• SOC 101 (CSI) Introductory Sociology

    Invites students to use basic sociological concepts and research methods to analyze patterns of behavior and belief in contemporary social institutions such as the family, education, religion, mass media, and work. Offered each semester.

  • SOC 201 (CSI) Social Problems

    Course explores how social problems are socially constructed by asking what gets labeled as a problem, who gets to label something, how groups mobilize around what people consider problematic, and about the role of social policies in this process. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 222 (CSI, U) Sex and Gender in Society

    Explores the social organization of sex and gender in American society by investigating the cultural construction of masculinity and femininity, processes of socialization, and how gender structures other social institutions. Offered annually.

  • SOC 225 (W) Methods of Social Research

    Introduction to basic theory and methods of research, data collection, and analysis in the social sciences. The course will provide students with hands-on experience with key sociological methods, such as survey design, content analysis, interviewing and focus groups, and ethnography. Students will leave the course with their own research proposal. Offered each spring.

  • SOC 230 (CSI, U) Race and Racism

    Examines how racial categories are socially constructed, and the impact of race in society - including the relative salience of race and ethnicity. This includes how racism is practiced historically, institutionally, ideologically, and interpersonally, and the intersections between race and other social identities. Emphasis is added on social justice efforts and antiracism. Offered annually.

  • SOC 240 The Profession of Social Work

    Examines the norms and practices of the social work profession from a sociological perspective. Includes such topics as the history, functions, and current status of the profession; professional training; methods and programs of clinical intervention in the United States; and issues of professional ethics. Field experience acquired through field trips and volunteer opportunities. Offered each fall.

  • SOC 250 Media and Popular Culture

    Explores different perspectives for understanding media and popular culture in society. Students will examine the news, representation of different groups in popular culture, social media, and how media consumption shapes social identities. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 260 Sociology of the Life Course

    From childhood and adolescence to middle-age and our elderly years, how we age is shaped by norms and social institutions. This class explores processes of human development from the perspective of sociological theories of the self, the life course, and aging. Offered in alternate years. 

  • SOC 270 Special Topics

    Selected topics in sociology open to students of all majors, particularly sophomores and juniors. May be repeated for credit if content is not duplicated. See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements. Offered as needed.

  • SOC 277 Travel and Fieldwork in Sociology

    Guided explorations of places, groups, and cultures beyond Bloomington-Normal. Itinerary, readings, and assignments vary from semester to semester. See Program of Classes for specific course descriptions and general education designations. May be repeated for credit if the topic does not duplicate. Prerequisite: At least one course in Sociology or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally in May.

  • SOC 290 (IT, W) History of Social Thought

    A study of social philosophy and sociological theory from the Enlightenment to the present, including such figures as Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim. Emphasizes the biographical, historical, and intellectual contexts of their ideas. Prerequisite: Gateway 100. Offered each semester.

  • SOC 305 (IT, W) Medical Sociology

    Examines issues of power and the social construction of knowledge with regard to health and illness. Topics include aspects of the evolution of medical institutions, cultural and social definitions of health and illness, the training of doctors, and issues of power and control in the medical profession. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 311 Marriage and Family

    To understand how contemporary family life encompasses a wide variety of living arrangements and social relationships, this course explores how marriage and family life have changed in the past and how they are continuing to change. Topics include union formation, parenting, family policies, and work-family negotiations. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 325 Advanced Sociological Methods

    Students move from their research proposal, developed in SOC 225, to collecting and analyzing data using their chosen research method. The development of marketable research skills is emphasized. Prerequisite: At least a C- in SOC 225.   Offered each fall.

  • SOC 328 Criminology

    A systematic analysis of the nature, causes, and prevention of crime, and the treatment of the criminal. Junior or Senior standing. Offered annually.

