Scientific methods in the study of society; procedures for testing sociological theory: problem definition, hypothesis construction, collection and evaluation of data. Practical experience conducting small research projects. Should be taken as early as possible by students considering a major in Sociology. Prior statistics not required. Gateway to advanced courses in sociology. Enroll Info: None
Day-to-day functioning of the elements of the criminal justice system in the U.S. Nature of crime in the U.S., ideas about causes and solutions. Emphasis on the sociology of the components of criminal justice system–organization and roles of police, lawyers, court and correctional personnel. Enroll Info: Open to Fr & So only, until end of Fr reg period. Stdts may receive cr for only one of the following: Soc 131 or 431
The nature of inter-group relations; emphasis on various forms of racism, discrimination, and white privilege; historical background and characteristics of American Indians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; a consideration of economic, housing, political, legal, educational, familial, and health challenges faced by minority groups in US society. Enroll Info: None
Basic principles and definitions of sociology. Readings and discussion of the perspectives of sociology, the individual and society, groups and social process, stratification, organizations and power, demography, and social change. Gateway to advanced courses in sociology. Enroll Info: None
The summer internship with a criminal justice agency teaches professional skills and cultural awareness.