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Graduate Catalog

Department of Sociology

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Chairperson and Professor: Joan Z. Spade, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo. Assistant Professors: Jeffrey T. Lashbrook, PhD, University of Rochester; Eileen O'Brien, PhD, University of Florida; Roger K. Steinhauer, PhD, Florida State University. Visiting Assistant Professor (Great Britain): John Halsey, PhD, Exeter University. Distinguished Professor Emeritus: Edward C. Lehman, PhD, Mississippi State University. Professors Emeriti: Frederick S. Halley, PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia; John E. Kramer, Jr., PhD, Yale University; Dorothy A. Mariner, PhD, University of California-Berkeley; Robert J. Potter, PhD, University of Chicago; Robert Rutzen, PhD, Yale University.


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


Sociology Courses

SOC 512 Schools, Learning, and Society. Prerequisite: SOC 100. 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 528 Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Prerequisite: SOC 100. 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 564 Gender and Social Change. Prerequisite: SOC 100.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. Prerequisite: SOC 100. Provides a survey of social theories and research about older persons in US and other societies. 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.

  The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information.