Department of Sociology and Anthropology

In the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, students will gain the knowledge and skills to make a difference in their community and in the world. An education grounded in sociology or anthropology empowers students to explore the world - it gives them the vision to know the questions to ask, the research tools to find the answers to those questions, and the skills to turn the findings into social solutions.

Students in the department gain real-life, job-related experience while they earn their degree.

A student graduating with a B.A. degree in Anthropology will be able to:

  1. identify and analyze appropriate research literature from scholarly sources in anthropology;
  2. cite sources according to the American Anthropological Association's guidelines;
  3. identify, describe, and apply a reasonable subset of theoretical paradigms from within anthropology's four fields;
  4. describe and explain key research methods of each subfield of anthropology, relate comparative values of various methods within each subfield, and be able to determine which methods should be practiced in a given research project;
  5. construct a meaningful anthropological research question, taking into account time frame, region, cultural group, and an element of change or development;
  6. explain and analyze examples of ethical and legal issues in anthropology;
  7. design and write up an original, theoretically informed research proposal and/or project;
  8. demonstrate the ability to write up work in an organized and coherent fashion;
  9. connect elements of all four fields of anthropology into a holistic, comparative, culturally relevant framework;
  10. demonstrate the ability to orally present work in an organized and coherent fashion; and
  11. assess career avenues and/or educational opportunities grounded in an anthropological background.

A student graduating with a B.S. degree in Sociology will be able to:

  1. define sociological perspectives, apply them in their analysis of concrete situations, and apply them in their empirical data collection and data analysis;
  2. understand the role of theory in sociology; and
  3. understand the role of evidence and qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology.

Sociology and Anthropology Majors

Sociology and Anthropology Minors

Sociology and Anthropology Concentrations

ANTH   1102   Introduction to Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The comparative study of humankind draws materials from the widest possible range of peoples, cultures, and time periods to determine and explain similarities and differences among peoples of the world. This course brings the perspectives of all of the sub-fields of anthropology to the study of humanity: cultural anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   1102H, ANTH   1102S.

ANTH   1102H   Introduction to Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The comparative study of humankind draws materials from the widest possible range of peoples, cultures, and time periods to determine and explain similarities and differences among peoples of the world. This course brings the perspectives of all of the sub-fields of anthropology to the study of humanity: cultural anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   1102, ANTH   1102S.

ANTH   1102S   Introduction to Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The comparative study of humankind draws materials from the widest possible range of peoples, cultures, and time periods to determine and explain similarities and differences among peoples of the world. This course brings the perspectives of all of the sub-fields of anthropology to the study of humanity: cultural anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   1102H, ANTH   1102.

ANTH   2130   Anthropological Inquiry

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the profession of anthropology. Students will focus on questions, such as: How do anthropologists investigate culture" How do we know what we know" How do students become an anthropologist and what is involved"

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   2231   Biological Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines social life and physical diversity in the context of hominid evolution. Key areas of study include the fossil record, basic genetics, primatology, human variation, and the evolution of communication.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   2231H   Biological Anthropology Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the interaction of biological and cultural forces in shaping human behavior and physical diversity. Key areas of study include human evolution, primatology and the physical diversity of modern populations.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   2231.

ANTH   2331   World Archaeology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the archaeology of the Old and New Worlds. This course will examine significant cultural developments from an archaeological perspective. A particular focus will be on the development of farming and complex societies.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   2431   Cultural Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An exploration of the nature, structure, and dynamics of human culture systems through the examination of a variety of cultures, including our own, from around the world. It will provide the student with a better understanding and tolerance of cultural differences and of how and why people, including ourselves, live and act as they do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   2431S.

ANTH   2431S   Cultural Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An exploration of the nature, structure, and dynamics of human culture systems through the examination of a variety of cultures, including our own, from around the world. It will provide the student with a better understanding and tolerance of cultural differences and of how and why people, including ourselves, live and act as they do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   2431.

ANTH   3091   Selected Topics Anthropology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics. May be dual numbered.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3091S   Selected Topics Anthropology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics. May be dual numbered.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3092   Selected Topics in Archaeology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Variable topics in archaeology, may be dual numbered.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or ANTH   1102H or ANTH   1102S.

ANTH   3092S   Selected Topics in Archaeology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Variable topics, may be dual numbered. Study abroad.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or ANTH   1102H or ANTH   1102S.

