Sociology and Anthropology Courses

List of Courses:
  • 050 - Community Service Program
    In local, national, and international communities, with agencies, and institutions, students work together with others committed to meeting social needs. Students are encouraged to learn from those they serve, broaden their knowledge of diversity, develop social responsibility and realize their obligation to serve our global community.
  • 100 - Intro to Global Sociology
    An introduction to the basics of sociology as a way of understanding the world. This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the discipline of sociology. Although a domestic (US) sociological perspective is examined, a global sociological perspective is at the core of the course. Students will be introduced to the field by focusing on key sociological topics, including but not limited to social theory, the social construction of knowledge, socialization, social stratification, "race" and ethnicity, gender, culture, geography, religion, global social movements, globalization, global stratification, post-colonialism, and global ecology.
  • 110 - Intro to the SOAN Major
    Required of all majors. Introduces students to the complementary yet distinct disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology. Explores the early theorists of each field and their connections to key concepts, terms of art, and research methodologies in each field. SOAN departmental outcomes and expectations will also be examined.
  • 130 - Introduction to Archaeology
    A survey course which explores theory, methods, and techniques for investigating, reconstructing, interpreting, preserving, and learning about human behavior in the past. It reviews human cultural chronology from the earliest Paleolithic ages, to the present, and examines the artifact remains. Throughout the course archaeology as anthropology and the relevance of archaeology to modern society and politics is emphasized.
  • 150 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    Introduction to the field of cultural anthropology. Explores various cultures around the world using some or all of the following as a basis of comparison: gender roles, language, social structure, family and kinship, identity, and spirituality. Also examines how cultures have been impacted by globalization.
  • 160 - "Race" and Ethnicity
    Examines the Native, African, Latino/Latina, Asian, and European American experience. Provides a critical and comparative analysis of the racial ideology and social construction of "race," its origins and present day consequences. Ethnicity, ethnic conflict, genocide, and conflict solutions are examined as well.
  • 170 - Gender Paradigms
    Examines underlying assumptions about male and female roles throughout history, then focuses on contemporary issues. Addresses the questions of why status differences exist between the sexes, how people are socialized into stereotyped sex roles, and how individuals can move beyond limitations imposed by prescribed sex roles. Also listed as WOM 170.
  • 180 - Social Stratification
    Explores some of the fundamental concepts and major theoretical issues involving social class and power at a global level. Topics include socio-economic inequality, class consciousness, power and privilege, social mobility, and the place of race and gender.
  • 200 - Criminology and Criminal Law
    Explores criminological theories, the criminal judicial system, and the consequences of crime in the United States and around the world. Typologies and case studies of crimes include, but are not limited to contemporary, historical, celebrity, corporate, crimes against humanity and "terrorism."
  • 215 - Soc Science Research Methods
    Explores qualitative and quantitative research methods used in the social sciences. Students conduct social research projects to learn various research designs, their strengths and weaknesses, and their applications. Students collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as test hypotheses and develop theories. Also listed as POLS 215.
  • 220 - Contemporary French Society
    An analysis of contemporary French society focusing on social class/power, gender, immigration/ethnicity, plus the religion and educational systems. Students who complete all assignments in French will receive credit towards a French major. May be offered on campus as well as on Principia abroads.
  • 235 - Environmental & Social Change
    Examines the interface between social and environmental problems plus strategies to resolve such problems. Analyzes the impact of industrialization and globalization on humanity and ecosystems in traditional and more industrialized societies. Evaluates the feasibility of ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable rural and urban human settlement patterns.
  • 240 - Native American Cultures
    Develops an appreciation for Native North American cultures from a sociological and historical perspective. Examines common issues facing many Native Americans as they work to maintain their cultural practices and ways of knowing in the midst of a dominant Euro-American society. Explores contemporary political, socio-economic, and resource management issues related to ecological, economic, and social sustainability.
  • 244 - Int'l Human Rights Law & Advcy
    This course examines the global mechanisms, forces, and laws for promoting and protecting human rights; rights implementation via issues of evidence, ethics, and socio-political feasibility; legal concepts that apply to torture, political repression, war crimes and genocide, women's rights, children's rights, and violations of non-human rights; advocacy on behalf of those oppressed by violations of human and non-human rights law.
  • 245 - Studies in Culture
    Analysis of selected cultures. The contents will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
  • 250 - African American Cultural Hist
    An historical and cultural exploration of the African American experience from African antiquity to the present.
  • 251 - Anthropology of India
    A survey of contemporary India that examines the society through an anthropological lens. Explores the lived experiences of socio-economic class, caste, gender roles, marriage, family life, religion, politics, and globalization in the context of both rural and urban India. Uses India as a starting point from which to discuss questions pertaining to understanding cultural difference.
  • 265 - Food in Society
    The course will demonstrate how the political economy of the food system has emerged as a significant area of sociological/anthropological research and become essential to the study of sustainability. Drawing on interdisciplinary sources, this course explores the consequences raised by the relation of food and food consumption to inequality, diet, and food as a cultural symbol.
