Sociology Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

SOC  101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY      (3)

Basic concepts and interpretations of human action; significance of a sociological perspective on the human experience.  SPW

 

SOC  101H INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY - HONORS      (3)

Basic concepts and interpretations of human action; significance of a sociological perspective on the human experience  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

SOC  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

SOC  201 DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT      (3)

Traces the development of sociological thought and its relationship to contemporary sociological theory.  Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

SOC  204 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER      (3)

Examines the cultural meanings, social structures, and inequalities that affect women and men in relation to other forms of diversity; applies sociological, feminist, and socialization theories.  SPW

 

SOC  204H SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER - HONORS      (3)

Examines the cultural meanings, social structures, and inequalities that affect women and men in relation to other forms of diversity; applies sociological, feminist, and socialization theories.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

SOC  210 SOCIAL PROBLEMS       (3)

Selected social problems in contemporary American society. SPW

 

SOC  215 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS      (3)

Characteristics of minority-dominant relationships, their formation, stabilization, and modification in terms of discrimination, segregation, conflict, power, and assimilation.  Cross-listed with ES 215.  Letter grade only.  SPWE

 

SOC  216 FAMILY ISSUES AND SOCIAL CHANGE      (3)

Examines how family and familial relationships over the life course change with cultural and structural developments in society; love, marriage, divorce, cohabitation, parenting, work, child care, problems and social policy.

 

SOC  217 THE FAMILY      (3)

Historical variations in and antecedents of today's diverse family experiences; cultural, economic, and structural contexts shaping family lives; contemporary controversies.  SPW

 

SOC  240 CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS      (3)

Surveys correctional strategies with special attention given to theories of punishment; management of criminal offenders in the criminal justice system, and assessment of rehabilitation strategies.

 

SOC  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

SOC  300 JUVENILE JUSTICE SYS      (3)

 

SOC  301 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES      (3)

Examines selected social issues in contemporary societies. May be repeated for credit for up to 9 hours with different content.  SPW

 

SOC  304 TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER      (3)

Analyzes gender relations with a topical focus; topics may include contemporary gender issues or policies, gender movements, and social change.  Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 101H or SOC 204 or SOC 204H or WST 200 or WST 291 or International Exchange Student Group

 

SOC  313 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION      (3)

Educational institution in social context; perspectives on learning; impact of bureaucratization, professionalization, inequality, and the conflict over the appropriate role of public education; social change affecting and affected by schools.

 

SOC  315 AMERICAN SOCIETY AND THE AMERICAN INDIAN      (3)

Studies contemporary status of American Indians in the United States with emphasis on those of the Southwest; policies and events leading to present conditions; possible future directions and their implications for the nation.  CUE

 

SOC  316 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY      (3)

Sources and modes of sexual socialization and the impact of sexual roles on relationships ranging from impersonal to intimate.  SPW

 

SOC  318 MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY       (3)

Health care from the sociological perspective, with special emphasis on the patient as a person in an overall life situation; the place of medicine in society; the social organization of health care; the social rules and roles of health; special concerns of medicine, nursing, and health.

 

SOC  319 POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT      (3)

Studies population growth as it relates to the social and natural environment. History of the emergence, growth, and organization of human populations. Examines contemporary population growth and distribution patterns in relation to natural resources and environmental stress.  

 

SOC  319W POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT      (3)

Human population dynamics in relation to the social and natural environment. Contemporary population patterns in relation to resources and environment. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: Admission to Sociology (BAILS) or SOC 201 or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

SOC  320 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY      (3)

Individual and group behavior; processes of social interaction; social influences and attraction; and the development of the self and social order. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

SOC  320W SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY       (3)

Individual and group behavior; processes of social interaction; social influences and attraction; and the development of the self and social order. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Prerequisite: Admission to Sociology (BAILS) or SOC 201 or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

SOC  330 MACROSOCIOLOGY      (3)

Comparative exploration of structure and change in human societies. Focuses on large-scale social patterns: subsistence, strategies, stratification, and institutions.  Prerequisite: SOC 201 or International Exchange Student Group

 

SOC  330W MACROSOCIOLOGY      (3)

Comparative exploration of structure and change in human societies. Focuses on large-scale social patterns: subsistence, strategies, stratification, and institutions. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite:  Admission to Sociology (BAILS) and SOC 201 JWRT

 

SOC  333 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY      (3)

This course explores the social construction of nature and the growth of an environmental consciousness.  Students will explore the cultural and structural roots of human-produced ecological problems.  SPW

 

SOC  334 SOCIOLOGY OF COMMUNITY      (3)

Examines community from a number of perspectives, including social system, normative, human ecological, and social constructionist models. Images of ideal communities are contrasted with existing community forms.

