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Introduction to the sociological study of human behavior, especially social organization, culture, and the social institutions that comprise society. Attention to social change, differentiation and inequality, and other social issues.
This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 310A, SOCI 462, SOCI 463, SOCW 301
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 6
SOCI 170
Introduction to Great Plains StudiesCrosslisted as ANTH 170, GEOG 170, GPSP 170, NRES 170
Required for Great Plains Studies majors and minors.
Interdisciplinary study of the natural environment, social environment, human heritage, arts and humanities of the Great Plains.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Requires enrollment in the GreatPlains Studies majors and minors
Topic varies.
This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 183
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Requires enrollment in the Alpha Learning Community Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
SOCI 198
Wide range of different topics at the undergraduate level.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Interdisciplinary examination of the contributions of women to society and societal attitudes toward women. Roles and values of women in contemporary society. Lecture, discussion, special problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 9
SOCI 201
Prereqs:
3 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
Treatment of the principal "problem" areas in contemporary society. Analysis of processes of disorganization in society, with attention to contrasting processes by which social structures are formed and perpetuated.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6, 9
Prereqs:
3 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
SOCI 205 and CRIM 251 cannot both be applied toward the degree in arts and sciences.
Introduction to the techniques of collecting and analyzing data and techniques of research reporting. Emphasis on interpretation and evaluation of sociological research.
This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 206, SOCI 396, SOCI 465
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Practical exercises in the actual conduct of sociological research projects. Emphasis on training and development of skills, techniques, and methods of data analysis, and interpretation of findings in light of sociological theories.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 3
Prereqs:
3 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
CRIM 335 and SOCI 209 cannot both be applied toward the degree.
Introduction to the sociological approach to the study of crime, including the definition of crime, approaches to its measurement, and the major theories of crime. Social institutions intended to prevent or correct criminal behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 6
SOCI 217
Nationality and Race RelationsCrosslisted as ETHN 217
Prereqs:
3 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Concepts of race and patterns of race distribution. Impact of European expansion on ethnic relations. Types of ethnic social systems. Patterns of ethnic social interaction. Problems of minorities. Types of ethnic policies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6, 9
SOCI 218
Chicanos in American SocietyCrosslisted as ETHN 218
Introduction to one of the largest minority groups in the United States-Chicanos (Mexican Americans). Primary consideration given to the history and present status of Chicanos with emphasis on their interaction with various social institutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
3 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
Historic marriage and family patterns. American family, past and present. Husband-wife relationships. Parent-child relationships. Family-society relationships.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 6, 9
SOCI 241
Rural SociologyCrosslisted as AECN 276
Prereqs:
Open to second semester freshmen and above.
The rural environment and its people; its groups and associations; and its social institutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 242
Prereqs:
3 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
Rise of the modern city; patterns of urban growth; demographic, distributive, ecological aspects of the city; institutional and regional tendencies and problems; urban-regional planning.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
3 hrs of sociology or related social sciences
Introduction to the sociological approach to understanding health and medicine.  The relationship between social conditions and physical and mental health.  Differences in health across social groups.  Medical care and health care policies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 261
Conflict and Conflict ResolutionCrosslisted as ANTH 261, POLS 261, PSYC 261
Core course for minors in conflict and conflict resolution
Introduction to the study of the biological, economic, political-historical, and cultural bases of war and group conflict.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs:
Prereq: 3 hrs of sociology or related social sciences
Introduction to the sociological study of mass media, including the social construction of gender, race, class, and politics.  Explores audience interaction with media texts. Emphasis on analytical skills for media literacy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
Historical and contemporary patterns of drug use. Analysis of the antecedents and consequences of various forms of drug abuse. Examination of the types and effectiveness of legal responses to specific classes of drugs including; prohibition, decriminalization, and legalization. Prevention and treatment approaches to drug use.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
SOCI 101 and 205, or permission.
SOCI 206 recommended.
Research methods organized around an applied research project. Conduct research in an applied setting, preparation of interview schedules, problem definition, review of research techniques, and research design and measurement.
This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 310B
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
SOCI 206 recommended.
Continuation of SOCI 310A.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
6 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
CRIM 337 and SOCI 311 cannot both be applied toward the degree.
Nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, considered in relation to the role of adolescents in modern society. Includes a review of the methods used to study delinquency, theories of delinquency, social influences on delinquent behavior, and the nature of the juvenile justice system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs:
6 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
Social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of sport as a social institution. Gender, race, and social class issues related to sport.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Intensive writing activity leading to a social research paper
Survey of 19th and 20th century writers whose ideas have had a strong impact on the development of contemporary sociology and sociological theory, ranging from Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim to W.E.B. DuBois, Patricia Hill Collins and Harold Garfinkle.