ANTH   3130   Fire, Stone, Hide and Bone

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Emphasizing hands-on learning, this course introduces the concepts and evolution of basic human technologies. Students explore the manufacture and use of stone, bone, and wooden tools, cordage, and containers, and also practice the arts of fire-making, traditional hide tanning, and projectile use. Ranging across continents and through thousands of years, Fire, Stone, Hide & Bone instills an appreciation of the technologies developed, adapted, and applied by our shared ancestors.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3131   World Archeology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the archeology of the Old and New Worlds. This course will examine significant cultural developments from an archeological perspective. A particular focus will be on the development of farming and complex societies.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3132   North American Archaeology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is an introductory course on the archaeology of North America. The course concentrates on the prehistory and protohistory of Native Americans as well as introducing students to the history of North American archaeology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   3133   Southeastern Prehistory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Using archaeology and environmental studies, this course allows students to investigate cultural developments of native societies in the New World, with specific focus on the American Southeast, prior to contact with civilizations in the Old World. From small foraging bands to large-scale chiefdoms, topics include technology, economy, social organization, natural landscapes, and the built environment.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   3134   Material Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Ranging from 14,000 years ago to the early 20th century, this course introduces the substance, composition, and characteristics of those things that remain – the “material culture” of human societies who inhabited the Southeastern United States. Students benefit from the historical nature of this study, as well as the direct hands-on identification and dating of artifacts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3136   Historical Archaeology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an introduction to the field designed to provide a background in basic research methods in historical archaeology. A broad geographic focus will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3137   Foraging to Farming

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course surveys the archaeological evidence for the origins of food production, specifically the transition from hunting and gathering wild foods to the cultivation and raising of domesticated plants and animals. Evidence derived from zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, human bioarchaeology, and other disciplines is used to identify where and when food production originated. Special attention is paid to the major centers of domestication and how the use of domesticated plants and animals spread from these primary centers.

ANTH   3138   Contact: Worlds Collide

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Weaving together archaeology and history, this course explores the complex interactions resulting from contact between the Old World civilizations of Scandinavia, Africa, and Eurasia, and those of the New World, with particular focus on the American Southeast. Students will expand their perspectives on culture, politics, economy, and the resiliency of native peoples.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3331   Cultural Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An exploration of the nature, structure, and dynamics of human culture systems through the examination of a variety of cultures, including our own, from around the world. It will provide the student with a better understanding and tolerance of cultural differences and of how and why people, including ourselves, live and act as they do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   3331S.

ANTH   3331S   Cultural Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An exploration of the nature, structure, and dynamics of human culture systems through the examination of a variety of cultures, including our own, from around the world. It will provide the student with a better understanding and tolerance of cultural differences and of how and why people, including ourselves, live and act as they do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   3331.

ANTH   3332   European Cultures

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the differences and similarities among European peoples and the effects of social, political, and economic changes on their cultures from an anthropological perspective. It also examines the principal anthropological methods and theories used in the study of European culture systems.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   3333   Native Peoples of North America

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides a survey of the hundreds of native communities in North America and examines the Native American experience from the time of European contact through the present. It focuses on understanding the nature and variety of Native American cultures and on the contemporary lives of native peoples.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   3334   Native Peoples of the Southeast

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an overview of the lifeways of the native peoples of the Southeastern United States from the late prehistoric period to the present. The resilience and adaptability of Southeastern peoples and their communities are emphasized as we focus on the post-Removal period to the present.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   3335   Caribbean Cultures

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines significant themes in the anthropology of the Caribbean region, such as nationality, ethnicity, economics, transnationalism, globalization, family and gender systems. Study of these issues is situated in the history of slavery and indenture in the region.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3337   Language, Power, Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth investigation of the role of language in national and international power structures. Comparative evaluation of language in social organization of politics, economic policy and law as aggregated by race, culture, ethnicity, class, group ideology, and gender. Emphasis on social policy management and minority/linguistic rights.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): LING   3337, POLS   3337.

