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Undergraduate Course List

Undergraduate Courses in Sociology Below we list undergraduate courses in Sociology. All sociology students are required to take 101, 300, POL 345 / SOC 305, and 302. Sociology majors must take nine courses within the department including those listed above. Two of the nine courses may come from other departments (cognates) with the approval of the Departmental Representative. In addition to the courses listed below, seniors are allowed to take graduate courses in the department with the approval of the faculty and the Departmental Representative.

Required Courses

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
Orientation to basic sociological concepts as analytical tools for the study of continuities and change in social and individual behavior. Influence of family, school, and the market. Social construction of self and selected aspects of the life course including childhood, love, and death.
M. Duneier & P. Starr

SOC 300 - Claims and Evidence in Sociology
Interpretion and evaluation of arguments in the sociological literature. Learning to read and write critically in sociology. Preparing claims and providing evidence in sociology.
R. Ferguson

POL 345 / SOC 305 - Introduction to Quantitative Social Science
An overview of the research process in social science, including techniques of sampling, methods of data collection, principles of measurement, problems of inference and proof, basic methods of data analysis, and ethical considerations.
M. Frye & K. Imai

SOC 302 - Sociological Theory
A systematic survey of the principal concepts underlying all sociological description and explanation-prediction, with special attention to the different ways these concepts are employed in the four currently leading groups of theories, namely structural functionalism, exchange theory, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism.
P. Fernández-Kelly

200-level Courses

SOC 201 - American Society and Politics
P. Starr
 
SOC 204 - Social Networks
M . Salganik
 
SOC 205 - Sociology From E Street:  Bruce Springsteen’s America
M. Duneier
 
SOC 206 – Travelers, Tourists and Pilgrims 
Staff
 
SOC 209 - Sociology of Sports
Staff
 
SOC 210/LAS 210/URB 210/LAO 210 - Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas 
P. Fernández-Kelly 
 
SOC 211 - Sociology of Religion
Staff
 
SOC 214 - Creativity, Innovation and Society
Staff
 
SOC 216 – The Ghetto
Staff
 
SOC 220 – Inequality, Mobility, and the American Dream
Staff
 
SOC 221/AAS 221/GSS 221 - Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
Staff 
 
SOC 222 - The Sociology of Crime and Punishment
Staff
 
SOC 223 – Hustles and Hustlers
R. Ferguson
 
SOC 225/GSS 225 - Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
Staff
 
SOC 227/URB 227 - Race and Ethnicity
P. Fernández-Kelly
 
SOC 240 - Families 
Staff
 
SOC 241 – Self and Society
Staff
 
SOC 243 – Immigration, Citizenship and Identity
Staff
 
SOC 248/LAS 248 - Modern Mexican Society
D. Massey 
 
SOC 250 - The Western Way of War
M. Centeno 
 
 
300-level Courses
 
SOC 300 – Claims and Evidence in Sociology
R. Ferguson
 
SOC 301 – Sociological Research Methods
Staff
 
SOC 302 – Sociological Theory
P. Fernández-Kelly
 
SOC 307 – Contemporary China
Y. Xie 
 
SOC 308/RES 308/EAS 308 – Communism and Beyond: China and Russia
D. Kaple
 
SOC 309/LAS 309 – Topics in the Sociology of Latin America
Staff
 
SOC 310/LAS 310/GSS 312 – Gender and Development in the Americas
Staff
 
SOC 315/LAS 316/AAS 315 – Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Latin America
Staff
 
SOC 317 – Race and Ethnicity in Global Comparative Perspective
E. Monk
 
SOC 320 – Growing Up Poor Across America: An Introduction to Reasoning with Data
M Frye & B. Stewart  
 
SOC 322 – The Sociology of Citizen Science: Professions, Amateurs, and Organizations
L. Senesac  
 
SOC 323 – The Sociology of Intellectuals and Ideas
Staff
 
SOC 327 – Immigration, Race, and the Black Population of the United States
T. Hamilton
 
SOC 329/LAO 329 – Immigrant America
T. Hamilton
 
SOC 330 – Studying Local, Writing Ethnography
C. Stack
 
SOC 331/LAS 330 – Social Exclusion in Latin America
Staff
 
SOC 332 – Sociology of Finance
Staff
 
SOC 335/POL 359 – Political Sociology
Staff
 
SOC 336 – Sociology of Complex Organizations
A. Goldstein 
 
SOC 337 – Environment and Migration
S. Lopus
 
SOC 338/LAS 338 – The Sociology of Latinos in the U.S.
M. Tienda
 
SOC 339 – Sociology of International Migration
Staff
 
SOC 340/REL 390 – God of Many Faces: Comparative Perspectives 
on Migration and Religion
P. Fernández-Kelly
 
