University of Evansville

Sociology

With a comprehensive curriculum and award-winning faculty, the University of Evansville's sociology program prepares students for successful careers in both graduate school and the professional field.

Course Offerings

SOC–105 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
Introduces major concepts used by sociologists to understand and predict the behavior of individuals in group settings.
SOC–201 Professional Development in Sociology (1 credit)
This course is a professional orientation for various internship opportunities, career pathways, and graduate school options available in the discipline. In addition, the course serves as an introduction to academic writing, ethics, and research in sociology.
SOC–210 Deviance and Crime (3 credits)
Examines deviance and crime through a number of sociological, psychological, and criminological perspectives.
SOC–230 Social Problems in the Modern World (3 credits)
Focuses on major social, economic, political, and environmental issues confronting the modern world. Covers both global and U.S. issues.
SOC–235 Social Research Methods (3 credits)
Covers both quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods. Covers major research designs used in behavioral research. Topics include the relationship between theory and research, conceptualization, operationalization, hypothesis, and model development and sampling. Specific data gathering techniques covered include survey designs, field studies, secondary analysis, unobtrusive measures, and experimental techniques. Discusses ethical issues and responsibilities in social science research and the limits of the scientific method in social science. Prerequisites: Sociology or Criminal Justice major; or permission of instructor.
SOC–327 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits)
A sociological social psychology course. Explores social interaction, selective perception, human symbolic behavior, language, social structure, emotions, perceptions and memory, sexuality, development of self, identity, aging, and deviance. Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or permission of instructor.
SOC–330 Community Organization (3 credits)
Explores the basics of community organization and development, with special attention to urbanized areas. Prerequisite: Economics 101, Geography 240, Political Science 100, Psychology 121, or Sociology 105.
SOC–335 Marriage and the Family (3 credits)
Designed to give an in-depth look at changing courtship, marital, and family patterns in America over the course of the last century. Studies the history and importance of the family as a social institution, and the different forms and configurations of the family found in modern America. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and Sociology 105 or permission of instructor.
SOC–337 Social Aspects of Health and Health Care (3 credits)
Examines the nonbiological aspects of health and health care. Topics include social definitions of health, professionalization in the health industry, patient-practitioner relationships, and the organization of health care systems in the United States and other countries. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
SOC–344 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3 credits)
Recommended for students desiring an introductory statistics course which emphasizes application and interpretation. Covers basic statistical techniques used in behavioral research. Studies frequently used descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on the interpretation of quantitative data and statistical reasoning in behavioral research. Prerequisites: Sociology or criminal justice major; or permission of instructor.
SOC–350 Popular Culture (3 credits)
Examines the sociological impact of popular culture by exploring race, class, gender, sexuality, and family through the cultural lens of film, television, and music. Topics include the changing portrayals of race, class, gender, sexuality, and family across the last century in reflecting cultural values and ideals, and their reciprocal influence on culture and American identity. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and Sociology 105 or permission of instructor.
SOC–386 Death and Dying (3 credits)
Explores thanatology - the study of death - using a sociological lens. Examines how American society shapes attitudes and behaviors toward dying, death, and bereavement. Topics of study include: cultural traditions, rituals, practices, and attitudes toward death, self-awareness and value identification concerning death and dying, grief and bereavement, the impact of death and dying across the life span, and end-of-life planning. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and Sociology 105; or permission of instructor.
SOC–390 Principles of Sociological Theory (3 credits)
Examines classical and contemporary sociological theories, as well as micro- and macro-sociological approaches. General theoretical frameworks include constructionism, functionalism, conflict theory, feminism, symbolic interactionism, postmodernism, network analysis, and integrated theories. Prerequisites: Sociology 105; junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.
SOC–415 Globalization and the Environment (3 credits)
Examines the changing demographics of our world and how they impact the social, economic, environmental, and political relationships between countries. Explores the transformation to a global society and the basic concepts of globalization, as well as how the relationships between human societies and the larger natural environment are affected by demographic pressures and global needs. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.
SOC–435 Sex, Gender, & Sexualities (3 credits)
This course explores the social norms, values, and expectations that influence - and are influenced by - attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding gender and sexuality. The course examines the different and changing cultural understandings of gender roles and sexuality, and the social construction of both.
SOC–438 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 credits)
Studies the sociology of United States and global race and ethnic relations. Examines class, ethnic, gender, and racial stratification, and power and inequality. Analyzes patterns of ethnic integration and multiculturalism. Details the social and psychological dimensions of discrimination and prejudice, as well as racial and ethnic conflict and accommodation. Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or permission of instructor.
SOC–450 Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)
Capstone educational experience in sociology, offering sStudents the opportunity to use their substantive and methodological training to complete an original research paper and present their independent research projects. Prerequisites: Sociology 235, 344; senior standing; sociology or criminal justice major; or permission of instructor.
SOC–460 Aging and Society (3 credits)
Recommended for any student desiring a thorough introduction to gerontology. Examines the social response to aging in American society and in other countries. Emphasis on the roles of elders in the familial, religious, political, and economic institutions. Prerequisite: Sociology 105, junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.
SOC–480 Undergraduate Research in Sociology (1-4 credits)
Provides opportunities for undergraduate research that involve literature review, data collection, analysis, and formal reporting. This research is conducted with the guidance and supervision of a department faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor; sponsorship by the supervising faculty member.
SOC–494 Directed Study (3 credits)
Provides opportunity for specialized advanced study. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
SOC–496 Internship (1-6 credits)
Internships available to majors of junior or senior standing who have completed core courses. GPA requirements must be met and student must file an internship application with advisor. Prerequisite: Sociology major; junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.