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Anthropology

ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology is the scientific study of human-kind. This course offers an introduction to its four major sub-fields, namely; Physical or Biological anthropology (human evolution, the fossil record, ethology); Archaeology (extinct cultures, classical civilizations, pre-history); Linguistics (language origins, development, diffusion, structure, and change); Sociocultural Anthropology (pioneers in the field, cross-cultural research, case studies, and the future). By focusing on the broad cultural implications and complexities of social communication and interaction, anthropology seeks to understand the whole human experience. (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 110 Sociocultural Anthropology is concerned with examination of the social and cultural similarities and differences in the world's human populations. Subsistence patterns, social organization, economic structures, political systems, religion and creative behavior are the major areas we cover. By examining examples ranging from small gathering and hunting groups to large modern day communities, this course provides a broad perspective of the sociocultural realities of our world. (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 120 Archaeology is the study of the cultural evolution of humankind using the material remains of past human behavior. This course introduces the methods, logic and history of archaeology through an examination of several ancient civilizations as understood through their architecture and artifacts. Topics include theoretical issues, fieldwork, and interpretation of artifacts and reconstruction of past cultural patterns. Examples will be drawn from such cities and civilizations as Mesopotamia, Crete, Troy, Ancient Egypt, Pompeii, and North and South America. Students will visit at least one relevant site, exhibit or museum as a course requirement. (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 130 North American Indians provides a comprehensive history of the human groups who populated North America before, during and after this continent became involved with the culture, politics and economics of Europe. It focuses on the dynamic heritages, languages, knowledge, technology, arts, and values that have been passed on through the generations. Students will be introduced to the anthropological literature concerned with the study and understanding of Native American cultures and societies. Some field study may be required. (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 210 Modern Anthropology and Globalization examines cultural change and the social processes involved are major are as of cultural anthropological research. By introducing students to the application of anthropological methodologies such as fieldwork and cross-cultural comparison, the course examines some of the major issues which confront human beings in a complex rapidly growing and changing world including: globalization, migration and immigration, population changes, social conflict, agricultural/technological development, nutrition, commodity/cultural exchange, and the future of small scale homogeneous societies. Prerequisites: any 100 level social science or business course. (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 211 Caribbean Cultures covers pre-European cultures in the Caribbean, the post- Columbus plantation system, contemporary economics and politics, community structure, religion, marriage and family, ethnic diversity, immigration and the arts. An in-depth study of these topics will provide knowledge, understanding and appreciation of this region while offering insights into the development of communities in the U.S. with Caribbean heritage. (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 212 Introduction to Medical Anthropology is a subfield of Anthropology that draws upon social, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology to better understand those factors which influence health and well-being (broadly defined), the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, the social relations of therapy management, and the cultural importance and utilization of pluralistic medical systems. (SMA) This course introduces students to the subject and basic methods used in cross-cultural comparisons and research, as well as providing a better understanding of Western and non-Western perceptions and treatmrnts of the body and health issues.  Prerequisite(s): EGL 101, ANT 100 or SOC 122 or SOC 228 or Bio with lab (3,0), Credits: 3

ANT 220 Topics in Anthropology encourages students and faculty to study, explore, examine and analyze areas of special, short-term interest in anthropology. Each topic builds on knowledge learned in the 100 level courses. Prerequisite(s): ANT 100 and ANT 110 or SOC 122 (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 240 Women, Men and Social Change studies men's and women's changing roles, relationships, and participation in the labor force both cross-culturally and historically. We give special emphasis to those changes which occur as technology changes. A major part of the course concerns how and why today's women and men arrive at their social, economic, political and legal statuses. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for SOC 240 or WST 240. (3,0) Credits: 3

ANT 250 Forensic Anthropology provides a broad overview of Forensic Anthropology, which is an applied field within Anthropology dealing with the osteological (skeletal anatomy and biology) analysis of human remains. We will employ and discuss scientific methods used to explore and a broad range of problems associated with identification and trauma analysis using data gathering methods such as: characteristics of the human skeleton; identification of ancestry, age, sex; recovery methods; use of appropriate technologies for analysis, including DNA. Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 or ANT 100 or 110 or 130 or 120

