101 Principles of Sociology – Sociological principles underlying the development, structure, and function of culture, society, human groups, personality formation and social change.

102 Contemporary Social Issues – Analysis of selected social issues including race, gender, and class inequality.




202 American Society – Analysis of the structure of American society; its historical development and its contemporary institutional forms.

204 Comparative Sociology – Comparative analysis of social structure in traditional and modern societies. Emphasis on a macro-sociological approach in the study of socioeconomic processes in different social systems.

205 Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies – Ethnic relations in the U.S. and other societies where cultural and “racial” pluralism illustrates problems and processes of social interaction.

207 Introduction to Sociological Theory – Examination of the works of classical and contemporary social theorists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

APST 207 Practical Statistics – Oriented towards those with no prior introduction to concepts of probability and statistics. Emphasis on usefulness of statistics through business, health, behavioral and environmental applications.

215 Undergraduate Research – Students acquire empirical research experience by assisting faculty with their projects.

261 Introduction to Social Psychology – Impact of interpersonal relations on the self as it affects individual behavior in a variety of groups.

APST 270 Introduction to Statistical Methods – Principles of statistics and application to the fields of biology; engineering; physical, life and environmental sciences; and economics. Emphasis is given to computer applications.

275 Introduction to Marriage and the Family – Examination of family in socio-historical context focusing on changes in gender structure, relationship between work and family and the distribution of labor in the family.





333 Religion and Society – Sociological and historical examination of institutionalized and non-institutionalized religion with emphasis on religions in America.

342 Social Stratification – Analysis of major theories of stratification and inequality. Historical development of class systems with emphasis on the social class structure of American society.

345 Social Movements and Collective Behavior – Analysis of the social bases of collective behavior and social movements. Examination of social, political, religious and popular movements.

350 Social Change – Examination of theories of social change and their application in the analysis of societies and social institutions.

352 Juvenile Delinquency – Causes, conditions and prevention of juvenile crime.

362 Group Dynamics – Examination of social forces as they affect the dynamics of intergroup and intragroup relations.

363 Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology – Consideration of selected topics in social psychology.

366 Criminology – Major theories and research findings on the causes of delinquency and crime.

369 Sociology of Law – Examination of relationship of legal institutions and society, focusing on law as a social product and the social psychology of jury processes and plea bargaining.

371 Social Organization – Examination of organization and structure of society. Analysis of major societal institutions in macro-comparative perspective.

373 Political Sociology – Examination of various aspects of political theory. Analysis of the nature and development of the state and other political institutions in society.

376 The Community – Description and analysis of American urban, suburban and rural communities including communes. Emphasis on variation in community institutions and processes.

378 Basque Transnationalism in the United States – Theories of globalization, social identity, diaspora foreign policy, identity construction, and nationalism are utilized to compare Basque individual and institutionalized ethnicity in the United States.

379 Ethnic and Race Relations – Examination of social, economic, political and psychological aspects of ethnic and racial inequality. Analysis of causes and consequences of racial discrimination in society.

384 Population – The relationship of population to resources, the environment, and social structure. Analysis of population growth and change.

391 Bureaucracy and Large Scale Organizations – Sociology of modern large scale organizations with emphasis on government agencies, corporations, political parties and labor unions.

393 Industrial Sociology – Examination of various work settings with focus on the labor process and the changing nature of the workplace and work relations.





401/601 Advanced Sociology – Intensive survey of major areas of sociology.

405/605 Third-World Societies – Analysis of the social structure of Third World societies in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in comparative historical perspective.

406 Globalization and Society – Analysis of the globalization process in transnational context. Origins, dynamics, and challenges of globalization and its impact on societies around the world.

409/609 Gendered Violence – Class and gender as related to an analysis of violence, including battery, rape, stalking, “honor crimes”, genital mutilation and corporate violence.

410/610 Sociology of Aging – Examination of sociological factors affecting the aging process in modern societies.

424/624 Theories in Social Psychology – Review of various social psychological theories, with emphasis on sociological aspects of social psychology.

425 Research Methods – Major techniques and problems encountered in both quantitative and qualitative research in the social sciences.

427/627 Computer Applications in Sociology – Advanced use of computers in a variety of areas of sociology.

453/653 Gender and Society – Analysis of gender identity and gender structure from various theoretical perspectives, including social-psychological and structural. Focus on the relationship between gender, culture and social structure.

457/657 Society and Health – Analysis of the social determinants of health, including the way in which social structure produces varying patterns of health and illness.

458/658 Sociology of Mental Health – Overview of sociological perspective on causes and consequences of mental health and illness.

460/660 Critical Sociology – Analysis of critical perspectives in sociology with the focus on theory, knowledge, idealism vs. materialism, levels of analysis, and domain assumptions of social scientific methodology.

461 White Identity, Race, and Racism – Explores the normativity of “whiteness” in society, develops understanding of racialized experiences and identities of “white” people and analyzes the institutionalization of racism.

463/663 Social Psychology of Education – Effects on learning of such social psychological factors as family, social class, school social structure, classroom structure and allocation of the teacher role are considered.

464 Conformity and Deviance – Systematic analysis of the social factors related to conforming and deviant behavior. Focus on classical and contemporary theories of deviance.

480/680 The Family – Analysis of the family as a social institution in historical and social-political context. Examination of sociological and social psychological theories on family structure and process.

483/683 Family Violence – Examination and critical analysis of major theoretical perspectives on family violence. Analysis of current issues and debates in family violence.

485/685 Sociology of Knowledge – Reciprocal influence of social structure on personal perception and values.

490/690 Class, Race, and Gender – Analysis of the relationship between class, race, and gender. Examination of processes by which these phenomena interact to form the basis of social relations.

494 Social Foundations of Economic Life – Influence of noneconomic institutions on the productive relations of society. The family, the political community, religion and culture as they affect the economic structure of modern society.

495/695 Work and Occupations – Examination of sociological theories and research on work-related issues such as women and minorities in the workplace, occupational choice and socialization and career patterns.

497/697 Special Topics in Sociology – Seminar on selected problems from the study of sociology (1 to 3 credits; maximum of 6 credits).

499/699 Special Problems in Sociology (1 to 3 credits; maximum of 6 credits).