2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Sociology

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Majors

Sociology Major

Minors

Crime and Justice Minor

Cultural Studies Minor

Social Work Minor

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; a multi-function departmental computer lab; 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 Just 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

Cultural Studies Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 18 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC-232 Cultural Studies

SOC-431EX Public Culture

And four courses (at least 3 credits from each category) from the following electives:

Note: Courses for the minor must be taken in at least three different departments. No more than one May Term course will count toward the minor.

Cultural Theory

ART-300W Modern & Post-Modern Art

COMM-230 Communication Technologies: History, Culture, and Society

COMM-240 Contemporary Media Industries

ENG-200 Introduction to English Studies

PHIL-333W Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL-420W Postmodernism

PSCI-401E Contemporary Political Thought

SOC-302W Contemporary Social Theory

SOC-331 Cultural Theory at the Movies

THEA/ENG-362W Contemporary Drama

Cultural Politics

COMM-335 Communicating Sex and Gender

COMM-340 Representations of Gender, Race & Class

ENG-221 The Images of "folk" in Literature

ENG-243 Native American Literature and Culture

FREN-350 Special Topics in Culture

HIST-335 Women's History in Asia

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PSCI/SOC-205 Global Identities

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

SOC-233 Social History of Jazz in America

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

SOC-334 Gender and Sexuality Studies

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

SPAN-350 Special Topics in Culture

Cultural Change

ART-316 Metal Sculpture

ART-322 Web Design and Development

ART-323 Graphic Design

ART-335 Painting

ART-344 Photography

ART-347 Videography I

COMM/ENG-255W Introduction to News Writing

COMM/ENG-305 Multimedia Reporting and Writing

COMM-306 Investigative Journalism & Documentary

COMM-420 Political Campaigning in Virtual Environments

FREN-315 Special Topics in Writing

THEA-200 Theatre Production: Costumes and Scenery

THEA-225 Scenic Painting

THEA-310 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (acting, Movement)

THEA-311 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (Lighting, Costumes and Makeup, Scenic Painting, Scenery and Props, Technical Direction, and Sound)

THEA-312 Production Laboratory/Applied Performance (stage Management, Dramaturgy, Assistant Directing)

THEA-355 Environmental Theatre

Other elective courses, including those from study abroad programs, may be included with departmental approval.

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

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 Cultural Studies

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 Just Systems

SOC-315 Public Security and Insecurity

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-338 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-431EX Public Culture

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