ANT 260 Anthropological Theory explores the broad historical outline of major theoretical approaches to the field of Anthropology, from the late 19th century to the present.  Debates within the discipline and the larger historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts in which they were produced, will be examined, as will the enduring relevance of these theories.  The course includes reading and critical analysis of texts, as well as class discussions.  Prerequisite(s): ANT 100 (3,0), 3 Credits

ANT 266 Anthropological Research Methods focuses on research methods in anthropology as the means for learning ethnographic research methods and how to talk and write about culture, as a basis of anthropological research.  The purpose of the course is to gain experience in ethnographic practices, including interviewing, fieldwork research, qualitative analysis, and writing critically informed accounts.  Prerequisites(s): (3,0), 3 Credits 

Sociology

SOC 122 Introductory Sociology is an introduction to the sociological perspective and to the study of society on both macro and micro-levels. Emphasis will be given to American society, with cross-cultural comparisons. We study sociological concepts and theories and apply them to our lives and society (such as culture, family, social stratification, and social change). (3,0) Credits, 3

SOC 122W Introduction to Sociology (Writing-Intensive) is an introductory course designed to help the student develop insights into human social interaction in terms of the group, across groups and their impact the group has on individuals. We study sociological concepts and theories and apply them to key aspects of our lives and society (such as culture, family, education, work, media stratification and social change). This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisite(s): EGL 101, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 200 Introduction to Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary approach that will draw on literature, history, sociology, as well as science and technology, the course will introduce students to issues in gender that cross traditional disciplines. Cultural assumptions about gender will be examined, and students will be encouraged to consider new ways of looking at knowledge in light of new understanding about the ways in which gender constructs beliefs and influences life's realities. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for HUM 200. Prerequisite(s) An introductory social science course. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 201 Sociology of Education examines the contemporary American educational system from a sociological approach. It explores the role and function of elementary through higher education, and the sociological theories – both classic and contemporary – of education as transmitter of knowledge and culture. Finally, the complex organizations of education, the occupational role of teaching, and the role of education as an agent of socialization, social change, and social mobility are analyzed. (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 205 Sociology of Leisure, Recreation and Tourism is an examination of the significance, causes and consequences of leisure, recreation and tourism as features of human societies, involving the contact and interaction between cultures or subcultures, and contributing to global social and cultural changes. A variety of anthropological and sociological theoretical perspectives will be presented. Prerequisite(s): Any college level social science course.(3,0) Credits: 3

 SOC 220 Sociology of Aging analyzes the process of aging in a social context. Consideration is given to theories of aging, cross-cultural examination of aging, selected problems of aging and the elderly, and proposed solution to these problems.(3,0) Credits: 3

 SOC 222 Critical Thinking about Society invites students to apply three key parts of critical thinking to the study of social life; identifying and assessing assumptions; becoming aware of the degree to which values, thoughts, and actions are shaped by the social context they're rooted in; imagining and exploring alternatives to existing ways of thinking and living. Readings and discussions will enhance students' ability to understand the nature, problems, and possibilities of our and other societies.(3,0) Credits: 3

 SOC 223 Social Issues and Institutions analyzes a complex set of social issues primarily within the United States, such as crime, alcoholism, drug use, sexual behavior, environmental issues and poverty. We also focus on the problems and changes within major social institutions like the family, education, religion, politics and the economy.(3,0) Credits: 3

 SOC 224 Urban Sociology sociologically studies the creation and development of modern metropolitan areas. Students will examine and review current sociological research on cities and suburbs. Emphasis will be given to urban America, although cross-cultural comparisons will also be presented. Major sociological theories used to study and explain the metropolis will be presented, along with relevant research findings. (3,0) credits: 3

SOC 225 Sociology of the Family will sociologically introduce you to the family with special emphasis on American families. Theoretical approaches will be presented, along with research findings. Topics to be covered include marriage, parenting, divorce, economics, family policy, ethnicity, etc. Cross-cultural references may be examined as well. (3,0) Credits: 3

