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Sociology

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Staff

  • Barbara Collins (Administrative Coordinator), Christina Gerard (Administrative Coordinator II)

Faculty

  • Scott Appelrouth
  • Karren Baird-Olson
  • James David Ballard
  • David Boyns
  • Alexandra Gerbasi
  • Ellis Godard
  • Herman L. DeBose
  • Amy Denissen
  • Laura Desfor Edles
  • Vickie Jensen
  • David Lopez
  • Lauren McDonald
  • Karen Morgaine
  • Ana Pereira-Prata
  • Kay Pih
  • Jerald Schutte
  • Victor Shaw
  • Wenchang Wang
  • Nathan Weinberg
  • Loretta Winters

Emeritus Faculty

  • Tamar Becker
  • Elizabeth Bluth
  • Earl Bogdanoff
  • John Crowther
  • Veronica Elias
  • Joseph Ford
  • Alfred Himelson
  • Mamoru Iga
  • Vincent Jeffries
  • Ronald Krane
  • Kian Kwan
  • Dorothy Meier
  • Wayne Plasek
  • Jane Prather
  • Roscoe Miller
  • Harvey Rich
  • Ralph Segalman
  • Lawrence Sneden
  • Lewis Yablonsky

Programs

Undergraduate:

  • B.A., Sociology with Options:
  • Option I General Sociology
  • Option II Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Option III Social Welfare
  • Option IV Work and Society
  • Minor in Sociology

Graduate:

  • M.A., Sociology

Department Programs

The Sociology Department offers a major with various options, tracks of focused interests, and a minor, and participates in the interdisciplinary Child and Adolescent Development, Liberal Studies, and Urban Studies majors and the Gerontology, Jewish Studies, and Gender andWomen’s Studies minors. The major is designed for students who desire to move directly into careers involving general urban problems, social welfare, counseling, the field of criminal justice, community work., research, politics, publications, public relations and business; desire a liberal arts education with emphasis on sociology; desire a liberal arts background to prepare themselves for professional graduate study in law, business, medicine, or teaching; or desire a background to prepare themselves for graduate study in sociology, social welfare, and other related fields.

Major

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. As human behavior is primarily social, sociology can range from the study of sexuality to criminology to social welfare or to contemporary issues in corporations, families and business. Sociology provides an excellent liberal arts background which prepares students for advanced degrees as well as employment upon graduation.

Careers

Sociology provides an excellent liberal arts background which prepares majors for a wide variety of careers ranging from law to business to medicine. Sociology majors find employment in management, social work, statistical analysis, market research, education, criminal justice, government, probation, community and social services.

Academic Advisement

Students are strongly encouraged to seek advisement from faculty members or the advisement office concerning their academic programs. Faculty and advisor office hours are posted in the Sociology Department office and on the website. Contact the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Services Center for undergraduate advisement and David Boyns for graduate advisement.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Undergraduate Program

Completion of the degree in Sociology should provide the student with a knowledge and understanding of the basic data, concepts, theories (classical and/or contemporary), and modes of explanation appropriate to the understanding of human societies; a basic knowledge of the four options offered in the department: general sociology; criminology/criminal justice; social welfare (method/practice); and work and society; and the statistical and methodological skills (both qualitative and quantitative) needed for sociological research, their application to real-work problems, and the appropriate interpretation of research results.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

1. Lower Division Required Course, All Options

  • SOC 150 Introductory Sociology (3)
  • SOC 202 Sociological Analysis (3)
  • SOC 250 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (Option II only) (3)
  • MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)

Select One of the Four Options

A. Option I. General Sociology

The General Sociology Option is intended for those who wish a liberal arts education; those who desire to pursue graduate education in sociology or allied fields; and those who wish specific occupational preparation for a number of fields. Students may focus upon the areas of American Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Psychology, Social Research, Ethnic Studies, Sociology of Work, and Social Problems as a way of developing their interests and knowledge in broad areas of specialization within the discipline.

1. Upper Division Required Courses (20 Units)

  • SOC 364/L Social Statistics and Lab (3/1)
  • SOC 368/S Sociological Theory I and Seminar (3/2)
  • SOC 468/S Sociological Theory II and Seminar (3/2)
  • SOC 497/L Methods of Social Research and Lab (3/1)
  • SOC 498AEE The Sociological Experience (2)

2. Electives (18 Units)

Select 18 units of upper division sociology courses. Courses cannot fulfill more than one requirement.

