Courses Sociology

SOC 11   3 rec 3 cr


Introduction to the scientific study of human life as group life. Culture and personality; courtship, marriage and family; religious behavior; education and communication; theories of social stratification and social change.

Corequisite: ENG 110, if required
Flexible Core – World Cultures and Global Issues

Sociology - Race and Ethnic Relations

SOC 31   3 rec 3 cr

Race and Ethnic Relations

Characteristics of American ethnic minorities and religious groups, including theories explaining prejudice and discrimination. Intergroup relations, with particular reference to the New York metropolitan area and techniques for relieving problems in human relations.

Prerequisite: SOC 11
Flexible Core – Individual and Society

Urban Sociology

SOC 32   3 lect 3 cr

Urban Sociology

This course in sociology examines urban areas around the world at local, national, regional and global levels within specific historical contexts. Critical issues affecting cities globally are analyzed from different theoretical perspectives.

Corequisite: SOC 11
Flexible Core – World Cultures and Global Issues

Sociology - Marriage and the Family

SOC 33   3 rec 3 cr

Marriage and the Family

Introduction to the study of the family as a social institution. Evolution of form and functions of the family and how its structure is shaped by forces in society. Significance of family as a socialization agent, courtship and the romantic love complex, women’s roles and changing family structure, minority culture families in American society and consideration of the future of the family.

Prerequisite: SOC 11

Sociology - Social Deviance

SOC 34   3 rec 3 cr

Social Deviance

Explores what is regarded as deviant within a society, with emphasis on criminality and mental illness. Deviance from the perspective of the deviant (e.g., the process by which the initial deviance becomes a career or master status). Deviance from the perspective of society, its social structure, norms and sanctions relevant to deviance and functions or dysfunctions served by those committing acts of deviance.

Prerequisite: SOC 11
Flexible Core – Individual and Society

Sociology - Introduction to Social Work
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SOC 35   3 rec 3 cr

Introduction to Social Work

Nature of social work and its functions; family casework, child welfare, psychiatric and medical social work, correctional services, public welfare and community welfare organizations.

Prerequisite: SOC 11 or PSY 11 or permission of instructor
Flexible Core – Individual and Society

Sociology - Gender and Sexuality

SOC 36   3 lect 3 cr

Sociology of Gender and Sexuality

This course examines the social construction of gender and sexuality and how they shape social life and the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities. Particular attention is paid to the causes and consequences of gender inequality and homophobia in institutions such as the family, the workplace, schools, and in medicine and healthcare, as well as social movements for gender and sexual equality.

Prerequisite: SOC 11
Flexible Core – Individual and Society

Sociology - Social Inequality
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SOC 37   3 rec 3 cr

Social Inequality

This course is an introduction to the nature, causes and consequences of social inequality, both in the U.S. and worldwide. Inequality of economics, gender, sexual orientation, race and class are examined. The course also includes definitions, concepts, sociological theories and economic systems pertaining to diversity and inequality.

Prerequisite: SOC 11 or permission of department
Flexible Core – Individual and Society

Sociology - Social Advocacy
Credit: CCPixs

SOC 38   3 rec 3 cr

Social Advocacy

Introduction to roles and problems of advocates in the social services system; nature, need and processes of advocacy; legal administrative aspects of social services programs (social security, welfare, family court); advocating rights of special groups (handicapped, poor, youth, aged).

Prerequisite: POL 11 or SOC 11 or department permission

Sociology of Religion

SOC 92   3 lect 3 cr

Sociology of Religion

This course focuses on the concept of religion and its manifestations in varying social settings. It examines the major classical and modern sociological theories explaining the role of religion in societies in different world regions. The intersection of religion with inequalities of class, race, ethnicity and gender and with secularism, pluralism and globalization are explored.

Prerequisite: SOC 11
Flexible Core – World Cultures and Global Issues

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