2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Sociology

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Majors

Sociology Major

Minors

Crime and Justice Minor

Identity Studies Minor

Social Work Minor

Concentrations

Race and Ethnic Studies Concentration

The Department of Sociology offers a broad range of courses leading to a bachelor of arts with a major in sociology. Social work, crime and justice, and cultural studies minors are options for students majoring in any discipline. Each year, our graduates go into a variety of careers and graduate programs in the social sciences, human services, education, the legal professions, criminal justice, government, business and communications. The department places a strong emphasis upon developing skills in interpretation, writing, research and data analysis that are broadly transferable among many professional vocations. Many sociology courses are taught in an interactive format, in which student contributions are central to class sessions. Subjects include anthropology, cultural studies, group dynamics, criminology, inequality, family, race and ethnicity, social theory, and both quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis. The program features a balanced emphasis upon theoretical issues and practical skills; a senior practicum that is very flexible, with a strong reputation in local and regional organizations; and a curriculum structure that invites our majors to consider minors in related disciplines and opportunities for study abroad.

Sociology Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Consists of 36 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC-101 Sociological Imagination

SOC-301 Classical Social Theory

SOC-302W Contemporary Social Theory

SOC-321 Qualitative and Ethnographic Research

SOC-322 Methods of Research and Data Analysis I

SOC-323 Methods of Research and Data Analysis II

SOC-401X Community Action

MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics

-or-

PSY-300 Measurement and Statistics

And four additional SOC courses approved by the department.

Crime and Justice Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 24 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC-101 Sociological Imagination

SOC-211 Criminology

SOC-412 Adjudication and Corrections: Existing and Alternate Strategies

SOC-483X Senior Practicum in Crime and Justice

And four courses from the following :

SOC-312 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

SOC-313 Gender, Crime and Justice

SOC-314 World Justice Systems

SOC-315 Public Security and Insecurity

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

SOC/PHIL-367 Conflict Transformation

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

PSY-340 Public Mental Health

Identity Studies Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

The Identity Studies minor offers students a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and intersectional curriculum for understanding their own and others' identities. With a focus on the cultural, economic, historical, political, and social factors that produce various contemporary identity formations/classifications, this program allows students from any major to deepen their analysis of the world they live in. The program is structured around a core sequence of three required courses, which introduce students to the theoretical frameworks and practical manifestations of identities in contemporary societies, while the remaining elective courses for the minor facilitate students' specific interests through a choice of identity-related concentrations. Ultimately, students graduating from this program will be able to more critically and effectively engage with their own and others' identities in whatever professional career they pursue.

Consists of 21 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC-232 Campus Identities

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

-or-

PSCI/SOC-205 Global Identities

SOC-431X Public Identities

And 4 courses to complete one of the following concentrations

French Cultural Studies

Gender Studies

German Studies

Hispanic Cultural Studies

Iberian Studies

Latin American Studies

Race and Ethnic Studies

Social Work Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 21 credit hours in sociology and social work from the following courses:

SOC-254 Introduction to Social Work

SOC-255EX Introduction to Social Welfare Systems

SOC/FCS-368W Sociology of the Family

SOC-451 Counseling and Personal Development

SOC-481X Field Experience in Social Welfare

And two courses from the following:

SOC-211 Criminology

SOC-256 Group Process

SOC-312 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

SOC/PHIL-367 Conflict Transformation

FCS-345 Child Development

PSY-340 Public Mental Health

Race and Ethnic Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

An interdisciplinary program that consists of 12 credit hours.  It explores the historical origins and nature of race and ethnicity in contemporary America and the global world.  It is designed for a student in any major.  Upon completion of the concentration the student will be cognizant of the diversity and complexity of current major issues of race and ethnicity.  Courses in the concentration enable students to explore the historical, political, economic, religious and social aspects of race and ethnicity including some of the possible problems, solutions, and challenges of multiculturalism and identity.  The concentration is an excellent preparation for the student’s personal life as well as professional careers in the 21st century, including law, education, business human services, medicine, cross-cultural or international relations, policy, and ethics.

Consists of 12 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

And three courses from the following:

BIOL-215 Biology of Human Diversity & Pseudoscience of Racism

COMM-340 Representations of Gender, Race & Class

ENG-243 Native American Literature and Culture

ENG-336 Literature of the Black Experience

FREN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

GER-300 Special Topics in English

HIST-340 American Indian History

HIST-350 Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Great Powers

HIST-370 Genocide

HIST-430 European Imperialism

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-350 Religions of the Far East

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

SOC-363 Cultures of Japan

SOC-365 Cultures of Africa

SPAN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

SPAN-352W Hispanic Masculinities

Note: Students may count no more than 2 courses with a given course prefix towards the concentration.

Courses

SOC-101 Sociological Imagination

SOC-201 General Anthropology

SOC-202 Cultural Anthropology

SOC-203 Social Problems

SOC-205 Global Identities

SOC-208E Food Politics

SOC-211 Criminology

SOC-232 Campus Identities

SOC-233 Social History of Jazz in America

SOC-254 Introduction to Social Work

SOC-255EX Introduction to Social Welfare Systems

SOC-256 Group Process

SOC-301 Classical Social Theory

SOC-302W Contemporary Social Theory

SOC-312 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

SOC-313 Gender, Crime and Justice

SOC-314 World Justice Systems

SOC-315 Public Security and Insecurity

SOC-316 True Crime Sociology

SOC-321 Qualitative and Ethnographic Research

SOC-322 Methods of Research and Data Analysis I

SOC-323 Methods of Research and Data Analysis II

SOC-331 Cultural Theory at the Movies

SOC-332 The Sociology of the Living Dead: Zombie Films and the Apocalyptic in American Culture

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

SOC-334 Gender and Sexuality Studies

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

SOC-336X Immigrant Food Cultures of New York City

SOC-337X Food Systems of the Shenandoah Valley

SOC-338X Introduction to Material Culture Studies

SOC-350 Social Inequality

SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

SOC-362 Sociology of the Caribbean: Case Study Of Jamaica

SOC-363 Cultures of Japan

SOC-364 Sociology of the African Continent: A Case Study of Zambia

SOC-365 Cultures of Africa

SOC-366E Sociology of Birth and Death

SOC-367 Conflict Transformation

SOC-368W Sociology of the Family

SOC-369 Studying the American Militia Movement: Guerrillas in Our Midst

SOC-370E Sociology of Religion

SOC-401X Community Action

SOC-412 Adjudication and Corrections: Existing and Alternate Strategies

SOC-431X Public Identities

SOC-451 Counseling and Personal Development

SOC-480 Internship

SOC-481X Field Experience in Social Welfare

SOC-482 Proseminar in Social Work Ethics

SOC-483X Senior Practicum in Crime and Justice

SOC-490 Independent Study

SOC-491 Research

SOC-499 Honors Project