This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 396
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hours of social and/or biological sciences.
Ethical decision making in research. Comprehensive review of the responsible conduct of research. Identify, define, and analyze ethical issues in the conduct of human subject research. Study civic responsibility and stewardship in the context of the responsible conduct of research. Examine emergent areas of human subjects in an increasingly interdisciplinary research environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs:
Major or minor in sociology; SOCI 205 and 206; SOCI 355 or 455; and permission.
Participation in a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher in the Department of Sociology, the Bureau of Sociological Research, or a public agency or private enterprise (e.g., the Gallup Organization) engaged in sociological research.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per semester: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sociology major or minor, 9 hrs sociology, and permission.
Students should see chief undergraduate adviser for details.
Field work in public or other organizations.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 398
Prereqs:
As announced by department.
Wide range of different topics at the undergraduate level.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Open to seniors and especially qualified juniors, with permission.
Special readings on selected topics; investigations in library or field.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Open to candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences and to seniors and especially qualified juniors, with permission.
Special readings on selected topics; investigations in library or field.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Systematic review and application of qualitative research methods, including participant observation, unstructured interviewing, audiovisual techniques and personal document analysis; data collection and interpretation emphasized as well as different theoretical assumptions underlying their various approaches.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 415/815
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Analysis of sociological principles of social change at both the community and primary group level; analysis of research and theoretical literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences
Contemporary issues confronting American families and family research. Adolescent pregnancy, work-family policy, family violence, divorce, single parents, and step families.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 435/835
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Analysis of the structure and effects of the media of mass communication.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 441/841
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Psychosocial bases of group behavior, inter-stimulation, and behavioral products.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Personality and the sociocultural environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs of sociology or related social sciences.
Social origins of mental health and illness; social distribution of mental health by race, class, and gender; social construction of mental health; mental health care systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 444/844
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Historical and cross-cultural approach to population issues by linking changes in fertility and mortality to social institutions. Focuses on the link between population processes and such issues as gender roles, the role of the family, the Third World, and poverty and inequality.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Trends in urbanization that incorporate demography, ecology, and planning. Selected urban problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences or permission.
Role of humans in the ecosystem, especially the interaction of human societies with the natural environment, including other species and other human societies. Theories of the sociocultural causes of environmentally-related problems and the policies designed to deal with these problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 448/848
Family DiversityCrosslisted as ETHN 448/848
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Analyzes diversity in family structure and family choices. Includes: rural families, gay/lesbian families, Native American families, African American families, Latino families, working class and working poor families and cohabitation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Contemporary theory and research dealing with family structure and change. Focuses on family systems that characterize different social classes and various ethnic groups in our society. Selected problems and contemporary research emphasized.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 450/850
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Analysis of means of social control, with emphasis upon social institutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 452/852
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Consideration of sources and nature of religion, drawing on contributions of anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, and others. Emphasis on interaction of religion and society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Social and cultural bases of health and illness. Social factors in the definition of illness and in the organization and distribution of health care.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs of sociology or related social sciences
Contribution of social inequality to health outcomes; Intersection of individual and social factors through which racial, economic, and gender differences in health emerge.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social science.
Survey of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers whose ideas have had a strong impact on the development of contemporary sociology and sociological theories. Emphasis on the work of such persons as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, George Herbert Mead, and Georg Simmel.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 460/860
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Analysis of education as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions, e.g., economy, polity, religion, and the family. Emphasizes the role of the educational institution as an agent of stability and change. Emphasis on research and policy evaluation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
SOCI 101, 205, and 206; and permission.
The logic and design of sociological research: the nature of science and logic of social inquiry; epistemic relations; design of research problems; data collection techniques and sampling.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 463/863
Prereqs:
SOCI 101, 205, and 206; and permission.
The logic and techniques of sociological analysis: techniques of scaling and index construction; contingency table analysis; measures of association; parametric and nonparametric statistical inference; and generalizations from systematic findings.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 464/864
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
The conceptual structures of selected theorists and of the basis of theory construction and testing.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
For SOCI 465: SOCI 205 and 206.
For SOCI 865: None.
Basic issues related to the design and analysis of sample surveys. The basics of questionnaire construction, sampling, data collection, analysis and data presentation.
This course is a prerequisite for: SOCI 465
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 466/866
Pro-seminar in International Relations ICrosslisted as AECN 467, ANTH 479/879, ECON 466/866, GEOG 448/848, HIST 479/879, POLS 466/866
Prereqs:
Senior standing and permission.
Open to students with an interest in international relations.
Topic varies
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 468/868
Policy and Program Evaluation ResearchCrosslisted as POLS 417/817
Prereqs:
6 hrs social sciences.
