Undergraduate Courses

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