 

SOC  334W SOCIOLOGY OF COMMUNITY       (3)

 Examines community using social system, normative, human ecological, and social constructionist perspectives. Contrasts images of ideal communities with existing community forms. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: Admission to Sociology (BAILS) or SOC 201 or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

SOC  339 CRIME, LAW AND SOCIETY       (3)

Analyzes the origins and development of law and social control agencies; structural theory of the origins of crime and criminality. SPW

 

SOC  353 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION      (3)

Types and consequences of social inequality; social class, status, and power as determinants of behavior, values, and life chances; social mobility in modern society.

 

SOC  355W RESEARCH METHODS      (3)

Examines inductive and deductive approaches to scientific inquiry.  Exercises in hypothesis construction and testing, research design,   collection and analysis of social data, and written presentation of research results.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: SOC 201 or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

SOC  360 SOCIOCULTURAL AGING      (3)

Comparative analysis of social and cultural theories of aging; social, cultural, and economic factors affecting elders in various contexts; societal attitudes toward aging and elders; health and policy issues. Cross-listed with GRT 360.  Letter grade only.  CU

 

SOC  360W SOCIOCULTURAL AGING      (3)

Comparative analysis of social and cultural theories of aging; social and economic policies relating to elders in modern societies; societal attitudes and relationships with elders in various cultural settings. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Cross-listed with GRT 360W.  Letter grade only.  JWRT

 

SOC  365 SOCIAL STATISTICS       (3)

Statistical techniques as they apply to the description and analysis of social data. Measures of central tendency, dispersion, and association together with appropriate inferential tests.

 

SOC  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only.  Fee required.  No repeat limit.  

 

SOC  399 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

SOC  408 INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization.  No repeat limit.  Pass-fail only.  Course fee required.

 

SOC  408C INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Application of theory, skill, and knowledge of applied sociology in direct human service settings. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher CAP

 

SOC  412 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY       (3)

Sociological analysis of the political order, relating political behavior to social contexts and social structure.

 

SOC  414 POPULATION AND DEMOGRAPHY       (3)

Basic demographic processes and their relationship to social and cultural influences; methods and theories of sociology applied to the study of the vital processes; spatial arrangements in society and the spatial aspects of population phenomena.

 

SOC  415 SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION      (3)

Processes of globalization and its impact on personal biographies, social institutions, and social structure.  Theories of globalization, stratification, local-global linkages, transnational movements, and migration, labor, gender, race and ethnicity.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher

 

SOC  417 SOCIOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD      (3)

Analyzes how childhood has been socially constructed by children as well as adults across historical, cultural, and structural contexts.  

 

SOC  418 DEATH, GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT      (3)

Explores aging, death, and dying from the sociological perspective; the meaning of death, modern technology and death, grief and mourning, funerals and cemeteries, wills, and euthanasia.  Cross-listed with SW 418.  Letter grade only.

 

SOC  431 PLANNING FOR HUMAN SERVICES      (3)

Applies sociological, social work, management, and communication theory to program development and planned change. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 101H or International Exchange Student Group

 

SOC  441 DEVIANCE      (3)

Interactionist perspective is used in examining the social reaction to deviance; subcultural deviance is also examined.

 

SOC  444 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE      (3)

This course explores belief systems about nature and challenges to those belief systems.  Students explore environmental social change through looking at the anti-globalization movement, environmental movements, sustainable development and eco-consciousness.  Prerequisites:  SOC 101.  

 

SOC  445 COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS      (3)

Analyzes community-based correctional systems including probation, parole, diversion programs, and community treatment centers; intervention technique and strategies for reintegrating criminal offenders into the community.

 

SOC  456 SOCIOLOGY OF POPULAR CULTURE      (3)

This class explores the social implications of popular culture.  Students examine how popular culture is produced, consumed, interpreted, and experienced.  Topics include television, music, the internet, and other cultural forces.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite:  SOC 101

 

SOC  465 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION       (3)

Sociological study of the role of religion in society with specific focus on current religious issues and trends.

 

SOC  465H SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION - HONORS       (3)

Sociological study of the role of religion in society with specific focus on current religious issues and trends. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

SOC  466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

SOC  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of an adviser. Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.  Department consent required.

 

SOC  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Letter grade or pass-fail.  Department consent required.

 

SOC  498C SENIOR SEMINAR      (3)

Integrates theory and practice, with emphasis on historical, contemporary, and future issues.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: Admission to Sociology (BAILS) and SOC 355W and SOC 365 or {(SOC 319W or SOC 320W or SOC 330W or SOC 334W) and Senior Status or higher} CAP

 

SOC  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Letter grade only. No repeat limit.

 

SOC  499H CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS-HONORS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Letter grade only. No repeat limit.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group