Techniques useful for research aiding in policy making and for assessing the impact of policy. Acquaints student with the role of research in policy formation and evaluation and to give the student experience in conducting such research.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Presentation of frameworks for occupations and professions; analysis of occupational structure and mobility in American society and its relation to adult socialization and career development; occupational and professional associations and society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 471/871
Human Sexuality and SocietyCrosslisted as EDPS 471/871, CYAF 471/871, PSYC 471/871
Prereqs:
Junior standing and 12 hrs in one of the departments in which the course is listed.
Open to advanced students planning careers in the professions in which knowledge of human behavior and society is important (e.g., helping professions, medicine, law, ministry, education, etc.).
Interdisciplinary approach to the study of human sexuality in terms of the psychological, social, cultural, anthropological, legal, historical, and physical characteristics of individual sexuality and sex in society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 474/874
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
CRIM 413 and SOCI 474 cannot both be applied toward the degree.
Theory and empirical research on conformity and deviance. Survey of the development of scholarly thinking on the nature and sources of deviance, societal reactions to deviance, and processes of social control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 475/875
Water Quality StrategyCrosslisted as AGRO 475/875, CIVE 475/875, CRPL 475/875, GEOL 475/875, MSYM 475/875, NRES 475/875, POLS 475/875, SOIL 475, WATS 475
Prereqs:
Senior standing or permission.
Capstone course.
Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
SOCI 478/878
Pro-seminar in Latin American StudiesCrosslisted as ANTH 478/878, EDPS 478/878, GEOG 478/878, HIST 478/878, LAMS 478, MODL 478/878, POLS 478/878
Prereqs:
Junior standing and permission.
Topical seminar required for all Latin American Studies majors.
An interdisciplinary analysis of topical issues in Latin American Studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Structured inequalities, including social class, race/ethnicity, gender and age stratification. The intersections of these as institutionalized inequalities examined for their causes and effects on individuals and groups. Emphasis on the role of social power, economic resources and occupational structures in the nature of inequality and social mobility in the United States.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 481/881
Minority GroupsCrosslisted as ETHN 481/881
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Systematic examination of racial, ethnic, and other minority groups. History and present status of such groups, the origins of prejudice and discrimination, and the application of social science knowledge toward the elimination of minority group problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 490/890
Prereqs:
9 hrs social sciences.
SOCI 200 is strongly recommended.
Evaluation and application of scholarly theory and research on women in their societal context. The nature and effects of sex stratification, gendered culture, institutionalized sexism, feminist theory and sociology of knowledge.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 491/891
Prereqs:
9 hrs sociology or related social sciences.
Application of sociological analysis to the problem of power; power structures and elite formation as they relate to democratic society and political extremism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 495
Prereqs:
Senior standing; sociology major.
It is recommended that SOCI 205, 206, and 455 be completed prior to taking the SOCI 495.
A senior-level overview of the discipline of sociology, including theory, methods, and substantive areas. Current monographs critically analyzed. The development of sociology, new directions in the discipline, and careers for sociologists.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Varies.
See course description or registration guide. Topic for the term announced prior to early registration.
Variety of topics in crime, deviance, and social control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 498/898
Prereqs:
Varies.
See course description or registration guide. Topic for the term announced prior to early registration.
Wide variety of different topics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 818
Data Collection MethodsCrosslisted as SRAM 818
Effects of various data collection methods on survey errors. The strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of data collection modes and mixed-mode methods. Processes underlying data collection and practical challenges that arise with each mode; coverage error; nonresponse error; interviewer effects and training; timing; and mode effects.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 819
Applied SamplingCrosslisted as SRAM 819
Design of probability samples, sampling populations of humans and unique challenges posed by such populations, restricted by cost and available sampling frames. Simple random sampling, stratification, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, multistage sampling, and probability proportional to size sampling, area probability sampling, and telephone samples.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Opportunity to apply concepts and methods in field setting and to obtain experience that will be valuable preparation for professional assignments in research, policy analysis, and administration.
Credit Hours: 1-6
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Course Delivery: Classroom
SOCI 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
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Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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SOCI 902
Seminar in Research MethodsCrosslisted as SRAM 902
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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SOCI 947
Questionnaire DesignCrosslisted as PSYC 947, SRAM 947
Design of questionnaires for survey research and the theoretical and practical issues arising from them. Selection of appropriate measurement techniques for assessing opinions, past behaviors and events, and factual material.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
P/N only. Professional development for careers in college teaching and research in sociology.
A. Teaching (1 cr)
B. Graduate Study and Career Research (1 cr)
D. Publications (1 cr)
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 3
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SOCI 995A
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
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Credit Hours: 1
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SOCI 995D
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
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Permission
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Credit Hours: 1-9
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Permission
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Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
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Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
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