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Sociology (SOCL)

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 or equivalent) and (SOCL 302 or 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. Note: Nine hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission 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.

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. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: 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 permission 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. Note: Three hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 300 or permission 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): permission 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. Note: 16 graduate hours in sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): SOCL 500

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.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Sociology (105)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

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.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Sociology (105)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018

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. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

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. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

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. Note: Basic undergraduate statistics course required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017; summer 2018; fall 2018

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 or equivalent) and (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. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission 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; fall 2018

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. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2018

SOCL 542    Community    3 Hours

Ecological and social concepts of the community and its structure and function. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission 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. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission 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. Note: Six hours of sociology required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2018

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 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

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): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

SOCL 598    Internship in Sociology    3-6 Hours

Practical experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating agency. Note: Twenty-four graduate credit hours earned and successful completion of research tool required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

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

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; fall 2018

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

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018