ANTH   3431   Linguistic Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to the anthropological study of language including the structural and cultural aspects of language. Students will learn to analyze the intersections between language, culture and world view as well as the basic methods used by anthropologists for collecting linguistic data in unwritten languages.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   3532   Frameworks for Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an overview of and orientation to the theoretical models that guide anthropological research and practice.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4134   Archaeological Curation

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

The course focuses on the process of managing and interpreting archaeological collections over the long term. Course work emphasizes hands-on experience with students participating in curation activities of the archaeological repository. Instruction in the history, legal issues, and best practices regarding archaeological curation is provided.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4136   Potsherds to Pixels: Digital and Spatial Technologies for Archaeologists

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will examine and provide practical instruction in the application of a range of computer graphical techniques to archaeological problems, including site and landscape survey, modeling topographic and geophysical data, and 3-D archaeological modeling and scanning.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4137   Archaeologies of Conflict

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the global archaeology of conflict from the prehistoric to the modern period, and provides a foundational understanding of the main themes and approaches to the study of conflict in humanity’s past. Moreover, it will discuss recent theoretical debates within conflict archaeology, and the anthropology of conflict and violence, and their relationships with overarching cultural frameworks and social structures.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4138   Zooarchaeology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course focuses on laboratory methods in zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Coursework emphasizes hands-on experience and will teach students how to identify, analyze, and interpret animal remains from archaeological sites. Other topics include taphonomic processes and assemblage formation, advanced zooarchaeological techniques, and human use of animals in the past.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4231   Archaeological Methods and Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examination and application of current topics in archaeology relating to excavation strategy and interpretation. Analysis of various theoretical approaches as well as field techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   4231S.

ANTH   4231S   Archaeological Methods and Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examination and application of current topics in archeology relating to excavation strategy and interpretation. Analysis of various theoretical approaches as well as field techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   4231.

ANTH   4232   Archeology Field Session

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

On-site participation in the excavation of an archeological site including training in the field and laboratory techniques involved in excavation. Experience in excavation, analysis, recording, and interpretation of archeological materials is provided.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   4232S.

ANTH   4232S   Archeology Field Session

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

On-site participation in the excavation of an archeological site including training in the field and laboratory techniques involved in excavation. Experience in excavation, analysis, recording, and interpretation of archeological materials is provided.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   4232.

ANTH   4235   Advanced Archaeological Analysis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An advanced course in the analysis of archaeological sites and materials. In-depth examination of certain types of archaeological materials. Students also learn about the conservation of archaeological materials.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4262   Archeology Field Session

6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

On-site participation in the excavation of an archeological site including training in the field and laboratory techniques involved in excavation. Experience in excavation, analysis, recording, and interpretation of archeological materials is provided. No more than 9 total hours are allowed in any combination of ANTH   4232, ANTH   4262, ANTH   4292.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4292   Archeology Field Session

9 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   18 Lab Hours.

On-site participation in the excavation of an archeological site including training in the field and laboratory techniques involved in excavation. Experience in excavation, analysis, recording, and interpretation of archeological materials is provided. No more than 9 total hours are allowed in any combination of ANTH   4232, ANTH   4262, ANTH   4292.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4331   Anthropology and Human Problems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the applications of anthropology in coping with a variety of problems among diverse peoples of the world. Issues include intercultural health care, rural to urban migration, and international development. The history, methods, and ethics of practical or applied anthropology are examined, as well as career opportunities.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4332   Gender and Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the biocultural and multi-cultural perspectives of gender provided by anthropology. Theories and case examples of gender studies from selected cultures will be examined using insights from physical anthropology, archeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   4334   Ethnographic Methods

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the study of the research methods used by cultural anthropologists to gather and analyze data in order to describe and explain how people live and why they live that way. It emphasizes qualitative techniques such as interviewing and participant observation.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   4336   Medical Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This class provides a broad introduction to medical anthropology by exploring perspectives relating to global and cross-cultural issues of human health, sickness, disease, healing, and culture. In particular, this course integrates biosocial viewpoints, which incorporate how people interact with their environment, and cultural viewpoints that attempt to understand the ideas, beliefs, and values that shape health behaviors.

ANTH   4338   Reading Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course evaluates ethnographic writing as a form of narrative and exposes students to the breadth and depth of the styles and content that anthropologists use to communicate. Students will learn to read critically and efficiently, and will write a book review according to the standards of the discipline. The class will focus on understanding ethnographies in their cultural contexts, and read studies from around the globe to illustrate the various ways in which ethnographers write culture.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4432   Language and Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this advanced anthropology course, students will learn the theories and methods related to linguistic anthropology. Topics covered include the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, ethnoscience, language socialization, the ethnography of speaking, ethnolinguistic methods, linguistic and cultural discourse analysis and other methods for conducting language and culture research.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "C" and prior or concurrent enrollment in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4433   Anthropology of Language and Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the cross-cultural use of language as a central aspect in the construction, negotiation and performance of gender, and will provide students with an understanding of the complexities of language and gender from an anthropological perspective.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: ANTH   1102 and prior or concurrent enrollment in ANTH   3431 or permission of instructor.

