Stephen F. Austin State University

Sociology (SOC)


Unless otherwise indicated, courses are three semester hours credit, three hours lecture per week .

Lower-level Undergraduate Courses

137. Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1301) - General examination of culture, socialization, roles, values, social inequalities, population, social institu­tions and social change.

139. Race and Ethnic Relations (SOCI 2319) - How minorities are created, their objectives, current status, the development of racism and how dis­crimination and prejudice may be diminished.

253. Society and Identity (SOCI 2326) - The individual as affected by other peo­ple: self-identity, interpersonal relationships, interpersonal attraction, ref­erence group, attitudes, values, leadership, aggression, conflict and love.

Upper-level Undergraduate Courses

305. Sociology of Death and Dying - Sociological approach exploring how the American culture as a society deals with illness, dying and death.

310. Professional Seminar - For department majors/minors. Students develop life-long learning plans, personalized career plans, and civic engagement plans that capitalize on knowledge and skills acquired as sociology majors or minors. Course includes learning styles, graduate and professional school opportunities, career investigation, resume building, job search skills, and community involvement opportunities and obligations. Prerequisite: 30 hours college credit.

330. Sociology of Gender - Impact of gender stratification and gender roles on attitudes and behavior of women and men in everyday life.

331. Medical Sociology - Study of the sociological aspects of the delivery of health services.

335. Marriage and Family Life - Dating, mate selection, sexual adjustment, communication, in-laws, parenthood, divorce and remarriage. Suggested background: SOC 137.

338. Social Problems - Study of societal problems stemming from conflicts in values and beliefs, as well as emerging issues. Topics range from family instability to aging, environment, health, war, crime, minorities, poverty and drug abuse. Conflicting views are presented.

341. Sociology of Religion - Social meaning, mysticism and morality in Ameri­can society. Suggested background: SOC 137.

351. Globalization - International stratification, U.S. stratification in a global context, the causes and consequences of globalization. Suggested back­ground: SOC 137.

353. Juvenile Delinquency - Extent and causes of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice process works. Suggested background: SOC 137.

354. Criminology - Definition of crime, types of crimes, crime statistics, crime causation and crime policy. Suggested background: SOC 137.

357. U.S. and World Population Change - Extent, causes, and consequences of changes in population size, birth rates, migration patterns, and life ex­pectancies; emphasis on demographic changes in U.S. and global popu­lations and one or two selected regions of the world.

362. Work in the 21st Century - Changes in the organization of work; descrip­tion of current U.S. labor force; work in a global economy; discrimina­tion based on gender, race, age; occupational change.

363. Sociology of Sport, Recreation and Leisure - Cultural and social basis of leisure and recreation.

370. Social Gerontology - Analysis of age, aging, and intergenerational relationships in modern society.

378. Methods in Social Research - Basic principles of social research: formula­tion of research problem, design, sampling, measurement and data col­lection. Prerequisite: advanced standing.

379. Data Analysis - Study of the fundamentals of statistical analysis. Ex­amination of univariate, bivariate and selected multivariate statistical techniques using statistical software. Prerequisites: three hours of math (MTH 220 is strongly suggested). Writing enhanced.

400. Internship in Gerontology or Sociology - Three to six semester hours of credit, nine to 18 required hours of field instruction per week. Prerequi­sites: SOC 370 or senior sociology major. Instructor's permission required.

430. Aging and Generational Relations - Survey of the needs of older adults at the community level, social policy on aging, and the nature of intergenerational relationships.

466. Environmental Sociology - The natural environment provides the most important foundation for human societies. Environmental resources supply not only the energy and materials needed for human activities but also the sinks for the waste produced by these activities. The focus of this course is the human relationship to the environment, an overview of human-caused environmental problems, and the public response to these problems.

470. Sociology of Everyday Life - Sociological analysis of everyday life and the social construction of reality. Exploration of the social phenomenology of Alfred Schutz. Prerequisite: SOC 137 or permission of instructor.

471. The Development of Sociological Theory - Historical overview of classical sociological theorists. Prerequisite: SOC 137 or permission of instructor. Reading and writing enhanced.

472. Modern Social Thought - Foundations of social life in a rapidly changing society. Discussion of the relationship between society and people from different theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: SOC 137. Writing en­hanced.

475. Independent Studies in Sociology - Individual instruction, conference and research for advanced students. (One, two or three semester hours). Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

477. Topics in Sociology - In-depth sociological study of selected topics. May be repeated for credit. (One, two or three semester hours).

495. Sociology Capstone - Culminating experience for sociology majors. Application of sociological theory and methods. Prerequisites: SOC379, SOC471, and one of the following: SOC378, ANT440, or ANT441.