  • Total Units in Option I
  • 48
  • General Education Units
  • 48
  • Additional Units
  • 24
  • Total Units Required for the Degree
  • 120

B. Option II. Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Criminology and Criminal Justice is intended for those students who have an interest in the study of criminology and criminal justice. It provides students with a theoretical as well as practical foundation for an understanding of criminal and deviant behavior. In addition, this option provides the student with skills for further education or entry level employment in the areas of corrections, administration of justice and criminal justice systems.

1. Upper Division Required Courses (27-28 Units)

  • SOC 345 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 364/L Social Statistics and Lab (3/1)
  • SOC 368/S Sociological Theory I and Seminar (3/2)
  • SOC 426 Social Legislation and Social Policy (4)
  • SOC 468/S Sociological Theory II and Research Seminar in Sociological Theory II (3/2)
  • SOC 497/L Methods of Social Research and Lab (3/1)
  • SOC 498BEE Field Study and Reports (2)
  • or SOC 498CEE Field Study and Reports (3)

2. Electives (12 Units)

Concentration I: Criminology (Choose at least 3 units from A and 3 units from B)

a. (300-level)
  • SOC 304 Sociology of Deviance (3)
  • SOC 348 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
  • SOC 355 Criminology (3)
b. (400-level)
  • SOC 418 Women and Crime (3)
  • SOC 438 Diversity and Crime (3)
  • SOC 485A Special Topics (including Gangs, Serial Murder Occupational Crime) (3)

Concentration II: Criminal Justice (Choose at least 6 units)

  • SOC 434 Sociology of Law (3)
  • SOC 454 Policing Society (3)
  • SOC 474 Corrections (3)
  • SOC 485B Special Topics (including Community Policing, Race and Justice) (3)
  • Total Units in Option II
  • 52-53
  • General Education Units
  • 48
  • Additional Units
  • 19-20
  • Total Units Required for the Degree
  • 120

C. Option III. Social Welfare

The Social Welfare Option is intended to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for entry professional-level employment in social service settings such as hospitals, probation and parole, public welfare, community planning, mental health and physically handicapped. Students wishing to declare this Option as their major should plan to do so in their junior year and are required to see an advisor in the Option at least once each semester in order to plan their course load. Students planning to pursue this Option are encouraged to seek advisement prior to their junior year if possible. Students must apply for the field study internship courses the Spring semester prior to Fall semester placement.

1. Upper Division Required Courses (46 Units)

  • SOC 364/L Social Statistics and Lab (3/1)
  • SOC 368/S Sociological Theory I and Seminar (3/2)
  • or SOC 468/S Sociological Theory II and Seminar (3/2)
  • SOC 345 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 356 Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
  • SOC 357 Introduction to Social Work Practice (3)
  • SOC 426 Social Legislation and Social Policy (4)
  • SOC 470 Methods of Social Work (3)
  • SOC 472 Proseminar in Social Welfare Practice (3)
  • SOC 475AEE* Supervised Field Instruction I (3)
  • SOC 475BEE* Supervised Field Instruction II (3)
  • SOC 492 Dynamics of Social Behavior and Development (3)
  • SOC 497/L Methods of Social Research and Lab (3/1)

*Courses require field instruction equivalent to 120 hours per semester.

  • Total Units in Option III
  • 51
  • General Education Units
  • 48
  • Additional Units
  • 21
  • Total Units Required for the Degree
  • 120

D. Option IV. Work and Society

The Work and Society Option is intended for students who are interested in studying the diverse ways by which work is organized and experienced. It provides students with a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding how changing labor markets and globalization affect the workplace as well as the consequences of changes in the nature of work for individuals, institutions, and society. In addition this option prepares students for further education or entry level careers in a variety of contemporary work settings such as: human resource management, workforce development and training, career and educational counseling, and labor and community organizing. Students majoring in this option are required to meet with one of the option advisors.

