Sociology (SOC) Courses

SOC1001 Sociology I

This course provides an introduction to sociology with the focus of study on how humans interact within a society, both as individuals and in groups. Emphasis is placed on sociological methods and perspectives/paradigms. (HY) (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2002 Macrosociology

This course explores the large scale patterns, processes and structures of social life. It does so through the examination of those institutions or social systems that comprise the central structure of society and which are essential to the survival of both individuals and groups. This course examines both how such institutions influence people’s everyday life in a variety of societies, and also how the institutions are shaped by cultural, economic, historical and political forces that are increasingly intersecting and global in nature.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005.
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2005 Honors Seminar: Social Inequalities

Gender, race, class: Have you ever wondered about the extent of those inequalities today? How are inequalities accomplished and maintained? This Honors Seminar serves as an introduction to sociology with a focus on the inequalities of race, gender, and especially class. The operations of these inequalities are studied at both the micro, person-to-person level and the macro, institutional level. Students will make use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore how the micro and macro levels of analysis connect, and also how race, class, and gender intersect.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1024 or English placement, honors status.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2012 Microsociology

This course investigates questions (such as, where does individual identity and behavior come from?) using microsociology, the study of both face-to-face interactions and also the processes of routinization and ritualization underneath them. Students learn that although each person is born into a culture of well-established symbols and structures, these abstractions are made of (and changeable via) interpersonal interactions, which run the gamut from socialization, to attraction, altruism, obedience, prejudice, deviance, and aggression. In all of them, microsociology inquires into people's motives as they reproduce, or dispute, meanings, power and knowledge.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2035 Sociology of Aging

Aging is a lifelong process that affects individuals, families, and cultures across the globe. It encompasses a multitude of dimensions - physiological, emotional, cognitive, economic, and interpersonal - that influence a person's physical and social well-being. This course examines aging from multiple perspectives and addresses the roles that individuals, families, service industries, and government play in attempting to meet the needs of this growing population.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005.
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2040 Community Leadership: An Applied Sociology

This interdisciplinary course [sociology, leadership and service learning] is designed to provide students with the opportunity to combine theoretical learning with actual volunteer work at a nonprofit organization. Through student-initiated placement at one of many pre-designated sites, students are exposed to various aspects of the not-for-profit industry including administrative, fundraising and community outreach responsibilities, as well as having personal contact with the organization's clientele. Additionally, students are expected to utilize their leadership skills by initiating a substantial agency-based project, in conjunction with their on-site supervisor, which serves as a tangible contribution to the overall organization.
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2055 Honors Seminar: Peoples and Cultures of Africa

This course provides honors students with an in-depth exploration of the human experience of living Africa, through an exploration of the peoples of the continent and the contexts in which their lives are lived. Africa is an immensely diverse, complex, historically rich, economically significant and geo-strategically important part of the globalized world. From the great African empires of pre-history to colonization, decolonization and a post-modern, independent Africa, this course explores key geopolitical, historical, social, cultural and political-economic dynamics that continue to challenge the people of the continent, through a region-by-region approach.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1024 or English placement, honors status.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2070 Social Issues in Contemporary America

This course is designed to provide the student with a realistic understanding of contemporary social issues. The course focuses on the origins, nature and interrelationships between the various topics. Students are encouraged to consider people and conditions in society that pose problems, and to attempt to develop solutions to those problems.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2100 Sociology of the Family

This course introduces students to the sociological investigation of the core institution of family. Emphasis is on social, cultural, political and economic forces on family systems and to changes in family life and family structure both in the United States and globally.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC2620 Classical Sociological Theories

This course introduces students to the intellectual, social and foundational history of sociology in the major historical transformation of the eighteenth through early twentieth century, primarily in Europe and the United States. Topics include sociological theory, a theory’s value and how one might evaluate it. This course sets the stage for students moving on to study contemporary sociological theories and their various forms of expression.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005, any other SOC-designated course.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3020 Culture and Food

This course is on the sociology of food. Students think and rethink the place of food in the human experience and consider topics such as how food and gender intersect, symbolic group boundaries affect how people eat and drink, and cultures share and adapt each other’s foods. Students explore how the discipline of sociology examines food as a cultural and social artifact and the role that it plays in societies today.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English Placement or SOC1001 or SOC2005. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3025 Cultural Tapestry: Perspectives in Diversity

