Sociology Course Descriptions

 Subject  Course Number  Course Title Course Description  Semester or Semesters the Course is Typically Offered 
 SOCI 1300 Introduction to Sociology
Presents the sociological approach to understanding human behavior. Sociology considers how particular life experiences, attitudes, and values are shaped by membership in ascribed and achieved social categories such as social class, race/ethnicity, sex, sexuality and nationality. Prerequisite: First-year, sophomore, or junior standing only. FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI 2300 

Social Problems

 
Examines social problems within the contexts of their particular societies and cultures; how a social problem is defined; and how solutions are shaped by politics, corporations, media interests, and social movements. Prerequisite: First-year, sophomore, or junior standing only. FALL & SPRING
 SOCI 2377

Introduction to Markets and Culture

General introduction to economic sociology, examining the effects of culture and social relations on shaping production, distribution, and consumption in domestic and global markets. Prerequisites: First-year, sophomore, or junior standing; GPA of 2.700 or better.

FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI  3301

Health, Healing, and Ethics: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Sickness and Society

A cross-cultural exploration of cultures and organization of medical systems, economic development and the global exportation of biomedicine, and ethical dilemmas associated with medical technologies and global disparities in health. FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI  3305 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in the United States

An interdisciplinary seminar designed to introduce students to the analysis of race and ethnicity in the United States.

FALL
 SOCI  3311 Social Science Research Methods 

Introduces qualitative and quantitative research methods used by sociologists. Students learn how to design, conduct, and report research in an ethical, clear, and concise manner. Assignments provide hands-on experience using and collecting data for social science research. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2377; sociology majors, markets and culture majors, or sociology minors only.

FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI  3312

Database Methods and Analysis

Focuses on data analysis of existing data commonly used for economic and social scientific purposes and the construction of new data from multiple sources. Reviews basic quantitative research methodology, descriptive inferential statistics, data reduction and management techniques, and the interpretation of statistics in applied social research. Students become adept at using multiple database programs (e.g., Excel, SPSS, SAS.) Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2377; sociology majors, markets and culture majors, or sociology minors only.

FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  3320 The Social-Scientific Study of Religion 

An introduction to scientific ways of thinking about the social, cultural and psychological aspects of religious life. Attentive to major thinkers and theories dealing with religion in the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, sociology and the social-scientific study of religion.

SPRING
 SOCI  3321 Nonprofit Organizations: Conceptual Primer  Explores the nonprofit sector and topics such as nonprofit history, theories, management, and trends, with a focus on strategies for improving organizations in light of the nonprofit sector's relationship with government and business. FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  3330

Sociological Psychology

A focus on the ways that macro-level forces and group membership affect individual beliefs, behaviors, and well-being. The course begins with the rich tradition of symbolic interactionist theories and transitions into the contemporary uses of these theoretical perspectives and their continued influence on contemporary research upon the effects of social institutions on individual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.  

FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  3340

Global Society

Provides students with a sociological orientation to the evolving interconnectedness among societies, nation-states, cultures, economies, and individuals around the globe.

FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  3345 Construction of Social Identities in the Media 

Provides a broad historical and contemporary background to the study of media representation of groups in society. Particular attention is paid to how gender, race, sexuality, and social class are constructed in visual and print media.

JTERM 
 SOCI  3350 Ethno-violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 

An introduction to ethno-violence – violence or the threat of violence based on one’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation – from a comparative, global and critical framework that synthesizes sociology, colonial studies, communications, and ethnic, religious, historical, and gender studies.

SPRING
 SOCI  3351

Marriage and Family

Covers the evolution of marriage and families through the ages, including changes in the definitions of marriages and families and changes in gender roles brought about by technology and shifts in the market system. FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  3355 Violence in the American Home 

Topics include domestic violence, conflict over child custody in divorce, incest and child abuse, neglect, and failure to support the changing family in America. Also, intergenerational issues and problems.

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 SOCI  3360 Law and Society

Designed to give students a broad overview of the history and functions of our major legal institutions and their relationship to American culture and social structure.

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 SOCI  3363

Crime and Delinquency

Extent of the problem, causal theories, prevention, and public policy.  FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI  3368 Urban Life: A Cross Culture Perspective 

An introduction to urban life and culture around the world, including how to study cities, who inhabits cities, and the special features of city places and spaces.

FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  3370

Minority-Dominant Relations

The nature, origins, and consequences of relationships between unequal groups; U.S. and other societies compared.  FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  3371

Sociology of Gender

Examines the social and cultural construction of gender within relationships, friendships, families, schools, the media, and the workplace. It also explores the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, social class, and sexuality.

FALL, SPRING, SUMMER 
 SOCI  3377 Organizations and Their Environments 

Explores the theories and relationships between organizations and their environments. Applies these theories to the analysis of real-world organization activities. Prerequisite: C- or better in SOCI 2377; sociology or markets and culture majors only.

