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SOC 1125 - General Sociology ( Conceptions: VCSS - Social Science ) - 4 cr.
Designed to provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and applications of sociology, and the development of the sociological imagination. Topics include development of the social self, status and role, race and ethnicity, gender, social class, deviance, political and economic institutions, population dynamics, the family, and other dimensions of society. This introductory course emphasizes the development of the sociological imagination.


SOC 2125 - Sociology of Health ( Conceptions: VCSS - Social Science ) - 4 cr.
Provides an overview of the concepts, methods, and applications of sociology, and the development of the sociological imagination, through the sociology of health. It explores health, illness, healthcare, and medicine in the United States. Classic and contemporary theories are combined with recent research findings. Emphasis is placed on the study of health in a broader social context, including the social construction of health and illness, with special attention to inequalities and differences among people by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, and age.


SOC 2433 - The Family and Society ( Conceptions: VCSS - Social Science ) - 4 cr.
Exploration of the meaning and variety of family life in the United States and other cultures. Classic and contemporary theories are combined with recent research findings to understand the changing definitions and contexts of family life. Emphasis is placed on the study of the family in a broader context, including the influence of neighborhoods, schools and religion, socioeconomic inequalities, gender roles, domestic abuse, divorce, and a life span approach to family life.


SOC 2777 - Topics in Sociology - 1-4 cr.
Description coming soon.


SOC 2999 - Topics in Siciology - 1-4 cr.
Independent study in Sociology.


SOC 3777 - Special Topics - 1-8 cr.
Courses not a regular part of Sociology curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity. Topics vary.


SOC 3999 - SOC Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Independent study in Sociology.


SOC 4777 - Topics in Sociology - 1-4 cr.
Courses not a regular part of Sociology curriculum but taught because of a special need, interest or opportunity. Topics vary.


SOC 4999 - Independent Project - 1-6 cr.
Students select a particular topic of study with instructor. Individual student learning goals and method of evaluation is designed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.