  • SOC 333 Youth Subcultures

    Course explores subcultures, such as punk, hip-hop, heavy metal, and science fiction fandom, focusing on social trends that give rise to them and how they shape the lives of the participants. Students learn the social histories, cultural codes, aesthetics, and ideologies of these subcultures, and connect their development to wider social changes. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 340 Social Movements and Politics in the US

    Considering both classical and contemporary work on social movements and politics, this course traces the development of sociological theories on collective action and civic engagement. Focusing on both macro-level trends and micro-level identity construction, the course examines US politics through historically significant movements such as feminism, environmentalism, and LGBT rights. Offered alternate years.

  • SOC 344 Population and Environment

    Studies the causes and consequences of population change. Topics include the principles of demography, the processes of fertility, mortality and migration, and the impact of technology on the natural environment. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 345 Intersectionality

    Seminar course examining the theoretical and methodological framework of intersectionality, and how multiple forms of inequality shape social identities, interactions, power relations in institutions, and movements for social justice.    Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 354 (G) Gender and Globalization

    Examines the social construction of gender roles in the context of economic development. Topics include theoretical perspectives on women and development, the effects of colonization and "modernization" on women and their families, and changing gender roles in both the agricultural and industrial sectors. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 362 Social Welfare and Human Services

    Examines and evaluates social welfare institutions and organizations, emphasizing contemporary policy issues and social problems and practices. Recommended for students interested in the human services professions and students considering the pursuit of the masters in social work. Field experience acquired. Offered each spring.

  • SOC 367 Environmental Sociology (Cross-listed with ENST 367)

    Course considers the complex intersection between humans and nature by offering an examination of sociological perspectives on the environment. Students will deepen their environmental knowledge on topics including: environmental inequalities, the treadmill of production, environmental impact on identity construction, and the role of social movements in the development of policies. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 370 Special Topics

    Specially-designed courses of a topical nature intended for juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit if content is not duplicated. See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements. Offered as needed.

  • SOC 377 Travel and Fieldwork in Sociology

    Guided explorations of places, groups, and cultures beyond Bloomington-Normal. Itinerary, readings, and assignments vary from semester to semester. See Program of Classes for specific course descriptions and general education designations. May be repeated for credit if the topic does not duplicate. Prerequisite: At least one course in Sociology or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally in May.

  • SOC 380 Sociology of Sexualities

    Explores different sociological perspectives for understanding how sexuality structures social life, specifically considering the intricate ways that behaviors, norms, and identities intersect. Offered in alternate years.

  • SOC 395 Action Research Seminar (Cross-listed with PSCI 395)

    This seminar bridges theory and applied research in community action. The course introduces the student as scholar-citizen to the multiple ways of seeking information on communities and examining community issues. On teams with community partners and faculty, students develop action plans and implement research projects. Open to second year students and above. Offered as needed.

  • SOC 397 Internship

    Directed research and work in a social agency, business or government bureau. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and approval of the Sociology and Anthropology Department. See Career Center for preliminary details and internship forms. Offered each semester.

  • SOC/PSCI 398 (W) Grant Writing (Cross-listed with PSCI 398)

    Grants are a funding challenge and opportunity for non-profits. Successful grants must construct a compelling argument and align with funder priorities. Students partner with community leaders to complete applications in support of actual programs. This course does not count toward the major or minor in Sociology or Political Science. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 395. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and above. Offered as needed.

  • SOC 450 Independent Study

    Individual study in an area of special interest. Student must devise a plan of study in cooperation with instructor. Limit: two units of credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Offered each semester.

  • SOC 490 (W) Senior Seminar 

    Students will complete necessary revisions to their senior projects, and enhance their capacity to utilize sociological skills and concepts by examining contemporary developments in the field.    Career relevance is emphasized.   


Skill Set Acquired through the Sociology Curriculum

Theoretical Foundations:
*study of systems of behavior at the macro-level (rather than individual (micro) level
*transfer and application of knowledge generated by other disciplines
*use of statistics as a tool of analysis (primary and secondary data)
*exploration of historical connections between present and past systems

Methodologies:
*statistical data collection
*interviewing
*participant-observation
*bibliographic research (primary and secondary sources)
*conducting original research