ANTH   4434   Life Cycle of Language

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores various aspects of the life of languages including created languages, creoles and pidgins, language shift, linguistic purism, language death and language revitalization and identity movements. Emphasis will be on the cultural social factors that impact language survival.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

ANTH   4630   Capstone Seminar in Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will review and synthesize the concepts, theories, methods and ethics of archeology, linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. Applications of anthropological knowledge and skills, and career options, will be examined.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" and prior or concurrent enrollment in ANTH   3331, ANTH   3131, ANTH   2231, ANTH 3531, and ANTH   3431.

ANTH   4890   Directed Individual Study

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Independent study under faculty supervision.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval required.

ANTH   4890S   Directed Individual Study

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Independent study under faculty supervision.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval required.

ANTH   5091   Selected Topics in Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   5091G, ANTH   5091S.

ANTH   5091S   Selected Topics in Anthropology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   5091, ANTH   5091G.

ANTH   5135   Cultural Resource Management

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Cultural Resource Management (CRM) deals with the research, conservation, and management of cultural resources within a regulatory framework. Most archaeologists will spend some or all of their careers working on CRM projects in the private sector or for a government agency. This course will provide an overview of the scope and practice of CRM work by archaeologists.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   5135.

ANTH   5330   History of English Language

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the English language from linguistic, social, and historical perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   5330G, LING   5330, LING   5330G, WRIT   5330, WRIT   5330G.

ANTH   5530   Sociolinguistics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The principles and methods used to study language as a sociocultural phenomenon. These are examined both from the linguistic viewpoint and the social scientific viewpoint.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102 or SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   5530G, LING   5530, LING   5530G, WRIT   5530, WRIT   5530G.

APAN   4790   Internship in Anthropology

3-9 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students complete a supervised internship in a professional setting relevant to anthropology. They are guided by a faculty mentor in applying anthropological knowledge, theory, methods and ethics in the work setting. Students learn and practice skills needed in the specific setting as well as the professional norms of the organization. They acquire experience and information to better assess career and/or educational opportunities grounded in anthropology.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in ANTH   2130 and ANTH   2431.

ARCH   4292   Archaeology Field Session

3-9 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6-18 Lab Hours.

On-site participation in the excavation of an archeological site including training in the field and laboratory techniques involved in excavation. Experience in excavation, analysis, recording, and interpretation of archeological materials is provided.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology majors must have a minimum grade of "C" in ANTH   1102.

SOCI   1101   Introduction to Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The discipline of sociology and the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the interpersonal, intergroup, and international dimensions of social life.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   1101H and SOCI   1101S.

SOCI   1101H   Introduction to Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The discipline of sociology and the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the interpersonal, intergroup, and international dimensions of social life.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   1101 and SOCI   1101S.

SOCI   1101S   Introduction to Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The discipline of sociology and the sociological perspective as a tool for understanding society and culture, including the interpersonal, intergroup, and international dimensions of social life.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   1101 and SOCI   1101H.

SOCI   2130   Introduction to Gerontology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is a comprehensive introduction to the field of gerontology meant to assist students in the application of an aging perspective for any discipline or major. The course includes a focus on the social, psychological, biological, policy, and humanities perspective of the aging experience.

SOCI   2232   Introduction to Social Services

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of social services, including the history of the profession and its knowledge, skill and value base. Students will gain an understanding of various careers within social services and the settings in which they are practiced. They will gain an understanding of micro, mezzo, and macro type agencies.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" and prior or current enrollment in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   2434   Social Data Analysis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will teach students the skills to make them better consumers of data related to social issues. Students will learn to perform univariate and bivariate analyses using a data analysis program, and will learn to write and read research reports.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3094   Selected Topics in Sociology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3094S.

SOCI   3094S   Selected Topics in Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3094.

SOCI   3135   Aging

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the impact of an aging population upon society and the effects of the socially-defined experience of aging upon the individual. Special attention is given to economic factors, retirement, lifestyle options, health, death, and widowhood.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3231   Practice Skills

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the knowledge, skill and value base for working in the social services. The emphasis is on preparation for practice in social services settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   3233   Aging Programs and Policies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to familiarize students with current programs and policies for older adults. Familiarity with these programs and policies requires an understanding of the social policy process and the role of norms, values and beliefs in that process. The course will move from an understanding of demographic trends to an understanding of policy development for the aging community and then focus on the programs that exist to support our aging society at the local, state and federal levels.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   2130.

