SOCIOLOGY DAVID B. BARKER, Ph.D., Program Director FACULTY: Associate Professor: David B. Barker. Assistant Professor: Richard W. Moodey. The Sociology Program is primarily a service provider offering courses and academic support for students, programs, and departments throughout the University. Substantive areas of inquiry covered by courses offered in the Sociology Program include: culture, human diversity, minority-majority group relations, social inequality, social theory, deviant behavior, and social institutions. Instruction in social research methods, applied statistics, and use of statistical software is also available.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: SOCI 110: Basic Sociology An introduction to sociology, its perspectives, methods, theories, and selected substantive areas. The substantive areas selected will vary. 3 credits, Fall, Spring SOCI 111: Introduction to Anthropology An introduction to the traditional four fields of anthropology: archaeology, linguistics, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology. 3 credits SOCI 120: Individual, Culture, and Society An introduction to the social scientific study of human diversity, and to the practical implications of such knowledge. 3 credits, Spring SOCI 210: Deviant Behavior An analysis of the processes by which behavior is characterized as deviant or conforming. Issues treated include labeling, control, stigma, and deviant careers. 3 credits SOCI 230: Minority Groups A study of the way certain categories of Americans, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, have come to be objects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Various ways of working to overcome prejudice and discrimination are discussed. 3 credits, Spring SOCI 292: Cultural Anthropology An introduction to anthropological descriptions and explanations of the highly diverse ways of life created by people living in different times and places. 3 credits SOCI 293: Physical Anthropology An introduction to physical anthropology, its history, methods, theories, and selected practical applications, including forensic anthropology. Topics include: the social history and application of physical anthropology, race and human variation, primatology, and hominid evolution. 3 credits SOCI 351: Statistics for the Social Sciences This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of applied statistics. Students will learn basic descriptive and inferential methods for univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of statistical methods. Critical evaluation of each application is an important element of the process. Instruction in the use of statistical software is provided. 3 credits, Fall, Spring SOCI 352: Methods of Social Research Practical guidance in the design of both quantitative and qualitative research. Topics include theory and research design, conceptualization, measurement, data construction and analysis, and the ethics of social research. Prerequisite: SOCI 351 3 credits