SOC 342 – Organizations: Management, Bureaucracy and Work
Staff
 
SOC 343 – Advanced Research Methods
Staff
 
SOC 344 Communications, Culture and Society
P. Starr
 
SOC 345 – Money, Work and Social Life
V. Zelizer
 
SOC 346 – Sociology of the Cubicle: Work, Technology, and Organization
J. Vertesi
 
SOC 347 – The Social Life of the Metropolis
Staff
 
SOC 348 – Environmental Sociology
Staff
 
SOC 349 – Schools and Society: Race, Class and Gender in U.S. Education 
Staff
 
SOC 352 – The Sociology of American Political History
Staff
 
SOC 354/AFS – Contemporary Issues in African Societies
S. Lopus
 
SOC 355 – Government, Poverty, and Inequality in Modern America
P Fernández-Kelly
 
SOC 356 – Sociology of Science
J. Vertesi
 
SOC 357 – Sociology of Technology
J. Vertesi
 
SOC 359 – Higher Education and Society
Staff
 
SOC 361/GSS 361 – Culture, Power and Inequality
Staff
 
SOC 363 – Religion in the United States
Staff
 
SOC 364/CHV 364 – Sociology of Medicine
E. Armstrong
 
SOC 365 – Health, Society and Politics
P. Starr
 
SOC 366 – Social & Economic Determinants of Health 
T. Hamilton
 
SOC 368 – Special Topics in Sociology
Staff
 
 
400-level Courses 
 
SOC 405/CHV 405 – The Sociology of Law
K. Scheppele
 
SOC 406 – Sex, Love and Marriage
M. Frye  
 
SOC 409/COS 409 – Critical Approaches to Human Computer Interaction
J. Vertesi
 
 
Other Courses
 
URB 200/WWS 210/SOC 200 – Urbanism and Urban Policy
D. Massey
 
AAS 202/SOC 202 – Introductory Research Methods in African-American Studies
Staff
 
URB 201/WWS 201/SOC 203/ARC 207 – Introduction to Urban Studies
M. C. Boyer
 
URB 202/SOC 208 Documentary Film and the City
Staff
 
REL 219/SOC 219 – Business Ethics and Modern Religious Thought
D. W. Miller
 
AAS 235/SOC 236 Race is Socially Constructed:  Now What?
R. Benjamin
 
EGR 277/SOC 277/HIS 277 – Technology and Society
J. Vertesi
 
AAS 302/SOC 303 Political Bodies: The Social Anatomy of Power and Difference
R. Benjamin
 
GLS 303/SOC 304 The Global Ghetto  Summer course
M. Duneier
 
POL 345/SOC 305 – Introduction to Quantitative Social Science
M. Frye & K. Imai
 
GSS 311/SOC 311 – Gender, Crime, Media, Culture
Staff
 
WWS 331/SOC 312/AAS 317 – Race and Public Policy
D. Massey
 
WWS 334/SOC 313 – Media and Public Policy
P. Starr  
 
EAS 302/POL 300/ANT 384/SOC 316/ENV 384 -- Dilemmas of Development in Asia
D. Leheny
 
PHI 318/CHV 318/HUM 316/SOC 318 – Social Philosophy
J. Thakkar
 
ECS 323/SOC 321 – Loving and Hating the West
Staff
 
GLS 323/SOC 324 – Contemporary Chinese Society, Global Seminar Summer course
Y. Xie
 
POL 333/LAO 333/LAS 333/SOC 325 – Latino Politics in the U.S.
A. Valenzuela
 
WWS 333/SOC 326 – Law, Institutions and Public Policy
P. Starr
 
WWS 330/SOC 328  Population, Society and Public Policy
M. Tienda  
 
POL 334/SOC 333/LAO 334 – Immigration Politics and Policymaking in the U.S.
A. Valenzuela 
 
LAO 200/SOC 341/LAS 336 –  Latinos in American Life & Culture
M. Tienda
 
THR 303/AMS 330/SOC 350 Ethnographic Playwriting
Staff
 
ECO 339/SOC 351 – Introduction to Population Problems
Staff
 
WWS 351/SOC 353/COS 351 – Information Technology & Public Policy
D. Dobkin
 
AAS 350/SOC 362 – Rats, Riots and Revolution: Housing in the Metropolitan United States
K. Taylor
 
AAS 301/SOC 367 – Black to the Future: Science, Fiction, and Society. 
R. Benjamin
 
AFS 373/SOC 373 – Race, Class and Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Staff
 
URB 385/SOC 385/HUM 385/ARC 385 – Mapping Gentrification  
A. Shkuda 
 
ART 388/SOC 388 Photo, Urbanism and Civic Change Between 1960-1980
K. Bussard
 
GSS 420/SOC 420 – Born in the USA:  Culture and Reproduction in Modern America
E. Armstrong
 
ANT 450/GSS 450/SOC 450 – The Revolution will not be Televised
J. Borneman