 SOC 226 Contemporary Marriage sociologically studies courtship and marriage, primarily in America. The course emphasis is interactionist, interpersonal, communicative. Topics to be presented include dating, engagement, falling in love, cohabitation, marriage, communication in marriage, divorce, re-marriage. Major theories used to study and explain these topics will be presented, along with relevant research findings. (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 228 Society and Health is a comparative and cross-cultural examination of the meaningand experience of health and illness and the ways in which social factors like age, gender, class and ethnicity affect health. We also examine the historical development and contemporary issues of mainstream and alternative health professions and occupations, and the current crisis in our health care system.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 229 Minorities in American Society uses theories of race and ethnic relations to explore the culturaland institutional challenges faced by minority groups such as American Indians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans in the US. We explore how dominance and subordination shapes minority group relations today.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 231 Multiculturalism explores the wide variety of cultures that currently exist in theUnited States. In addition to different racial and ethnic cultures, we will alsobe looking at class cultures, religious cultures and gay/ lesbian cultures.Significant time is devoted to examining the values, norms and everydaylife of different cultures as well as the ways that different cultures (and thepeople from those cultures) interact. Multicultural social policy issues arealso considered as well as media representations of different cultures.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 235 Mass Media and Popular Culture examines popular culture and mass media in America. Emphasis on the current state of popular culture and mass media, although historical presentations may be included. Major sociological theories used to study and explain popular culture and mass media will be presented along with relevant research findings. Prerequisite: One course in social science.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 237 The Sociology of Popular Music will be examining American popular music genres from rockabilly through hip-hop from a sociological perspective. The course will include some exploration of American regional popular music forms as well as comparisons with music in other societies. The goal for the student is a greater understanding of the links between sociology and popular music (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 238 Youth Culture traces the growth of a distinctive youth culture in American life and imagination since World War II. Topics discussed include juvenile delinquency, adolescent self- destruction, teen sexuality, teen poverty, the American high school and college life. Particular attention is also devoted to the ways that films, as well as other mass media forms such as popular music and television shows, represent the lives of American youth.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 240 Women, Men and Social Change studies men's and women's changing roles, relationships, and participation in the labor force both cross-culturally and historically. We give special emphasis to those changes which occur as technology changes.  A major part of the course concerns how and why today's women and men arrived at their social, economic, political and legal statuses. Note:Students completing this course may not receive credit for ANT 240.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 245 Technology, Society and Social Change explores the ways in which science, technology, and society create social change. The focus is on the varying benefits, costs, and consequences of these changes across historical eras and cultures. Prerequisite(s): One course in social science. (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 248 Sociology of Sports will examine the sociological perspectives of sport industries in our society. We will focus on sports, American cultural values, politics, and the impact of sports on our social structure. We will analyze the media with relation to sports and we will also evaluate the influence sports have on diverse populations. Finally, we will compare the role of sports in other countries to that of the United States. Prerequisite: Any 100-level course in Anthropology or SOC 122, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 250 Social Inequality examines the nature, causes, and consequences of social stratification.  We explore the different theoretical perspectives on inequality, global inequalities, the extent of inequality in America, and the issues of status and mobility.  In addition to examining the different class cultures in the United States, we investigate the profound effects of education, class, gender, and race on individual "life chances" (i.e. the ability to achieve power, wealth, status, etc.) Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 (3,0), 3 Credits

