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Graduate Studies Catalog (1999-2001)


Department of Sociology

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Chairperson and Associate Professor: Robert Rutzen, Ph.D., Yale University. Associate Professor: Frederick S. Halley, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia. Assistant Professors: Jeffrey T. Lash brook, Ph.D., University of Rochester; Roger K. Steinhauer, Ph.D., Florida State University; Timothy G. Thornton, M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Visiting Assistant Professor (Great Britain): John Halsey, Ph.D., Exeter University. Visiting Assistant Professor (Joint Appointment AAS): Ruth L. Harris, Ph.D., Michigan State University. (Professor, on Leave, Auckland, New Zealand): Frederic C. Deyo, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Distinguished Professor Emeritus: Edward C. Lehman, Ph.D., Mississippi State University. Professors Emeriti: John E. Kramer, Jr., Ph.D., Yale University; Dorothy A. Mariner, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley; Robert J. Potter, Ph.D., University of Chicago.

While the Department of Sociology does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through the advisement process.



Sociology Courses

SOC 512 Schools, Learning, and Society. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or 101. Examines the relationships between education and other aspects of society, including social structures and processes through which culture is transmitted from one generation to the next; and possible contributions of education to social and individual order and change. 3 Cr.

SOC 513 Techniques of Data Analysis. Prerequisites: SOC 200 and 310. Recommended: a research methods course and a statistics course. Covers the techniques of index and scale construction, common multivariate statistics used in the social behavioral sciences, computer-based graphics and data presentation systems. 3 Cr.

SOC 514 Advanced Sociological Research Methods. Prerequisites: SOC 200 and 310. Explores methodological techniques for evaluating social theory and social policy. Includes issues such as scale analysis, index construction and multivariate analysis. Provides an opportunity to use a computer for the analysis of national and local data. Emphasizes student-developed research reports relating to local issues. 3 Cr.

SOC 527 Power in Human Societies. Explores the acquisition, distribution, and use of power in human societies. Emphasizes the relations between power and major institutional arrangements, e.g., stratification systems, economics, politics, and forms of administrative control. 3 Cr.

SOC 528 Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Provides a study of the role of race and ethnicity in social relations. Examines major theoretical orientations toward racial and ethnic stratification, as well as the consequences of inequality for both majority and minority groups. 3 Cr.

SOC 551 Women and Work. Cross-listed with WMS 551. Examines woman's work from cross-cultural, historical and sociological perspectives with particular emphasis on the analysis of the role assigned to women in late industrial society as housewives. 3 Cr.

SOC 552 Women and Health. Cross-listed as WMS 552. Analyzes the myths and realities of women, health, and illness. Includes a review of the place of women in the health care system as patients and health care providers. Although the course materials concentrate on women/health/illness in the 20th century U.S., cross-cultural and historical materials give an added dimension to the theories and substantive materials of this field. 3 Cr.

SOC 564 Gender and Social Change. Examines real and imagined differences between men and women. Reviews the strengths and weaknesses of various theories explaining gender differences. Explains social and economic consequences of being male or female. Spends time discovering and analyzing social structures and processes contributing to the maintenance of gender patterns. 3 Cr.

SOC 565 Sociology of Aging. Provides a survey of social theories and research about older persons in U.S. and other societies. 3 Cr.

SOC 591 Seminar in Sociological Issues. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Explores a current issue in sociology. Credit Varies.

SOC 593 Mass Media in American Society. Prerequisite: SOC 100, 101, or 210. Explores the structure of media organizations with regard to authority, chain of command, power, functional roles and gatekeeper. 3 Cr.

SOC 599 Independent Study. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Explores various theoretical perspectives on a social phenomenon or sub-area of sociology not covered by other registered courses. Arranged in consultation with the instructor. 3-6 Cr.


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