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.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

SOC  101H INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY - HONORS (3)

Basic concepts and interpretations of human action; significance of a sociological perspective on the human experience.  Letter grade only. 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 units of credit.

 

SOC  201 DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT (3)

Traces the development of sociological thought and its relationship to contemporary sociological theory.  Letter grade only. 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.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  SPW

 

SOC  210 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3)

Selected social problems in contemporary American society.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only.

 

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 units of credit.

 

SOC  300 JUVENILE JUSTICE SYS (3)

Letter grade only.

 

SOC  301 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES (3)

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

 

SOC  301H TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES - HONORS (3)

Examines selected social issues in contemporary societies.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  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.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 101H or SOC 204 or SOC 204H or WST 200 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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 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.  Letter grade only. 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.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 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.  Letter grade only. 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.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 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.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 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.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only. 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.  Letter grade only.

 

SOC  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for credit.  Fee required.

 

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 units of credit.

 

SOC  408 INTERNSHIP (1-12)

Application of theory, skills, and knowledge of sociology in direct public or private human service settings.  Individualized supervision with department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  Sociology major or minor and junior status or higher 

 

SOC  412 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (3)

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

 

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.  Letter grade only.

 

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 

 

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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only. 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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only.  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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only.

 

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.  Letter grade only. 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.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

 

SOC  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of an adviser.  Department consent required.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

 

SOC  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

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

 

SOC  498C SENIOR SEMINAR (3)

Integrates theory and practice, with emphasis on historical and contemporary developments.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  SOC 101, SOC 201, SOC 355W, SOC 365 and Senior status  CAP

 

SOC  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for credit.

 

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

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group