FALL, SPRING 
 SOCI 3380  SMU Abroad- Sociology Courses offered in SMU-approved international programs. Prior departmental approval required. May be repeated for credit under different subtitle. Maximum of 6 credit hours permissible toward the B.S. in sociology.   
 SOCI 4179
4279 
4379
Markets and Culture Internship Student completes a paper under the guidance of a departmental faculty member, departmental faculty sponsor, or approved faculty sponsor outside the Sociology Department. Prerequisites: C+ in SOCI 2377, markets and culture majors only, with sophomore standing or above.
FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI 4193
4293
4393
Individual Research  Students develop an independent research project under the guidance of a departmental faculty member, culminating in a written report. Students can earn 1 credit hour in SOCI 4193, 2 credit hours in SOCI 4293, and 3 credit hours in SOCI 4393. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2300, SOCI 3311 or 3312, one additional 3000-level course, and sophomore standing or above. 
FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI  4198
4298
Sociological Internship  Students who arrange for part-time jobs in fields of interest to sociology relate these experiences to their academic curriculum through written organizational analysis under the guidance of the director of undergraduate studies. Graded on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites: Sociology or markets and culture major, sophomore standing or above, and permission of the director of undergraduate studies. 
FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI 4313 The Sociological Tradition 

Introduces students to theories of 19th- and early 20th-century sociologists. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2300 and sophomore standing or above.

SPRING 
 SOCI  4314

Contemporary Sociological  Theory

Surveys recent trends in sociological theory and research. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2300; sociology majors or minors only, with sophomore standing or above.

 FALL
 SOCI  4321  Immigration and Population Issues Causes and consequences of population growth and change in the United States and the world. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2300, SOCI 3311 or 3312, with sophomore standing or above.
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 SOCI  4335 Social Movements and Collective Behavior 

The nature, causes, and consequences of social movements and collective behavior: crowds, riots, fads, public opinion, social movements, and revolution. Prerequisite: SOCI 1300 or 2300.

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 SOCI  4340 Sociology of Culture 

Provides an overview of the sociological study of culture, focusing on the ways language, artifacts, ideas, identities, and narratives construct social reality. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2300, and sophomore standing or above.

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 SOCI  4353 Political Sociology  Political movements, the impact of politics on other institutions in America, issues of power and control are discussed. Global issues of economics and political power included. Prerequisites: Either SOCI 1300 or 2300, either SOCI 3311 or 3312, and sophomore standing or above. ROTATES (SEE UNIVERSITY COURSE CATALOG)
 SOCI  4363 The Administration of Justice 

Law enforcement and criminal court systems as well as the ideal of justice and public policy. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2300 and sophomore standing or above.

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 SOCI  4364

Correctional Systems

The history of punishment, adjustment to incarceration, and comparison of prisons for men and women. Constitutional issues of criminal punishment are discussed. Prerequisite: SOCI 1300 or 2300, sophomore standing or above.

FALL
 SOCI  4366 Deviant Behavior Explores causes and consequences of deviant behavior and evaluates leading theories. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.
SUMMER
 SOCI  4372 Wealth and Consumption 

Focuses on how group membership (e.g., race, social class) and societal forces (e.g., economic development) affect spending and savings patterns, with particular attention paid to sociological theories of consumption. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300 or 2300, SOCI 3311 or 3312, and sophomore standing or above.

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 SOCI  4373 Class, Race and Gender Inequalities

Unequal distribution of power, prestige, and opportunity within society; causes and consequences. Prerequisites: Either SOCI 1300 or 2300, and either SOCI 3311 or 3312. Sophomore standing or above.

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 SOCI  4374

Social Change

Review of major social change theories emphasizing: technology, modernization, social power, impact of change on individuals and institutions; possible solutions to resulting problems. Seminar format. Prerequisite: Either SOCI 1300 or 2300. Sophomore standing or above.

SPRING
 SOCI  4377

Contemporary Markets and Culture

Students apply knowledge acquired in core markets and culture courses to develop critical understanding of the social, technological, and political forces shaping current global markets. Prerequisites: C- or better in SOCI 2377, 3377; markets and culture majors only.

FALL, SPRING
 SOCI  4385  Environmental Sociology This capstone course examines the culture, economy, and environment both domestically and globally. Prerequisites: SOCI 1300, 3311, and sophomore standing or above.
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 SOCI  4379 Markets and Culture Internship 

The student completes a paper under the supervision of the director or approved faculty sponsor. Prerequisites: C+ in SOCI 2377; markets and culture majors only.

FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI  4393 Individual Research 

Undergraduate students develop an independent research project under the guidance of a departmental faculty member, culminating in a written report. Students may enroll in 1, 2, or 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: SOCI 2300 or 2310, SOCI 3311 or 3312, and one 3000-level course.

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FALL, SPRING, SUMMER 
 SOCI  4396 Individual Research for Distinction  Prerequisite: Either SOCI 2300 or SOCI 2310; and either SOCI 3311 or SOCI 3312, and one 3000-level SOCI course, and permission of director of undergraduate studies.

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FALL, SPRING, SUMMER 
 SOCI  4398 Sociological Internship

Undergraduate students who arrange for part-time jobs in fields of interest to sociology relate these experiences to their academic curriculum through written organizational analyses under the guidance of the director of undergraduate studies. Graded on a pass/fail basis only. Prerequisites: Sociology or markets and culture major, and permission of director of undergraduate studies.

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FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
 SOCI  4401
4402
4403
4404
Washington Term Intensive study of domestic and international economic, political, and social institutions. Includes a four-hour research project (4401), a four-hour internship (4402), and an eight-hour seminar (4403 and 4404). Prerequisites: Two courses in the Markets and Culture or Sociology major or Sociology minor (at least one at the upper level) that are relevant to the selected program, and permission of the department chair. Available for markets and culture majors or sociology majors and minors.