1. Upper Division Required Courses (25 Units)

  • SOC 340 Sociology of Work (3)
  • SOC 345 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 364/L Social Statistics and Lab (3/1)
  • SOC 368/S Sociological Theory I and Seminar (3/2)
  • SOC 400 Organizational Theory (3)
  • SOC 497/L Methods of Social Research and Lab (3/1)
  • SOC 482 Practicum in Work and Society (3)

2. Electives (18 Units)

Diversity in the Workplace (min. 3 units)
  • SOC 324 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
  • SOC 307 Ethnic Diversity in America (3)
  • SOC 325 Sex Roles and Work (3)
  • SOC 390 Race Relations (3)
  • CHS 365 Third World Women and the Chicana (3)
  • PAS 201 Economics of the African-American Community (3)

Appropriate Experimental Topics courses with advisor pre-approval (3)

Labor and Social Policy (min. 3 units)
  • SOC 356 Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
  • SOC 426 Social Legislation and Social Policy (4)
  • SOC 312 American Society (3)
  • SOC 401 Class, Status, and Power in America (3)
  • SOC 370 Political Sociology (3)
  • POLS 421 The Politics of Development (3)
  • POLS 361 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
  • EOH 465 Occupational Safety (3)

Appropriate Experimental Topics courses with advisor pre-approval (3)

Group Dynamics and Communication (min. 3 units)
  • SOC 481 Counseling, Interviewing and Intervention (3)
  • SOC 492 Dynamics of Social Behavior and Development
  • EPC 451 Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance
  • COMS 451 Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • COMS 453 Organizational Communication (3)
  • PSY 383 Prerequisite: PSY 150 Interpersonal Competence and Group Dynamics (3)
  • PSY 356 Prerequisite: PSY 150 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)

Appropriate Experimental Topics courses with advisor pre-approval (3)

General Education Units

  • 48
  • Additional Units
  • 19
  • Total Units in Option IV
  • 53

Minor in Sociology

1. Lower Division Required Courses (6 Units)

  • SOC 150 Introductory Sociology (3)
  • SOC 202 Sociological Analysis (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (4 Units)

Choose at least four units from the following pairs of courses, taken concurrently:

  • SOC 368/S Sociological Theory I and Seminar (3/2)
  • SOC 468/S Sociological Theory II and Seminar (3/2)
  • SOC 497/L Methods of Social Research and Lab (3/1)
  • (Prerequisite: SOC 364/L)
  • Electives in Sociology chosen with advisor approval: 12
  • Total Units Required for the Minor
  • 22-23

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

The M.A. Graduate Program in Sociology is intended for students who wish to go on for doctoral degrees and careers in teaching and research after the completion of the M.A.; wish the degree as preparation for various occupations.; and wish to pursue their liberal arts education further in the field of Sociology.

A. For Admission to Classified Graduate Status in the Program:

  • 1. Bachelor’s degree, including all sociology undergraduate core requirements, or the equivalent.
  • 2. University requirements for classified status. Department evaluation and approval are required for admission to either classified or unclassified graduate standing.

B. The Sociology Department requires the following additional qualifications and materials beyond what the University requires for graduate admission.

  • 1. 3.0 grade point average.
  • 2. Graduate Record Exam for all applicants. A score in the upper 50 percentile in at least 1 of the 3 portions of the aptitude test required if the student has less than a 3.0 GPA.
  • 3. Submit 2 letters of recommendation, from faculty members who know the applicant’s potential for graduate school.
  • 4. Transcripts of undergraduate work.
  • 5. 5-10 page writing sample (term or research paper)
  • 6. Written Statement of Purpose.

The standards for admission reflect standards that are higher than those the University requires for graduate admission. The department will determine whether or not a student meets the additional requirements needed for admittance into the Sociology graduate program. All material must be submitted to the Sociology Department by the department’s deadline for consideration. Please see Section on Graduate Programs in this Catalog for additional information regarding classification. For further information contact the Sociology Department graduate advisor.

General Sociology:

A minimum of 30 units of approved graduate courses.

1. Required Courses (12 Units)

  • SOC 601 Sociological Theory in Historical Perspective (3)
  • SOC 670 Studies in Contemporary Sociology (3)
  • SOC 690 Social Research (3)
  • SOC 691A-G Directed Research (3)

Approved Graduate Courses (at least 6 units must be in 500 or 600-level in sociology) (12 units)

In these 12 units, the student should cover at least the remaining elective areas of concentration for the Comprehensive Examination.

