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SOCI 1101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Introduction to Sociology. A survey of the discipline of sociology. Topics will include sociological theory, methods, and selected substantive areas.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 1160 - INTRO TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Introduction to Social Problems. A theoretical and empirical analysis of selected major social problems confronting American society.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3010 - SOCIAL STATISTICS
Social Statistics. Concepts and techniques for quantitative data analysis: including measurement, hypotheses testing, computer applications with SPSS, and bivariate and multivariate analytic techniques.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3020 - SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
Social Research Methods. Prerequisite: Soci 3010 with grade of C or higher. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3030 - SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
Sociological Theory. Major theoretical orientations used in sociology from the 1800s to the present.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3040 - COGNITION AND SOCIETY
Cognition and Society. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3101 - FAMILIES AND SOCIETY
Families and Society. (Same as WSt 3120.) Key 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 alternative families.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3110 - IDENTITY/SELF/SOCIAL INTERACTN
Identity, Self, and Social Interaction. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3152 - BIRTH AND PARENTHOOD
Birth and Parenthood. (Same as WSt 3140.) Pregnancy, birth, and parenting; fatherhood and motherhood in a social and historical context.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3156 - SEXUALITY AND SOCIETY
Sexuality and Society. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3162 - AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY
African-American Family. (Same as AAS 3000.) Contemporary theories and research on the African-American family.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3201 - WEALTH, POWER, AND INEQUALITY
Wealth, Power, and Inequality. Analysis of social structure and function in terms of class, caste, status, power, and mobility.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3208 - WORK AND EMPLOYMENT
Work and Employment. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3212 - RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
Race and Ethnic Relations. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3216 - GENDER AND SOCIETY
Gender and Society. (Same as WSt 3130.) Social construction of gender, gender-based stratification, and power dynamics.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3220 - ACTIVISM, PROTEST, & REVOLUTION
Activism, Protest, and Revolution. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3222 - DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
Deviant Behavior. Analysis of theories of deviant behavior, study of the control of deviance, and an examination of selected deviant subcultures.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3224 - CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Crime and Punishment. Different approaches to the etiology, treatment, and control of criminal behavior.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3225 - YOUTH AND CRIME
Youth and Crime. Sociological explanations of delinquency focusing on the socialization process that places adolescents at risk of delinquency, as well as the relationships between the socialization process, the family environment, peer associations, social structure, and delinquency.
3.000 Credit Hours

 SOCI 3228 - THE HOLOCAUST
The Holocaust. (Same as Hist 4640.) Historical and social analysis of the mass deprivation and murder of Jews and other people under the policies and auspices of National Socialist Germany, 1933-1945.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3232 - POVERTY AND WELFARE
Poverty and Welfare. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3340 - POPULATION PROBLEMS
Population Problems. Analysis of population from the standpoint of theories, dynamics, composition, fertility, mortality, migration, and economic and social aspects.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3346 - DRUG USE AND ABUSE
Drug Use and Abuse. Phenomenon of drug use and abuse with consideration of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs, including narcotics, marijuana, psychedelics, stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and deliriants.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3350 - SOCIAL CHANGE AND THE FUTURE
Social Change and the Future. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3352 - MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE U.S.
Mental Illness in the United States. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3354 - SOCIOLOGY OF POPULAR CULTURE
Sociology of Popular Culture. Effects of popular culture, such as TV, tabloids, and films on western and non-western societies; effects of social class on taste.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3356 - QUEER IDENTITIES
Queer Identities. (Same as WSt 3356.) Social construction of gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities, contemporary issues, including types and effects of discrimination based on sexual identity.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3390 - SELECTED TOPICS
Selected Topics. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major. May be repeated if topics are different.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 3690 - HONORS READINGS
Honors Readings. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor and Honors Program director. Readings on selected topics.
1.000 TO 6.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4050 - GLOBL PERS ON VIOL AGNST WOMEN
Global Perspectives on Violence Against Women. (Same as WSt 4050.) 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4110 - AGING POLICY AND SERVICES
Aging Policy and Services. (Same as Gero 4110.) Aging policy, services, and programs emphasizing legislation, funding, planning, the aging network, and the long-term care system.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4116 - AGING AND SOCIETY
Aging and Society. (Same as WSt 4116 and 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4122 - DEATH, DYING, AND LOSS
Death, Dying, and Loss. (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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4150 - SEXUAL AND INTIMATE VIOLENCE
Sexual and Intimate Violence. (Same as WSt 4060.) Societal causes, power dynamics, and policy implications of rape and sexual violence, battery, psychological/emotional abuse, child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4218 - POWER AND POLITICS
Power and Politics. The relationship between society and the system of government, focusing on the United States, on who rules, and who makes the rules.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4226 - URBAN SOCIOLOGY
Urban Sociology. Analysis of urban society on the basis of the population, social organization, and social relationships of each.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4230 - SOCIOLGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Sociology of Health and Illness. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4279 - METROPOLITAN ATLANTA
Metropolitan Atlanta. (Same as Hist 4320 and Geog 4768.) Interdisciplinary perspective focusing on social, historical, and geographic processes which have shaped the Atlanta region.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4310 - ISUES IN AFRICN-AMER COMMUNITY
Issues in the African-American Community. (Same as AAS 4000.) Examination of the impact of major societal issues on the African-American community.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4311 - AFR-AM MALE/FEMALE RELATNSHIPS
African American Male/Female Relationships. (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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4312 - AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN U.S.
African-American Women in the United States. (Same as AAS 4100 and WSt 4312.) Contemporary social issues of African-American women. Emphasis on the historical roots of current issues and the interrelationships of gender, race, and class.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4315 - GIRLS
Girls. (Same as Anth 4320 and WSt 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4360 - RELIGION AND SOCIETY
Religion and Society. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4366 - LAW AND SOCIETY
Law and Society. Recruitment, training, and practice in the legal professions. Analysis of the legal system as a social process.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4380 - EDUCATIONAL SOCIOLOGY
Educational Sociology. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4800 - CTW IN GENERAL SOCIOLOGY
Critical Thinking through Writing in General Sociology. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4801 - CTW FAMILIES, HEALTH, LIFE
Critical Thinking through Writing in Families, Health, and the Life Course. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4802 - CTW IN GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Critical Thinking through Writing in Gender and Sexuality. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4803 - CTW IN RACE AND URBAN STUDIES
Critical Thinking Through Writing in Race and Urban Studies. 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.
3.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4870 - HONORS THESIS: RESEARCH
Honors Thesis: Research. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor and Honors Program director. Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project.
1.000 TO 6.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4880 - HONORS THESIS: WRITING
Honors Thesis: Writing. Prerequisites: Soci 4870, consent of the instructor and Honors Program director. Writing or production of Honors thesis or project.
1.000 TO 6.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4980 - INTERNSHIP
Internship. Combined academic training and professional experience in community agencies. Application required. See department adviser for information, including deadlines for applying.
3.000 TO 6.000 Credit Hours

SOCI 4995 - DIRECTED READINGS B.I.S.
Directed Readings B.I.S. Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.
3.000 TO 4.000 Credit Hours