SOCI   3235   Race and Ethnicity

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is a survey of the major concepts and theories in the study of racial and ethnic relations in the United States. The situations and experiences of various racial and ethnic groups are considered.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): AAST   3235.

SOCI   3333   Deviance

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines deviance, deviant behavior and social control. Topics will include deviance as a social process; types of deviant behavior (e.g., suicide, mental illness, drug use, crime, delinquency); theories of deviance and deviant behavior; nature and social organization of societal reactions; and social and legal policy issues.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3333S.

SOCI   3333S   Deviance

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines deviance, deviant behavior and social control. Topics will include deviance as a social process; types of deviant behavior (e.g., suicide, mental illness, drug use, crime, delinquency); theories of deviance and deviant behavior; nature and social organization of societal reactions; and social and legal policy issues.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3333.

SOCI   3335   Social Change

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Discussion of theories and causes of social change in contemporary or historical perspective.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3336   Social Problems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A general introduction to the study of social problems in areas such as deviance, social inequality, social change and American institutions.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   3336S.

SOCI   3336S   Social Problems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A general introduction to the study of social problems in areas such as deviance, social inequality, social change and American institutions.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): AMST 3336 and SOCI   3336.

SOCI   3338   Sociology of the Life Course

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course uses sociological theories, perspectives, and conceptual frameworks to analyze aging-related social issues. It examines the social forces that shape the diverse experiences of aging for individuals throughout the life course. Emphasis is placed on structural issues such as age stratification, the life course, and societal aging as a force in social change.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3339   Sociology of Sexuality

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A sociological analysis of the norms, values, and institutions which shape human sexuality in the United States.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3431   Sociological Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An overview of the major classical sociological theorists, linking their contributions to contemporary issues and concerns. Covers key theorists and basic tenets of structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism and introduces the process of theory construction.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3434   Methods of Social Research

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A review of social research methods with emphasis on design, data collection, measurement, survey and analysis. Required of all Sociology majors.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101 and STAT   2231.

SOCI   3435   Environmental Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the interconnectedness of human societies and the natural environment and explores contemporary (and often controversial) environmental issues.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   3531   Introduction to LGBT Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the questions, topics, and theories which characterize the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4130   Groups and Community Action

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers mezzo and macro practice with groups, organizations, and communities in relation to both social services and applied sociological practice. Students will study the structure, organization, and function of groups, organizations and communities. The course will provide students with knowledge of stages of group development, roles group members play, and skills used by the group facilitator. In addition, students will also examine assessment and intervention with organizations and communities, including a focus on working within organizations and a focus on social change and social justice within communities.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   4132   Sociology of Community

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on community life in the United States. Community is viewed as a social entity and an arena of social interaction. Urban, rural, and alternative communities in the U.S. are investigated to uncover their patterns of interaction and organization.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4133   Sociology of Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course involves the sociological study of religion focusing on the human (especially social) aspects of religious belief and practice. Various religious groups will be examined to identify how they organize their collective religious expressions. Theories and research methods used by sociologists to study religious beliefs and practices and religious institutions will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4134   Sociology of Childhood

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on childhood as a social phenomenon. Childhood is viewed as a social construction, and particular attention is paid to the cultural context in which childhood has flourished, the role of children's culture in society, and social problems that are associated with childhood.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4135   Death and Dying

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines sociocultural dimensions of death, dying, bereavement, grief, and mourning, including cross-cultural comparisons and social patterns in historical perspective.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4137   Social Movements

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the sociological study of social movements and extra institutional political conduct. Key theories and research methods used will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4138   Sociology of the Family

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the sociological study of the social forces that impinge on families, affecting the behaviors of family members and the forms that family units take. Key theories and research methods used by sociologists and other social scientists to study families will be reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4139   Medical Sociology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an overview of the field of medical sociology. Topics covered include social and cultural factors related to health and illness, health disparities, sociological models of health and illness, the sick role, chronic illness, physician patient relationship, historical and emerging health care policies, and the social organization of health care institutions, medical careers, and health care.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4231   Child Welfare and Family Services

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Comprehensive study of current philosophy and practice in the various fields of child welfare, including family income maintenance programs, child protective service, adoption, foster care, institutional placement of children, home based services, family preservation, early childbearing, guardianship and custody, the family and the courts, and child advocacy.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   4232   Social Welfare Policy and Services

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analysis of American social welfare policy. Covers programs and policies under public, voluntary, and proprietary auspices in the areas of income maintenance, mental health and substance abuse, health care, child welfare, nutrition, housing, and employment.