  • 270 - Indigenous Cultures
    Explores practices of indigenous peoples around the world and uses the lens of globalization to examine present day issues. Examines the process of "modernization" and its effects on the role of the state and cultural preservation. Explores the role of indigenous peoples' values and knowledge related to resource management and environmental sustainability as well as cultural preservation.
  • 280 - Global Urban Studies
    This course examines urban areas (cities) in a global context and is divided into four parts: global cities defined, living in cities, the health of cities, and the future of cities. Primary emphasis will be placed on analysis of "slums" and "ghettos" as well as the sustainable cities global movement.
  • 290 - African Cultures
    A cultural view of Africa which studies the impact of colonialism and imperialism on contemporary African societies. In addition, the cultural influences of African liberation movements on the values and behavior of selected traditional peoples are analyzed.
  • 300 - Social Theory
    Comparative historical study of ideas of individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of social and cultural thought globally. Includes classical and contemporary theorists. Also focuses on explanatory value of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and culture theories.
  • 323 - Refugees: Culture and Conflict
    This course looks at refugee groups around the world along with governmental and non-governmental organizations that service refugees. Explores the kinds of conflicts leading ethnic groups to become refugees; the options for resettlement for refugee groups; the issues related to resettlement; as well as how refugee groups adapt culturally to their new surroundings during the resettlement process; how "race," class, and gender impact both how refugees experience conflict and their integration into new communities. This course is intended to be a service learning course in that students are encouraged to enroll in the SOAN 050 community service at the International Institute.
  • 325 - Youth Advocacy Services
    Covers a wide range of youth and family issues in the USA and abroad, including child abuse and neglect, adoption and foster care, special needs children, families and children, and child welfare practices. Private and government efforts to respond to these issues are explored and evaluated.
  • 330 - Social Field Work Methods
    Designed for students considering human service, social work, or alternative education as a profession. Students learn about the social work profession and various social service systems. Students learn how to identify problems necessitating social work services and then devote time to skill development in interviewing, counseling, observing, and case work. Prerequisite: Two of the following: SOAN 160, SOAN/WOM 170, SOAN 180.
  • 335 - Gender & Masculinity
    This course examines the social construct of masculinity. What does it mean to be a male in contemporary American society? How does this compare with notions of manhood in other cultures and in other time periods? Readings include representative selections of the diverse literature on men and theories of masculinity. Prerequisite: SOAN/WOM 170. Also listed as WOM 335.
  • 340 - Peace and Conflict
    Study of non-violent methods used by organizations, cultures, and societies to resolve conflicts. Reasons for success/failure of such methods. Covers disarmament, justice, and universal human rights. Includes theoretical approaches and perspectives and the impact of laws on society.
  • 345 - Advanced Studies in Culture
    Advanced analysis of cultures. The contents vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
  • 360 - Gender Theories
    Attempts to answer the questions of how and why gender oppression and discrimination occur. Covers a variety of theoretical perspectives and focuses on solutions for ending aggression and oppression. Prerequisite: SOAN/WOM 170. Also listed as WOM 360.
  • 365 - Global Perspectives of Women
    An in-depth study of the critical areas of concern for women's empowerment around the world. The course includes theoretical critiques of women's movements and methodologies. Also listed as WOM 365.
  • 375 - Globalization and Culture
    Uses both theories and case examples to explore the concept of globalization through the lens of cultural anthropology. Analyzes the global flows of money, people, commodities, media, and ideas while considering how class, gender, and ethnicity affect the way globalization is experienced around the world.
  • 385 - Ethnographic Research
    Qualitative research that includes participant observation and structured and unstructured interviews. Students will conduct independent field research of a student-selected, faculty-approved topic. They will then analyze the data they collect with the purpose of developing theories and writing an ethnography, a detailed description of a culture. May be offered for variable credit from four to six semester hours.
  • 390 - Independent Study
    Individual study under faculty supervision in any aspect of sociology or anthropology. Allows exploration of topics not considered in regular courses, or advanced work in areas like human services, criminology, archaeology, community organization, race, ethnicity, social class, gender roles, or family studies. May be taken for variable credit from one to twelve semester hours. May be taken more than once if topics differ.
  • 395 - Internship
    Field experience in social service agency, organization, or institution. Application of interpersonal and organizational skills, plus knowledge gleaned from courses. Includes field sponsor supervision, periodic self-assessments, final paper, and weekly faculty contact. May be taken more than once if topics differ. Any internship may extend beyond one semester if the total semester hours in that internship does not exceed 12 semester hours. If an internship is extended beyond one semester, the extension may be as few as two semester hours. Offered on an independent contract basis. Prerequisite: SPST 301.
  • 395C - Non Profit Internship
  • 399 - Capstone Proposal
    Prepares students for their capstones. Students research possible topics, write a formal proposal for their capstones, and defend this proposal orally to the SOAN department for feedback. Usually taken the semester preceding the capstone but can be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: SOAN 300.
  • 400 - Senior Capstone Seminar
    Research projects which include the application of theory and library research to contemporary social issues. May be offered for variable credit from three to six semester hours. Prerequisite: SOAN 399.
  • 400C - Senior Capstone Seminar