminal Justice    3 Hours

Survey of the development and implementation of the criminal justice system and the societal responses that emerged to deal with the social problem of crime.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

CRIM 530   Penology    3 Hours

Examination of theories, research, laws, and public policies associated with punishment on a social control mechanism. Emphasis on social purposes and efficiency of correctional institutions.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

CRIM 532   Criminology    3 Hours

Theories of crime causation and current research in the areas of criminology and corrections and methodological research considerations.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

CRIM 533   Criminology and Law    3 Hours

Examine the structure, organization, and content of criminal law. Topics include development and elements of law as they relate to social control.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016

CRIM 534   Neighborhoods and Crime    3 Hours

Overview of ecology of crime, with emphasis on criminological theories, factors that influence neighborhood-level crime rates, and effects that neighborhood characteristics have on individuals.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017

CRIM 536   Juvenile Delinquency    3 Hours

Analysis of current issues relating to children who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CRIM 537   Comparative Criminology    3 Hours

Survey of theoretical and empirical work examining the structural and cultural forces influencing cross-national crime patterns and trends, international law, and specific legal systems.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

CRIM 538   Victimology    3 Hours

Survey of the major theories and research in victimology. Topics include violent victimization, sexual assault, child abuse, and response of criminal justice system to victims.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2017

CRIM 546   Gender, Crime and Justice    3 Hours

Examines crime, criminal justice, and gender. Explores how constructions of masculinity, femininity, and features of sexuality affect victims, offenders, and professionals in the criminal justice system.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

CRIM 547   Life-Course Criminology    3 Hours

Examination of theories and empirical research associated with onset, escalation, persistence, and desistance of violent offending over the human life-course.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CRIM 548   Race, Class and Crime    3 Hours

Examination of relationships between race and social class in crime patterns and in the etiology of offending and victimization.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

CRIM 572   Environmental Criminology    3 Hours

Explores criminological solutions to environmental problems. Issues addressed include the nature of environmental offenders and victims, environmental justice, and criminal justice solutions to specific environmental problems.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

CRIM 596   Applied Research Project    3 Hours

Students will work with an advisor/mentor to develop an applied research project that incorporates information learned in the Master of Arts in Criminology Curriculum.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

Sociology Courses

SOCL 408G   Survey Applications    3 Hours

Student involvement in the design, conduct, analysis, and dissemination of an actual social survey research project.
Prerequisite(s): SOCL 300 and SOCL 302 or their equivalent and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 420G   Political Sociology    3 Hours

Political behavior within a sociological perspective. Includes social cohesion, legitimacy, political socialization, and power structures.
Prerequisite(s): Nine hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 434G   Organized Crime    3 Hours

The study of both traditional and nontraditional organized crime from a sociological perspective.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 435G   Family Violence    3 Hours

This course is designed to provide the student with a sociological perspective on family violence in the United States. Emphasis is placed on child abuse and wife abuse. Research, theory, laws, treatment and prevention are analyzed.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017

SOCL 440G   Medical Sociology    3 Hours

Comprehensive examination of the social organization of the health care industry in the U.S. Focus on origins and development of medicine, social epidemiology, the social construction of illness and illness behavior, the professionalization of medicine and patterns of social interaction between health providers and patients.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 450G   Occupations and Professions    3 Hours

Deals with occupation specialization and the nature of occupational organization. Examines a variety of occupations and professions to determine the place of work in the lives of their members.
Prerequisite(s): SOCL 346 or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 470G   Environmental Sociology    3 Hours

Explores environmental thought within the sciences and the general public, including shifting worldviews, social movements and social structural change associated with sustainability, environmental justice, and the rights of nature.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 300, three credit hours of sociology, or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 489G   Sociology Study Abroad    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Sociological and cultural study in international locations. No more than three hours may be applied toward the M.A. in sociology.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 500   Seminar Teaching Sociology    2 Hours

Workshop for students who plan to teach sociology.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 501   Practicum in the Teaching of Sociology    1 Hour

Seminar for students who are teaching sociology.
Prerequisite(s): SOCL 500 and 16 additional graduate hours in sociology.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 505   Proseminar in Sociology    1 Hour

Socializes graduate students into the discipline and profession of sociology and acquaints them with department faculty and their interests.
Prerequisite(s): First-year graduate student standing in Sociology program.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SOCL 510   Qualitative Methods of Social Research    3 Hours

Covers epistemological and philosophical bases of qualitative inquiry; research design and data analysis in participant observation, in-depth interviewing, hermeneutic content analysis, and discourse analysis; issues in validity, reliability, and ethics of qualitative research.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to program or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SOCL 512   Sociological Theory    3 Hours

Analysis of current sociological theories, including a survey of recent approaches to the construction and application of systematic theoretical models.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SOCL 513   Quantitative Methods of Social Research    3 Hours

Covers concept definition, model building, and research design appropriate to problem and data. Includes a review of representative research studies to acquaint the sociology major with advanced social research methodology, techniques, and procedures.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SOCL 514   Advanced Social Statistics    3 Hours

Deals with forms of statistical analysis commonly applied to sociological research data. Includes multiple and partial correlation and regression, one-and two-way analysis of variance, path and nonlinear function analysis, interaction effects, and introduction to factor analysis.
Prerequisite(s): Basic statistics at the undergraduate level or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

SOCL 515   Advanced Data Analysis    3 Hours

Deals with multivariate forms of statistical analyses commonly applied to quantitative sociological research data. Covers applications and extensions of the general linear model, including dummy variable regression, analysis of variance and covariance, etc.
Prerequisite(s): SOCL 513, SOCL 514 or equivalent.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

SOCL 531   Deviant Behavior    3 Hours

Deals with types of deviant behavior with emphasis on criminality, delinquency, drug addiction, and alcoholism. Also covers current sociological theory and research in the field.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 535   Family Violence    3 Hours

Examination of family violence within the United States. Emphasis placed on spousal violence and child abuse but also on violence within other intimate relationships.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

SOCL 541   Demography    3 Hours

A review of the demographic processes such as mortality, fertility, and migration, with emphasis on measurements, methods, and analytical techniques.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 542   Community    3 Hours

Ecological and social concepts of the community and its structure and function.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOCL 545   Rural Poverty    3 Hours

Explores the nature and scope of poverty in contemporary rural America. Current theories of and policy solutions to poverty will be critically examined. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation for optional field trips.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

SOCL 551   Sociology of the Family    3 Hours

Analysis of the family institution; the impact of modern culture on the family.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

SOCL 561   Advanced Social Interaction: Self in Society    3 Hours

The self in social environment, especially face-to-face interaction as individuals interpret, influence, and react to others' actions. Emphasis on identity, roles, and definitions of the situation.
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology or permission of the instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2016

SOCL 571   Topical Seminar Sociology    3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Significant topics, issues, or developments in the discipline.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017

SOCL 595   Directed Study    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Individual research in a specific area of sociology in close cooperation with supervising faculty.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and department head.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SOCL 598   Internship in Sociology    3-6 Hours

Practical experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating agency.
Prerequisite(s): Twenty-four graduate credit hours earned and the research tool successfully completed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

SOCL 599   Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SOCL 600   Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015