2. Electives (6 Units) Selected from sociology or related fields (selected with advisor approval).

Comprehensive Exams or Master’s Thesis

  • 1. Comprehensive Examinations: three areas, including sociological theory, sociological research methodology, and one of the following: Sociology of Aging, Social Psychology, Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Family, Organizational Analysis, Medical Sociology, Sociology of Gender and Sex, Sociology of Work, and Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Students must sign up for SOC 697, Directed Comprehensive Studies, on a Credit/No Credit basis, in the semester in which they plan to take the comprehensive exam.

  • 2. Master’s Thesis: After having completed 15 units (but no more than 24 units) of graduate work, of which at least 9 units are in 500-600 level courses, with a 3.50 GPA in graduate core courses and with no grades below a B.
  • a. A student is required to pass a qualifying examination in Sociological Theory and Methodology.
  • b. A student must name a thesis advisor and satisfactorily complete an 8-10 page thesis proposal. At a thesis proposal hearing, the student will be orally examined on the proposal and sociological theory and research methods. The advisor, in consultation with the Graduate Committee and the Department Chair, will recommend whether the student proceeds to the full thesis. Students must sign up for SOC 698, Thesis Project on Credit/No Credit basis, in the semester in which they plan to complete the thesis.
  • Total Units Required for the Degree
  • 30

