Sociology Thematic Sequences

SOC 2: Applied Social Science Methods

This sequence emphasizes the applied dimensions of social research, and reviews the basic methodologies social scientists employ in their research. Although students receive exposure to the techniques involved, emphasis is on the thinking process involved in doing social research and in applying research findings.

Prerequisites (Take ONE of the following)

SOC 151 - Social Relations OR

SOC 153 - Sociology in a Global Context OR

ATH 155 - Introduction to Anthropology


SOC 262 Research Methods (4)


ATH 265 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (4)


ATH 411 Applied Anthropology

Note: Not open to majors in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology or the Department of Anthropology

SOC 3: Sociological Perspectives on Inequality

This sequence uses a sociological perspective to approach the issues of social, political, and economic inequality in contemporary society, paying particular attention to inequality as it is determined by class, race, and gender.

Prerequisites (Take ONE of the following)

SOC 151 - Social Relations

SOC 153 - Sociology in a Global Context

SOC 165 - Introduction to Social Justice Studies

BWS 151- Introduction to Black World Studies

Please Note: Upper level sociology courses require the completion of either SOC 151 or SOC 153 or SOS/SJS 165


SOC/WGS 203 - Sociology of Gender

Take ONE of the Following

BWS/SOC 348 - Race & Ethnic Relations OR

BWS/SOC 448 - The African American Experience

Take ONE of the Following

SOC 372 - Social Stratification OR

SOC 411 - Social Conflict OR

SOC 417 - Economy and Society

SOC 4: Sociological Perspectives on Criminality and Deviance

Students will use the social dynamics of history and a sociological perspective to understand and critique conformity, crime, deviance, and the justice system in contemporary society, paying particular attention to the social construction of legality, normality, and crime as influenced by various cultural contexts. The sequence begins with an examination of the basic theories and components of deviance/conformity, then follows a sequence of courses that allows them to examine and develop an understanding of the criminology field and concludes with an advanced course. Students must apply for this Thematic Sequence; enrollment is limited.

Take ONE of the following

SOC 201 Social Problems (4), OR

SOC 202 Social Deviance (4)


SOC 352 Criminology (3)

Take ONE of the following

SOC 409 Systems of Justice (3), OR

SOC 410 Topics in Criminology (3), OR

SOC 413 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

NOTE: Not open to sociology or gerontology majors

SOC 5: Gender and Family Studies

This thematic sequence exposes students to the major sociological contributions to gender and family issues and gives them experience in connecting the substantive content in the courses. Objectives include:

  1. demonstrating how various sociological theories differentially contribute to our understanding of gender, sexuality, and families;
  2. linking the core concepts sociologists employ across three levels of courses;
  3. highlighting how definitional issues and current research in gender, sexuality, and family intersect, and
  4. deriving personal insights for reflecting and acting regarding one's position in the social structure as to gender, sexuality, and family.


SOC/WGS 203 Sociology of Gender (3)


SOC/WGS/FSW 221 Human Sexuality (3)

Take ONE of the following

SOC/FSW 363 Sociology of Families (3), OR

FSW/GTY 466 Later Life Families (3)

NOTE: Not open to sociology or gerontology majors. Majors in the Departments of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies or Social Work must complete at least niine hours outside the department of major.

SOC 6: Medical Sociology

This thematic sequence focuses on social factors in health and illness and the structure and function of health care systems globally. Students completing the sequence will be able to articulate differences between the sociological model and medical model of health and illness; explain how health is stratified by social factors such as gender, age, race-ethnicity, and social class; describe the U.S. health care system and contrast it with that of other nations; identify key ethical issues in health care; critically evaluate the stratification and socializaiton of health care professionals; and analyze the function and structure of various health care settings.

Take ONE of the following

SOC 151 Socail Relations (4)

SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context (3)

Take ONE of the following

SOC 257 Population (3), OR

SOC 260A Internship: An Introduction to Applied Sociology and Human Services (3), OR

SOC 358 The Sociology of Mental Disorders (3)


SOC 357 Medical Sociology (3)