SOC 260 Sociological Theory examines sociological theory, from its beginnings in the 19th century through its historical development into the 21st century. The theories of classical sociologists such as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber will be covered.  This comprehensive course will also introduce students to contemporary theory such as: feminist theory, gender theory, critical theory, and post-structuralism.  This course provides students with an introduction to the theoretical foundations of the discipline of sociology and examines how theory can be applied to better understand the social world.  Prerequisite: one course in sociology.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 262 Topics in Sociology explores specialized topics of interest on a short (one-two semesters only) basis in sociology. Topics to be announced by the Department each semester. Prerequisite: an introductory course in sociology or any social science course.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 263 Immigration Past and Present-Immigration has been one of the most important forces in American society. This course will examine how successive waves of immigrants and newcomers most arriving voluntarily others as slaves and indenturedworkers have created and recreated American society in their relations with people already here and with each other. The course will present immigration as a process, and examine international migration patterns, changing law, demand for immigrant labor, social networks of family and friends, nativist resistance, the relevant theoretical perspectives, and the experiences of specific groups. We focus on the different periods of immigration, particularly the great migrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the post-1965 wave of immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Mexico and Latin America. Prerequisite: one social science course.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 266 Sociological Research Methods develops an understanding of the different types of research methods used by sociologists (and other social scientists) to study the social world. The class begins with a discussion of the fundamental concepts of social science research and the ethical issues involved. Students will learn how to conduct basic qualitative and quantitative research—the ability to formulate research questions, methods of research design, strategies for collecting information and data, as well as the ability to analyze and present statistical data. Great emphasis is placed on students doing research projects in and outside of class.Prerequisite(s): SOC 122

SOC 282 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies. We will examine major concepts, theories, and political issues surrounding LGBT experience. We will analyze gender identity and human sexuality as social, cultural, and historical constructions. In addition, LGBT identity has profound implications in economic, cultural, social, and political spheres of life. We will pay acute attention to LGBT political struggles and their relationships to economy, family, religion, education, law, and medicine. Drawing from fields such as: Sociology, Anthropology, History, English, and Psychology, we will examine the status, experiences, and discrimination against members of the LGBT and the ways these experiences are impacted by race, ethnicity, class, and ability. Pre-requisite(s) EGL 102 or any socialscience course.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 283 Sex, Gender and Sexuality introduces students to the study of sex, gender, and sexuality from a sociological perspective. It examines how these categories are socially and culturally constructed and how they affect our lives and shape our social world. Students read a wide range of classic sociological texts that examines the differences between sex and gender and explores human sexuality. A primary topic of discussion is gender socialization or how people learn society's gender norms from family, media, peers, educational institutions, and the workplace. Students will be introduced to cutting-edge research and case studies. Topics include: intersexuality, men's studies, feminist theory, transgendered individuals, sex work, and queer theory.Prerequisite(s): SOC 122(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 303 Sociology of Work and Occupation will focus on the various dimensions of work and the social experience of making a living in the United States and other societies - past, present and future. We consider the large-scale developments related to a rapidly changing global economy, and the implications of these changes for individual workers. Topics discussed include the impact of technological innovations, changing occupational roles and subcultures, the development of the professions and professional ethics, gender roles and workroles, unemployment and underemployment, and the relationship between work and family. Prerequisite: one social science course.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 304 Sociology of Leadership asks students: What is leadership?  Why is it important?  What are its conditions?  This course will explore the nature of leadership in social groups, analyzing both contemporary and historical examples, especially as these relate to the emergence, maintenance, conditions, and impact of leaders and leadership models.  In this context, we consider and apply classical and contemporary sociological theory and research to understand the variety of roles within groups, the sources of group conformity and deviance, the distribution of power and authority, and the ways in which groups change over time.  We will also consider how larger structures of inequality, for example, in social class, gender, ethnicity, race, age, and sexual orientation may impact leadership.  Prerequisite(s): Any social science course and EGL 101 (3,0), 3 Credits