Course List

SOC 150. Introductory Sociology (3)
Study of human society from the perspective of contemporary social science. Particular emphasis on analysis and understanding of modern society and its salient problems. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
SOC 200. Social Crises of Today (3)
Helps the student understand the bases of some of the major social crises of the present day. Topics include alcoholism, delinquency and street crime, ethnic tensions, gambling, international tensions, organized crime, political corruption, and terrorism. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
SOC 201. Contemporary Family in American Society (3)
Sociological analysis of the American family, including historical and recent changes, present nature, and the sociocultural and technological forces instrumental in shaping these conditions. Topics include traditional family and alternatives, role analysis, communication patterns, family crises and change, future of the family. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
SOC 202. Sociological Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Discussion of the logic and procedures of scientific analysis of social phenomena. Practice in conceptualizing and operationalizing social variables and in formulating testable hypotheses. Examination of the role of quantitative techniques and data reduction in current sociological analysis.
SOC 230. Introduction to Human Sexual Behavior (3)
Prerequisite: ANTH, PSY or SOC 150. Introductory overview of human sexual function and sexual behavior. Emphasis on the historical and religious background of the prevailing attitudes toward sex in our culture as well as to current sexual practices from the perspective of contemporary social science. Additional topics include sexual values and ethics, love, legal aspects of sexual behavior, and eroticism in American culture. Crosslisted with ANTH and PSY 230.
SOC 250. Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice (3)
Introduction to the fields of criminology and criminal justice. Distinctions between criminology and criminal justice, how to measure crime, and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior.
SOC 303. The Family (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Family as a social institution on the basis of the data of ethnology, history, and contemporary studies. Special attention to contemporary culture patterns.
SOC 304. Sociology of Deviance (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Deviant behavior in contemporary American society. Various definitions of deviance and social responses to the phenomenon. Theories of structural conditions and personal motivations contributing to different life styles. Analysis of deviant subcultures and individual case studies.
SOC 305. Culture and Personality (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: ANTH, PSY, or SOC 150. Cross-cultural study of the development of individual personality in the socio-cultural milieu. Special attention is given to child rearing practices, social personality, social character, mental health and illness, and conforming and deviant behavior in several western and non-western societies. Not to be taken for credit in addition to ANTH 305. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
SOC 306. Jewish Communal and Family Structure (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Study of Jewish communal and family structure in an international context as a function of religious requirements and social circumstances. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
SOC 307. Ethnic Diversity in America (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Description and analysis of contemporary, changing ethnic cultures and lifestyles in American society. Focused analysis of ethnic cultures/lifestyles by social class, family form, sex role and orientation, age-grouping, and influences of social movements and popular culture. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
SOC 312. American Society (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Development, form, and organization of basic institutions in American society and its communities and regions. Social genesis of contemporary problem situations.
SOC 324. Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Analysis of contemporary and historical sex roles in major societal institutions: economic, political, educational, legal, and medical systems and institutions of marriage and family. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)
SOC 325. Sex Roles and Work (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Examination of current research on women in the labor force in U.S. and other industrial societies: impact of affirmative action programs, changes in structure and function of industrial labor forces, projections of future roles of women and men in the labor force.
SOC 328. The Child and Society (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Sociology of childhood. Sociological perspective on the changing role of the child, child socialization, the role of social institutions in the shaping of childhood experiences and behavior, and the problems of childhood, in the larger society and in selected ethnic and minority groups.
SOC 333. Chinese Society (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Study of Chinese social order, culture, institutions, values, beliefs, and social personality as they occur in traditional and contemporary China. Special attention is given to those social and cultural transformations that have shaped modern Chinese society. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
SOC 335. Jewish Identity in the U.S. (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: SOC 150. Social-psychological study of a religious and ethnic minority. Comparison with other sub-cultural groups in America. Social institutions and processes involved in Jewish identity. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)
SOC 340. Sociology of Work (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Analysis of the structural context of work in contemporary society, including preparation for access to different positions within the occupational structure. Study of work settings, including formal and informal characteristics, changes in the structure of work, and case histories involving work experiences and occupational subcultures.
SOC 345. Social Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Study of the group-setting of the individual: theories, concepts, principles, and their application. History of the field as an interdisciplinary specialty. Current research and trends.
SOC 348. Juvenile Delinquency (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Extent and distribution of delinquency, with emphasis on the local area. Meaning, implications, and treatment of delinquency. Personal and environmental conditioning factors.
SOC 350. Population Dynamics (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Analysis of the nature, causes and consequences of major world population trends as they are related to Urban Studies, Medical Sociology, and Ecology. Studies fertility, mortality and migration; sex ratios; race and ethnic composition; marital, educational, and occupational status; census and vital statistics.
SOC 355. Criminology (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Nature of crime, causal factors of criminal behavior, and group control of the crime problem.
SOC 356. Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Exploration of social welfare as one of the basic institutions in contemporary society; its historical development and changing philosophy. Place of social services within the institution of social welfare.
SOC 357. Introduction to Social Work Practice (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Introduction to social work practice. Knowledge and theory related to interviewing skills and basic methods of intervention. Required of all Option III: Social Welfare majors. Students engage in volunteer activities in social work agencies.
SOC 364/L. Social Statistics and Lab (3/1)
Prerequisite: MATH 140. Corequisite SOC 364L. Preparatory: SOC 150. Methods of organizing and analyzing quantitative sociological data. Satisfies the statistics requirement for the major. Lab: Problem solving, exercises, projects, and data analysis. Use of Sociology lab or computer.
SOC 368/S. Sociological Theory I and Research Seminar in Sociological Theory I (3/2)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Corequisite: SOC 368S. Study of early sociological theories. Emphasis on whole theoretical systems. Includes Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkhelm, Pareto, Weber, and Simmel as well as other sociologists who did their major work before 1917. Seminar: Discussions and analysis of early sociological theories and theorists, from Comte through Weber, including supervised individual or group projects and reports.
SOC 370. Political Sociology (3)
Lecture-discussion of the social and cultural bases of political ideologies and processes. Study of power and its varying relationships to decision making at community and national levels. Analyses of the roles, structure, and interaction of voluntary and political organizations in the political system, including conflict and its resolution. Sociological interpretations of contemporary American political behavior.
SOC 390. Race Relations (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Study of diverse racial and ethnic groups, including Latino, Chicano, Asian, Black, American Indian, with a focus on the contemporary American scene. Status distinctions, migration and settlement patterns, segregation, integration, assimilation, prejudice, discrimination, economic and political factors, social movements and interaction patterns both within and between these groups, and their effects upon American life are studied.
SOC 395. Applications of Computers in Sociology (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150; some training in statistics is advised, and/or instructor consent. Sociological knowledge as related to the impact of computers on American Institutions. Examination and use of large data files. Application of computers in sociological inquiry.
SOC 396A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Sociology (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 150. Selected topics in Sociology with course content to be determined.

