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Undergraduate Courses in Sociology (SOC)

  • 1301/SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology (3-0). Outline of the sociological perspective and a survey of topical studies in sociology. Representative topics may include family, politics, economy, religion, education, crime, population, environment, and others.

    1306/SOCI 1306 Social Problems (3-0). Study of social problems and issues facing the United States. Major problems and issues are analyzed and alternative solutions are evaluated. The course is designed for non-majors as well as majors.

    2326/SOCI 2326 Social Psychology (3-0). A survey of environmental forces as they affect individual and group behavior. Topics to be studied include subcultural influences, group dynamics, attitude change, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior and health. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Psychology 2319.)
    Prerequisite: Psychology 2301 or Sociology 1301.

    3310 American Political Culture (3-0). A study of the cultural context of American politics, the development and transmission of political attitudes and values, and the role of public opinion in the political process. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Political Science 3311.)

    3312 Social Change and Development (3-0). Topics of current interest concerning social changes related to the global processes of industrial development and modernization.

    3315 The Family (3-0). The family as a social institution and its relationships to other institutions, with special emphasis on the American family in a time of rapid social change.

    3316 Family Violence (3-0). Domestic violence between adults is studied from an interdisciplinary perspective. The cycle of violence, dominance, and control are among the issues covered sociologically and psychologically. The legal perspective includes discussion of proactive arrest policies, restraining orders, and anti-stalking legislation that have emerged across the United States.

    3319 Population and Ecology (3-0). Topics of current interest concerning human population dynamics and relationships between man and the environment.

    3320 Topics in Popular Culture (3-0). Examines popular culture from a sociological perspective, especially the impact of mass media on individuals and social groups. Focus may vary from semester to semester but may include such topics as the impact of popular communication devices and other “gadgets” on society, consumerism, ways “pop” culture impacts dietary choices, and how to make sense of trends seen in social media, movies, television, theatre, music, art, architecture, and fashion.

    3325 Social Research and Data Analysis (3-0). A review of the methods of social research with a brief introduction to elementary statistics, data analysis, and practice in computer applications.

    3327 Human Diversity and Social Inequality (3-0). A study of social values that promotes the understanding, affirmation, and respect for people from diverse backgrounds; integrates knowledge on at-risk populations and covers the effects of inequality, discrimination, stigma, and prejudice on human functioning. Promotes the understanding of economic and social justice.

    3341 Juvenile Delinquency (3-0). A study of the nature, extent, and varieties of delinquency in the United States relative to social institutions and peer groups. The course will survey historical and current theory as well as research pertaining to delinquent behavior, treatment, and prevention.

    3343 Criminology (3-0). A survey of the nature and extent of crime in America. The course will examine classical and contemporary theory as well as research pertaining to criminal behavior, treatment, and prevention.

    3347 Videogames and Society (3-0). Considers videogames as a vehicle to understand worldbuilding from a sociological perspective. Students will grapple with questions of social significance, not just play or watch games. For example, what kinds of societies do we envision? To what extent are fictional worlds rooted in the “real” world? Are the worlds we imagine utopian, dystopian, apocalyptic, postapocalyptic, or something else? What decisions serve to limit or expand opportunities, access to resources, and life chances? For whom?

    4161 Integrative Seminar in Sociology (1-0). Senior capstone course for sociology majors that facilitates a synthesis of the sociology curriculum. This course focuses on the application of sociology across a variety of settings. An exit examination is required.
    Prerequisite: Senior standing.

    4301 Sociological Theory (3-0). Analysis of the main traditions of sociological thought.
    Prerequisite: Sociology 1301.

    4323 Community Development (3-0). A service learning course focusing on community development. Students will have assigned readings and engage in applied social research while being assigned to work in the San Angelo community on one of the department’s priority service learning projects.
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

    4331 Sociology of Aging (3-0). A study of the social dimensions and significance of the aging experience: the individual experience of aging, description of the aging population and the social status of the aged, and the consequences of aging and the aged on society.

    4332 Death and Dying (3-0). An extension of social gerontology into the last stage of the life course, examining such topics as the social and personal meaning of death and dying, grief and bereavement, and the interrelationships between the dying person and family, friends, and professionals.

    4337 Sociology of Religion (3-0). This course examines the functions of religion in society from a social scientific perspective. It is not a forum to debate the veracity of any religious beliefs, but rather to examine what role those beliefs may play in structuring various societies, forming institutions, socializing individuals, creating culture, and so forth. Students will be asked to consider both the unifying and divisive forces of religious beliefs and practices and how religion has changed over time.

    4341 Social Deviance and Social Control (3-0). Provides a conceptual and theoretical overview of deviance in society and analysis of specific types of deviance with emphasis on a sociological understanding of the meanings, processes, and control of deviant behavior.

    4350 Sociology of Sports (3-0). In this course, students will critically examine the role, function, and meaning of sport in human societies now and in the past. Sociological analysis of various topics may include, but are not limited to, cooperation, competition, types of success and failure, advantage vs. disadvantage, consumerism, sports icons, images and awards, socialization, power, gender, race, and socio-economic status.

    4371, 4671 Internship in Sociology. The student will be assigned to work in a social service agency. (4371 may be repeated once.)
    Prerequisites: Completion of 15 credit hours of sociology, departmental selection.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in sociology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

    4391 Research. A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in sociology. (May be repeated once for credit.)
    Prerequisites: Junior standing.