Graduate Studies

Graduate Courses

  • SOC 500 The Sociological Profession I. Prerequisite: Fifteen credits in sociology. Examination of issues and values affecting sociology as a profession.
  • SOC 501 The Sociological Profession II. Prerequisite: Fifteen credits in sociology. Examination of the activities and procedures critical to the socialization of professional sociologists.
  • SOC 502 Foundations of Theoretical Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 500 or concurrent registration. This course is designed to work with the thought of six important early sociological theorists: Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Harriet Martineau, Georg Simmel and Karl Mannheim. This course’s study of classical sociology aims to provide the student with the ability to understand the varied roots of sociological theorizing, to better appreciate the current theoretical contours of the discipline, and to begin to develop her or his own conceptual framework for analyzing contemporary society.
  • SOC 503 Contemporary Sociological Theory. Prerequisite: SOC 502. Contributions of major sociological theorists since mid-20th century.
  • SOC 510 Sociological Methods I. Prerequisite: SOC 210 or SOC 311. This course is designed to provide a general overview of issues on conducting social research. In this course, you will survey the core methods of sociological data collection and analysis including: interviewing, statistical analysis, ethnography, comparative/historical research, content analysis, and survey design. Rather than provide students with in-depth knowledge of any particular method, this seminar will be the first step for graduate students in developing their methodological knowledge about: the trade-offs of various methods of data collection, the strengths and weakness of different types of analysis, and the components of rigorous research design generally.
  • SOC 511 Sociological Methods II. Prerequisite: SOC 510. Linkage of sociological theory and conceptual models; case studies; data-gathering techniques.
  • SOC 540 Community Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Intellectual roots of community sociology and contemporary community studies.
  • SOC 555 Society, Deviance, and Crime. Prerequisite: 12 credits of sociology at the 300 level or above. This course is designed to work with the major theoretical perspectives in the areas of deviance and crime within sociology, including classical, positivist, and critical theories among others. Both classic and contemporary theoretical developments will be addressed, as well as critiques that will expose students to scholarly debates in the field and applications that exemplify the use of theories in guiding empirical research.
  • SOC 562/AGRI 562 Sociology of Food Systems and Agriculture. This course is designed to explore how agricultural choices generate intended and unintended consequences for human communities and the natural environment. The course examines issues related to the “conventional” versus “alternative” agro/food systems debate, agricultural biotechnology, global and local agro/food systems, organic agriculture, community-supported agriculture, and environmental issues related to global agro/food systems.
  • SOC 564 Environmental Justice. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 105. Unequal distribution of environmental risks, benefits, policies and regulatory practices across different populations.
  • SOC 566/AREC 566 Contemporary Issues of Developing Countries. Prerequisite: Two or more courses in AREC or ECON or SOC. Credit not allowed for both SOC 566 and AREC 566. Social, economic, and technological factors in developing countries.
  • SOC 610 Seminar in Methods of Qualitative Analysis. Prerequisite: POLS 620 or concurrent registration or SOC 311. Credit not allowed for both SOC 610 and POLS 621. This course is designed to introduce graduate students to qualitative field research methods used in the social sciences. The course is designed to give you an overview of the logic of qualitative research, process of research design, major types of qualitative data collection methods, and techniques of data analysis. Through the readings, discussions, exercises, and assignments, we will explore the assumptions and theoretical traditions, ethical issues, the role of the researcher, data collection methods, techniques for working with data, and ways to ensure rigorous, rich, theoretically-informed, and practically useful qualitative studies.
  • SOC 612 Seminar in Methods of Evaluational Research. Prerequisite: SOC 511. Quantitative and qualitative techniques of evaluating social action programs.
  • SOC 613 Seminar in Multiple Regression and Path Analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 511. This course is designed to act as an intermediate course in statistical methods applied to social science problems, focused on multiple regression, but also including binary logistic regression and other topics as time permits. You’ll receive a thorough but not too deeply mathematical background in multiple regression, from which you can get the tools to start doing and reading meaningful quantitative research in the social sciences. Additionally, this course, serves as a foundation from which you can prepare for the quantitative aspects of the sociology methods comprehensive exam.
  • SOC 614 Comparative Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Examination of problems and prospects in extending and carrying out sociological research across social systems.
  • SOC 630 Social Stratification. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Theory and research on class structure, status attainment, ideology, and social change.
  • SOC 631 Sociology of Rural Development. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Rural social organization and development, modernization, and social change as it relates to rural social systems; underdeveloped regions of world.
  • SOC 633 Theories of Modern Organizations. Prerequisite: SOC 340. Comparison of various theoretical perspectives on functioning of modern large-scale organizations.
  • SOC 639/CIVE 639 Technology Assessment and Social Forecasting. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Credit not allowed for both SOC 639 and CIVE 639. Interrelationship between technology and society emphasizing procedures for evaluating impacts and forecasting alternatives.
  • SOC 660 Theories of Development. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Central concepts, issues, and approaches in sociology of development.
  • SOC 661 Gender and Global Society. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Gender relations and social change in global society.
  • SOC 662 Seminar in Sociological Policy Analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 500. This course is designed to develop an understanding of the processes by which societies come to perceive of particular issues as social problems and formulate policies in response to these perceptions; and the factors that affect these processes. In other words, we will explore why a society chooses a particular social problem from among many to be concerned about, a particular policy to deal with that problem from among many options, and why its choice may be different from others.
  • SOC 663 Sociology of Sustainable Development. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Social dimensions of sustainable Third World development and implications for policy.
  • SOC 664 Sociology of Water Resources. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Social organization, conflict, and power in arid environments.
  • SOC 665 Sociology of Science and Technology. Prerequisite: Ten credits of undergraduate natural sciences; SOC 100. Examination of connections among science, technology, and social development in national and global context.
  • SOC 666 Globalization and Socioeconomic Restructuring. Prerequisite: SOC 500. This course is designed to analyze ongoing processes of globalization and their implications for socio-economic restructuring. We begin by setting globalization in historical context, striving to identify what is new about current processes of social transformation. We focus on key theoretical and methodological issues in understanding globalization’s causes and consequences. To ensure a grounded discussion, our analysis focuses on concrete processes of socio-economic restructuring in the agro-food sector.
  • SOC 667 Theories of State, Economy, and Society. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Major classical and contemporary sociological theories of state-economy-society relations emphasizing development.
  • SOC 668 Environmental Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Connections between social organizations, the environment, and science and technology.
  • SOC 669 Global Inequality and Change. Prerequisite: SOC 500. Major issues in global inequality and change from a historical and contemporary perspective.
  • SOC 671 Metatheoretical Issues in Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 502. Analysis of metatheoretical concepts and issues in sociological theory.
  • SOC 693 A, B, C, D Seminar. S. Prerequisite: SOC 503. A) Structural theory. B) Cultural theory. C) Middle range theory. D) Metatheory.
  • SOC 752 Seminar in Utopian Thought. Prerequisite: SOC 503 Sociological Analysis of major utopian writings
  • SOC 793 A, B, C, D Seminar. Prerequisite: SOC 511. A) Quantitative data collection. B) Quantitative data analysis. C) Advanced ethnographic methods. D) Comparative methods.
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