Prerequisite(s):A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: SOCI   1101 and prior or concurrent enrollment in SOCI   2232.

SOCI   4332   Sociology of Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores gender identity, gender roles, and gendered social structures using the sociological perspective.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4332S.

SOCI   4332S   Sociology of Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores gender identity, gender roles, and gendered social structures using the sociological perspective.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4332S.

SOCI   4334   Organizations, Work, and Technology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines organizations with an emphasis on the workplace. The course will explore relations within and between organizations using both classical and contemporary sociological and organizational theories. The course will examine how technology and the increasingly global economy influence these relations.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4335   Self and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the relationship between the self and society (the individual and the social milieu) using social psychological and/or symbolic interactionist perspectives. Content includes origins of the self and how it is shaped by society, formation of norms, identity management, socialization, interpersonal influence, and role behavior.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4335H   Self and Society Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the relationship between the self and society (the individual and the social milieu) using social psychological and/or symbolic interactionist perspectives. Content includes origins of the self and how it is shaped by society, formation of norms, identity management, socialization, interpersonal influence, and role behavior.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4338   Sport, Culture, and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines sport as a social institution, focusing on cultural values related to sport, stratification within and among sports, and issues of power and inequality pertaining to sport.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4338S, WGST   4338.

SOCI   4338S   Sport, Culture, and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines sport as a social institution, focusing on cultural values related to sport, stratification within and among sports, and issues of power and inequality pertaining to sport.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   4338, WGST   4338.

SOCI   4431   Inequality

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the sociological approaches and theories of stratification and structured inequality, and analyzes the causes and consequences of economic, political, and social inequality.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4431S   Inequality

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the sociological approaches and theories of stratification and structured inequality, and analyzes the causes and consequences of economic, political, and social inequality.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

SOCI   4630   Senior Seminar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A capstone course which will enhance students' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the discipline. Key theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues in the discipline will be discussed. Required of all senior majors.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   3431, 3434.

SOCI   4790   Internship

3-9 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an educational placement to provide qualified students the ability to apply classroom knowledge in a professional setting, which is appropriate for their academic background and career objectives. Internships provide students with learning experiences in order to enhance their academic preparation and increase their professional skills. Students complete tasks at their internship site in addition to course assignments relating their internship experience to academic research/knowledge and previous coursework.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in SOCI   1101 and departmental approval.

SOCI   4892   Directed Individual Research

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Directed individual research.

Prerequisite(s): Department approval.

SOCI   5094   Selected Topics in Sociology

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   5094G, SOCI   5094S.

SOCI   5094S   Selected Topics in Sociology

0-3 Credit Hours.   0-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Various topics.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   5094, SOCI   5094G.

SOCI   5433   Program Evaluation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores what it means to live in a society in which accountability is a thematic issue and policy and program benefits which accrue from well-designed evaluations, and proposals. Evaluation research and grant development issues, including basic design and use considerations are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): SOCI   5433G.

Chair(s): ROGER G. BRANCH (Emeritus), PEGGY G. HARGIS (Emeritus), MARIEKE M. VAN WILLIGEN

Professor(s): CHARLENE R. BLACK (Emeritus), ROGER G. BRANCH (Emeritus), H. STEPHEN HALE (Emeritus), PEGGY G. HARGIS (Emeritus), SUE MULLINS MOORE (Emeritus), WILLIAM L. SMITH, MARIEKE M. VAN WILLIGEN

Associate Professor(s): HEIDI M. ALTMAN, TED MICHAEL BRIMEYER, BARBARA A. HENDRY, NANCY L. MALCOM, APRIL M. SCHUETHS, ERIC O. SILVA, PIDI ZHANG

Assistant Professor(s): ADRIENNE L. COHEN, MATTHEW B. FLYNN, DENNY E. HILL (Emeritus), RYAN K. McNUTT, JENNIFER SWEENEY TOOKES, MALCOLM JARED WOOD

Senior Lecturer(s): NATHAN S. PALMER

Lecturer(s): CLARE F. WALSH

Limited-Term Assistant Professor(s): KARA BRIDGMAN SWEENEY

Academic Professional(s): J. MATTHEW COMPTON