SOC 305 Culture and Technology is a multidisciplinary examination of the ways in which technology affected everyday life during the Industrial Revolution in England.  Covering the years 1750 to 1880, it examines the changes taking place in technology during the period; how these changes ultimately affected the workplace, the home, and the community; and how novelists of the period felt about these changes. Note: Students completing this course cannot receive credit for HUM 305, HIS 305, ESC 305 OR IDP 305.Prerequisite(s) one social science course.Prerequisite(s): HIS 114 and HIS 115 and EGL 102, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 307 Field Research in Sociology is a course in qualitative research methodologies. Students will read, design, and complete a field research project using their work and/or internship experiences as data. Classic theories, case studies, and research methods will be presented, examined, and discussed in class. Smaller field research projects will be completed, as well as a term field project.  Open to senior-level students enrolled in an approved internship course or working in their chosen careers.  Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 and EGL 101, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 309 Sport in Society: A Sociological Analysis will provide students with an in-depth sociological analysis of sport in society. Students will read contemporary studies in sport in order to gain a better understanding of the social function of sport in our world. This upper division course places an emphasis on research, and students will conduct their own research projects. Prerequisite(s) an additional course designated Social Science (His, ECO, POL, SOC, ANT, PSY). Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 or SOC 223, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 310 Seminar in Sociology-Each semester when the course is offered, a topic of interest will be selected by the Department for study in seminar. Please check with the Department Chairperson and the College Bulletin for further details. Samples of possible topics include: Women in American Society, Violencein the Family, Social Inequality, The American South, as well as others chosen for current sociological importance. Prerequisite(s): One social science course or approval of department chair.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 310W Seminar in Sociology (Writing-Intensive)- Each semester when the course is offered, a topic of interest will be selected by the Department for study in seminar. Please check with the Department Chairperson and the College Bulletin for further details. Samples of possible topics include: Women in American Society, Violence in the Family, Social Inequality, The American South, as well as others chosen for current sociological importance. This is a writing-intensive course.Prerequisite(s): EGL101, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 311 African American Leadership examines African American political leadership in the United States from the antebellum era through the 21st century.  Emphasis is placed on the ideas espoused by a wide range of African American leaders, both male and female, and how these ideas shaped formal organizations, economics, politics, and social relations amongst Americans.  Drawing from the sociology of leadership, students will learn and discuss what strategies make some leaders effective and successful.  Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 and Any Sociology course

SOC 315 Sociology in the Movies uses movies to explore some of the major concepts and theories in sociology. Otherwise known as "sociology through film," emphasis on sociological principles illustrated in movies, focusing on content analysis. Major sociological theories used to study and explain sociology in film will be presented. Prerequisite(s) one social science course, Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 and EGL 101, and one other course in the social sciences. (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 320 America: Dream and Reality will examine the varying aspects of American social life from a sociological perspective. Each semester when the course is offered, a topic of interest will be selected that focuses on a specific feature of contemporary social life. Samples of possible topics include: Youth Culture in the United States, Social Institutions, Terrorism and the Culture of War, The Internet and the Social Community, Violence in the Family, etc.  Students taking the course will be expected to complete an independent research project. Prerequisite: one social science course.(3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 342 Deviance, Crime, Sex and Drugs examines deviance from a sociological perspective. We will explore definitions, theories, and research-both classic and contemporary that explain and helps to understand the function of deviance in society.  A team research project is required. Prerequisite(s) one other course in Sociology or permission of the Sociology/Anthropology Department Chair.Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 or 223, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 350 Global Social Change examines global social change from a sociological perspective. The method of learning will be sociological which includes political science, European and American critical social thoughts, history, political economy, and anthropology. This course will explore definitions, theories, and research. Two term research projects are required.Prerequisite(s): SOC 122, (3,0) Credits: 3

SOC 351 Global Heath Systems: A Sociological Approach explores healthcare systems that exist in post-industrialized, transitional, and developing societies.  The specific systems explored will depend on the instructor.  Students are required to complete an original research paper/project.  Prerequisite(s): Any course in Sociology and EGL 101 (3,0), 3 Credits  

SOC 361 Gender Theory examines how the categories of sex and gender influence our ways of living and thinking. We will examine the prevalence of gender inequality in society and how it might be eradicated. We will also emphasize the ways in which socio-economic position, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, geography, and/or ability interact with gender to shape our experiences. Students will gain better insight into how gender impacts their lives at work, at home, and in public. Students will learn how to apply gender theories to their own lives, identities, and social worlds. Prerequisite(s): SOC 122