Lower Division Courses

SOC-100 Introduction to Sociology 3.0 cr.

Spring. An introduction to the basic concepts used in the analysis of societies and human group behavior through consideration of the scientific method in: sociology, culture and society, social stratification and human groupings, social change, and collective behavior. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)

SOC-110 Social Problems 3.0 cr.

Fall. An analysis of contemporary social problems related to urbanization and industrialization. Includes poverty, community disorganization and conflict, and social deviance such as crime, mental disorders, and substance abuse. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)

SOC-201 Gender Communication 3.0 cr.

Winter. An analysis of gendered patterns of verbal and nonverbal communication including theories that explain sex difference in social interaction and the implications for male-female relationships. (CULTURAL DIVERSITY and SOCIAL SCIENCES)

SOC-206 Aging & Society 3.0 cr.

Winter. A study of the social forces which shape aging in the United States with special emphasis on the effects of gender, class and ethnicity on the life chances of the elderly. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)

SOC-207 People & Plagues 3.0 cr.

(Same as ENG 207.1) Winter. This course investigates the sociological and metaphorical implications of such diseases as plague, cholera, TB, cancer, polio, Ebola, and AIDS. Drawing on sociological texts as well as poetry, fiction, and memoir, it examines the history of diseases along with socially and mythically constructed responses to them. Authors may include Sontag, Ehrenreich and English, Mann, Garcia Marquez, and Monette. (HUMANITIES and SOCIAL SCIENCES)

SOC-208.1 The Sociology of Children 3.0 cr.

Winter. A study of the life chances of children around the world, including social policies in the areas of family, education, and health care, with an emphasis on regional, ethnic, class, and gender differences affecting children's lives. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)

SOC-209 Food & Society 3.0 cr.

Winter. A study in the sociology of food, including historical and cross-cultural perspectives on eating and how political economies shape worldwide food distribution. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)

SOC-210 Contemporary Canada 3.0 cr.

Winter.  A survey course focusing on social problems of contemporary Canadian society, including concerns such as health care, immigration, cultural diversity, provincial issues, and environmental policy. Using a comparative approach, the course emphasizes U.S./Canadian relations and Canada's role in international affairs.

SOC-294 Independent Study 1.0 to 3.0 cr.

Fall, winter, spring. Prereq.: One course in sociology and permission. Readings in a specific area of sociology, requiring a formal paper summarizing the study. This course does not fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement for independent work. See independent study guidelines.