This course approaches the study of diversity by offering students an opportunity to understand the meaning of difference from a multitude of perspectives. Students study how categories of diversity are created, the experience of being perceived as different in society, and the consequences of difference as gauged by the allocation of privilege and resources to differing groups within society. Such categories as race, ethnicity and national identity, socioeconomic status, gender differences, sexual orientation, learning styles and religious affiliation are addressed. Similarities between ethnic groups and cultures are also examined. The sociological paradigms/perspectives are also utilized in the study of diversity. Students shape a presentation that addresses diverse subject matter in an experiential manner. As the course concludes, attention is directed towards identifying strategies that can be employed both on a macrolevel in society and on a micro-level within the students' realm of influence, to broaden the acceptance of differing perspectives in a pluralistic society.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005. (OL)
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3060 Deviant Behavior

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a clear understanding of the nature and meaning of deviance. Students learn what is considered the norm in society, what is outside the norm, and how each is relative in nature. Theoretical explanations, cross cultural references and in depth analyses of deviant behavior are studied from the three dominant sociological paradigms. Who defines deviance, what is deviant, why deviance persists, the effect of labels, and the personal and social effects of deviance are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3100 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

This course confronts the questions of whether every person has both a race and an ethnicity, if these "memberships" matter more in some people's lives than others, and why there is conflict sometimes about what the groups are and who belongs where. Focus is primarily on the United States, but global migration is an important part of the story both in the nation’s founding and today as national borders greet global citizens with mixed results. Rather than a survey that characterizes one racial-ethnic group after another, this course emphasizes the social construction of races and ethnicities as historically specific, relational and changeable.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3200 Environmental Sociology

This course explores the relationships between society and the environment. It investigates how sociologists and others analyze human-nature interactions. Focus is on how environmental factors such as regional climate change, toxins, availability of resources and natural disasters have shaped social phenomena and how human activities have impacted biological systems and the physical environment. Students investigate the social structures and institutions in our society affecting environmental quality at the local, national and global levels. This course also assesses relevant characteristics of society such as intersecting inequalities, types of environmental movements and social change.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005. (HY)
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3300 Gender in Global Perspective

This course explores the ways in which gender is distinctly socially constructed in societies and places across the globe. Emphasis is on the social factors that shape gender relations and make ideas about gender different in one place from another. Exploring how the elements of everyday life and society interact (culture, economics, politics, history and religion), this course investigates the performances of gender roles and the expectations that align with them. The social construct of the binary idea of gender is challenged in human terms, from both biological and socio-cultural perspectives. This course also uses case studies of various gender relations internationally to explore the many contexts in which ideas, scripts and performances of gender occur.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3400 Producing Culture, Societies and Selves: The Sociology of Culture in Global Perspective

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the social processes and practices by which societies invent, produce, reproduce and transform cultural ideas, traditions, rituals, practices and meanings across spaces, time and generations. Students examine cultural production through the variety of modes in which culture is created, practiced and informed, including art, dance, film, music, street art, television and video production, as well as writing. This approach allows culture to be read as a social text that guides behavior, but provides a view into the ways in which cultures see and express their world.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3620 Contemporary Sociological Theories

This course extends the work completed in SOC2620 Classical Sociological Theories with a focus on sociological theory from the latter half of the twentieth century into the twenty-first. Emphasis is on the varieties of sociological expression that have emerged and solidified in connection with empirical research. Additionally, attention is given to the social and intellectual contexts of sociological theorizing. Focus is on the viability of the much-touted “sociological imagination” in the present context.
Prerequisite(s): SOC2620.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3720 Intersecting Inequalities

This course is a study of how intersectionality (the new intellectual tradition of considering class and race and gender not separately, but simultaneously) can enrich both theory and research for all of us. Topics include how sociology has always been concerned with economic inequality, and more recently with inequalities of race-ethnicity and of gender.
Prerequisite(s): SOC3620.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3850 Research Applications and Interventions

This course documents many instances of research helping to advance social well-being and justice, as well as instances when social science has been used to support misery and injustice. Students develop a cautious and well-informed approach to maximizing positive impacts in the research they use and conduct. After completing this course, students are prepared to conduct their own original research in the Sociology Capstone course.
Prerequisite(s): SOC1001 or SOC2005, RSCH2050.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC3899 Internship in Sociology

This course allows students to choose an internship from a variety of fields and settings, according to their interests. Internship assignments provide opportunities for students to gain real-world experience by applying their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of a business, government or nonprofit organization.
Prerequisite(s): To be eligible for this internship, students must: 1) maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 during the entire pre-program application process, and 2) have completed 90 hours of course work.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5-13.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SOC4900 Capstone in Sociology

In this senior capstone course, students synthesize together their knowledge of theories and research methods with topical knowledge at both the micro and macro levels. Following their individual areas of interest, each student designs and conducts an original research project. Students share peer feedback, then build professional skills with final presentations. Throughout, in accordance with the stated outcomes of the major, college and university, the seminar strengthens students’ sense of themselves as positive community members, and their competencies in communication, reasoning and problem-solving.
Prerequisite(s): SOC3850, junior status.
Offered at Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours