SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A survey of the discipline of sociology. Topics will include sociological theory, methods, and selected substantive areas.

SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A theoretical and empirical analysis of selected major social problems confronting American society.

SOCI 2293 Introduction to Marriage and Family
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to the structure, processes, problems, and adjustments of contemporary marriage and family life.

SOCI 3010 Social Statistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 1001, MATH 1070, MATH 1101, MATH 1111, MATH 1113 or MATH 1220 with grade C or higher
Description

Concepts and techniques for quantitative data analysis: including measurement, hypotheses testing, computer applications with SPSS, and bivariate and multivariate analytic techniques.

SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 3010 with grade of C or higher
Description

Advanced studies in techniques of quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, management, analysis, and presentation. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all sociology majors.

SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Major theoretical orientations used in sociology from the 1800s to the present.

SOCI 3040 Cognition and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Perceiving, focusing, classifying, timing, symbolizing, and remembering in a societal context. How thinking can vary cross-nationally and historically. The social construction of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and temporal boundaries; social connection between collective memories and national and group identities; and social foundations of knowledge and myth. Global Perspectives Course.

SOCI 3101 Families and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 3120.)
Advanced concepts and processes of family sociology with application to sexuality, partner selection, transition to parenthood, parenting and children, housework and paid work, conflict and violence, divorce and remarriage, grandparenting, care giving, and alterantive families.

SOCI 3110 Identity, Self, and Social Interaction
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Relations between the individual and society, the role of language and social interaction in the socialization of the person, the function of role taking, and identification in the emergence of the self.

SOCI 3124 Diversity and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines aging as a social process and focuses on the influence of ethnicity and race, as well as other key social relations in shaping the life course. We will define and examine diversity and disparity and consider many of the socio-cultural factors that give rise to differences across the life course and in later life. 3:00 Credit Hours, crosslisted with GERO 3124; Target Group: All undergraduate students, Gerontology and Sociology undergraduate majors.

SOCI 3130 Sociology of Food
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed as an introduction to the emerging field of the sociology of food. Food is intimately connected to vital sociological issues of power and identity. When you eat, how you eat, why you eat, and with whom speak volumes on our personalities, our social interactions, our social differentiations and stratifications, and our ethnic, gender, sexual, economic, political, religious, geographic, family, and life-stage identities. Topics will include food and the construction of identity, dining and manners, food movements, work in the food industry, food controversies, diet and health, fast food, globalizing markets, and others.

SOCI 3140 Sociology of HIV/AIDS
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course explores the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and globally. We examine the social forces that impact and determine the course and experience of the epidemic as we also explore the impact the epidemic has had on communities and cultures worldwide.

SOCI 3152 Birth and Parenthood
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 3140.) Pregnancy, birth, and parenting; fatherhood and motherhood in a social and historical context.

SOCI 3156 Sexuality and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Same as WGSS 3150. Social construction and social control of sexuality. Examining trends in sexual attitudes and behaviors across the life course and how they are influenced by social interaction and social institutions. Topics may include sex research methods, representations of sexuality, sex education, sexual health and infection, sexual violence, and the commodification of sex.

SOCI 3160 Sociological Domestic Field School
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Interview with the instructor
Description

This course examines current social issues that are of interest to the political leaders, policymakers, and/or community stakeholders in the City of Atlanta, the metropolitan region, and/or the State of Georgia. Students will gain practical experience in collecting social science data using one or more of the major sociological research methodologies and/or serving the local community working with various non-profit organizations and government agencies.

SOCI 3162 African-American Family
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 3000.) Contemporary theories and research on the African-American family.

SOCI 3201 Wealth, Power, and Inequality
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of social structure and function in terms of class, caste, status, power, and mobility. Global Perspectives Course.

SOCI 3208 Work and Employment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Meanings and conditions of work, the social implications of the division of labor, the changing structure of the labor force, and group relationships in industry.

SOCI 3212 Race and Ethnic Relations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The major processes and outcomes that occur when racial or ethnic groups interact. Topics studied are the nature of racism, prejudice, discrimination, cultural pluralism, assimilation, integration, segregation, and immigrant adjustment patterns, as well as methods of resolving problems associated with these phenomena. Global Perspectives Course.

SOCI 3213 Immigration
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Sociological analysis of causes and processes of immigration, as well as conditions of immigrant life and socio-cultural, demographic, economic, and political effects of immigration on different societies. Cities Perspectives Course.

SOCI 3216 Gender and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 3130.) Social construction of gender, gender-based stratification, and power dynamics.

SOCI 3220 Activism, Protest, and Revolution
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Conditions which generate social movements and factors affecting their success or failure. Issues include the timing of rebellion, strategies of protest, and the legacies of activism.

SOCI 3222 Deviant Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of theories of deviant behavior, study of the control of deviance, and an examination of selected deviant subcultures.

SOCI 3224 Crime and Punishment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Different approaches to the etiology, treatment, and control of criminal behavior.

SOCI 3232 Poverty and Welfare
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of social needs and interventions in industrial and post-industrial United States, with an emphasis on the causes of poverty and measures for its alleviation.

SOCI 3315 Asian American Experience
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

There is no prerequisite for this course. This course is designed to answer questions such as who are Asian Americans and what are their historical, demographic and socio-economic trends, and what is the model minority myth/thesis from the social scientific perspective. Far too often, skewed statistics have been used to paint inaccurate portrait of APA communities. This course hopes to correct some of those mis-perceptions of APA by studying the most comprehensive set of statistics and figures, historical records, scientific analyses, and first hand narratives of APAs.

SOCI 3340 Population Problems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of population from the standpoint of theories, dynamics, composition, fertility, mortality, migration, and economic and social aspects. Cities Perspectives Course.

SOCI 3346 Drug Use and Abuse
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Phenomenon of drug use and abuse with consideration of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs, including narcotics, marijuana, psychedelics, stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and deliriants.

SOCI 3350 Social Change and the Future
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Case studies and theories about the causes and consequences of modern and future social changes. Attention is given to strategies people use to produce social change, methods of forecasting future developments, and experts’ ideas of what social patterns to expect in the future.

SOCI 3352 Mental Illness in the United States
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Mental illness within the context of the larger social environment. Analysis of social and cultural factors in the incidence, recognition, course, and community management of mental health problems.

SOCI 3354 Sociology of Popular Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Effects of popular culture, such as TV, tabloids, and films on western and non-western societies; effects of social class on taste.

SOCI 3356 Queer Identities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 3356.) Social construction of gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities, contemporary issues, including types and effects of discrimination based on sexual identity.

SOCI 3390 Selected Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major. May be repeated if topics are different.

SOCI 3690 Honors Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings on selected topics.

SOCI 4050 Global Perspectives on Violence Against Women
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comparative course investigating women’s experiences of violence inside and outside the home, examining the reasons why women are disproportionately the victims of certain types of violence worldwide. Rates and types of violence against women are compared for various societies and strategies for ending violence explored.

SOCI 4110 Aging Policy and Services
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 4110.) Aging policy, services, and programs emphasizing legislation, funding, planning, the aging network, and the long-term care system.

SOCI 4116 Aging and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 4116.) Application of sociological theory and methods to the study of aging in society; the impact of urbanization on the aged and the aged on social institutions.

SOCI 4119 Global Aging and Families
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 4119.) This is an upper division undergraduate course designed to introduce population aging at a global level in a global perspective. The course utilizes macro-sociological approaches to explain how demographic changes, global economic transformations, and social policies influence aging experiences, processes, and families in different regions of the world. It also combines micro-sociological approaches to examine how families are changing in roles and responsibilities as well as in forms and structures because of population aging in a global context, informing students how aging is not just a personal issue but is affected by gender, race, ethnicity, class, as well as national boundaries. Global Perspectives Course.

SOCI 4122 Death, Dying, and Loss
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 4122.) The process of death and dying, including the social roles of the dying person, the family, and those of the hospital and institutional staff; the social factors influencing death; social functions of bereavement; problems in coping created by medical technology and longevity.

SOCI 4130 Ties that Bind: Family, Intimacy, and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 4130.) This course examines older adults’ family lives and intimate relationships in social, historical and demographic context. Emphasis is placed on understanding in the type, nature, content and meaning of relationships, and on identifying influential factors, including, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and health status.

SOCI 4150 Sexual and Intimate Violence
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 4060.) Societal causes, power dynamics, and policy implications of rape and sexual violence, battery, psychological/emotional abuse, child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse.

SOCI 4218 Power and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The relationship between society and the system of government, focusing on the United States, on who rules, and who makes the rules.

SOCI 4226 Urban Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of urban society on the basis of the population, social organization, and social relationships of each. Cities Perspectives Course.

SOCI 4230 Sociology of Health and Illness
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social causes and effects of illness; beliefs and behaviors of healthy and sick people; social aspects of health professions training; the social organization and financing of health care; health policy issues such as genetic intervention, organ transplantation, medical technology, and the right to die.

SOCI 4279 Metropolitan Atlanta
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as HIST 4320 and GEOG 4768.) Interdisciplinary perspective focusing on social, historical, and geographic processes which have shaped the Atlanta region.

SOCI 4310 Issues in the African-American Community
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4000.) Examination of the impact of major societal issues on the African-American community.

SOCI 4311 African American Male/Female Relationships
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4030.) Explores historical, social, psychological, and economic factors impacting upon African-American relationships. Issues explored include negative images and stereotypes, color, beauty, and pornography; sex-gender and role identity, consumerism and narcissism, employment, and others. Gay and lesbian relationships will also be included.

SOCI 4312 African-American Women in the United States
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 4100.) Contemporary social issues of African-American women. Emphasis on the historical roots of current issues and the interrelationships of gender, race, and class.

SOCI 4315 Girls
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as WGSS 4310.) Feminist analyses of who girls are and how they are socialized in our society. Girls’ experiences with social institutions, growth and development issues, self-esteem and body image, sexuality, culture and media, third-wave feminism, and girls’ movements.

SOCI 4360 Religion and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Religion as a social institution, including its interrelationships with other social institutions and other aspects of society and culture. Analysis of theories of religion and society applied to contemporary religious institutions.

SOCI 4366 Law and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Recruitment, training, and practice in the legal professions. Analysis of the legal system as a social process.

SOCI 4380 Educational Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Sociological foundations of modern education and the relationships of the school as a social institution to family, church, and community institutions. Emphasis will be placed upon the school and social problems related to rapid urban development.

SOCI 4800 Critical Thinking through Writing in General Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites SOCI 1101 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all sociology majors. If you have taken this course without a CTW designation, you may not take it or receive credit for it as a CTW course.

SOCI 4801 Critical Thinking through Writing in Families, Health, and the Life Course
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all sociology majors. If you have taken this course without a CTW designation, you may not take it or receive credit for it as a CTW course.

SOCI 4802 Critical Thinking through Writing in Gender and Sexuality
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all sociology majors. If you have taken this course without a CTW designation, you may not take it or receive credit for it as a CTW course.

SOCI 4803 Race and Urban Studies-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all sociology majors. If you have taken this course without a CTW designation, you may not take it or receive credit for it as a CTW course. Cities Perspectives Course.

SOCI 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

SOCI 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites SOCI 4870 with grade of C or higher, good standing with the Honors College and consent of instructor
Description

Writing or production of Honors thesis or project. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

SOCI 4980 Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Description

Combined academic training and professional experience in community agencies. Application required. See department adviser for information, including deadlines for applying. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

SOCI 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.