Upper Division Courses Acceptable for the Master’s Degree

Note that 300-level courses in sociology do not carry credit for the master’s in sociology.
SOC 400. Organizational Theory (3.
Study of contemporary sociological theories of organizational dynamics and behavior. Analysis of the social structural and interactional dynamics of organizational settings. Includes supervised individual or group projects and reports. Available for graduate credit.
SOC 401. Class, Status, and Power (3)
Analysis of the distribution of wealth, prestige, and power. Study of the causes of poverty, life chances of the poor, lifestyles of the wealthy, upward and downward mobility, and class and group conflict in society.
SOC 410. Urban Sociology (3)
Worldwide processes of urbanization, both historical and contemporary. Theoretical approaches and research, and their implications for urban policy and change. Focuses on social structure, social differentiation, and life styles found within a metropolitan area, and in diverse metropolitan areas, and their implications.
SOC 411. Sociology of Education (3)
Sociological analysis of education as an institution of socialization: relevant theories, its structure, the challenges of diversity and the complexities of the urban/suburban school setting, and current professional issues. Focuses on how issues of diversity impact the institution at the macro level as well as the experiences of administrators, teachers, students, families, and communities.
SOC 418. Women and Crime (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Focuses on women as victims of crime, women as perpetrators of crime, and women as agents of social control. Critically examines existing stereotypes about women within the criminal justice system.
SOC 426. Social Legislation and Social Policy (4)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement.Study of the social and philosophical elements related to development and operation of poor law, social insurance law, health service, correctional law, juvenile law, mental health law, family law, employment provision and manpower law, child protection law, and similar laws. Regular written assignments are required.
SOC 434. The Sociology of Law (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Introduction to the sociological study of law and the legal system with emphasis on social analysis of criminal law and the courts. Specifically, studies social perspectives on the origins of law and law-making, the application and enforcement of law, and the administration of justice through the legal process. Critical thinking and writing skills are emphasized in the course through the use of legal case study, essay examinations, and a final research paper dedicated to the application of legal sociology to current crime issues.
SOC 438. Diversity and Crime (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Introduction to a variety of conceptions and explanations of diversity issues in crime. Begins with an analytic overview of philosophical, ideological, economic, political, and sociological principles underlying human diversity. Each dimension of human diversity is then examined as it relates to crime and criminal justice, with emphasis on historical development, social manifestations, and practical impacts on specific representative populations. The last part of the course deals with social policy reactions to diversity issues in crime and criminal justice.
SOC 440. Sociology of Aging (3)
Analysis of aging in its social and social psychological aspects, throughout the life span. Emphasis on particular social problems of the elderly; retirement, widowhood, suicide, housing, income maintenance, attitudes toward death and dying, etc.
SOC 445. Social-Psychological Aspects of Health Care Problems (3)
Prerequisites: SOC 345; HSCI 314. Review of current social psychological theories concerning attitudes, communication, interaction, role and individual behavior as applied to health care and related settings.
SOC 450. Medical Sociology (3)
Survey of sociological theory and research techniques related to mortality, illness, and medical treatment. Emphasis on the epidemiological aspects of these phenomena in various groups, hospitals, community health settings, etc.
SOC 451. Sociological Aspects of Human Sexuality (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 230. Emphasizes the sociological influences shaping human sexual behavior with an emphasis on learning social scripts.
SOC 452. Sociology of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Communities (3)
Prerequisites: At least junior-standing. Analysis of cross-cultural and historical treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer communities. Survey of sociological research on these communities, including an examination of theory and practice. Analysis of homophobia and other attitudes toward these communities.
SOC 454. Policing Society (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Exposure to research and literature related to the study of policing. Explores the history of policing; selection, training and socialization of the police; police culture; female and minority officers; community policing; police deviance and ethics; police discretion; private policing; and hazards of policing. Looks at “classic” studies in addition to the most up-to-date research on policing. Approaches the study of policing from a sociological viewpoint, using sociological theory to address topics of policing.
SOC 456. Proseminar in Sexual Disorders (3)
Prerequisites: PSY 453, SOC 451, HSCI 441 or graduate-standing and instructor consent. Intensive study of sexual dysfunction, including etiology, models of treatment, effects of aging and drug use on sexual attitudes and behavior, disorders of sexual desire, and ethical issues in sex therapy. Specifically designed for students planning careers in clinical or community psychology or counseling. (Crosslisted with PSY 456)
SOC 459. Child Welfare (3)
Trends in the movement toward establishing the rights of the child to protection and care. Emphasis on the child and the law, compulsory education, school social work, child labor legislation, institutional and foster care for the healthy and the sick child, and adoption legislation.
SOC 467. Sociology of Religion (3)
Sociological theories of religious behavior from Max Weber to the present. Comparative study of the relationships between the role, ritual, and belief systems of religious institutions and their social contexts.
SOC 468/S. Sociological Theory II and Research Seminar in Sociological Theory II (3/2)
Corequisite: 468S. Discussion of sociological theories since 1917. Discussion and analysis of contemporary theories and theorists including supervised individual or group projects and reports.
SOC 470. Methods of Social Work (3)
Prerequisites: SOC 345; 426. Theories and concepts in social work practice. In-depth analysis of methods of intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities. Emphasis on the integration of theories with practice. Required for Sociology Option III majors.
SOC 472. Proseminar in Social Welfare Practice (3)
Corequisite: SOC 475AEE/BEE. Preparatory: SOC 345; 356; 357; 357P; 426; 470; 492; GPA of 2.5 in upper division major courses and instructor consent. Synthesis of social and behavioral science theories, principles and concepts applicable to social work practice by students in supervised field instruction.
SOC 474. Corrections (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Offers sociological criminological examination of the field of corrections, both substantively and critically. Includes patterns and trends in incarceration rates, brief review of police and judicial processes resulting in incarceration, climate and culture of correctional facilities, gender and diversity in corrections, and community-based corrections including probation, parole, halfway houses, and community-based treatment programs. Critical examination of current issues in corrections is also covered.
SOC 475AEE. Supervised Field Instruction I (3)
Corequisite: SOC 472. Preparatory: SOC 345; 356; 357; 357P; 426; 470; 492; GPA of 2.5 in upper division major courses and instructor consent. Recommended Corequisite: SOC 475BEE. Required for all Sociology Option III majors. Academic Internship course. Pre-enrollment by specified date during the preceding semester is required. In-service training in social work practice in pre-approved agencies with field and faculty supervision. (Credit/No Credit Only) 180 hours required.
SOC 475BEE. Supervised Field Instruction II (3)
Preparatory: SOC 345; 356; 357; 357P; 426; 470; 492; GPA of 2.5 in upper division major courses; instructor consent. Corequisite: SOC 472.Recommended Corequisite or Preparatory: SOC 475AEE. Required for all Sociology Option III majors. Academic Internship course. Pre-enrollment by specified date during the preceding semester is required. In-service training in social work practice in pre-approved agencies with field and faculty supervision. (Credit/No Credit Only) 180 hours required.
SOC 481. Counseling, Interviewing and Intervention (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 345. Experiential training and practice in the skills, methods and techniques of counseling, the helping interview, and intervention in work, group, organizational, and community settings, by means of in-class role playing, simulation, and case studies.
SOC 482SOC. Practicum in Work and Society (3)
Supervised field experience in counseling and guidance activities, paraprofessional work settings. Community field placements consistent with student career needs. Class size limited to 15 students. An Academic Internship course. (Letter Grade Only)
SOC 485A. Selected Topics in Criminology (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Special seminars in selected topics in criminology offered based on student interest and faculty expertise. Topics involve in-depth study of specialty criminology areas such as gangs, serial murder, victimology, and domestic violence.
SOC 485B. Selected Topics in Criminal Justice: Community Policing (3)
Preparatory: SOC 250. Special seminars in selected topics in criminology offered based on student interest and faculty expertise. Topics involve in-depth study of specialty areas of criminal justice such as minorities in the criminal justice system, community policing, and probation and parole.
SOC 486SOC. Social Science Career Internship (3)
Prerequisites: Upper Division standing in a social or behavioral science major, appropriate methods course as specified by the department; instructor consent. Social and behavioral science principles will be applied to the work place. Students complete learning contracts and submit written reports related to their internships. (See section on Academic Internships.) (Crosslisted with GEOG, PAS, POLS and PSY 486SOC) At least nine hours per week of supervised fieldwork is required.
SOC 492. Dynamics of Social Behavior and Development (3)
Prerequisites: SOC 345 or PSY 345 or other comparable upper- division course; completion of the lower division writing requirement. Sociological aspects of interpersonal behavior, with emphasis on symbolic interaction, social development, and socialization theories. Analysis of a variety of social-psychological concepts for understanding individual, family, small group and community dynamics. Discussion of application of theory to practice in social work and related human service fields. Regular written assignments are required.
SOC 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Sociology (1-4)
Special Seminar in selected topics in Sociology with course content to be determined.
SOC 497/L. Methods of Social Research and Lab (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 364. Corequisite: SOC 497L. Preparatory: SOC 202. Application of the scientific method to social phenomena and analysis of the techniques. Methods of collecting, classifying, interpreting, and presenting social data. Lab: Problems and exercises with research design and data analysis.
SOC 498AEE. The Sociological Experience (2)
Prerequisite: Instructor consent. This course enhances what is taught in the sociology major by extending student learning beyond the classroom. It provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired academic skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities. Students will participate in research, internship, or service-learning projects under the direction of the instructor. The experience culminates in a written report that demonstrates the student’s ability to apply sociological perspectives and research techniques. (Credit/No Credit Only)
SOC 498BEE/CEE. Supervised Field Study (2,3)
Supervised field observation and study. Written report. Academic Internship course (Credit/No Credit Only)
SOC 499A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

Graduate

SOC 524. Dynamics of Sex and Gender in Society (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 324 or approved alternatives. Macro-sociocultural analysis of social trends and influences on the characteristics and dynamics of sex/gender roles in the context of major societal institutions. Micro-sociocultural analysis of sex/gender roles in patterns of interaction.
SOC 545. Seminar in Social Psychology (3)
Advanced investigation of the dynamics of social interaction. Interdisciplinary research.
SOC 550. Seminar in Demography (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of core requirements in undergraduate program, or equivalent, plus a course in population. Advanced studies of population growth; advanced methods of population analysis; relation of population to national resources and public policy.
SOC 555. Seminar in Criminology (3)
Advanced study of contemporary aspects of crime and the lawbreaker, and of social controls of crime.
SOC 572. Social Policy Research and Evaluation (3)
Study and evaluation of various areas of social policy including welfare, criminal justice, health services, planning urban administration.
SOC 579. Seminar in the Family (3)
Advanced study of the dynamics of the family as a social institution, with emphasis on recent research regarding processes of family change, family disorganization and reorganization.
SOC 585A-Z. Selected Topics in Sociology (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of core requirements in undergraduate program, or equivalent, plus 12 units or 400 or 500-level work in sociology. Special seminars in selected topics in sociology.
SOC 601. Sociological Theory in Historical Perspective (3)
Development of systematic sociological theory in its historical dimensions and in its continuity from preceding social thought and social philosophy. Critical analysis of major types of social theory.
SOC 622. Seminar in Complex Organizations (3)
Study of theoretical and empirical materials on complex organizations. Consideration may include examples from industry, commerce, public service, government, the military, religion, and recreational and benevolent associations.
SOC 640. Seminar in Applied Sociology (3)
Prerequisites: SOC 364/L or equivalent. Corequisite: SOC 698 (3 units). Recommended Corequisite or Preparatory: SOC 570; 591G. Study of the use of sociological theory and methodology in applied research design. Graduate projects are conducted in areas described in the M.A. option in Applied Sociology. Concurrent enrollment in SOC 698 (3) is required.
SOC 670. Studies in Contemporary Sociology (3)
Survey of the methods and research of contemporary sociologists, with particular attention to the points of convergence and divergence.
SOC 680. Sociology. Advanced Quantitative Methods (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 364. Selected topics from new and developing fields of quantitative sociological analysis.
SOC 690. Social Research (3)
Advanced study of social research techniques, with supervised application of research methods in a lab or field study situation.
SOC 691A-G. Advanced Social Research Techniques (3)
Development of graduate research projects providing training in specific research techniques: (A) Observational techniques, (B) Survey techniques, (C) Historical and comparative techniques, (D) Documentary techniques, (E) Lab and small group techniques, (F) Macro-quantitative techniques and (G) Applied Research Techniques
SOC 696A-B. Directed Graduate Research (3-3)
SOC 697. Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)
Limited to students preparing to take the Comprehensive Examination for the M.A. degree in Sociology. (Credit/No Credit only)
SOC 698A-F. Thesis or Graduate Project (1-6)
SOC 699A-F. Independent Study (1-6)