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SOC- 110 Introductory Sociology (3.00 cr.)
Global Perspective, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Sociology
Repeatable: No
Social interaction in human groups; relationships between individual and group; social inequality; basic social institutions, social change and current social trends; the socio-cultural diversity of groups; the infrastructure and interrelationships of social organizations; and alternative theoretical perspectives for explaining these social phenomenon.

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SOC- 199 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SOC- 225 Social Problems (3.00 cr.)
Racial & Ethnic Studies Category B, Global Perspective, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Sociology
Repeatable: No
Sociological analysis of current social problems in the U.S. and the world.

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SOC- 249 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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SOC- 250 Social Psychology (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues
Repeatable: No
Theory and application of social interaction; emphasis on communication.

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SOC- 275 Sociology Of Gender Roles (3.00 cr.)
Racial & Ethnic Studies Category B
Repeatable: No
Sociological analysis of social roles played by the sexes.

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SOC- 290 Global Political Ecology (3.00 cr.)
Global Perspective, Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Repeatable: No
Social, political, and economic origins of contemporary environmental problems from sociological, anthropological and geographic perspectives; social construction of nature and knowledge; environmentalism, environmental racism and environmental justice in cross-cultural perspective; ethical implications of contemporary environmental problems regarding perspectives and distributions of justice.

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SOC- 291 Sociology of Health and Illness (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues, Racial & Ethnic Studies Category B, Global Perspective, Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Repeatable: No
Sociological approaches to health and illness, both domestically and globally. Topics include the social distribution of illness; health disparities across race/class/gender; global comparisons in the health of populations; the social construction of illness; the structure of health care systems and institutions; and various historical and contemporary health care debates. Health and illness will be considered throughout in terms of social justice and responsibility.

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SOC- 293 Environmental Justice (3.00 cr.)
Racial & Ethnic Studies Category A, Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Repeatable: No
Environmental racism; socio-economic inequality and exposure to environmental hazards; race, class, and environmental suffering; grassroots activism and opposition to environmental inequality and racism, particularly among U.S. minority groups; incorporation of environmental justice principles into public policy and corporate decision-making.

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SOC- 299 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SOC- 310 Sexualities in Historical and Social Perspective (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues, Racial & Ethnic Studies Category B
Repeatable: No
Sociology and history of sexual identities and categories and their uses to justify public policy; the normative and institutional context of how power is exercised in relation to sexuality, especially the stratification of society based on sexuality. Contemporary controversies such as gay marriage and other civil rights issues.

Must be Sophomore level or higher

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SOC- 315 Criminology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Sociological analysis of structure and function of criminal law, variables of criminal behavior and operation of criminal justice system.

Prerequisite: take SOC-110

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SOC- 320 Social Movements in Global Perspective (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues, Racial & Ethnic Studies Category B, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Social movements, collective action and activism; indigenous rights, labor organizing, civil rights, gender- and sexuality-based struggles, racial/ethnic identity formation and the claiming of rights, and anti-globalization activism in the U.S. and internationally; contested meanings of justice, citizenship, and democracy in a context of global capitalism.

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SOC- 325 Sociology Of Leisure (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues, Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Repeatable: No
Explanations of recreation and leisure structures and processes from multiple theories within sociology and economics; comparative case studies of recreation and leisure; ethical implications of how recreation and leisure are encouraged and pursued in a modern capitalist system, considering various philosophical perspectives of justice.

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SOC- 330 Social Theory (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Learning and applying advanced sociological and anthropological theories to social issues. Understanding various tools of explanation in the social sciences, as well as their origins, assumptions, and specific ways-of-knowing. Building a theoretical toolkit with the ability to compare, evaluate and synthesize theories for particular applications.

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SOC- 340 Sociology Of Work (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Human behavior in various types of employment and occupations; trends in U.S. occupational structure.

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SOC- 349 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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SOC- 350 Sociology Of Hmong Culture (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Sociological overview of Hmong cultural values, history, immigration and resettlement experiences, family and clan functions, and spiritual beliefs and practices.

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SOC- 360 Sociology Of Juvenile Delinquency (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Theories of delinquency, criminal behavior, and social control in relation to modern institutions in American culture.

Prerequisite: take SOC-110

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SOC- 375 Sociology Of Minority Groups (3.00 cr.)
Racial & Ethnic Studies Category A, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Social/psychological aspects of interaction between majority and minority groups; trends among minorities in the United States.

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SOC- 385 Globalization and Social Change (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues, Global Perspective, Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Repeatable: No
Explanations of globalization processes and global governance from multiple perspectives among the social sciences, including sociology and economics; historical origins of global processes and structures; global social change and resistance; ethical implications of globalization outcomes regarding perspectives and distributions of justice.

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SOC- 399 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SOC- 400 Sociology Of Altruism (3.00 cr.)
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Sociology
Repeatable: No
Sociological perspective of altruism explored in the context of volunteer public service, and biographies of exemplary public service participants.
Department consent

Prerequisite: Acceptance into University Honors Program

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SOC- 410 Sociology Of Thailand's Minority Groups: Study Abroad Program (4.00 cr.)
Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Study abroad program to Thailand. In-depth experiential learning of Thai minority cultures, including religions, socio-political status, Buddhism, health, education, trafficking of women and children, limited citizenship status, and poverty. Field trips to villages, non-governmental agencies, schools, and clinics.

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SOC- 449 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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SOC- 499 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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SOC- 515 Criminology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Sociological analysis of structure and function of criminal law, variables of criminal behavior and operation of criminal justice system.

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SOC- 525 Sociology Of Leisure (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Institutional approach to effects of leisure on social structure; values reflected in leisure; problems with increase in leisure resources.

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SOC- 540 Sociology Of Work (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Human behavior in various types of employment and occupations; trends in U.S. occupational structure.

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SOC- 550 Sociology Of Hmong Culture (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Sociological overview of Hmong cultural values, history, immigration and resettlement experiences, family and clan functions, and spiritual beliefs and practices.

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SOC- 560 Sociology Of Juvenile Deliquency (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Theories of delinquency, criminal behavior, and social control in relation to modern institutions in American culture.

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SOC- 610 Sociology Of Thailand'S Minority Groups: Study Abroad Program (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Study abroad program to Thailand. In-depth experiential learning of Thai minority cultures, including religions, socio-political status, Buddhism, health, education, trafficking of women and children, limited citizenship status, and poverty. Field trips to villages, non-governmental agencies, schools, and clinics.

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